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SAIS Featured School: Baylor School

Wednesday, January 11, 2017  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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What it Takes to Lead
Located in Chattanooga, TN, and established in 1893, Baylor School is a leading college preparatory day/boarding school, so it’s no surprise that leadership development is taken seriously. 

At Baylor, we believe that being born to lead does not guarantee that one will – the potential has to be developed and nurtured, and that is what the Baylor educational experience does. For over a century, we have tended the seeds of leadership present in all our students. With proper care, the seeds flower into core values: honesty, respect, spirituality, persistence, individuality – principles that fuel real leadership in college and beyond.

What does leadership look like at Baylor?
It has many faces – more than 1,040 students in grades 6-12 find their leadership stride in the classroom, on the court, at the easel, on the stage, or out in the community. Within each of our Gates Scholars, Presidential Scholars and National Merit Semifinalists, we also see the tech wizard, the mixed media artist, the social activist, and the champion athlete. And when Baylor students graduate, they go on to learn and lead at Princeton, Wake Forest, Duke, and Johns Hopkins. To help them chase down their dreams, Baylor counselors work one-on-one starting freshman year. And those efforts pay off  every year, 100 percent of our graduates are accepted into college. In the past five years, they’ve earned more than $65 million in scholarships.

The Baylor Honor Code is a Cornerstone for Leadership
Central to the task of leadership development is the Baylor Honor Code. Dating to 1916, the code provides a structure within which students come to appreciate honesty, mutual respect, and their word as their bond. As that understanding turns into practice, those values form a foundation of trust, independence and responsibility from which Baylor students have launched careers with the UN, won the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism, developed life-saving cardiac diagnostics, and advanced the Human Genome Project.

Leadership Opportunities Extend Beyond the Classroom.
When other campuses are winding down, Baylor kicks into high gear, and every student participates in after-school, co-curricular activities.  Play in the jazz band, train with varsity teams, design costumes for a musical, or dedicate time to giving back through Baylor’s nationally-acclaimed community service program. Every year, students commit more than 40,000 hours to serving at home and abroad. They tutor kids at local schools, write grants to help underserved children, and work to improve educational opportunities for children in Kingston, Jamaica. On the stage, on the field, on the court, on the trail, in the pool or in the neighborhood rec center, Baylor students learn teamwork, empathy, collaboration, and improvisation – critical skills for emerging leaders.

The World Could Use More Leaders
At Baylor, we believe world
travel develops perspective, cultural awareness, and empathy, and it prepares our students to lead through collaboration and tolerance.  Art and culture inspire the Liz Aplin trip to Italy; Washington, D.C. is the destination for the David M. Abshire Civic Leadership trip and the annual 8th grade class trip; community service students visit Kingston, Jamaica; our Walkabout outdoor program takes students to India, Panama, and Maine; and sophomores can apply to attend one of our exchange programs in France, Spain, Australia, and South Africa. Closer to home, students can apply to become a Global Scholar, our distinction for students who apply an international lens to their education by studying world languages, taking globally-focused courses, participating in activities like Model UN, and conducting Senior Global Capstone Projects.

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