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Montgomery Bell Academy

Private | 7-12 | 715 students


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Posted April 1, 2014

I love MBA. I currently attend this school, and it has been the best, and at the same time hardest experience of my life. Our motto, Gentleman, Scholar, Athlete, is truly represented by the good sportsmanship, number of AP/Merrit finalists each year, as well as the oportunities we have for sports (We have 15 varsity sports currently). Not only that, but MBA turns a boy into a true man, and gives that man true character. The great thing about MBA is that here, it is COOL to do things that are weird elsewhere. Like singing, robotics, astronomy, and being in a band. Also, the teachers truly engage in the lesson. Unlike Ensworth, the teachers here truly understand their students and don't mind spending a few extra minutes helping a kid understand a concept. I cannot thank MBA enough for the opportunities and character it's given me. Thanks, MBA.

Posted August 12, 2013

Today my son begins another year attending MBA. He woke-up at 5:50 and is showered, fed, and dressed in his blazer and tie. The excitement is all-over his face. MBA his truly his home-away-from-home. I do agree with some of the comments written below. MBA is a highly-competitive environment. Academically, athletically and morally, MBA challenges you to rise above and overcome. At the same time, the faculty and administration realize that there will be struggles and even set-backs and that learning perseverance is as important as passing AP Exams or being a National Merit Scholar.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 11, 2013

I owe a great deal to Montgomery Bell Academy. Not a day goes by that I do not draw on my MBA experience, and there is no doubt that my time at MBA has contributed significantly to my success as a husband, father, and businessman.

Posted August 7, 2013

I am a graduate of MBA and a former faculty member. As a student, I was moved by the high expectations of my teachers as well as my fellow students. The environment was challenging and fun. As a faculty member, I was blown away by the commitment of my colleagues to the program and their students. The goals were very apparent. Prepare young men for college and give them confidence to take risks where appropriate and walk away from bad situations. MBA enjoys a unique place in the Nashville community and they take that distinction seriously.

Posted August 6, 2013

MBA is one of the best private schools in the country. There are so many opportunities here compared with other schools (international travel, top-notch debate, less common languages like German or Greek, less common sports like rowing or rifle). The boys are pushed in order for them to excel. There is an emphasis on both written and oral communication. MBA truly prepares the boys for success in college and in life.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2013

used to be very great school. still is good but it is made up of students, families, faculty who believe in lack of diversity and judgement based on social level, economic stability and athletic ability. basically all minorities are mistreated and are athletes. also the motto is very misleading. they should change it to ATHLETE. SCHOLAR. GENTLEMAN... that would provide outsiders more accurate information regarding the best interests of the school.

Posted February 12, 2013

When my son was in 8th grade he didn't have a clue where he was going to high school. All of his friends went to this one school and he felt that he should go off with his friends to high school but when I asked him where he wanted to go he said, "Mom, I want to go to MBA." When he was a freshman there he was struggling because there academics are very hard. By the end of the year he almost gave up but when MBA's teachers helped him he realized how lucky he was to go to a school like MBA he wasn't going to give up he decided to stay there. He graduated 5 years ago and he said that staying at MBA was the best decision that he has ever made. MBA changed him and he gained memories and friends. The teachers were fabulous and he learned how to be a gentlemen, scholar, and athlete.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2012

My son got a great education there but if you do not live in west nashville area you are left out of many ativities. I felt like a outsider every time I went there. I was not in the click with other parents and niether was my son. Very competitive in everything they do. Very hard to be accepted if you do not have a connection there. My son graduated cum laude and was accepted to a top 20 school. He did not get the recognition he deserved because of where we lived and not having the in connection to the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2012

Academics are very good but they need to put more effort toward making the "gentlemen" part of their motto truer. The display of uglyness shown by the MBA students over the last three years when they are playing Ensworth School has been awful. Good sportsmanship use to be at MBA but since they now have another school comparative they have not handled it well. Diversity in students and staff is not great. The biggest problem is their Head Master whose ego is bigger than the job. His departure might help.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 5, 2011

This school may boast many things, but the last thing that it is is culturally diverse. MBA prides itself on tradition, so expect that on every level (including poor treatment of its minorites). Anyone from the Nashville area has heard rumors about the school and racism. Well, these rumors are very much true. If you're a caucasion affluent family, then by all means, send your son there. Yet, if you're atypical due to ethnicity or socioeconomic status, you will never be treated as an equal. You will be reminded over and over again how different you truly are. There were two African - American graduates out of a class of 100+. The young black men do not stay at this school. If they deem you fortunate enough to accept you, you will not stay long (6 transferred at the end of this school year). No matter who you are or how great you are, you will never be equal. Unfair treatment is tolerated and almost encouraged by staff and peers on a daily basis. I am an educator who has seen child after child leave. If you think that you're different, you are not. Bottom line, do not send your black young men to MBA, it will be the absolute worst mistake you will ever make for your child.
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Posted February 25, 2011

I am now a retired dentist and have achieved many of my life goals, but the accomplishment of which I am most proud is my graduation from MBA. The academics were demanding, the discipline was exacting and the sports was both body and character building. My attendance at the school engendered in me a strong sense of personal and social responsibity, and I will forever be grateful to my parents for sacrificing to send me there and to the teachers for developing my mind to excell. Submitted by an alumnus.

Posted November 24, 2010

MBA is the top academic school in Nashville, no other school except the University School of Nashville is anywhere near it! They teach straight to the motto: "Gentleman, Scholar, Athlete," in that order. It is not for everyone, but for those it fits they come out to be fine, young men who make a difference in the world. There are so many different types of boys at MBA, it is guaranteed that there will be no paucity of friends for each boy. MBA gets a bad rap from those who do not like the school because they are beaten in athletics, those who had a hard time with the disciplinary system (which is stellar), or those who could not keep up with the tough academic standards.

Posted August 31, 2010

Cool to be smart. All boys minimizes one major distraction. Yes sir respect for teachers/visitors. Requires grammar, latin, public speaking, after school sports (intramural or team), appropriiate dress including belt or sometimes blazer. Average ~500 AP exams@~4 with ~110 boys/grade. Opportunity everywhere you look: debate, foreigh xchange, teacher help...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 18, 2009

One of the toughest academic schools I've ever heard of! It is great though, some people say that it doesn't help socially which is very false. Many mixers and dances! Very tough and respected.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 5, 2008

I am an alumnus of MBA and I can honestly say it helped me become one heck of a successful individual. I do understand that an all-boys school is not for every young man. I recently left the Navy as an officer and I am currently in Law School. The life-lessons and positive attitudes I learned there have served me everyday of my life. MBA was gracious with scholarship money to my family and I will repay them in full one day.

Posted September 30, 2008

Great acedemics and activities, but does not help boys develop socialy. My other child goes to Ensworth, and it seems just as good, if not better. Both are excellent schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 19, 2007

I am very impressed with MBA. My son is an African American student who will be enrolling in his third year this fall. MBA has enhanced his character and taught responsibility. When I ask him how was school, he beams. His grades were better in a former public school, however, his understanding is much better. Honor, respect, discipline and hard work certainly is needed in our youth and MBA offers these fibers to be woven in the character he is taught at home. MBA is not a military school. However, there are rules as in life as well as consequences. I appreciate the school for what it stands for and what they produce: gentlemen, scholars and athletes.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 16, 2007

Unbelievable education! Wonderful suggestion to start him in 8th grade so that he would be up to speed for 9th. It is a fantastic environment for boys. Parents are friendly and welcoming. School programs are top tier, athletics super, teachers excellent. There is a family feeling at MBA and a unique culture that I'm thrilled for my son to be a part of. He has learned to think, reason, express himself verbally and in writing. The discipline is structured but certainly not military like. They train and encourage the boys to be gentlemen first creating a well- rounded, thoughtful, educated young man that has honor and discipline-things that are lacking in most public high schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 12, 2007

This school is the best school in Nashville, and has been around for over 140 years, and its motto is fits the scool, Gentelmaan, Scholar, Athelte. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 26, 2006

Very good school. The after-school activities are wide-spread ranging from football to debate. The teachers are great and the environmet is superb for learning and meeting other people. One of the school's values is making leaders as well.
—Submitted by a student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 2%
Black 8% 23%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Nashville, TN 37205
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