Bridgeport International Academy (BIA) is a private,nonsectarian, college preparatory, boarding and day high schoolwith an international student body and faculty.
Located adjacent to the seaside campus of the University ofBridgeport, the Academy offers a strong college preparatorycurriculum for grades 9 through 12, with the opportunity forstudents to take college courses and use universityfacilities.
The three pillars that form BIA`s identity, mission, values,and climate are academic excellence, moral development, and aglobal perspective.(

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 62 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,900
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1 / May. 1 / rolling

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
62 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade
Bridgeport International Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Uniform: Polo shirt & khaki pants)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 1 / May. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Please contact us directly for international rate
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Dr. Frank LaGrotteria
Admissions Associate
Dr. Frederick Swarts


Total Sports Offered
1 sport


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

School Notes

BIA is an independent college preparatory high school locatedadjacent to the University of Bridgeport with opportunities to takecollege courses, use college facilities, and study with faculty andstudents from throughout the world. The Academy is committed toacademic excellence, moral development, and advancement fointernational, intercultural, interracial,a nd inter-religousunderstanding. BIA is located approximately one hour outside NewYork City. Bordering Long Island Sound, BIA's location is adjacentto Seaside Park. Students are able to use the facilities of theUniversity of Bridgeport, including the arts center, gymnasium,recreation center, cafeteria, and library.

BIA is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schoolsand Colleges (NEASC), the nation`s oldest accrediting body forpublic and independent schools, colleges and universities. BIA alsohas state approval as a nonpublic school by the State ofConnecticut. In addition, the Academy has approval from theDepartment of Homeland Security of the U.S. government to issueI-20 forms in order for international students to obtain F-1non-immigrant, student visas.

BIA has a diverse, coed student body with students from throughoutthe world and various states in the United States, as well as fromthe Bridgeport, CT area. In any given year, between one-third and45 percent of the student body attends from nations outside the US.In the past two years, students have attended BIA from 15 countriesin 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 theworld
  • 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 theenvironment

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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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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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 62 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,900
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1 / May. 1 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Fairfield County, CT is $23,094 for elementary schools and $33,605 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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