Montgomery Bell Academy

4001 Harding Rd, Nashville, TN 37205

Located on 45 acres in West Nashville, MBA began as a two-room school serving 26 grammar school and high school boys. (During its early years, MBA also included a two-year junior college program.) The school was named for Pennsylvanian Montgomery Bell, who came to Dickson County around 1800 and achieved financial success as owner of an iron company. A monetary gift that Mr. Bell left to the University of Tennessee upon his death in 1855 was later used by John Berrien Lindsley to open the academy. The school now draws students from approximately 40 elementary schools in central Tennessee. The academic program includes honors sections at all grade levels, in addition to an unusually broad selection of Advanced Placement courses. The school strongly encourages boys to take part in the community service program, and each high school student is required to participate in the after-school athletic program in two of the three seasons. MBA conducts student exchanges with schools in Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, South Africa, China and Greece.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Boys Grades 7-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsBoys
Full Address4001 Harding Rd, Nashville, TN 37205
Year Established1867
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorBradford Gioia
Applications DueFebruary
Total Enrollment715
Day Students715
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