“I just finished my first semester of college, and I felt very prepared because of the experience and college-like a how to work effectively. For example, I gained the study skills needed to do well on my exams, while other students in my classes, who had attended larger high schools, did not know how to prepare for a major test. I also had close relationships with my teachers, making it easier to approach my college professors with confidence."
Caroline Tuma, Class of 2014
The private boarding school education at Webb focuses on the whole student. Our rigorous college preparatory programs offer the opportunities and support that arm students for college. Webb also stresses the personal development that prepares students for life. In our small boarding school community students learn the pride of hard work and the patience necessary to accomplish tasks both small and great. They gain the confidence to express themselves, whether in one-on-one conversations or in front of the entire student body. Ultimately, Webb students become accountable to themselves for their daily and future successes in and out of the classroom.
Webb's small classes (average size is 10 students) allows the classroom to be a place of excitement and interaction. For example, in Economics classes students learn about the stock market by developing mock portfolios and following the progress of their "investments." Biology students take advantage of our rural Tennessee setting to study creatures and habitat in a field on campus. Without question, Webb is a place geared toward encouraging ongoing learning and academic success. For many students this kind of environment is a welcome change.
"I came from big, big public schools and the size of Webb's classes are really nice. You get a lot of individual attention and you can't really hide, which motivates you to get your work done," said one student.
Webb's strong tradition of academic excellence - numerous National Merit Finalists and Semifinalists, SAT scores well above the national average, and a total of 91.5% of students achieving a score on Advanced Placement exams eligible for college credit - is grounded in personal attention and based upon our founder, Sawney Webb's, educational practices.
Cultivate in the student a sense of self-reliance by teaching him to think and not merely to accumulate facts - the accumulation of facts being desirable only as furnishing material for thought.
- Sawney Webb, Founder