About

Who We Are

At Webb, we believe that students should be given challenging, meaningful and diverse opportunities to discover and explore their passions, both in the traditional classroom setting and through extracurricular experiences. As they discover their passions, they realize their potential. Our job is to inspire and encourage them on this journey.

Our Mission

The mission of Webb School is to inspire and nurture the full potential of each individual and to prepare our students to serve as leaders of character in tomorrow's world.

Our mission is supported and achieved by our key values:
  • The pursuit of academic excellence
  • A strong sense of honor and personal integrity
  • The development of critical, creative and socially conscious thinking
  • A culture of interacting with others in a respectful and productive manner in a vibrant, caring community

History

Webb School is a Pre-K-12, private, independent, coeducational day school located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Bob and Julie Webb founded Webb School of Knoxville in 1955. The school began as a boys’ school with four students who met in a classroom in the basement of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. After its second year, Webb School admitted its first female students and relocated to the old Staub School where University of Tennessee’s aquatic center now stands. A new site in West Knoxville was secured in 1959 and a separate girls’ school was added. Both schools later combined to eventually form a 5-12 coeducational institution.

Through the decades, enrollment steadily grew. New facilities were continually built and updated, and a Lower School opened in 1998. Effective fall 2016, Webb will launch its new Junior Spartan Pre-K program and Fifth Grade Academy. Webb School of Knoxville is one of the premier private, independent day schools in the Southeast, and is committed to preparing students both to enter the nation’s finest universities and to lead honorable and fulfilling lives.

View A Splendid Instinct: Robert Webb & The Founding of a School, created in 2005 in celebration of Webb School's 50th Anniversary.

Philosophy

Webb School of Knoxville prepares students intellectually, emotionally, and ethically to thrive in a collegiate setting and beyond with the lifelong purpose of active participation in global citizenship.
 
To achieve this goal, faculty at Webb School of Knoxville are singularly focused on one thing – your child. They bring their passions into the classroom and develop deep, caring relationships that inspire a true love of learning. Our teachers pay close attention to the social, emotional, and academic needs of each individual. Put simply, a good school knows your child by name; a great school knows your child by heart.
 
Webb School of Knoxville is the only private, independent Pre-K-12 school within a 100-mile radius of Knox County. Our college preparatory curriculum readies students for challenges both in and out of the classroom. In addition, athletics, service learning, arts, clubs and organizations, and international study programs enrich the experience.
"Your teachers will try to teach you to build strong bodies . . . train your intelligence . . . give you a strong sense of values so you will always know right from wrong. They will try very hard to teach you how to study, and last, but not least, they will try to teach you how to think."

Robert Webb
Founder & Headmaster
Opening Day, Sept. 12, 1955