Bangor, Maine, USA
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation
Even before being ranked #1 in northern New England by the Washington Post in 2012 and 2014, John Bapst has been known as an exceptional academic high school for many years. In the 1990’s, John Bapst led state testing results year after year, and in 2012 it received an "A" from the State of Maine. The school's top ranking and grade are based on a number of student test results, especially in Advanced Placement. In 2014, students took 393 AP exams, with 80% scoring 3 or above. In May 2015, the number of AP exams taken will rise to 450.
Located in the attractive, safe city of Bangor in the beautiful state of Maine, John Bapst is an independent day and boarding school serving girls and boys in grades 9 through 12. Our mission is excellence and its motto "Achievement, Integrity, Respect." Over the past four years, the school’s graduates have gone on to attend many of the nation’s top colleges and universities, including Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Colby, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Notre Dame, Penn, Purdue, UC-San Diego, Williams, and Yale. In Maine, dozens of John Bapst scholars have entered the honors programs of the University of Maine, with several earning full four-year scholarships in engineering and other fields.
In 2014, the school's largest group of international students (24) graduated. These talented students are now studying at Boston College, Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue, Indiana, Virginia Tech, RPI, Syracuse, the University of Washington, Michigan State, California-Irvine, and other top research universities.
John Bapst is characterized by its small size and friendliness. Teachers care deeply about students, and students care about each other and serve the community generously. Students are creative and caring, and music, art, and service programs are all so active. More than 100 students play in the school's band.
As impressive as many John Bapst students are when they graduate, it’s important to know that the school eagerly accepts students from diverse educational and personal backgrounds. The John Bapst approach – high expectations, outstanding teaching, student involvement, a caring community – does wonders for young people. The average freshman accepted isn’t average by the time he or she graduates.