Blair Academy

PO Box 600
Blairstown, NJ 07825
Tel: 908-362-6121
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 460 students
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In its 168th year, Blair continues to offer a superior college-preparatory program while holding firmly to its tradition of being a community fully focused on the development of each individual student.
In this environment, students learn to advocate for themselves, become service-minded, and develop the leadership skills necessary for success in college and beyond.
Students balance their academic work with extensive opportunities to develop in drama, music, competitive athletics, and numerous extracurricular activities.
The balance between high academic and personal expectations and a willingness to provide individual focus is, if not unique to Blair, perhaps its greatest strength.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Blair Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1848 1910
Campus Size 463 acres 125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 460 students 295 students
% Students of Color 18% 20%
% International Students 17% 20%
% Students Boarding 80% 68%
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 $89 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$55,750 $48,520
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$39,000 $27,240
% Students on Financial Aid 38% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $30,000 $20,255
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 15 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 70% -
Acceptance Rate 25% 57%
Director of AdmissionsPeter G. Curran
Associate Director of AdmissionsEdward Wenner

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, Community Service Group, Earthshine, Headmasters' Societies Competitions, Healthy Relationships Committee, International Awareness Club, Investment Club, Jazz Ensemble, Jewish Union, Kayaking, Math Team, Model U.N., 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:

  • Blair Academy holds firmly to its tradition of being a supportive, family-oriented community while offering a dynamic classroom experience. Students receive a superior college preparatory education in addition to developing leadership skills, becoming service-minded, and enhancing their athletic and/or artistic potential with the guidance and support of outstanding coaches, teachers and mentors. 
  • Our Tuesday evening lecture series, The Society of Skeptics, has been in continuous existence since 1977, and is, arguably, the most premier high school lecture series in the country. Over the past three decades, under the tutelage of Dr. Martin Miller, the weekly lecture series has featured a wide variety of speakers who are engaging, accomplished in their respective fields, and at times controversial. One thing is for sure: they all succeed in generating healthy discussion in the Blair classrooms and around campus. A selection of speakers can be viewed on the Blair web site.
  • Size plays a crucial role in the spirit of our school as we blend supervision and structure with opportunity and independence. Thus, while we are small enough to run dorm study halls and to foster close student-faculty relationships, we also have the size to support exciting curricular offerings such as Greek, Asian Studies, Architecture, Roman History, Economics, Video Production, Chinese and Epidemiology.
  • Blair believes that physical education is beneficial and important; hence, all students participate in a program of interscholastic athletics or supervised recreational sports. Blair fields eighteen competitive varsity teams; most teams field junior varsity and thirds-level competitive teams as well, as participation is the key to Blair’s sports program.
  • In addition, Blair boasts a notable fine and performing arts program that is integral to its well-rounded curriculum. From the introductory to the advanced level, art courses encourage students to think and express themselves creatively through various mediums, including canvas, dance, music, theater, film, graphic design and ceramics. With vocal and instrumental performance tours across the United States and in other countries, musicians and vocalists at Blair enjoy varied travel experiences and perform at some of the world's most historic concert venues.
  • Blair is home to state-of-the-art athletic facilities including ten outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor track, and an all-weather turf field for football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse. In addition, the world-class Student Activities and Athletic Center was completed in 2009. The facility includes seven squash courts; all purpose indoor courts for basketball, volleyball, intramural sports, etc.; a fitness and weight center; and a student activities center housing the bookstore, campus snack bar, and college counseling suite.
  • The 2014 and 2015 additions of a Maker Space for innovation and collaboration in a workshop/laboratory setting and two new dormitories have enhanced the Blair experience tremendously.
  • School accreditations: Middle States; TABS; NJAIS

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Purnell School (22.6 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Pottersville, NJ
    Purnell School
    All-girls 
    51 Pottersville Road, P.O. Box 500
    PottersvilleNJ 07979
    908-439-2154
    22.6 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 70 students
  • New Hope, PA
    6832 Phillips Mill Road
    New HopePA 18938
    215-862-5261
    41.6 mi | Gr. 7-12 | 235 students
  • Pennington, NJ
    The Pennington School
    (United Methodist)
    112 West Delaware Avenue
    PenningtonNJ 08534
    609-737-6128
    46.4 mi | Gr. 6-12 | 488 students
  • Princeton, NJ
    176 Edgerstoune Road
    PrincetonNJ 08540
    609-921-7600
    47 mi | Gr. 6-12 | 635 students
  • Lawrenceville, NJ
    PO BOX 6008
    LawrencevilleNJ 08648
    800-735-2030
    48.6 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 816 students
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