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Notes for Prospective Students
BIA is an independent college preparatory high school located
adjacent to the University of Bridgeport with opportunities to take
college courses, use college facilities, and study with faculty and
students from throughout the world.
The Academy is committed to
academic excellence, moral development, and advancement fo
international, intercultural, interracial,a nd inter-religous
BIA is located approximately one hour outside New
Bordering Long Island Sound, BIA's location is adjacent
to Seaside Park.
Students are able to use the facilities of the
University of Bridgeport, including the arts center, gymnasium,
recreation center, cafeteria, and library.
BIA is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools
and Colleges (NEASC), the nation’s oldest accrediting body
for public and independent schools, colleges and universities.
also has state approval as a nonpublic school by the State of
In addition, the Academy has approval from the
Department of Homeland Security of the U.S.
government to issue
I-20 forms in order for international students to obtain F-1
non-immigrant, student visas.
BIA has a diverse, coed student body with students from throughout
the world and various states in the United States, as well as from
the Bridgeport, CT area.
In any given year, between one-third and
45 percent of the student body attends from nations outside the US.
In the past two years, students have attended BIA from 15 countries
in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Central America,
Middle East, and South America.
- College preparatory high school
- Academic excellence
- Experience a global community in high school
- Faculty and students from nearly every continent of the
- Access to university facilities and courses
- Opportunity to take college courses while in high school
- Character education and community service
- Seeks to instill in each student respect for others,
inter-cultural understanding, and responsibility for the