Oldest Private Schools in Tennessee

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  • The average private school in Tennessee was founded around 1972 (2018-19).
  • The oldest private schools are listed below (where sufficient data available).
  • The oldest private school in Tennessee is St. Mary's Episcopal School, founded in 1847.

Oldest Private Schools in Tennessee (2018-19)

  • School Founding Date Grades Location
  • 1.
    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

  • 2.
    St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1851
    Grades: NS-124830 Walnut Grove Rd
    Memphis, TN 38117

  • 3.
    Harpeth Hall School
    Harpeth Hall School Photo - Harpeth Hall sits on 44-plus acres in a residential neighborhood in Nashville, TN.
    Founding Date: 1865
    Grades: 5-123801 Hobbs Road
    Nashville, TN 37215

  • 4.
    St Bernard Academy
    St Bernard Academy Photo - St. Bernard Academy is proud to celebrate 151 years in Nashville.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1866
    Grades: NS-82020 24th Ave S
    Nashville, TN 37212

  • 5.
    Montgomery Bell Academy
    Montgomery Bell Academy Photo - The MBA lacrosse program is one of the most popular at the school.
    Founding Date: 1867
    Grades: 7-124001 Harding Road
    Nashville, TN 37205

  • 6.
    St. Andrew's-Sewanee School
    St. Andrew's-Sewanee School Photo - With a student faculty ratio of just 7 to 1, SAS teachers have time to devote to the personal success of each student. Work periods built into the daily schedule and our Learning Resources Center provide time and space for assistance when it's needed.
    Founding Date: 1868
    Grades: 6-12290 Quintard Rd
    Sewanee, TN 37375

  • 7.
    First Lutheran School
    First Lutheran School Photo - First Lutheran Church and School: Come grow with us!
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1869
    Grades: NS-81207 Broadway St
    Knoxville, TN 37917

  • 8.
    The Webb School
    The Webb School Photo
    Special Program Emphasis
    Founding Date: 1870
    Grades: 6-12319 Webb Road East
    Bell Buckle, TN 37020

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

  • 10.
    St. Mary's School
    St. Mary's School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1878
    Grades: NS-81665 Hwy 45 By Pass
    Jackson, TN 38305

  • 11.
    The King's Academy
    The King's Academy Photo
    Founding Date: 1880
    Grades: PK-12202 Smothers Rd
    Seymour, TN 37865

  • 12.
    Belvoir Christian Academy
    Belvoir Christian Academy Photo
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1887
    Grades: PK-8800 Belvoir Ave
    Chattanooga, TN 37412

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

  • 14.
    Lipscomb Academy
    Lipscomb Academy Photo - "At the Elementary School, your child will be individually known and loved," Jonathan Sheahen, Elementary School Principal
    (Church of Christ)
    Founding Date: 1891
    Grades: NS-123901 Granny White Pike
    Nashville, TN 37204

  • 15.-16.
    Baylor School
    Baylor School Photo - New prototype classrooms feature movable furniture, multiple projectors that show different images, and walls with writing surfaces covered with floor-to-ceiling IdeaPaint.
    Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: 6-12171 Baylor School Road
    Chattanooga, TN 37405

  • 15.-16.
    Memphis University School
    Memphis University School Photo - The school community always turns out for Friday night football games. We have 14 Upper School sports and 12 Lower School sports. Our mascot is Lloyd the Owl. We have won 65 state sports championships since 1967.
    Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: 7-126191 Park Avenue
    Memphis, TN 38119

  • 17.
    Hutchison School
    Hutchison School Photo - Our working farm allows girls the opportunity to apply what they are discovering in the classroom through hands-on activities in nature, thus providing them with an in-depth educational experience. Staffed by a horticulturalist, the farm also provides firsthand knowledge about our natural resources and the impact our actions have on the environment.
    All-girls | Special Program Emphasis
    Founding Date: 1902
    Grades: NS-121740 Ridgeway Rd
    Memphis, TN 38119

  • 18.
    School Of The Good Shepherd
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1903
    Grades: K-92037 Decherd Blvd
    Decherd, TN 37324

  • 19.
    Mccallie School
    Mccallie School Photo - Chapel
    Founding Date: 1905
    Grades: 6-12500 Dodds Ave
    Chattanooga, TN 37404

  • 20.-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

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

  • 22.
    Knoxville Adventist School
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Founding Date: 1910
    Grades: K-93615 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37919

  • 23.
    The Bright School
    Founding Date: 1913
    Grades: PK-51950 Hixson Pike
    Chattanooga, TN 37405

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

  • 25.
    Thackston School
    Founding Date: 1920
    Grades: NS-52023 Lake Ave
    Knoxville, TN 37916

  • 26.
    St. Ann School
    St. Ann School Photo - Friends
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1921
    Grades: K-85105 Charlotte Pike
    Nashville, TN 37209

  • 27.
    Memphis Catholic Middle and High School
    Memphis Catholic Middle and High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1922
    Grades: 7-1261 N. McLean Boulevard
    Memphis, TN 38104

  • 28.
    Father Ryan High School
    Father Ryan High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1925
    Grades: 9-12700 Norwood Drive
    Nashville, TN 37204

  • 29. Founding Date: 1926
    Grades: PK-121381 W Massey Rd
    Memphis, TN 38120

  • 30.
    Knoxville Catholic High School
    Knoxville Catholic High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1932
    Grades: 9-129245 Fox Lonas Rd
    Knoxville, TN 37923

  • 31.
    Overbrook School
    Overbrook School Photo - Overbrook students are encouraged to wonder about the world around them and to love learning about that world.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1936
    Grades: PK-84210 Harding Pike
    Nashville, TN 37205

  • 32.-34.
    Christ The King School
    Christ The King School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1937
    Grades: PK-83105 Belmont Blvd
    Nashville, TN 37212

  • 32.-34.
    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

  • 32.-34.
    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

  • 35.
    Westminster School for Young Children
    Daycare / Preschool (Presbyterian)
    Founding Date: 1946
    Grades: NS-PK3900 West End Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37205

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