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Bridgton Academy

P.O. Box 292 - North Bridgton, ME 04057 USA   (map) (207)647-3322

School Profile

Bridgton Academy History


When the local citizens of North Bridgton petitioned the General Court of Massachusetts to incorporate Bridgton Academy in 1808, they were nothing if not ambitious. They boldly envisioned a day when students would prepare for the rigors of higher education, and hired Bezaleel Cushman, a Dartmouth student, to teach the classics to secondary school students seeking to follow in his footsteps.

The founders' dream far exceeded their expectations. During the past 200 years, their vision has endured a history of transformation, just as its students experience during their tenure here, from a public/private, coeducational secondary school in 1808, to a boys' boarding school in 1958, to an independent prep school primarily for postgraduate young men in 1964; however, Bridgton Academy's mission has remained the same: to provide a program to prepare students for the competitive rigors of college and beyond.

Such is the power of a dream.

Today, Bridgton Academy attracts young men who need to develop the academic skills, study skills, self-discipline, and self-confidence necessary to succeed in college and in life. With 185 current students and 6,000 alumni, the Academy's founders no doubt would be stunned to see the reach of their dream today. Its reputation as the premier college preparatory school for postgraduate young men has been created by the achievements and success of its alumni and, as a result, Bridgton Academy is very much alive and well, poised to begin its third century from a position of strength.

In many ways, exceeding expectations is the underlying experience of so many Bridgton Academy graduates. Although they may have enrolled for a myriad of reasons, years later these alumni tell a similar story, a story of how their year at Bridgton Academy was a year that transformed their lives in a profound way and exceeded their expectations. In an environment of structure, independence, high expectations, and mentoring, they met the challenge of transitioning from adolescence to young adulthood, and reaped the rewards of lasting connections and a passion for lifelong learning. Upon leaving North Bridgton for their lives beyond the Academy, alumni appreciate the personal growth, maturity, and confidence they have developed as a result of this experience, and feel intense loyalty, fierce pride, and deep gratitude towards their alma mater for having given them this opportunity.

As the Academy celebrates its bicentennial, its longevity is a truly a tribute to its alumni-- people not afraid to challenge themselves in new ways, people who had the courage to commit to a year of transformation and growth, people whose hard work and accomplishments exceeded their expectations.

Reaching its bicentennial is truly a historic milestone for Bridgton Academy that offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on its past achievements and to renew its commitment to the founding mission, a mission that is vital not only to the lives of our current students, but also to the economic and social future of this nation. Bridgton Academy has been the year that made a difference in the lives of young men for 200 years, and will continue making a difference in the lives of young men during its next century.

Bridgton Academy Overview

Portland ME Area
Program Emphasis
Boarding School
Small Boarding School
All Grades 12 - PG
Boarding Grades 12 - PG
Grade Divisions
Post Graduate
Religious Affiliation
Student Body Boys
Dress Code Other()
School Setting Rural
Campus Size (Acres) 50+
Head of School Grady Vigneau


Web Address
Director of Admission Chris Webb
Admission Application Apply to Bridgton Academy
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $50
Application Deadline(s) Rolling Admission
Financial Aid Deadline(s)
Financial Aid Awarded
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 50%
Admission Tests Accepted  
Day Student Tuition $23,500.00
5-Day Boarding Student Tuition
Boarding Student Tuition $42,000.00
International Student Tuition $42,000.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 188
Boys 188
% Boys/Girls 100/0
Boarding Students 185
Day Students 3
United States  
Majority of students come from
% of Students of Color 20%
% of International Students


Full Time Faculty 23
Part Time Faculty
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees
% of Faculty with Doctorate
% of Faculty with Masters
Student/Faculty ratio 9:1
Average Class Size 12
Special Academic Support Programs
Learning Differences
A Sampling of Courses Offered
American History
American Literature
Computer Graphics
Computer Programming
Computer Science
Earth Science
Field Ecology
Film Studies
Social Science
Social Studies
A.P. Courses Offered  

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math)
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal)
Average SAT I Scores (Writing)
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations
% of Graduates Who Attend College 98%

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

ice hockey
Recreational Sports
outdoor club/skills
weight lifting
Extra-Curricular Activities
Peer Tutoring
Student Government
Tour Guides

Bridgton Academy Notes

Click here for a link to the recent story on Bridgton Academy that ran in the Maine Sunday Telegram.
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