Blair Academy

5.00 5 1 (7 reviews)
PO Box 600
Blairstown, NJ 07825
  • 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  
    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  
    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  
    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. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2018 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 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment460 students313 students
% Students of Color
19%
22%
% Students Boarding
80%
67%
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 Offered5417
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$101 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$64,200$54,950
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$44,900$30,250
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$41,000
(Need-based aid.)
$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
19%
55%
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 Offered5417
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 Offered1815
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 Organizations3524
ExtracurricularsBlair Academy Singers, Christian Fellowship Club, Community Service Club, Environmental Science Club, Jazz Choir (by audition only), Junior Statesmen of America, Lower School Interns, Native American Afro-Latino Student Alliance, PE Weight Training and Conditioning, Students Government

Club or Organization:
Academic Honor Committee, Blair Girls Who Code, Blair Literary Magazine, Blue and White Key, Drone Club, Earth Club, Hand Bells, Oriocos, Photo Silkscreen, Research Activity, Stagecraft, Student Plays (by audition only), TEAM, The Forum, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
A Capella, Blair Academy Dancers, Red Inc., Student Rock Bands, Study Skills, Theatre and the Arts, Video Production, Wind Symphony

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Headmasters' Societies Competitions, The Annual (school yearbook)

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 studentsin grades nine through twelve. On our historic campus, located 65 miles from New York City innorthwestern New Jersey, students pursue a superior college preparatory education amid a rich, vibrantcommunity life.Strong student-teacher relationships are at the heart of the Blair experience. Expert faculty membersteach our classes to exacting standards, yet, at the same time, they truly know-and care about-ourstudents as scholars, leaders, athletes, artists, friends and individuals. This knowledge fosterspersonalized learning opportunities and leads to higher academic achievement as students arecontinually challenged to reach their full potential.At Blair, two faculty members mentor each student as he or she explores passions and interests in andout of the classroom. Our robust curriculum offers core courses and innovative electives, including morethan 50 honors, Advanced Placement and post-AP classes, and our emphasis on effectivecommunication ensures students learn how to clearly articulate ideas and knowledge. Blair boasts a fineand performing arts program of depth, breadth and diversity. Regular art exhibits and theatricalproductions, instrumental and choral ensembles, and eclectic courses invite students to develop theircreativity. Fine art and technology intersect in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration, astate-of-the art learning hub where intellectual discourse, discovery and partnership are fostered inacademic spaces, including media production and art studios, a maker space and Collaboration Forum.Blair has a broad athletics program that emphasizes teamwork, resilience, self-discipline andsportsmanship. Students may choose from among 28 varsity and 18 JV and thirds teams in traditionalhigh school sports, as well as golf, skiing, squash and crew. A host of clubs, weekend events and time tosimply relax with friends round out the Blair experience, giving students myriad opportunities todiscover their best selves.In all of our offerings, Blair prepares our students for success. Leadership education and meaningfulservice initiatives are infused throughout our community and curriculum, and students at every levellearn and practice effective communication, team-based problem solving, ethical decision making andcross-cultural relationship building. Each is a critical skill that will not only help Blair graduatesdistinguish themselves at top colleges and universities, but, more importantly, find professional andpersonal fulfillment by making a difference in their communities and in the world.
  • Blair Academy accreditations: Middle States; TABS; NJAIS

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