Baylor welcomes students from 25 countries, 24 states, and dozens of area neighborhoods. But here, we don’t see local students or international students, day students or boarding students. Living and learning together, we simply see Baylor students.
Baylor's mission is to foster in its students both the ability and the desire to make a positive difference in the world.
Our commitment to coeducation is important in all aspects of the school and is directly linked to our commitment to leadership and diversity. Learning with people from different cultures and backgrounds broadens our students' views and prepares them for the real world. By offering boys and girls equal opportunities, we help them develop their full potential and a respect for different perspectives.
Learning From Leaders
Students are fortunate to hear special guest speakers and when they meet for Chapel every Monday. Great care is given to the selection of speakers and performers in order to broaden our students' view of the world and cultural diversity.
- Ireland Fine Arts Center is Baylor's fine arts building. Ireland houses Baylor's pottery, drawing, painting, print making, and lower-school art classes. Ireland provides inspirational views for artists as it overlooks the Tennessee River. Named for the family of benefactor Bill Ireland, class of 1941.
- The Roddy Performing Arts Center is home to Baylor's performing arts. Dance, drama, photography, and film classes are located in Roddy. Roddy has a 148-seat black box theater, equipped with a state of the art Strand Lighting system. The building also houses a large scene shop, dance studio, photo studio, screening rooms, and a darkroom. Roddy is also used by outside production companies throughout the year to bring special productions to the Baylor community. Named for the benefactors, the Roddy family of Knoxville, Tenn.
- Baylor's Music Building is a music studio with acoustically engineered rehearsal rooms, private practice rooms, a piano room, and a music library for Baylor's instrumental and vocal programs. The Music Building houses Baylor's choir, band, orchestra, and lower-school music classes.
In 2005, Baylor was named the leading high school sports program in Tennessee for 6 consecutive years, and in the top 25 nationwide by Sports Illustrated. For the 2006-07 school year, Sports Illustrated again named Baylor as the athletic program as the top program in the state of Tennessee. Baylor's 1973 football team was tabbed mythical national champions by the National Sports News Service, and both men's and women's swim teams have been named national champions by Swimming World magazine. Baylor's teams are nicknamed the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders. Baylor competes in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) and its varsity sports are:
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
The Baylor Community
The sense of community that exists in Baylor's residential life program starts with an exceptional team of dorm parents. To keep schedules and activities on track, dorm parents work with prefects – student leaders who help fellow students with everything from homesickness to homework. They also help plan some of the most fun events on campus, including the “Clash” dorm competition and the legendary skit night during Baylor-McCallie week (inspired by our most intensive football rivalry).
The strength and support of our boarding community allow you to grow in ways most students won’t experience until college. With the Baylor family behind you, just about anything is possible.
Our Residential Life Program helps you reach your full potential. We believe that Baylor teaches during the day, but the education continues well into the night in our residential community. We take great care to assist our students in developing:
- Skills that support and teach effective study habits for successful life-long learning.
- Opportunities and ability to contribute responsibly and ethically to the school, dorms, etc.
- Skills that allow for feelings of self-worth and effectiveness as students deal with daily responsibilities and challenges.
- Social skills that allow for positive relationships with peers and adults.
- A knowledge base and skills that encourage positive, safe, health-protective behaviors.
- Weekend and Daily Activities
There are two malls, five movie theaters, roller skating, paintball, galleries, coffeehouses, boutiques, horseback riding and hundreds of other things to do within twenty minutes of campus, and our Student Activities team takes full advantage of these incredible resources by scheduling events and activities throughout the week and especially on weekends. Students are encouraged to check their email and to stop by the Student Center for updates on activities and outings. Plus, our Student Activities staff is more than happy to help students organize an event or activity that meets their interests!
Location, location, location
As if our amazing campus isn't enough, Baylor is fortunate to be located only three miles from a downtown area that includes movie theatres, art galleries, laid-back coffee houses, and enough restaurants to make choosing a delicious dilemma.
One constant in Baylor's 120-year history has been the dedication and brilliance of our faculty, who strive to inspire a love of learning in students while preparing them for college and life beyond Baylor.
Academic Excellence- SINCE 2008, BAYLOR HAS HAD 50 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS - MORE THAN ANY AREA SCHOOL.
- $12.4 m in merit based aid was earned by the Class of 2014
- 66% received 306 different merit scholarship offers
- $800,000 in athletic scholarships was earned by the Class of 2014
- 100% attend four-year colleges and universities
- Small classes and individualized instruction: our average class size is 15.
- In 2012, Baylor became a leader in iPad technology, requiring every student to have an iPad.
- "Extra Help" is a block of time offered three or four times a week to all students. Faculty meet with students during this time for individualized help according to the student's needs. Sometimes the help is voluntary, but teachers also may require the session if they feel students need it.
- Every student is part of an academic adviser group that meets weekly. The adviser has three official roles: academic monitor, student advocate, and facilitator.
- Teachers engage in an on-going process of professional development; including international travel grants that enable them to bring the world back to their classroom.
- More than 70 percent of our faculty hold advanced degrees from such institutions as Boston University, Cornell, Duke, Emory, Harvard, and Vanderbilt.
- Baylor is the only area school that offers five languages: Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish; and the only area school that offers AP Spanish Literature.
- Baylor students routinely excel in national, regional and state academic competitions; and in the last five years, Baylor has had more National Merit Semifinalists than any other area school.
- 100% of Baylor students attend four-year colleges and universities.
Advanced Placement Leadership
- In 1954, Baylor led the way as one of the first schools outside New England to be invited to participate in the new Advanced Placement (AP) program.
- Baylor currently offers AP courses in English Literature, English Language, American History, European History , Human Geography, AP 3-D, Art History, Studio Art, Calculus AB,Calculus BC, Statistics, Spanish, Spanish Literature, French, German, Latin, Physics, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science.
- Some Baylor sophomores take AP Chemistry and AP Computer Science, some juniors take AP Calculus and many take AP English, AP Languages, and AP sciences, and seniors choose from the full slate of offerings.
- A Baylor student was named one of two Tennessee recipients of the Siemen Award for Advanced Placement for her performance on math and science AP exams as a junior.
- On average, over 80 percent of AP exams taken by Baylor students earn scores of three or higher (out of a possible five), often making students eligible to receive college credit or waive required college courses in the subject covered by the AP exam.
- Exploring the world through coursework is one way to prepare students for living and working in the global society of the 21st Century. Using the iPad as a teaching and learning tool is another. But the iPad initiative is only one of many ways that Baylor has always found to be innovative within its traditional framework -- listed here are just a few examples:
- Taking the lead in the effective use of technology in the classroom, Baylor now requires all students to have an iPad. A wide array of apps offers new and creative ways to deliver content.
- Since 2010, all Baylor students have the option to take Chinese in the Middle School and continue through the Upper School.
- In addition to giving students an insightful overview of world history, Baylor’s social studies department offers intriguing electives such as Civil Rights, Cold War, History of American Law, and Contemporary Africa.
- Baylor seniors can choose from several world literature semester electives such as Literature of Medicine, Literary Voices of Equality, or Travel Literature.
- In the Baylor Middle School, “Research and Communication” and “Issues and Solutions” are collaborative experiences leading students to explore solutions for complex problems while developing skills in communication, technology, information literacy, and creativity.
- Sixth grade students learn about ancient and contemporary China in humanities classes. In a seventh grade geography class, students examine the physical and human aspects of the world’s major regions and how they are interconnected. Eighth graders explore the complex role of energy in a global society in their physical science class.
- Hedges Library, “Baylor’s largest classroom,” recently underwent a $1.5 million renovation. Improvements kept the academic focus of the library while adding modern aesthetics like soft seating and comfortable computer tables, drawing students of all grade levels and strengthening their connection with the library.
- Along with moving away from the military and moving toward a more diverse student body, Baylor’s decision for co-education may be the school’s most innovative move, a commitment that continues to break long-held classroom stereotypes.
- One of the nation’s most innovatively unique educational opportunities, the Walkabout program highlight’s Baylor’s commitment to the outdoors and to experiential learning. In fact, the last week of the senior year is spent in the mountains of South Carolina, with the entire class sharing the wonder of a wilderness adventure instead of taking final exams. When the trip began in the early 70s, it was a radical move. It still is.