Boarding Viewbook - Baylor School
Baylor is one of the nation’s premier college preparatory schools for day students (grades 6-12) and boarding students (grades 9-12) located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, TN.Baylor's mission is to foster in its students both the ability and the desire to make a positive difference in the world. Baylor provides:• a rich academic program that opens the minds of students, preparing them for college and for an ever-changing world;• a school rooted in tradition yet receptive to change, staffed by talented adults who are devoted to teaching and who model for students a lifelong love of learning;• a wide variety of co-curricular experiences that require active participation and personal commitment, extending learning beyond the lessons of the traditional classroom;• a balance of emphases on activities of the mind, body, and spirit, encouraging students to grow into happy, caring, and honorable adults, ready and unafraid to be leaders for the public good.
This is no place for followers. We are leaders. For more than 115 years, Baylor School has been the place for leaders of remarkable intelligence, integrity, and individuality. We know what it takes to make a real difference in the world, and we recognize that potential in every young man and woman. But only you can make the choice to lead. To be a leader, at Baylor. BaylorLeads Since our earliest years as the "University School," Baylor School has been breaking new ground in collegiate-level education (years before college). In 1893, educator John Roy Baylor launched our legacy of leadership among Chattanooga's professional, industrial, and civic luminaries. Before long, Dr. Baylor's love of learning was embraced by families across the Southeast. That love of learning is reflected in graduates determined to change the world. That love of learning is reflected in graduates determined to change the world. Ronnie Saha works for the International Rescue Committee, working with the UN to Ronnie Saha works for the International Rescue Committee, coordinating with the UN to provide refugees with education, economic development, and health services. Dr. provide refugees with education, economic development, and health services. Dr. Francis Francis Fesmire developed a rapid (and therefore lifesaving) method for diagnosing Fesmire developed a rapid (and therefore lifesaving) method for diagnosing heart attack patients. heart attack patients. Bill Dedman won the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. Johnny Bill Dedman won the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. Johnny Johnson has led oceanic recovery Johnson has led oceanic recovery operations involving the Titanic and Amelia operations involving the Titanic and Amelia Earhart's plane. Tene Hamilton is working on the Earhart's plane. Tene Hamilton is working on the Human Genome Project. Arthur Human Genome Project. Arthur Golden wrote the best-selling novel Memoirs of a Geisha. Goldman wrote the best-selling novel Memoirs of a Geisha. Dr. David Lowrance Dr. David Lowrance established Atlanta's first kidney transplant center. Laurel Creech runs established Atlanta's first kidney transplant center. Laurel Creech runs Nashville's Nashville's largest (and most dynamic) outdoor adventure program, Team Green. largest (and most dynamic) outdoor adventure program, Team Green. What do they all have in common? A seemingly effortless ability to lead. It's no coincidence that Baylor created the Jim Pearce Leadership Trip � an extreme adventure in the wilds of Colorado, honoring Baylor students who work hard at helping others. Our Distinguished Scholars Program attracts the best and brightest boarding students from around the world. And for 65 years, Baylor's Round Table has elevated academic dialogue by encouraging literary exploration, independent thought, and spirited debate. Girls+Boys = A+ at Baylor. A recent gender equity study reveals that Baylor does an exemplary job in providing equitable experiences for students in a number of critical areas, regardless of gender. Learn more at baylorschool.org/more/coeducation. How does Baylor lead? With a clear, innovative curriculum taught by some of the nation's leading educators. Beyond academics, we blaze trails in everything from community service to sustainability to the arts. Our greatest strength? An extraordinary awareness of each child's individual promise. Read about Dr. Baylor and our history at baylorschool.org/more/history Catch up with notable Baylor alumni at baylorschool.org/more/notablealums Might you be our next Distinguished Scholar? Learn more at baylorschool.org/more/scholars Ready for the Round Table? baylorschool.org/more/roundtable Learning. Baylor was selected by the Siemens Foundation and the College Board as one of 50 national recipients of the 2009 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement, recognizing the school's AP participation and performance in science, math, and technology as the best in the state. Baylor also leads to: Amherst College Boston College Davidson College Duke University Georgetown University Harvard University Johns Hopkins University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Princeton University Stanford University St. John's College University of Pennsylvania Vanderbilt University Wake Forest University Yale University Baylor leads to With an average class size of 15 students, it's not a question of "if" you'll lead, but "when." Some think a good school means good test scores. If that's the case, we're in fine shape (remind us to introduce you to our students who earned perfect scores on the SAT and the National Latin Exam). When the national Advanced Placement program expanded beyond New England in 1954, Baylor was the only school in the Southeast that qualified to participate. Today, our students can choose from AP courses in 22 subjects, and more than 80 percent of Baylor students take AP courses in everything from Studio Art to Environmental Science. Of course we take pride in academic excellence. But at Baylor, we see so much more in our students. We see the artist, the tutor, the techie, and the scientist. The dancer, the writer, the swimmer, and the diplomat. For every face on campus, there's a singular story of accomplishment. And for most, that story starts at Baylor. On any given day, ask our students what they've learned � and where. You might hear about the "Oreo project" in Marti Wayland's Statistics class. Students challenged the claim that doublestuffed Oreo cookies actually have twice as much filling as the regular version. Their research was as thorough as it was tasty � they even contacted Nabisco to discuss their findings. (Sadly, the cookies don't quite live up to their name.) You'll also find sophomores in AP Chemistry and fourth-year French, in an environment that ranks individual ability above grade level. Labs in the Weeks Science Building buzz and bubble with handson experimentation, and students gather in the Bullpen � a state-of-the-art computer lab � to study, research, and write papers. No doubt Baylor classrooms engage and excite. But our students' desire for discovery spills over beyond the school day. It's evident in students who challenge themselves through new extracurricular activities or independent research projects. In their lobbying to make campus a "no idling" zone for cars to lower air pollution. And in the 35,000 books they collected and resold, raising $330,000 to help rebuild schools in Uganda. Our students will also tell you that their teachers are not limited to the Baylor faculty. They also learn from each other � from honing communication skills during group projects to practicing diplomacy in the dorms to appreciating different perspectives. A Baylor School education can lead anywhere. How far will you go? Meet this year's National Merit Finalists: baylorschool.org/more/meritscholars View student (and faculty) podcasts at baylorschool.org/more/podcasts Where is this year's graduating class going in the fall? baylorschool.org/more/collegechoices More than 70 percent of Baylor faculty hold advanced degrees from places like Boston University, Cornell, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt (including plenty of PhDs). Baylor leads to Insight. Our instructors help write the National Spanish Exam and grade Advanced Placement exams. Arts and music faculty have been named Outstanding Educators by the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. One of our educators received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, and Fulbright Scholarships have been awarded to faculty in both Social Studies and Latin. Baylor's faculty certainly have impressive resum�s. But they have more in common than outstanding credentials. As Associate Head for Academic Affairs Jim Stover notes, "Our faculty members care deeply about education and young people. They choose to teach and coach and live in the dorms. They love it all. For them, Baylor is magic." Baylor's Adviser System is part of that magic. One boarding student put it this way: "My adviser knows more about my life at school than anyone." It makes sense, once you realize that the adviser team consists of faculty members who serve three official roles: academic monitor, student advocate, and facilitator. But it's their fourth "unofficial" role that students share most often, and that advisers prize above all else: friend. Insight: Students seek it, and Baylor faculty have it. But how are they making a real difference in students' lives? By leading Walkabout trips to India and sparking Round Table debates. By coaching championship teams and earning grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. By opening students' eyes and minds to new perspectives and ideas. Get to know Baylor's fantastic faculty: baylorschool.org/more/faculty Learn about the Adviser system and other academic support at baylorschool.org/more/advisers Dr. Robin Fazio '92 created an organic garden on campus that both teaches students and provides produce for the dining hall (students are selling the harvests to the Chattanooga community as well). Confidence. W H A T L E A D E R S H A V E: It's important to be open-minded and to challenge yourself. I knew how academically challenging going here would be, but Baylor offers so much more. Participate in the activities you wouldn't normally try. Get out of your comfort zone, and you'll be surprised! I'm a leader when others look to me to solve problems � on the basketball court, as a peer tutor, and when I help my friends. Amber Howard Chattanooga, TN '12 There are so many qualities leaders should have. The most important? Knowing that you can lead. I feel like a leader in my dorm, because boarding life requires something more than just academic ability. It takes teamwork and independence. We really understand each other here. Living at Baylor is like being part of a big family. Jianqiao Li Tokyo, Japan '10 Baylor leads to Trust is a given at Baylor. The Honor Code lives in every action, every moment, for every student. Members of the Honor Council are chosen by their fellow students to uphold the code. In the words of one ninth grader, "It's a very big deal. Going before the Honor Council is even worse than letting your parents or your teachers down. It's letting yourself down." Integrity. experiential days, off-campus retreats that center on team-building challenges. Students also gain insight from the leadership experiences of others through our speaker series, which has welcomed local business leaders and community activists, as well as former NFL player Joe Ehrmann, Pulitzer-Prize winner Jeffrey Marx, and best-selling author Pat Conroy. Leadership Baylor culminates in the Senior Capstone Project experience. This gives all students an opportunity to lead a project of their choosing, from start to finish. The bar is high: Kathryn Russell '06 raised over $100,000 for a non-profit women's alcohol and drug treatment facility in Georgia. Recent Capstone projects have included organizing a Special Olympics swim meet on campus, raising money for the purchase of a school supplies vending machine, and working to promote campus recycling. Baylor has a long tradition of leadership, and in 2005, we formalized this integral aspect of a Baylor education with the Leadership Baylor program. The goal? To help all of our students discover and develop their unique leadership skills. All students in grades 9-12 attend weekly Colloquium seminars, led by more than 40 volunteer faculty (not only core subject teachers, but coaches, deans, counselors, admissions staff, our reference librarian � everyone wanted to contribute to Leadership Baylor). And students in grades 10-12 take part in The Baylor Honor Code: The honor system is an understanding among Baylor students that we do not want among us one who will lie, cheat, steal, or falsify information. I understand this principle, and I recognize that I shall be expected to live in accordance with it. A "new" tradition at Baylor is Colloquium, a series of seminars on everything from wellness to SAT prep to ethics and leadership. Students even led the effort to name the program Colloquium, which means "a meeting for discussion, especially in an academic setting." Learn more about Leadership Baylor at baylorschool.org/more/leadership What are students up to in Colloquium right now? Find out at baylorschool.org/colloquium Mission: To foster in our students both the ability and the desire to make a positive difference in the world. Baylor leads to Community. Being "on your own" for the first time means great freedom, and even greater responsibility. Baylor boarders are invested in their home � they are involved in everything. A list of daily activities can seem dizzying, but students take it all in stride. They host open houses, decorate friends' rooms, plan study sessions and weekend trips, and participate in every sport and club Baylor offers. When you live with a few hundred of your closest friends from around the country and around the world, you're much more than just classmates. A strong support system keeps the experience from being overwhelming. Each student, faculty member, and boarding parent has a Baylor email address to stay easily connected. Families Assisting Boarding Students (FABS) pairs boarders with local Chattanooga families, offering a second "home away from home" (complete with homecooked meals). During the occasional Student Switch, boarders and day students swap rooms for a night or two, an experience that helps everyone appreciate their differences � and similarities. And when a student really needs someone to talk to, Baylor's Peer Support Network is there. To help their classmates with problems big and small, this group of upperclassmen meets monthly to hone their skills in conflict resolution and just plain listening. A campus community with Baylor's long history has its share of traditions, and the annual Freshman Trip kicks off the school year with three days of intense environmental adventure. Our philosophy? Camping, climbing, hiking, and kayaking are ideal ways to get to know your classmates. Everyone remembers those first late-night talks in the cabins, but for unforgettable moments, it's hard to top Baylor/McCallie Week. Baylor students know it's not just a football game � it's the football game, fueled by a massive rivalry, and everything leading up to it. For a week each fall, everyone on campus wears red, red, red (and we do mean everyone). Boarders stage hilarious skits. The pep rallies are legendary. And the caravan to the game literally stops traffic. And you can't help but notice the everyday traditions unique to Baylor: plays performed in the quad; spring classes held at "The Point" � a spot with incredible views of the river and mountains; and seniors staking their claim on the chapel steps as soon as the weather turns warm. Speaking of steps ... love 'em or hate 'em, the hills that define Baylor's campus build loads of character (and muscle). But once you reach the top, the future looks pretty amazing. Baylor Dormitories Harrison Hall (LEED Certified) Hunter Hall Lowrance Hall Lupton Two Lupton Three Probasco Hall Riverfront Hall Trustee Hall Clubs and Organizations Anime Baylor International Student Association Bible Study Group Chapel Advisory Committee C.P (Committee to Promote .I.C. an Inclusive Community) Computer Club Earth Advocates ECOS (Environmentally Concerned Organization for Students) Fellowship of Christian Athletes French Club German Club Habitat for Humanity Harambee Latin Club Philosophy Club Religious Round Table Science Club SEC (Student Events Committee) Spanish Club Spirit Committee Swing Dance Club Ultimate Frisbee Club Writers' Collective Clubs and Organizations (by selection) Class Officers Cum Laude Society Honor Council Inner Circle Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society Peer Support Network Peer Tutors Prefects and Proctors Red Circle Round Table Student Academic Council Student Council Extracurricular Activities Baylor Players (theatre and tech crew) Choir Community Service Concert Dance Environmental Service High Energy Jazz Band Orchestra Organic Gardening Verv� Dancers Walkabout Student Publications Periaktoi (art and literary magazine) The Baylor Notes (student newspaper) The Tower (yearbook) Our newest dorm, Harrison Hall, reflects Baylor's leadership in environmental stewardship. Baylor is the first academic institution in the area to seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the building, which used sustainable design and materials in its construction. Want to see our dorms up close and personal? Go to baylorschool.org/more/dorms, or better yet, come visit in person! Adventure. The term Walkabout originated with Aboriginal tribes in Australia: it refers to a young person's rite-ofpassage journey in the wilderness. Baylor Walkabout participants haven't conquered the Outback (yet), but they have hiked the Himalayas in India; kayaked in Costa Rica; surfed in Panama; and snorkeled, rock climbed, and rafted their way through several states. Baylor leads to What if you could plan a full year of outdoor discovery, with no limits on thrills or destinations? Walkabout is one of the most demanding activities on campus, and that's exactly why it's so popular with Baylor students. Our Walkabout program connects students to the outdoors virtually every day of the year. It's an afternoon activity, a weekend excursion, a summer adventure, and then some. Learn how to roll a kayak in the Baylor pool one afternoon, and then test your skills on a trip to Costa Rica. Go caving at Raccoon Mountain. Hike local trails (or the Himalayas). Climb rocks, rappel cliffs, backpack through rugged terrain. The challenges � and discoveries � are endless. Our Walkabout faculty have a bit of the superhero alter ego to them: they teach English, Eastern Religions, math, history, science, and Spanish at Baylor by day. Once classes end each afternoon, they're expert rock climbers, paddlers, mountain bikers, and backpackers. They're certified Wilderness First Responders, guides, and instructors in all things outdoors. In other words, they're the perfect team of outdoor adventure leaders. Walkabout isn't the only continent-traversing (not to mention world-changing) travel opportunity at Baylor. International exchange programs are another great way to expand your worldview. Maybe art is your thing? Spend the summer in a 15th century villa in Florence, Italy, studying Renaissance drawing. Baylor students have studied in Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain � leading the way for future classes of world travelers. See the latest Walkabout photos and read blog posts at baylorschool.org/more/walkabout Individuality. W H A T L E A D E R S H A V E: It's important to us that Belle and Parker continue to strengthen their relationship as siblings. Being at Baylor together gave them that opportunity. Their strong connection to the Baylor family is a common bond that strengthens their relationship as brother and sister. Although our two children are very different, at Baylor each has been able to develop their strengths � academically and socially. Parker's found his place on the crew team � something he'd never tried before Baylor. And Belle's involvement with community service projects, the peer support network, and as a tutor prepared her to step forward as a natural leader at Rollins College. Thanks to Baylor, Belle and Parker recognize that everyone has something to offer, and they respect that in others as well as themselves. They've developed the confidence to apply their contributions to the greater community. Parker '10, Distinguished Scholar & Belle '07 Jenne & Dacre Stoker Baylor leads to Victory. Why would Sports Illustrated take note of a private school in East Tennessee? When the school is Baylor, and the athletics program is the stuff of legend, the real question is, "How could they not notice?" such as Alabama, Georgia, Harvard, Tennessee, and Washington and Lee. Our students take full advantage of athletic facilities that rival those of most college campuses. The field house is home to: three basketball courts varsity basketball arena volleyball courts wrestling facility fully equipped training room There's more: football and track stadium with artificial turf three baseball fields softball field lacrosse field three soccer fields cross-country course 14 outdoor tennis courts (plus seven indoor courts) Plus, Baylor golfers can practice their short game right on campus. And Baylor's aquatic center is undeniably one of the best in the nation. Baylor teams have produced more than 100 state championships in just the past 15 years. And when you hear that Raider roar at every match, game, and regatta, one thing is clear: This sports legacy is just getting started. Our girls' golf team made history with an unprecedented 14 consecutive TSSAA titles. Our crew teams regularly make the Southeast rowing finals. The girls' track and field team took the state crown in 2008 and 2009. Five boys' lacrosse players received all-state honors. Baylor swimmers and divers regularly shatter state records, and recently won the national title among independent schools in the U.S. Who else is making sports headlines? Scholarathletes from every sport (the Baylor football team alone had 13 players named to the U.S. Army All-Academic team). Thirty students from the class of '09 are continuing their athletic careers at colleges Is great coaching the secret to Baylor's success? It's certainly a part. Much like our approach to academics, community service, and the arts, the formula is simple: plenty of choices, loads of encouragement, experienced faculty, and passionate students. Sports Illustrated named Baylor School one of the nation's "top high school athletic programs" among 38,000 contenders. Baylor's 80 teams in 17 sports offer every student a way to play. What we don't offer are athletic scholarships. Here, it's all about a love of the game. For the latest sports news, check out the Raider Recap at baylorschool.org/more/raiderrecap Ways to play at Baylor: Baseball Basketball Bowling Cheerleading Crew Cross Country Fencing Football Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Wrestling Of all the hot spots around Chattanooga, downtown simply cannot be missed. A great place to start is the Tennessee Aquarium. The Riverfront area is packed with coffee shops, outdoor eateries, shopping and, of course, fun. Possibilities. Each week, Baylor students collect non-hydrogenated oil from Baylor's dining hall and the student center grille and deliver it to a processor at the campus physical plant to produce fuel suitable for Baylor's maintenance vehicles and buses. Learn about students' green initiatives at baylorschool.org/more/green. Baylor leads to The promise of endless possibilities is evident in every aspect of life at Baylor, whether you're enjoying a movie night with your dorm parents or brainstorming ways to raise the bar on campus eco-efforts. Baylor students are involved in everything � clubs, sports, tutoring, mentoring, student government. With all the activity on campus, it may be easy to forget that the city of Chattanooga is just waiting to be explored. The New York Times called Chattanooga the "undiscovered gem of Tennessee," but the city's charms are well known to our students. From the Tennessee Aquarium to the Hunter Museum of American Art to the Bijou Theatre, from Lookouts minor league baseball games to miles of greenway paths and mountain trails, to shops and restaurants waiting to be discovered, there's always something to do. Baylor students know that there are no geographic bounds to making a positive difference. More than half of Baylor boarders volunteer for service opportunities at the local, national, and international levels. They spend time daily helping the elderly and tutoring their inner-city peers. Fall and winter breaks find students in an Asheville, North Carolina, homeless shelter. And then there's the Jamaica trip: each year, students spend spring break working with abused children, a squatters' community, and the elderly. (Baylor students also raise money for the Jamaica Education Fund, which helps provide an education for Jamaican children � last year they raised more than $64,000.) How do you say Baylor? Baylorschool.org can be viewed in Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Thai. A Baylor education is a significant investment, but it doesn't have to be out of your family's reach. Many families need financial assistance, from tuition payment plans to need-based aid for qualified students. We are dedicated to working with you to help make a Baylor education possible for your child. For more Baylor. Benefits of Founded in 1893, Baylor is a coeducational day and boarding, college preparatory school enrolling students in grades 6-12 (boarding for grades 9-12). Mission: To foster in our students both the ability and the desire to make a positive difference in the world. Students: More than 1,000 students from 21 states and 17 countries. There are approximately 700 students in the upper school (over 220 of whom are boarding students), and 360 students in the middle school. Coeducation: Baylor students benefit from a coeducational learning environment. At Baylor, as in the world, both girls and boys occupy leadership positions and participate fully in the life of the school. Cultural diversity: We actively seek students who bring different geographic, economic, social, ethnic, and racial backgrounds to our community. Fourteen percent of upper school students identify themselves as students of color; international students make up seven percent of the upper school student body. All Baylor students benefit from the global and cultural perspectives that our boarding students bring. Technology: The Weeks Science and Technology building houses 100 computers, 14 laboratories, state-of-the-art computer classrooms, and robotics equipment. SMART Boards are used in many campus classrooms. Campus: Our 670 acres on the Tennessee River include a state-of-the-art science and technology building, eight dormitories, library, chapel, sports complex, fine arts complex, dining hall, the area's only indoor 50-meter pool, and much more. Athletics: Baylor fields 80 teams in 17 sports for grades 6-12. Our athletes have won more than 100 state titles in the past 15 years. Sports Illustrated ranked Baylor as one of the top 25 athletic programs in the country. Arts: Our arts facilities are among the finest in the nation. They include the Roddy Performing Arts Center (media arts, dance, drama), the Ireland Arts Studio (pottery, drawing, painting, computer graphics), and the Music Building. There's even a dance studio in our field house. Student activities: More than 30 extracurricular activities are available, including community service, outdoor education, and a variety of clubs, organizations, and student publications. Scholarships and financial aid: Over $3 million in need-based financial aid is awarded to approximately 25 percent of the student body. Academic merit scholarships are also available for qualifying students. Faculty: Baylor faculty members are more than instructors: they're advisers, mentors, and friends who build strong relationships with students. More than 70 percent of our teaching faculty hold advanced degrees (including plenty of PhDs). Class size: Baylor's average class size is 15 students, with a student�teacher ratio of 8:1. This means our faculty know well, and interact closely with, their students. Academics: One hundred percent of Baylor graduates go on to colleges and universities nationwide, including Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Hopkins, M.I.T., and Yale. Baylor offers Advanced Placement courses in 22 subjects. Student Support: Our adviser system pairs students with faculty advocates, fostering strong relationships. The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program, which covers vocabulary, grammar, writing, and U.S. history and culture, is key to the success of many of our international students. 171 Baylor School Road Chattanooga, TN 37405 T: 423-267-5902 F: 423-757-2525 baylorschool.org information, please visit baylorschool.org/admission, or contact the Admission Office at 423-267-5902. From the Headmaster At this point in your school search you may be a few ste ps closer to deciding that Baylor's ext raordinary community is the place for you. There is no question tha t the academic, athletic, and civic achievements of our studen ts are inspiring. Yet there is another side to Baylor that is profou ndly human and real. We are a family of students, teachers, parent s, alumni, grandparents and friends who share a unique bond tha t transcends description. I kno w, because I was blessed to att end Baylor and now my chi ldren enjoy the same privilege. Alo ng with thousands of others we can say with the greatest convic tion that we love Baylor. We live in unique and challen ging times. The importance of a great education has nev more necessary. If you want er been more obvious or to find the best in yourself, fulfill your dreams, and app positive difference in the wo ly your talents to make a rld � then you have found you r school. We look forward to meeting you and exploring the unique aspects of Baylor with you fur ther. Scott Wilson '75 business card 171 Baylor School Road Chattanooga, TN 37405 T: 423-267-5902 F: 423-757-2525 baylorschool.orgbaylorschool. org