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John Bapst





Mel MacKay

Welcome to John Bapst

Motivated, friendly, involved, creative -- these words describe John Bapst students. And a John Bapst education? How about personalized ... inspiring ... global ... hands-on.

Ranked #1 in Maine in 2012, 2014, and 2016 by the Washington Post, John Bapst this year welcomes students from 35 Maine towns and from eight foreign countries. Let's put an extra emphasis on that word welcome. Maine, with its friendly, down-to-earth people, and the United States as a whole have welcomed the world to our nation of opportunity, freedom, and justice. We're pleased to do our small part in making the world a better place.

Every student is unique, which is why a 21st-century education has to be personalized. We believe in traditional well-roundedness, but the John Bapst experience also includes opportunities for students to explore something they're passionate about in a way that's deep and meaningful. We all agree that English and math are major subjects; at John Bapst, art and music are major subjects as well. We celebrate school citizenship and community service; we also encourage students to double up in the sciences, to combine AP Computer Science with cyber-defense and robotics, to prep for the real world through courses in economics, world cultures, and languages.

John Bapst has been known as an exceptional academic high school for years. John Bapst students took 510 AP (Advanced Placement) exams in May 2016 in 18 subject areas. Graduates go on to Ivy League colleges, top public and private research universities, and great liberal arts colleges. Our  graduates currently study at Yale, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Boston College, Wellesley, Tufts, Northeastern, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Penn, Williams, Virginia Tech, Emory, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Michigan State, Washington, Wisconsin, several campuses in the University of California system, and many others. Our students have also gone on to art and music schools like the Art Institute of Chicago and Berklee College of Music. Here in our state, dozens of John Bapst scholars have entered the honors programs at the University of Maine; followed the liberal arts to Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin; or specialized at Husson University, Maine Maritime, and other schools.

Interested in STEM? With the Distinguished Scholars Program, students have the option to choose an area for intensive study and research. In addition to projects in science, technology, engineering, and math, students can become Distinguished Scholars in Global Studies (languages, social sciences, and history) and in the Fine and Performing Arts.

Located in the attractive, safe city of Bangor in the beautiful state of Maine, John Bapst is an independent boarding and day school serving 490 girls and boys in grades 9 through 12.  Our mission is excellence. Our small size conveys friendliness and caring. Each year John Bapst is home to students from more than thirty Maine towns. Since 2007, John Bapst has also welcomed students from a long list of other countries: China, Vietnam, South Korea, Ghana, Japan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Italy, Israel, Egypt, Spain, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Albania, Mexico, and Ecuador. The school’s English immersion program with ESL support allows international students to challenge themselves while making friends in America.

Let us tell you more! Just contact us at

Mel MacKay
Head of School


John Bapst Memorial High School 100 Broadway , Bangor, ME 04401 Phone 207-947-0313 Fax 207-941-2474
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