John Bapst Memorial High School

Tel: (207)947-0313
Grades: 9-12 | 510 students
Ranked #1 in Maine by the Washington Post in 2012 and again in 2014, John Bapst is located in Bangor's Historic Broadway District, John Bapst is the state's only independent town academy that is 100% college-preparatory.
The school serves 500 students and offers day and boarding programs.
Boarding students come from Maine and from eight countries, living in homestays or dorms.
The cultural and economic center of its region, Bangor is a livable, lively small city in a state renowned for its natural beauty and quality of life.
The University of Maine and Husson University are just a few minutes away, and an hour's drive brings one to the coast, to Acadia National Park, or to Baxter State Park.
John Bapst School is known for its superb music and art programs.
Students and faculty form a supportive, friendly community with many activities for clubs and community service.
Leadership, citizenship, and academic excellence add up to great college placement; since 2009, John Bapst students have gone on to study at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Penn, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Virginia Tech, George Tech, Purdue, Boston College, Boston University, UMaine (including more Pulp and Paper Scholars than any other school), Maine Maritime, Bowdoin, Colby, Bates, Middlebury, California-San Diego, Cal-Irvine, and dozens of other fine colleges and universities in the US and Canada.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Year Founded 1928

Student Body

Total Students 510 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 10%
Students by Grade John Bapst Memorial High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 17 students
Number of AP Courses 17 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP Comparative Government, AP Computer Science, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP French, AP Human Geography, AP Latin, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP United States History
Average SAT score 1675
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Yearly Tuition Cost $10,460
Tuition Notes For publicly supported students from Maine towns with school choice, tuition is set by the state at just over $9,000 and paid by the towns.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $3,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Beth Campbell
Admissions Associate Karen Bender


Total Sports Offered 16 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and FieldAlpine SkiingBaseball,
Cross CountryDiving,
Field HockeyFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
Nordic SkiingSoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 24 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art Club, Band Council, Chamber Ensemble, Chess Team, Chorale Council, Civil Rights Team, Fall Drama, International Club, JB Peppers, Jazz "Improv" Club, Jazz Combo, Junior Classical League (JCL), Key Club, Literary Magazine, Math Team, National Honor Society (NHS), Outing Club, Photography Club, Sailing Club, Spring Musical, Student Environmental Action Club, Student Senate, Tai Chi Club, Yearbook Art Club, Band Council, Chess Team, Fall Drama, JB Peppers, Jazz Combo, Key Club, Math Team, Outing Club, Sailing Club, Spring Musical, Student Senate, Tai Chi Club, Yearbook, Chamber Ensemble,
Chorale Council,
Civil Rights Team,
International Club,
Jazz "Improv" Club,
Junior Classical League (JCL),
Literary Magazine,
National Honor Society (NHS),
Photography Club,
Student Environmental Action Club,

School Notes

  • John Bapst - A Tradition of Excellence in the Beautiful State of Maine

Profile last updated: 11/10/2014

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