Bridgton Academy

11 Academy Lane
North Bridgton, ME 04057
Bridgton Academy, the nation's leading postgraduate program, focuses exclusively* on developing young men in the year between high school and college.
Through unmatched college-preparatory academics, NCAA-level athletic development, and a deliberate residential life experience, we foster the personal growth, self-confidence, and independence necessary for our students to be successful in college and life.
Located in the picturesque Lakes and Mountains Region of Western Maine, we`re only 50 minutes from the coastal city of Portland.
Bridgton Academy has been "the year that makes THE difference" for generations of students!
*Each year a number of students choose to enroll as high school seniors and earn their high school diploma from Bridgton Academy.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Bridgton AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered12-12, PG5-12
School TypeAll-boysCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18081907
Campus Size50 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment170 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 18
Student : Teacher Ratio5:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1518
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$8.2 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$57,900$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$20,500$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJoe Hemmings

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1016
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis


Total Extracurricular Organizations823
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Diversity Club, Peer Tutoring, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Student Publications

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fishing Club, Outing Club, Weightlifting, Wolverines

College Matriculation

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

School Notes

  • All boys who have graduated high school and need a prep-school year before taking on the challenges of college.
  • 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. 
  • College Articulation Program (CAP) - Through a partnership with several universities, Bridgton offers college courses on our campus to qualified students which carry transferable college credit.
  • Focused Academic Coaching (FAC) - open to all students, but especially for those with mild learning differences-designed to develop self-advocacy skills, compensatory strategies, executive function skills, and various study strategies.
  • SAT Preparatory Program - offered 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 - 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 for one-on-one help at any point in the writing process, on any writing assignment.
  • NCAA level Athletic Program - Bridgton offers both interscholastic competition in nine sports and intramural participation in several. 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, The United States Naval Academy, The United States Military Academy West Point, and Tufts. Prep school opponents have included: Phillips Andover, Phillips Academy of Exeter, Buckingham, Brown and Nichols, Army Prep, and Navy Prep. Bridgton Academy's varsity athletic programs (Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, and Soccer) are year-round, college-model programs designed to give our student-athletes an experience like the one they may have at the collegegiate level.
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences, ADD/ADHD
  • Bridgton Academy accreditations: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Victor Cruz '05 - Super Bowl champion, current wide receiver for Chicago Bears
    • Brigadier General David Brigham '84 - Executive Officer, NATO Allied Land Command at US Army.
    • Steven Brooks '03 - Two-time NCAA D I Lacrosse Champion (Syracuse University), MLL Champion (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
    • Dan Egan '83 - World-famous Extreme Skier and Emmy-nominated Producer/Director, 2017 inductee, American Ski Hall of Fame
    • Carlos Canino '84 - ATF Special Agent In Charge-Miami Field Division

Profile last updated: 10/05/2021

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