McCallie is an All-Boys Private Boarding School and Day School, a Christian-based College Prep School. 
McCallie seeks out and accepts boys from all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and places a high value on a diverse student body.

Faith + Service

"Man's chief end is to enjoy God and to enjoy Him forever."

McCallie Student Life: Boys praying in Chapel

When our founders, Spencer and Park McCallie, adopted our school motto in 1905, they were reflecting their goal to create an institution that placed faith and character education on par with rigorous academic preparation. 

More than 115 years later, McCallie remains a Christian school. We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds, and we encourage every student to stand firmly in his own faith. You will find McCallie to be place where you can explore your spiritual side in a safe environment with a strong emphasis on character development. Our students attend a thrice-weekly chapel service, and all of our students take two semesters of Bible or religion courses. Boarding students attend a worship service of their choosing each weekend, which includes an on-campus service led by our Chaplain and student vestry. 



 McCallie let me discover my faith for myself. I never felt like I was forced to be a Christian. What I felt was that I had the luxury of being educated about matters of faith and that I had the free will to do what I wanted with that.

Chris Lee '13

Spiritual Life Components

Our Motto

McCallie Student life: About Motto letter

From its inception, McCallie has been an educational community informed by a clear vision derived from the Christian faith. Thus, the response to the Westminster Shorter Catechism’s first question, “What is the chief end of man?” is the cornerstone of the school’s life. Written by McCallie's Chaplain and Bible department faculty.