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The Webb School Takes a Unique Approach to Education

Students from all over the world attend The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN.

By Livability on June 28, 2022

Weekly Science Labs at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN
Courtesy of The Webb School

While schools all over the country follow similar curriculums that teach students important skills that prepare them for college and the workforce, The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN, is taking education to the next level. 

“I’m a product of The Webb School,” Director of Enrollment Management Julie Harris says of the 152-year-old school. “It was a place that transformed me, helped me gain confidence and discover my passions.” 

Today, approximately 400 students in grades six through 12 walk the beautiful 150-acre campus of this private boarding and day college preparatory school, which was intentionally designed to be smaller to promote student connections, involvement and growth. 

With an average class size of 12 students and a 7:1 student-teacher ratio, attendees are encouraged to share their opinions with peers and teachers. 

Webb students also learn honor and integrity — the hallmark of the school’s honor code — and, thanks to its diverse population, expand their perspectives. Students from 23 countries and 15 states attend the school. 

The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN
Courtesy of The Webb School

“One of the things we celebrate most at Webb is our differences and our diversity,” Harris says. “Our students have class discussions with classmates who have different backgrounds and see the world differently, and we believe that helps our students have a better understanding of what the world is like and it prepares them for going into the world.” 

Additionally, several of the school’s programs teach students skills that they’ll use throughout their lives. 

WILD is a program that teaches leadership skills through adventures like high ropes courses, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking and more; while Emerging Voices focuses on helping students develop original ideas, as well as their writing and public speaking skills. Each year, students are required to demonstrate those skills by performing declamations, orations, performance creations and senior paper presentations. 

“We are preparing our future leaders to be successful in life, not just the next step of college,” Harris concludes. 

To learn more, visit thewebbschool.com

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