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Montgomery Bell Academy enjoys a 150-year history as a college preparatory school for young men in grades 7-12, offering a progressive approach to traditional education. MBA provides for its students a determined balance among academics, athletics, and fine arts.

As Middle Tennessee's only school for young men, MBA offers a unique educational setting. Here boys are immersed in an environment where trust and support are paramount. Because of this support, students see initiative, independence, and resourcefulness as the means to pursue self-discovery, develop leadership skills, and claim a sense of self-worth.

Some Points to Consider...

  • Student body of 745 in grades 7-12
  • Entering students represent 37 different public and private schools
  • 22% of student body receive more than $2 million in need-based financial aid
  • 74% of faculty hold advanced degrees, including 14 doctorates
  • 7:1 student-teacher ratio
  • Four fully-endowed faculty chairs: English, Junior School, Science, and Humanities
  • 100% of student body is college bound
  • 17 National Merit Semifinalists in 2014-2015
  • 13 AP National Scholars in 2014
  • ACT average 8 points higher than the national average in 2014
  • State-of-the-art digital language lab
  • Students took 627 AP Exams in 2014
  • 27 AP Classes offered
  • Science Olympiad State Champions from 2010 to 2014
The Arts
  • National and regional awards in studio art
  • Seven members of statewide choirs
  • 4 national championships in debate, including Novice and Middle School Champs in 2015
  • Active community service leadership: Best Buddies, Soup Kitchen, Peer Tutoring, Time to Rise, Hispanic Achievers, Preston Taylor Homes Tutoring, and Refugee Tutoring Program
  • 45% of Alumni give annually to the school
The Patrick Wilson Library
  • A remarkable collection of dozens of first editions of novels and poetry
  • An archive of MBA historical materials that includes more than 1500 items
  • More than 21,400 items including books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, and digital book readers
  • Innovation room for group collaboration
  • Robotics lab
  • Last year, MBA students participated in an international symposium held in Winchester, England, focused on public understanding of science.
  • Each year MBA send 60+ high-school students on service and educational programs spanning the globe – all at the school’s expense.
  • 30 students were chosen to receive study grants at the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy for advanced language training in Spanish, French, Chinese, German, and Italian.
  • The Warner International Exchange program sent another 30 juniors on cultural and academic exchanges to programs in the United Kingdom, Colombia, China, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.
Long Mountain
  • 150-plus acre campus on Long Mountain near McMinnville, Tennessee with an observatory, zip line and ropes courses
  • 15 Varsity sports with state championships in basketball, cross-country, football, lacrosse, rifle, soccer, swimming, and tennis over the last decade, including football and soccer in 2014-15
  • Field space exclusively for Junior School athletics on 42nd Avenue in Sylvan Park

About MBA

Alma Mater
Hail MBA of thee we sing
Now and forever more.
Long may the bells of glory ring,
As in the days of yore.
Hail to thee! Hail to thee!
Where loyal hearts and friendship dwell.
On and On! Faithfully,
Hail Montgomery Bell!

School Colors
Cardinal and Silver

Gentleman, Scholar, Athlete

Fortitudo per Scientiam

Big Red

Additional Info

Non-Discrimination Policy

Montgomery Bell Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age, in its employment practices or in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, athletic programs, or other school-administered programs.

Montgomery Bell Academy

4001 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 298-5514