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John Bapst





Mel MacKay

Welcome to John Bapst

Motivated. Friendly. Involved. Global.

These words describe John Bapst – its students and its teachers.

Ranked #1 in northern New England in 2012 and again in 2014 and recipient of an “A” from the State of Maine, John Bapst welcomes students from Maine and around the world. We believe strongly in well-roundedness. The high school experience should include creativity and self-expression, school citizenship and community service, physical fitness and competition. The school’s strong programs in music, visual arts, drama, athletics, and many other areas are open to every student with a sense of curiosity and a desire to grow and explore.

John Bapst has been known as an exceptional academic high school for years. In the 1990’s, John Bapst led state testing results year after year. Since that time, the school has only grown stronger. John Bapst students took 465 AP (Advanced Placement) exams in May 2015 in 16 subject areas. Graduates go on to Ivy League colleges, top public and private research universities, and great liberal arts colleges, with our  graduates currently studying at Yale, Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Wellesley, Tufts, Northeastern, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Penn, Williams, Virginia Tech, Emory, Georgia Tech, 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 Maine Maritime and other schools.

The year 2015 sees the continuation of the Distinguished Scholars Program. Students have the option to choose an area for intensive study: STEM, Global Studies, or the Fine and Performing Arts. Highly individualized to help students develop a degree of expertise beyond the typical high school program, no two student plans are the same.

Located in the attractive, safe city of Bangor in the beautiful state of Maine, John Bapst is an independent boarding and day school serving 515 girls and boys in grades 9 through 12.  Our mission is excellence. Our small size conveys friendliness and caring. But size can be deceptive, as our spirited athletic teams and outstanding music, art, and drama programs demonstrate each year.

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, 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.

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