About MBA

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement

What are the components of diversity at MBA? respect, inclusion, empathy, kindness

Why do we embrace diversity at MBA? Because the modern definition of being a gentleman demands that we do so. Embracing diversity complements the part of mission that aspires to help boys
become good men.

What do we achieve through embracing diversity? Strength of community, preparation for an ever-changing world, individual growth and self-awareness, inspiration, authentic friendships

What types of diversity do we include at MBA? Race, Sexual Orientation, Cultural Identity, Socio-economic Status, Religion, Physical Ability.

The values necessary to create a diverse and inclusive community are synonymous with the values necessary to be a Gentleman – humility, kindness, empathy and courage. Montgomery Bell Academy believes that developing and reinforcing these values within our boys is essential to our individual and collective well-being in an ever-changing world.

The centrality of this mission to our purpose is manifest in our commitment to making sure that regardless of race, religious preference, physical ability, sexual orientation or socio-economic status, students, faculty, staff and all the members of the MBA community know that they truly contribute to and are an integral part of the MBA mission to make boys good men.

MBA firmly believes that strength of community will stimulate honest, individual growth, self-awareness, and inspire us to build life-long, authentic friendships, born out of an aspiration to be gentlemen, scholars and athletes.

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Students

    The composition of our student body is one measure of MBA's success in fostering a diverse community. Over the past 10 years, our percentage of students of color has grown from 9% to 16%. Additionally, our geographic diversity has expanded, enrolling students from 32 zip codes in Middle Tennessee compared to 21 in 2008. Relatedly, MBA has expanded an investment in the need-based financial aid program of the school, growing the budget from $1.1 million to $2.2 million and to 21% of the student population.
  • Faculty and Staff

    MBA endeavors to hire faculty members that represent a range of perspectives and backgrounds both personal and professional to enhance the mission of the school.  The school offers competitive compensation packages and strives to attract and retain the best faculty possible that reflects our commitment to diversity. Additionally, in 2017 MBA established  the Ralph Ellison Chair for Teaching to acknowledge and celebrate a faculty member who regularly contributes a diverse perspective to the community. The MBA internship program also provides an entry point for recent college graduates to explore independent school education. Such a program attracts candidates to campus that might not otherwise consider employment at a school like MBA.
  • Student Groups and Programs

    There are are a number of student clubs that explore the value of difference and diversity in the school community. Club meetings are open to all students and faculty. An example of some of the club offerings are:
    • African American Studies
    • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
    • French Club
    • German Club
    • Hispanic Achievers
    • Jewish Advisory Group
    • King Society
    • MBA Asian Cultural Club
    MBA also offers 15 international exchanges, which broaden a boy’s cultural understandings through an immersion experience. Through these exchanges, students develop a heightened understanding of the politics and culture of their host countries. Our students will spend from four weeks to three months enrolled in these great schools where they will absorb an educational experience rich in culture and tradition.
    The MBA service club actively engages MBA students in the Nashville community. Working with 26 different non-profits, MBA boys contribute close to 5000 hours of community service annually. We hope that over time MBA gentlemen will learn to appreciate their relationships with others across the sometimes limiting lines of race, ethnicity, economic status, and other group identifications and to experience the value of working together towards common good.    
  • Community and Events

    Each January, on the Tuesday following MLK day, MBA hosts an annual King Society Induction ceremony to honor students who best carry on Dr. King’s work of furthering equality, justice, freedom and peace.

Montgomery Bell Academy

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