Blair Academy

  • 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.

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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
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1848

Student Body

Total Students460 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Blair 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 Courses54 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$64,200
Tuition NotesDay tuition: $44,900
% on Financial Aid
40%
Average Financial Aid Grant$41,000
Acceptance Rate
19%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorPeter G. Curran
Admissions AssociateEdward Wenner
Endowment Size$101 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 studentsin grades nine through twelve. On our historic campus, located 65 miles from New York City innorthwestern New Jersey, students pursue a superior college preparatory education amid a rich, vibrantcommunity life.Strong student-teacher relationships are at the heart of the Blair experience. Expert faculty membersteach our classes to exacting standards, yet, at the same time, they truly know-and care about-ourstudents as scholars, leaders, athletes, artists, friends and individuals. This knowledge fosterspersonalized learning opportunities and leads to higher academic achievement as students arecontinually challenged to reach their full potential.At Blair, two faculty members mentor each student as he or she explores passions and interests in andout of the classroom. Our robust curriculum offers core courses and innovative electives, including morethan 50 honors, Advanced Placement and post-AP classes, and our emphasis on effectivecommunication ensures students learn how to clearly articulate ideas and knowledge. Blair boasts a fineand performing arts program of depth, breadth and diversity. Regular art exhibits and theatricalproductions, instrumental and choral ensembles, and eclectic courses invite students to develop theircreativity. Fine art and technology intersect in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration, astate-of-the art learning hub where intellectual discourse, discovery and partnership are fostered inacademic spaces, including media production and art studios, a maker space and Collaboration Forum.Blair has a broad athletics program that emphasizes teamwork, resilience, self-discipline andsportsmanship. Students may choose from among 28 varsity and 18 JV and thirds teams in traditionalhigh school sports, as well as golf, skiing, squash and crew. A host of clubs, weekend events and time tosimply relax with friends round out the Blair experience, giving students myriad opportunities todiscover their best selves.In all of our offerings, Blair prepares our students for success. Leadership education and meaningfulservice initiatives are infused throughout our community and curriculum, and students at every levellearn and practice effective communication, team-based problem solving, ethical decision making andcross-cultural relationship building. Each is a critical skill that will not only help Blair graduatesdistinguish themselves at top colleges and universities, but, more importantly, find professional andpersonal fulfillment by making a difference in their communities and in the world.

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