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  • The average private school in Tennessee was founded around 1972 (2020).
  • The oldest private school in Tennessee is St. Mary's Episcopal School, founded in 1847.
  • The oldest private schools are listed below (where sufficient data available).

Oldest Private Schools in Tennessee (2020)

  • School Founding Date Grades Location
  • Rank: #11.
    St. Mary's Episcopal School
    St. Mary's Episcopal School Photo
    All-girls (Episcopal)
    Founding Date: 1847
    Grades: NS-1260 Perkins Extended
    Memphis, TN 38117

  • Rank: #22.
    St Agnes Academy-st. Dominic School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1851
    Grades: PK-124830 Walnut Grove Rd
    Memphis, TN 38117

  • Rank: #33.
    Harpeth Hall School
    Harpeth Hall School Photo - The Harpeth Hall student is an independent thinker, a thoughtful risk-taker, a problem solver, a clarion voice, an authentic spirit and an empathetic friend.
    Founding Date: 1865
    Grades: 5-123801 Hobbs Road
    Nashville, TN 37215

  • Rank: #44.
    St Bernard Academy
    St Bernard Academy Photo - SBA strives to connect our students' head, heart, and hands with various projects throughout the year. Service learning is incorporated at every level.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1866
    Grades: NS-82020 24th Ave S
    Nashville, TN 37212

  • Rank: #55.
    Montgomery Bell Academy
    Montgomery Bell Academy Photo - Montgomery Bell Academy's 146th Commencement
    Founding Date: 1867
    Grades: 7-124001 Harding Road
    Nashville, TN 37205

  • Rank: #66.
    St. Andrew's-Sewanee School
    St. Andrew's-Sewanee School Photo - One of the South''''s Most Beautiful High Schools, as chosen by Southern Living magazine, the school''''s 550-acre campus, including forests, bluffs and two lakes, offers abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. A school farm, on-going wetlands study, and LEED Gold science building are just a few of the ways our campus also serves as learning lab.
    Founding Date: 1868
    Grades: 6-12290 Quintard Rd
    Sewanee, TN 37375

  • Rank: #77.
    First Lutheran School
    First Lutheran School Photo - Our students perform consistently above and beyond state academic standards.
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1869
    Grades: NS-81207 Broadway St
    Knoxville, TN 37917

  • Rank: #88.
    The Webb School
    The Webb School Photo
    Founding Date: 1870
    Grades: 6-12319 Webb Road East
    Bell Buckle, TN 37020

  • Rank: #99.
    Notre Dame High School
    Notre Dame High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1876
    Grades: 9-122701 Vermont Avenue
    Chattanooga, TN 37404

  • Rank: #1010.
    St Marys School
    St Marys School Photo - Discover the St. Mary's Difference!
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1878
    Grades: PK-81665 Hwy 45 By Pass
    Jackson, TN 38305

  • Rank: #1111.
    The King's Academy
    The King's Academy Photo
    Founding Date: 1880
    Grades: PK-12202 Smothers Rd
    Seymour, TN 37865

  • Rank: #1212.
    Belvoir Christian Academy
    Belvoir Christian Academy Photo
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1887
    Grades: NS-8800 Belvoir Ave
    Chattanooga, TN 37412

  • Rank: #1313. Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: K-12336 Ernest Rice Lane
    Franklin, TN 37069

  • Rank: #1414.
    Lipscomb Academy
    Lipscomb Academy Photo - "At the Elementary School, your child will be individually known and loved," Jonathan Sheahen, Elementary School Principal
    Founding Date: 1891
    Grades: NS-123901 Granny White Pike
    Nashville, TN 37204

  • Rank: #15-1615.- 16.
    Baylor School
    Baylor School Photo - Baylor's 690-acre campus is located on the Tennessee River and surrounded by mountains.
    (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (formerly AELC, ALC, or LCA))
    Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: 6-12171 Baylor School Road
    Chattanooga, TN 37405

  • Rank: #15-1615.- 16.
    Memphis University School
    Memphis University School Photo - MUS celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. We are proud of our legacy in Memphis and look forward to providing a world-class college-preparatory education for 7th to 12th grade boys in this region for years to come!
    Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: 7-126191 Park Avenue
    Memphis, TN 38119

  • Rank: #1717.
    Hutchison School
    Hutchison School Photo - At Hutchison, girls discover the joy of learning.
    All-girls | Special Program Emphasis
    Founding Date: 1902
    Grades: PK-121740 Ridgeway Rd
    Memphis, TN 38119

  • Rank: #1818.
    School Of The Good Shepherd
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1903
    Grades: K-92037 Decherd Blvd
    Decherd, TN 37324

  • Rank: #1919.
    Mccallie School
    Mccallie School Photo - Chapel
    All-boys (Christian)
    Founding Date: 1905
    Grades: 6-12500 Dodds Ave
    Chattanooga, TN 37404

  • Rank: #20-2120.- 21.
    Girls Preparatory School
    Girls Preparatory School Photo - Girls Preparatory School 2017-18 | Grades 6-12
    Founding Date: 1906
    Grades: 6-12205 Island Avenue
    Chattanooga, TN 37405

  • Rank: #20-2120.- 21.
    Madison Campus Elementary School
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Founding Date: 1906
    Grades: PK-81515 Sutherland Dr
    Madison, TN 37115

  • Rank: #22-2322.- 23.
    Knoxville Adventist School
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Founding Date: 1910
    Grades: K-103615 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37919

  • Rank: #22-2322.- 23.
    Memphis Junior Academy
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Founding Date: 1910
    Grades: PK-1050 N Mendenhall Rd
    Memphis, TN 38117

  • Rank: #2424.
    The Bright School
    Founding Date: 1913
    Grades: PK-51950 Hixson Pike
    Chattanooga, TN 37405

  • Rank: #2525. Founding Date: 1915
    Grades: K-122000 Edgehill Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37212

  • Rank: #2626.
    Thackston School
    Founding Date: 1920
    Grades: NS-52023 Lake Ave
    Knoxville, TN 37916

  • Rank: #2727.
    St. Ann School
    St. Ann School Photo - Science Experiments
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1921
    Grades: K-85105 Charlotte Pike
    Nashville, TN 37209

  • Rank: #2828.
    Memphis Catholic Middle & High School
    Memphis Catholic Middle & High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1922
    Grades: 7-1261 N. McLean Boulevard
    Memphis, TN 38104

  • Rank: #2929.
    Father Ryan High School
    Father Ryan High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1925
    Grades: 9-12700 Norwood Drive
    Nashville, TN 37204

  • Rank: #3030. Founding Date: 1926
    Grades: NS-121381 W Massey Rd
    Memphis, TN 38120

  • Rank: #3131.
    Knoxville Catholic High School
    Knoxville Catholic High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1932
    Grades: 9-129245 Fox Lonas Rd
    Knoxville, TN 37923

  • Rank: #3232.
    Overbrook School
    Overbrook School Photo - An outdoor mini farm provides students with opportunities to engage in real-life learning situations with special emphasis on inquiry-based tasks related to engineering and environmental studies. The school has established a garden, greenhouse, chicken coop and sheep barn learning area on school grounds.
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1936
    Grades: NS-84210 Harding Pike
    Nashville, TN 37205

  • Rank: #33-3533.- 35.
    Christ The King School
    Christ The King School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1937
    Grades: PK-83105 Belmont Blvd
    Nashville, TN 37212

  • Rank: #33-3533.- 35.
    Our Lady Of Perpetual Help School
    Our Lady Of Perpetual Help School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1937
    Grades: PK-8505 South Moore Rd
    Chattanooga, TN 37412

  • Rank: #33-3533.- 35.
    St Anne Elementary School
    St Anne Elementary School Photo - Preschool students sit on the steps with Sr. Ancilia Indrati while other students play at recess.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1937
    Grades: NS-8670 South Highland St
    Memphis, TN 38111

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