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In 1944, a group of Christian men associated with the churches of Christ met to discuss the establishment of a school that stressed spiritual values, the training of a child for useful citizenship, and the development of a strong Christian character alongside a strong academic base.

The first official board meeting was held in October of 1940 and Chattanooga Bible School opened its doors in the fall of 1952 with 150 students in kindergarten through sixth grades. In 1960, the name was changed to Boyd Buchanan School and is now located on 60 acres with 1051 in PK3 through 12th grades. The first graduating class was in 1979. In 2016, BBS completed the accreditation process with SAIS, NCSA, and AdvancED (Cognia). Our largest enrollment of 997 was exceeded in 2020-2021 with an enrollment of 1015 then again in 2021-2022 with 1057 students.  


  • 1:1 digital learning devices in 1st through 12th grade

  • College preparatory courses including Accelerated & 15 AP course offerings

  • 100% of 8th grade students enrolled in 2 upper school credit classes

  • Foreign languages offered include French and Spanish

  • Multiple learning excursions for experiential learning outside the of the classroom

  • Four year college & career counseling program

  • Lower school special learning opportunities including Spanish, Art, Music, and Physical Education each week

  • Dedicated K-12 STEM director

  • 52 National Junior Honors Society Members

  • 100 National Honors Society Members

Class of 2021 Notable Outcomes

  • ACT Average: 23

  • Top 25% of ACT Scores: 28.6

  • 87 graduates

  • 8 athletes signed to play at the collegiate level

  • 100% of students accepted to a college of their choice 

  • Over 8,300 service hours completed throughout their high school career

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Current Tuition

  • Additional required fees for technology, class fees, and dining plan

  • Additional optional fees for athletics, trips, uniforms, and co-curricular activities

  • 17% of students receive financial aid


  • Membership in TSSAA Division II

  • 61 teams in 17 different sports

  • State-of-the-art sports performance and athletic training facility

  • Nike turf football field

  • Nike turf baseball field

  • New softball and baseball facilities

  • Two on campus gymnasiums


  • All 6th grade students participate in art, instrumental and vocal music classes

  • Elementary Art and Music classes

  • Middle School Musical

  • Upper School Musical

  • Dance Team

  • Marching Band

  • Advanced Art & AP Art

  • Construction of a new fine arts facility for band, theatre, chorus, and dance

Community & Spiritual Life

  • Yearly mission trips for students & faculty

  • Weekly service learning opportunities

  • Daily Bible instruction

  • Weekly chapel services

  • Active BBS Parent Council serves the school community by hosting and planning various events for students, parents, and faculty

Governance and Accreditation

  • Incorporated as a 501(c)(3)

  • Governed by the Boyd Buchanan School Board of Trustees

  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Schools (SACS)/Cognia, the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and the National Christian School Association (NCSA). Holds membership with the College Board, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the Tennessee Secondary School Athletics Association (TSSAA).


  • Students come from 42 zip codes in 8 counties

  • 1055 students attend BBS on campus

  • Average class size is 18


  • 61% hold a Master's Degree or beyond

  • 104 full-time faculty members

  • 6 outdoor classroom spaces

Location & Facilities

  • Located in Chattanooga, TN just 3 miles from I-75  & I-24.

  • State-of-the-art facilities on 65 acres

  • Campus includes a two acre lake