Blair Academy

Blairstown, New Jersey, USA



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  • Founded : 1848
  • Motto : Venite, Studete, Discite (Come, Study, Learn)
  • Grades : 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment Gender : Co-ed
  • Tuition : Boarding $60,000
  • Mascot : Buccaneer
  • School Color : Navy blue, White, Gray
  • Rival School : Peddie School

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  • Academic Calendar : Trimesters
  • Average Class Size : 11
  • Faculty/Student Ratio : 1:6
  • Dress Code : No (business-casual; no denim)
  • Average SAT Score : 1833
  • AP Courses : 54
  • ESL Offered : No

Notable Alumni

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  • Mahlon Apgar, IV
    Businessman and Assistant Secretary of the Army
  • John C. "Jack" Bogle
    Founder of The Vanguard Group
  • Luol Deng (born 1985)
    Professional Basketball player for the Miami Heat
  • Christine Evans
  • Reid Fliehr
    Professional Wrestler


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  • Blair Academy was founded with the financial support of merchant and railroad tycoon John Insley Blair in 1848. John Insley Blair, with the support of Presbyterian Reverend John A. Reiley and carriage maker Mr. John Bunnell, began to educate boys and girls in the Presbyterian religious tradition.

Student Life

Student Publications / Magazine

  • Magazine: The Blair Bulletin

Signature Programs

  • Dual-advisor System
    Students are able to choose two adults to become their advisors throughout their time in high school and beyond. One advisor becomes an academic monitor and the other an emotional and social monitor. Through the Dual-advisor System students are able to develop deep and lasting relationships with adults.
  • Society of Skeptics
    Society of Skeptics is a premier high school lecture series that brings speakers to Blair Academy every Tuesday night to discuss and debate important global issues. The purpose of the Society of Skeptics is to encourage students to learn, listen, engage, and question in a critical manner.
  • Freshman Seminar
    The Freshman Seminar is designed to allow freshman students to form friendships and form a strong foundation for success at Blair Academy. The Seminar is yearlong and made of three modules: health and wellness; character and personal development; and design-and-maker-space training.


Interscholastic Sports
Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total number: 35
A 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, Rules and Discipline Committee, Society of Skeptics, String Orchestra, Student Government, Student Newspaper, Student Rock Bands, Theatre and the Arts, Video Production, Wind Symphony, Yearbook


  • Academic Facilities:
    Clinton Hall, Bogle Hall, Timken Library, and the Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts. Bogle Hall, State-of-the-art computer laboratory, 100-seat Cowan Auditorium.
  • Athletic Facilities:
    Field for football, field hockey and soccer, with new stands, press box, and 400 meter all-weather track; ten new tennis courts (five lighted), a new junior varsity baseball field, even squash courts, three gymnasiums, wrestling facilities, aerobic space, and a new training room.
  • Other facilities:
    Bookstore, College Counseling Office

Special Days

  • Peddie Week & Peddie Day
    Peddie Week and Peddie Day is a week long celebration that culminates with Peddie Day, which is a day of athletic competition with Peddie school. Peddie day marks the official end of the fall athletic season. Peddie Week includes fun spirit days such as dress-down days and pep rallies.
  • Christmas Vespers
    The Christmas Vespers is the service held at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street that marks the beginning of winter break.
  • The Game
    The Game is an annual school-wide game of tag. Students and faculty are given specific people to target first and thus other names for the event include "The Purge."
  • Headmasters' Societies Games
    The Headmaster's Societies Games is held during the last week of winter semester. Students are divided into four teams and compete in games such as mural painting, cup-stacking, and tug of war.
  • Blairstock Festival
    Blairstock Festival is held at the end of the school year and is meant to be an event at which students can enjoy the company of their peers and especially the company of graduating seniors. Student performers make this festival fun and entertaining.
  • Mid-Winter Semi-Formal
    During The Mid-Winter Semi Formal, students eat dinner and dance each January at the Sharpe House and the Romano Dining Hall.
  • International Weekend
    During International Weekend, the Blair Academy community celebrates their diverse national and ethnic origins through food bazaars, fashion shows, karaoke, and more.


School Type
80% Boarding (363 Students) and 20% Day (91 Students)
16% International Students
9th Grade: 91
10th Grade: 110
11th Grade: 130
12th Grade: 123

Deadline: Jan. 15
Notification Date: Rolling
Reply Date: Apr. 10

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