Residential Life

Beyond the school day, the relationships built and lessons learned last a lifetime.

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. 


Life on the Ridge

Students walking outside
Boys in McCallie dorm room
Boys in McCallie Dorm Lobby

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.

Every Year Counts.

We take the job of inspiring boys and building men seriously, and our year-focused programs are designed to meet the unique needs of each class year.

Monthly programs for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors focus on life skills, study skills, and adapting to the fast changes that life brings in the high school years. More than lectures, the programs have a healthy dose of activity and engagement to ensure boys get the message and absorb it.


Mentorship Matters.

We know that boys need the opportunity to be mentored and to mentor others, and the boarding program at McCallie provides those vital relationships at every turn.

Each dorm is led by faculty members who also serve as advisors to a group of boys. Advisory groups meet weekly as part of the schoolwide advisory curriculum. Beyond that, advisors regularly plan meals and activities with their advisees, bringing a touch of home to life in the dorm.

A select group of senior boarders serves as resident assistants each year. RAs are responsible for ensuring their fellow students comply with dorm rules, but they also serve as important peer mentors and guides to life on the Ridge.

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.


By The Numbers

5

Dormitories on McCallie's campus

250

Boys living on campus

350

Pizzas served each Tuesday night at Fourth Meal

50+

Faculty members and their families who live on campus

35

seniors serving as Resident Assistants

2 minutes

the average "commute" for a boy from his dorm to class each morning