The Webb School

The Webb School is a co-educational day and boarding school located in Bell Buckle, Tenn.
It is the oldest continuing boarding school in the South and features numerous prominent alumni who have been senators, governors, and editors of national publications among many other positions.
The School provides a challenging education and places a strong emphasis on honor and integrity with its honor code.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked TN School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 426 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $21,700
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / Aug. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Webb School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Tennessee for:

Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
426 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade
The Webb School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
10 students
Number of AP Courses
16 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Economics, AP English, AP European History, AP Physics (Electromagnetism), AP Physics (Mechanics), AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, Honors Algebra, Honors Algebra II, Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors French III, Honors French IV, Honors French V, Honors Geometry, Honors Integrated Science, Honors Latin III, Honors Latin IV, Honors Physics, Honors Pre-Algebra, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Spanish III, Honors Spanish IV, Honors Spanish V, Honors U.S. History II, Honors World History, Honors World History II
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / Aug. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition (Boarding Int. students): $61,500; Tuition (Tennessee & Contiguous States): $47,700; Tuition (Day Middle students): $21,700; Tuition (Day Upper students): $23,100
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Carrie Auwarter
Admissions Associate
Kevin Moore
Endowment Size
$40 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
29 extracurriculars
Book Club, Diversity Club, Ecology Club, Fishing Club, FOCUS, French Club, Habitat for Humanity, Honor Council, Interact Club (Service Club), Japanese Club, Latin Club, Math Counts, Mountain Biking, Prefect Council, Quiz Bowl Team, School Newspaper, School Yearbook, Son Will Society, Spanish Club, String Ensemble, Student Government, The Webb Players (drama), Thespian Society, Trap/Skeet, Tutoring Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Webb Masala, Young Democrats, Young Republicans

School Notes

  • For more than 150 years, The Webb School hasprovidedchallenging academicswith an emphasis onpersonal integrityin a small family-like setting.It is a place where young adults are not just expected to learn-they areencouraged to lead. The Webb School emphasizes independent thinking, creative initiative, personal integrity, and civic responsibility. The end result is stronger, more confident thinkers, makers, and doers prepared for college and ready totake on any challenge.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Vermont Royster - Editor of The Wall Street Journal, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom
    • Charles Alexander - International Editor for TIME Magazine
    • Fielding Lewis Wright - Governor of Mississippi
    • Lewis Branscomb - President of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
    • Ingram Macklin Stainback - First Governor of Hawaii
    • Prentice Cooper - Governor of Tennessee
    • Frank Constatine - Chief of Opthamalic surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
    • Edwin Davis - Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission
    • Edward W. Carmack - U.S. Senator
    • Wayne Rogers - Movie and Television actor, portrayed Trapper John on M*A*S*H TV series; investment analyst for FOX News network
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Webb School cost?
The Webb School's tuition is approximately $21,700 for private students.
What schools are The Webb School often compared to?
The Webb Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Victory Baptist Academy by visitors of our site.
Who are famous alumni from The Webb School?
The Webb School famous alumni include: Vermont Royster, Charles Alexander, Fielding Lewis Wright, Lewis Branscomb, Ingram Macklin Stainback, Prentice Cooper, Frank Constatine, Edwin Davis, Edward W. Carmack and Wayne Rogers.
What sports does The Webb School offer?
The Webb School offers 14 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball. The Webb School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Tennessee for most sports offered.
What is The Webb School's ranking?
The Webb School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Tennessee for: Largest student body, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for The Webb School?
The application deadline for The Webb School is Feb. 1 / Aug. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 / Aug. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Calendar

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (13 reviews)
Webb School is a school with many diverse students and cultures represented. We have been part of the Webb School for 6 years with boys. If you look at the published material, they accept students at Webb into almost every school in the country including the top Ivy League Universities. Webb is well known internationally. University acceptance committees are well aware of the caliber of students that graduate at Webb and realize the students work hard for their grades without the benefit of grade inflation. Our kids had their ups and downs, but they will also say it was worth it and they would not change anything. Sports have been hit or miss, depending on the year and makeup of the team. The teachers are mostly very involved and promote individual creativity and foster critical thinking. The network of alumni has been very helpful as they look for internships and opportunities at various universities. Overall, I give this school a rating 5 stars!
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Webb School builds scholars through the strong tradition of honesty, integrity, honor and respect. The school embraces the individuality of each student and caters to each student`s strengths. It has a wonderful, in-depth focus on academics, athletics and the arts. The small-town setting is unique and plays a huge role in the creation of an exceptional sense of community where lifelong friendships are formed. It is truly a hidden gem. I am proud to have graduated from Webb in 1980. It was a gift to have been able to attend such a fine institution.
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The Webb School is a unique and special place! Webb is known for the beautiful campus and challenging academics, but the high standards for each child's character, independence and personal development are what make Webb so special. I would recommend Webb to all parents seeking a well-rounded education for their child.
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The school is located in the middle of nowhere. Perfect for minds to grow without a lot of outside interference. The staff are wonderful, caring, and amazing! If you are looking for a school which fosters Independence in preparation for college you have the right school!
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My son has been a Webb student for 2 years and so far his experience has been very positive. He has been very challenged academically, which has made him develop good study habits and discipline. The Webb staff is very cordial and readily available, and the teachers are well prepared and accessible. The school promotes an environment of integrity and character building. I highly recommend this school.
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We love Webb! The small class sizes and family feel to the school have really helped our daughter be successful. They really push her to be the best she can be. The teachers and staff are very helpful and are always attentive and responsive to questions or suggestions. I would highly recommend The Webb School to anyone looking for a place that teaches good core values along with strong academic programs.
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Webb is a wonderfully warm, academically challenging, but supportive family environment. It's amazing how much everyone really cares about the full development of each student. It's an awesome school!
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Webb School is an awesome school and is well worth the investment into our daughter. With the international students attending she gets exposed to other cultures and ideas. No Common Core here!! The education is second to none! and she is learning how to be an upstanding citizen.
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The Webb School has been a wonderful experience for our daughter. As a boarder, she has gained time management skills as well as self confidence. The faculty and staff hold a high bar for the students while still being very approachable and nurturing.
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perfect teachers and stuff, excellent students,rich sports activities,timely communication systems
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My child has formed amazing relationships with her teachers. It's wonderful to see how caring and supportive they are!
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Everyone is aware of Webb's outstanding academic reputation, but the culture is equally important to us. Within three weeks of starting her freshman year at Webb, our daughter had become noticeably more independent and responsible. Every time I visit Webb I am struck by their particular brand of student: well-spoken, comfortable in their own skin, interested, respectful . . . in a word: mature. Webb students talk to adults openly and respectfully as peers. Teens at Webb are coached to take care of their own responsibilities and own up to their failures. They have enormous access to the time and attention of the many, many wonderful faculty and administration on campus because the student-teacher ratio is so low. Webb knows how to "do" boarding school exceedingly well, and the day students benefit from this environment too. I feel very thankful that my daughter has four years of important development in this setting.
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I love this school for our boys! Individuality, self-esteem, respect, and creativity are all emphasized here. I also love the crazy amount of diversity at Webb! My boys have amazing friends from South Korea, Germany, Russia, and more.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked TN School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 426 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $21,700
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / Aug. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Tennessee is $11,512 for elementary schools and $12,185 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Tennessee is 85% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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