Blair Academy

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  • Founded in 1848, Blair Academy is a dynamic, coeducational boarding school in northwest New Jersey, located 65 miles from New York City.
  • Amid a caring, vibrant community, 460 students pursue a superior college preparatory education and explore their passions through myriad co-curricular activities.
  • Strong faculty-student relationships lead to exceptional learning and empower students to become persons of great accomplishment and character.
  • Blair graduates distinguish themselves at top colleges and as leaders in their professions and communities.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Year Founded1848

Student Body

Total Students459 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
18%
State avg.: 30%
Students by GradeBlair Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses27 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus A, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Comparative Government/Politics, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, French Literature, Latin, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics 1, Physics C - Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C - Mechanics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Studio Art Portfolio, US History, World History,
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(business casual; no denim)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$60,000
Tuition NotesDay tuition: $42,000
% on Financial Aid
40%
Average Financial Aid Grant$32,000
Acceptance Rate
20%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorPeter G. Curran
Admissions AssociateEdward Wenner
Endowment Size$85.4 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered19 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Winter Track, WrestlingAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballCrew,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
FootballGolf,
LacrosseSoccer,
SoftballSquash,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
WeightliftingWinter Track,
Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.ACTA Yearbook, Admission Ambassadors, Blair Breeze (newspaper), Blue and White Key, Class Council, Society of Skeptics

Club or Organization:
Blair Academy Dancers, Blair Girls Who Code, Blair International Awareness Club, Community Service Club, Debate Club, Drone Club, Healthy Relationships Committee, Investment Club, Lit Review, Model Congress, Model United Nations, Outdoor Skills, Perspectives, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Blair Academy Singers, Blair Academy String Ensemble, Wind Symphony

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Kayaking

School Notes

  • Founded in 1848, Blair Academy is a dynamic, coeducational boarding school that engages 460 achievement-minded students in grades nine through twelve. On our historic campus, located 65 miles from New York City in New Jersey`s northwest hills, students pursue a superior college preparatory education amid a rich, vibrant community life. Strong student-teacher relationships are at the heart of the Blair experience. Expert faculty members teach our classes to exacting standards, yet, at the same time, they truly know-and care about-our  students as scholars, leaders, athletes, artists, friends and individuals. This knowledge fosters personalized learning opportunities and leads to higher academic achievement as students are continually challenged to reach their full potential.At Blair, two faculty members mentor each student as he or she explores passions and interests in and out of the classroom. We consider a student`s academic commitment his or her most important responsibility, and our "open architecture" curriculum offers core courses and innovative electives, including 52 honors, Advanced Placement and post-AP classes. The School has a robust athletics program that emphasizes teamwork, resiliency, self-discipline and sportsmanship. Students may choose from among 28 varsity and 19 JV and thirds teams in traditional high school sports, as well as golf, skiing, squash and crew. In addition, Blair boasts a fine and performing arts program of depth, breadth and diversity. Regular art exhibits and theatrical productions, a variety of instrumental and choral ensembles, and eclectic courses ranging from architecture to video studies invite students to explore and develop their creativity. A host of clubs, weekend special events and time to simply relax with friends in the dormitories round out the Blair experience and give every student myriad opportunities to discover his or her best self.In all of our offerings, Blair prepares our students for success in an increasingly complex world. Leadership education and meaningful service initiatives are infused throughout our community and curriculum, and students at every level learn and practice effective communication, team-based problem solving, ethical decision making and cross-cultural relationship building. Each is a critical skill that will not only help Blair graduates distinguish themselves at the nation`s top colleges and universities, but, more importantly, find professional and personal fulfillment by ultimately making a difference in their communities and in the world.
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