Blair Academy

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
PO Box 600
Blairstown, NJ 07825
Tel: 908-362-6121
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 462 students
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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.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description

  • Class of 2002
    5.00 Stars   7/5/2016
    Bowdoin college
    Blair isn't unique among boarding schools, and anyone who went to a mainstream boarding school who tries to tell you that theirs is different is full of it. What's unique about their school is that. . .

  • Class of 2000
    5.00 Stars   7/11/2004
    University of Pennsylvania
    Blair is an extroardinarily close community of students, faculty and staff. My political science teacher was my hockey coach and my dorm parent. My college counselor still looks me up when he visits. . .

  • Class of 1984
    5.00 Stars   4/1/2004
    Kenyon College
    Blair Academy provided me with the foundation to pursue serious academic study in college, medical school and what I learned at Blair continues to stand me in great stead as I practice medicine. The Blair experience. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Blair Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1848 1910
Campus Size 463 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 462 students 298 students
% Students of Color
18%
20%
% International Students
17%
20%
% Students Boarding
80%
70%
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(business casual; no denim)
Casual
Average Class Size 11 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 54 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $85 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$57,900 $50,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$40,500 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $32,000 $21,500
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 15 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
22%
55%
Director of AdmissionsPeter G. Curran
Associate Director of AdmissionsEdward Wenner & Leucretia Shaw

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 54 16
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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 18 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 33 23
ExtracurricularsA Capella, Academic Honor Committee, Blair Academy Dancers, Blair Academy Singers, Blair Literary Magazine, Blue and White Key, Christian Fellowship Club, Community Service Club, Earth Club, Headmasters' Societies Competitions, Healthy Relationships Committee, International Club, Investment Club, Jazz Club, Jewish Union, Kayaking, Math Team, Model UN, Outdoor Skills, Peer Tutoring, Perspectives, Prefects, Quiz Bowl, Rules and Discipline Committee, Society of Skeptics,

College Matriculation

Year: 2010 - 2015 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University 26
Cornell University 24
Lehigh University 22
Boston College 20
Lafayette College 17
Bucknell University 14
University of Miami 14
Gettysburg College 11
Syracuse University 11
University of Pennsylvania 11
Link to Matriculation Data

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.
  • School accreditations: Middle States; TABS; NJAIS
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