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About Lamar

As an independent school, Lamar School serves families throughout East Mississippi and West Alabama. We emphasize university/college preparation in a Christian environment, and we are dedicated to assisting you, the parent, in teaching the whole child — academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

When we change our perspective we get a more complete picture of what is in front of us. Life had us change our perspective drastically this past year with a move to Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga is number three in the country for independent school enrollment behind Boston and San Francisco, not due to a lack of public offerings but due to the world class private options that attract students from all over the country. Entering this highly competitive world we are gaining a new perspective and with it a better picture of the quality of education our children received at Lamar School and how it aligns with top tier offerings in larger cities. Our children have transitioned seamlessly academically, but what I find more telling is the casual "I miss Lamar" made at drop off or pickup. We love our Lamar School family."

Liz W.

Our Mission

Lamar School's mission is to educate each individual by providing a challenging and purposeful college preparatory curriculum in a safe, respectful, Christian environment. 

Our Core Values

Our Accreditation

Lamar School is accredited by the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and Cognia.

Our Vision

Lamar School will create a learning-centered community where scholarship is celebrated, a spirit of caring is fostered, and leaders are prepared to be competitive in a global society. 

Developed through a collaborative effort among administrators, teachers, and parents, the following  statements express Lamar School's vision:

Our History

Chartered in 1964, Lamar Elementary opened with grades one through six in 1965. Lamar Middle/High School opened in 1970. The school's name pays tribute to the noted Mississippi statesman L.Q.C. Lamar (1825- 1893).
Portrait of a Graduate
A graduate of Lamar School will be....
An Independent Thinker
  • Sets and attains goals
  • Self directs learning
  • Displays resiliency and a strong moral compass
A Thoughtful Communicator
  • Develops and utilizes a rich vocabulary
  • Uses excellent grammar and composition skills
A Servant Leader
  • Values importance of community and diversity
  • Optimizes personal strengths and talents
  • Seeks opportunities to help others
Lifelong Learner
  • Exhibits strong work ethic
  • Demonstrates initiative and curiosity 
  • Perseveres through challenging work