Ranked #1 in Maine by the Washington Post in 2012 and again in 2014, John Bapst is located in Bangor's Historic Broadway District, John Bapst is the state's only independent town academy that is 100% college-preparatory.
The school serves 500 students and offers day and boarding programs.
Boarding students come from Maine and from eight countries, living in homestays or dorms.
The cultural and economic center of its region, Bangor is a livable, lively small city in a state renowned for its natural beauty and quality of life.
The University of Maine and Husson University are just a few minutes away, and an hour's drive brings one to the coast, to Acadia National Park, or to Baxter State Park.
John Bapst School is known for its superb music and art programs.
Students and faculty form a supportive, friendly community with many activities for clubs and community service.
Leadership, citizenship, and academic excellence add up to great college placement; since 2009, John Bapst students have gone on to study at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Penn, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Virginia Tech, George Tech, Purdue, Boston College, Boston University, UMaine (including more Pulp and Paper Scholars than any other school), Maine Maritime, Bowdoin, Colby, Bates, Middlebury, California-San Diego, Cal-Irvine, and dozens of other fine colleges and universities in the US and Canada.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked ME School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Students: 466 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $10,460
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 1 / rolling

Top Rankings

John Bapst Memorial High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maine for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 8-12
Year Founded
1928

Student Body

Total Students
466 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
17%
State avg.: 13%
Students by Grade
John Bapst Memorial High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
34 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
60%
Average Class Size
17 students
Number of AP Courses
17 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP Comparative Government, AP Computer Science, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP French, AP Human Geography, AP Latin, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP United States History
Average SAT score
1210
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Mar. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
For publicly supported students from Maine towns with school choice, tuition is set by the state at just over $9,000 and paid by the towns.
% on Financial Aid
5%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$3,000
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Beth Campbell
Admissions Associate
Karen Bender

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
24 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Art Club, Band Council, Chamber Ensemble, Chess Team, Chorale Council, Civil Rights Team, Fall Drama, International Club, Jazz "Improv" Club, Jazz Combo, JB Peppers, Junior Classical League (JCL), Key Club, Literary Magazine, Math Team, National Honor Society (NHS), Outing Club, Photography Club, Sailing Club, Spring Musical, Student Environmental Action Club, Student Senate, Tai Chi Club, Yearbook

School Notes

  • John Bapst - A Tradition of Excellence in the Beautiful State of Maine

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked ME School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Students: 466 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $10,460
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 1 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Maine is $15,231 for elementary schools and $30,795 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Maine is 75% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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