Blair Academy

5.00 5 1 (6 reviews)
Tel: 908-362-6121
PO Box 600
Blairstown, NJ 07825
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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.

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  • Class of 2015
    5 Stars   10/23/2017
    Columbia University in the City of New York
    Consistent with its relatively small student body as compared to many other boarding schools, Blair is a place that knows the value of both its community and the relationships cultivated therein. From the moment I. . .

  • Class of 2015
    5 Stars   10/24/2017
    Williams College
    The amazing student-faculty relationships definitely made Blair special for me; the faculty are not only your teachers but also your coaches and mentors and dorm-parents, and all of that inter-relatedness allows the students and faculty. . .

  • Class of 2011
    5 Stars   10/24/2017
    Pace University (Undergrad), Trinity College Dublin (Masters)
    Blair offers a tremendous student to teacher ratio, large variety of classes offered, and fantastic campus set up. . .

  • Class of 2002
    5 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 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. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Blair AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18481910
Campus Size463 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment460 students300 students
% Students of Color
18%
20%
% International Students
18%
20%
% Students Boarding
80%
66%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(business casual; no denim)
Casual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2716
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$88 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$60,000$52,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$42,000$28,200
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$32,000$22,410
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
20%
56%
Director of AdmissionsPeter G. Curran
Associate Director of AdmissionsEdward Wenner & Leucretia Shaw

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2716
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 Offered1814
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 Organizations3523
ExtracurricularsA Capella, Academic Honor Committee, Blair Academy Dancers, Blair Academy Singers, Blair Girls Who Code, Blair Literary Magazine, Blue and White Key, Christian Fellowship Club, Community Service Club, Drone 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,

College Matriculation

Year: 2013 - 201710 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University26
Lehigh University18
Cornell University16
Boston College14
The George Washington University14
University of Pennsylvania13
Lafayette College10
University of Miami10
Bucknell University8
Syracuse University8
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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