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Residential Life

The boarding experience at McCallie is built from the ground up with the needs of boys in mind.

From the physical spaces to the experiences that we offer, every McCallie boy will have the chance to find his place and leave here incredibly well-prepared for life in college and beyond.

Our boarding students gain independence, responsibility and maturity in an environment thoughtfully designed to provide both them with both structure and autonomy. Teachers actively mentor them and help them develop vital life skills in a fun, tight-knit community of brotherhood. 

Students watch TV together in one of the Hutch common areas
Students often gather in dorm common areas
Students play games in the gameroom
Students in Burns enjoy a Sunday night fourth meal
Students in Burns watch a video on a laptop
Students enjoy making smores by the Belk outdoor fireplace

"One Common Bond"

Five seniors, five roommates, five different backgrounds, five different dreams... one common bond: the McCallie brotherhood.

Start The Day Right.

Our innovative morning program ensures that every boy is out of bed and ready to, in the words of Dean of Community and Brotherhood Ricky Thomas, "attack the day!"

Boys gather in the dining hall four days a week for a hearty breakfast, a motivational word from a faculty or staff member and an activity geared to engage the brain (and sometimes the body!) to send boys off to class with the energy they need to be focused and ready for classes.

Never A Dull Moment.

Boys need action, and McCallie is wired to provide it. Our weekend activities program rivals many colleges with the breadth and depth of activities available. From the BIG Five year-long intramural competition between the dorms to a host of on-campus activities and social events with our sister school, GPS, the Ridge always has something to offer.

Beyond the campus gates, there's regular shuttles on the weekend to downtown Chattanooga's active scene of theaters and restaurants, as well as to local stores and the mall for all the "necessities" of teenage life. Trips regularly take boys to Atlanta, Nashville and beyond for college and professional sporting events, concerts and performances.