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Montgomery Bell Academy enjoys a 140-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 . . .MBA consistently does well in producing National Merit Scholars, often with more students than any other school in the region. For the 2005-2006 academic year, MBA had 11 semifinalists in the National Merit Scholar Competition. In 2005, MBA graduated 12 National Merit Finalists, 25 National Merit Commended Students, and 16 AP Scholars.
SAT scores were 28% higher than the national average
100% of our student body is college-bound
Student body of approximately 670 in grades 7-12
Entering students represent over 40 different public and private schools
76% of faculty hold advanced degrees, including 16 doctorates
The student-teacher ratio is 8:1, with an average class size of 13.
For the 2006-2007 academic year, MBA awarded more than $925,000 in need-based financial aid benefiting 16% of the student population.
In 2004-2005, the MBA Debate Team placed two teams in the National Finals, the first time in the 75 year history of the National Forensics League that a single school claimed a co-championship.
Community service is key to the MBA experience. Through the Service Club, the boys support such worthwhile causes as Special Olympics, Time to Rise, Monroe Harding Children's Home, Soup Kitchen, Neighborhood Clean-ups, Peer Tutoring, and Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Honor Code is an integral part of life at MBA, promoting a strong sense of mutual trust and respect among all members of the MBA community.
National and regional awards in studio art: 33 in 2004-2005
Named as one of the top 50 theater programs in the nation by the American High School Theater Festival
More boys in Nashville Youth Symphony than any other school in Nashville
Field space exclusively for Junior School athletes on 42nd Avenue in Sylvan Park
MBA Junior School - the first independent school to win the HVAC Inman All-Sports Trophy
State championships in baseball, football, rifle, lacrosse and tennis over the last four years