Not every school if for every student. MBA is designed to challenge the most talented- Iron sharpens Iron.
In an effort to meet the demands of this sub-set, MBA offers college prep - honors - AP - and Accelerated Independent study to the student-body.
Headmaster Brad Gioia has guided MBA to become the premiere private school in Tennessee and the southeast. His policies have drawn intellectual and academic talent to The Hill and MBA's generous financial aid offerings have allowed for a need-blind admittance policy.
MBA teaches honor, integrity, respect, and compassion among the student body via weekly, monthly and yearly seminars, workshops, and invited speakers. The boys have multiple opportunities to give back locally and internationally.
It is important to attend MBA starting in the 7th grade to grasp the logical sequencing from the early years, overly-attentive teachers, through the senior years, teachers that guide and advise. Early on the boys learn how to be taught, then they increasingly learn how to teach themselves.
MBA homework is designed to challenge the students' intellect and constitution. It is a stressor that molds critical time management skills. When one has 5 tasks that must be completed in a night and 5 additional items that the student wants to do something must be prioritized... A great lesson for college and life.
MBA has been great for my two boys. From the academic rigour to the excellence on the athletic fields to the esprit de corps of the student body, the institutions sets the pace in Tennessee and the Southeast.
I am a recent graduate. The academics, athletics and arts are all superb, and I could not really ask for more. Not many people will debate the proficiency of these programs. I do, however, wish to dispel a couple of rumors, so here is my own take on the true nature of MBA. First, the school is in no way opposed to diversity, and all kinds of people are welcomed. I greatly enjoyed getting to know many of the students who were different from me, and I do not think they are singled out or discriminated against at all. Second, the all-boy status does not hinder social skills. I have greatly enjoyed getting to know my class, and I feel as if a real brotherhood exists between us that I would not have gotten at a co-ed school. Also, Harpeth Hall works with MBA on a number of events, and I know personally a good majority of the girls in my class there. It is not difficult to be socially active, so do not pass up on this school for fear of social atrophy. In many ways the single-sex nature is MBA's greatest strength. This school has been a fantastic one, and I would not exchange my experience over the past six years for one at any other school.
MBA is great for a number of reasons. The young men will get a good education (even though their GPA may not reflect it because the coursework is so difficult), and they will learn useful life tools including time-management.
Unfortunately, if your child is ANY thing other than a rich, white republican, this is absolutely NO place for him.
I made the mistake of sending my black son to this school because I thought that he would receive a great education, and it would be so beneficial to his future. Boy, was I wrong. As a parent, I can honestly say it was the biggest mistake that I ever made. I had heard the rumors, but I didnt believe it. There was no way that "my" exemplary young man could be treated like it was the 1950's. Well, I was terribly wrong.
He grew up in a predominantly white Christian school, had many white friends, and didn't understand how much a group of people could "hate" so much! The children that he went to school with were taught to act the way that they do. They're led to believe that they're better, and this institution encourages it.
MBA is considered a very traditional school, and they most certainly are.
Take a look at how many African-American educators are on staff there - NONE. Take a look at how many African-American young men have left from this institution. This is a private institution, and they can run things anyway they want to (Brad Gioia - headmaster - own words). Its very sad that there are still places that exist in this country.
Don't be fooled. Do your homework. Your child deserves better than this.