Bridgton Academy

PO Box 292,
North Bridgton, ME 04057
Tel: 207-647-3322
Gr: (Boarding) Post-Graduate Only | 180 students
Founded in 1808, Bridgton Academy is the only accredited preparatory school in the United States exclusively offering a postgraduate (PG) year*.
Our mission is to provide a program for young men in a unique, one-year environment to prepare for the rigors of college and beyond.
With our focus solely on a program for 12th grade and postgraduate (PG) students, we are committed to helping our young men develop the academic skills, study skills, self-discipline, and self-confidence necessary to succeed in college.
Because our students are older, we are able to emulate the college environment and experience, yet with more structure and support than they would have in college.
Consequently, the Bridgton Academy year is a true transition year - a Year That Makes The Difference in a student's success in college and beyond.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Bridgton Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered Post-Graduate Only 7-12
School Type boarding
(Co-ed day school)
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1808 1909
Campus Size 50 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 180 students 295 students
% Students of Color 23% 19%
% International Students 4% 20%
% Students Boarding 99% 68%
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 10 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:9 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 12 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 36% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $5 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,500 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$29,000 $26,800
% Students on Financial Aid 60% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $14,500 $20,074
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Director of Admissions Chris Webb  
Associate Director of Admissions Cory McClure  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 10 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis


Total Extracurricular Organizations 9 24
ExtracurricularsBig Brothers, Diversity Club, Newspaper, Outing Club, Peer Tutoring, Student Government, Student Publications, Weightlifting, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: - 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • Located on a fifty-acre campus in the Maine foothills of the White Mountains, Bridgton Academy offers a skills-based, core curriculum, which emphasizes writing, critical reading, and computation. Students work with the academic dean to design a course of study which meets the individual needs of each student.

  • College Articulation Program (CAP) - Through a partnership with four colleges in the Northeast, Bridgton Academy offers the College Articulation Program in which qualified students may take courses on the Academy's campus which may be transferable for college credit.
  • Focused Academic Coaching (FAC) - Open to all students, but especially for those with documented learning disabilities, Bridgton Academy offers the Focused Academic Coaching program which has been modeled after successful college support programs designed to develop self-advocacy skills, compensatory strategies, and study skills in students.
  • SAT Preparatory Program - Bridgton Academy offers an SAT Prep Program during the first semester. This program is taught by trained professionals and is taken in addition to a student's normal course load. Both the SAT and the ACT are administered on campus in November, December, January, and February, and students have the option of taking either exam if they wish.
  • Writing Program - At Bridgton Academy, writing is the cornerstone of the curriculum: it is required in every course. To prepare students for the demands of college writing, the Academy has a Writing Center staffed by members of the faculty during the school day who are available to students for one-on-one help at any point in the writing process, on any writing assignment. There is a Basic Writing course, which is taken in addition to the required English courses, for students who have had very little writing instruction prior to enrolling at Bridgton Academy.
  • Competetive Athletic Program - Bridgton Academy offers both interscholastic competition in nine sports, and intramural participation in several. Because students are  12 - PG young men, our athletic teams play against some of New England's finest college and university freshman and junior varsity (JV) teams, as well as other prep schools. College opponents have included: Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Bowdoin, Columbia, Colgate, Boston University, and Tufts. Prep school opponents have included: Phillips Andover, Phillips Academy of Exeter, Buckingham, Brown and Nichols, Army Prep, and Navy Prep.

  • LD types supported: Focused Academic Coaching (FAC) Program
  • School accreditations: New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Fryeburg Academy (12.8 miles away)
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  • FryeburgFryeburg Academy
    745 Main Street
    FryeburgME 04037
    12.8 mi | 578 students | Gr. 9-12
  • HebronHebron Academy
    P.O. Box 309
    HebronME 04238
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    BethelME 04217
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  • Kents HillKents Hill School
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    Kents HillME 04349
    40.5 mi | 250 students | Gr. 9-12
  • SacoThornton Academy
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    SacoME 04072
    42.9 mi | 1500 students | Gr. 6-12
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