Bridgeport International Academy

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
Tel: (203)334-3434
  • Bridgeport International Academy (BIA) is a private, nonsectarian, college preparatory, boarding and day high school with an international student body and faculty.
  • Located adjacent to the seaside campus of the University of Bridgeport, the Academy offers a strong college preparatory curriculum for grades 9 through 12, with the opportunity for students to take college courses and use university facilities.
  • The three pillars that form BIA`s identity, mission, values, and climate are academic excellence, moral development, and a global perspective. (

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1997

Student Body

Total Students70 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 21%
Students by GradeBridgeport International Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1150
Average ACT score25
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Uniform: Polo shirt & khaki pants)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 1 / May. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$36,000
Tuition NotesInternational boarding student rate: 36,000 Domestic day student rate: contact school
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDr. Frank LaGrotteria
Admissions AssociateDr. Frederick Swarts


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Anime Club, Drama Club, Enrichment Program, National Honor Society, Student Council

School Notes

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 understanding. BIA is located approximately one hour outside New York City. 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. BIA also has state approval as a nonpublic school by the State of Connecticut. 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 world
  • 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 environment
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  7/24/2015
My daughter is the 10th grade in the school. She became much happier and looks brighter than the time she used to be in a public school. She talks about her friends all the time, and more focused on her studies. She developed a good study habit. They offer safe and good academic atmosphere.
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5  7/24/2015
My son attended BIA for the 11th and 12th grades. He had been in what was considered to be a very good public school in Pennsylvania, but BIA proved to be a much better school in several respects. For one, he completed four college courses while at BIA (Arabic I and II, Psychology, English) and had access to the university facilities, including their cafeteria, gym, and library. The arts at BIA proved to be exceptional, and he got to perform in two plays, which were presented at the big and well-equipped Mertens Theatre on the university. The he got into an Ivy League school, which was not even a dream when he was in the public school (and the school accepted all of his college credits from when he was in high school). Beyond this, the environment was great, with wonderful kids and a very safe environment. Highly recommend this school.
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