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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Institute for Independent Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD
Year Founded1870

Student Body

Total Students330 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Number of AP Courses19 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP 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 score1320
Average ACT score27
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 20 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition (Boarding students): $42,100; Tuition (Tennessee & Contiguous States): $42,100; Tuition (Day Middle students): $20,050; Tuition (Day Upper students):21,400
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$20,000
Admissions DirectorJulie Harris
Admissions AssociateCarrie Auwarter
Endowment Size$40 million


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.29 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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

  • Sawney Webb's goal was to build moral character, make ladies and gentlemen of his students, and prepare them for any challenge that may come their way. This has been accomplished for 140 years through a solid liberal arts education, a strong sense of honor, and an interactive school community.

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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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Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Tennessee is $9,221 for elementary schools and $10,361 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Tennessee is 88% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).