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John Bapst 1928

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Welcome to John Bapst and welcome to.... integrity


a global community AP courses preparing for college

learning great teachers

new friends

personal growth teamwork

music in the air

challenge creativity


people who care

We appreciate your interest in one of America’s best schools. At John Bapst, you’ll find high academic expectations, including an outstanding Advanced Placement program. You’ll also find students involved in all aspects of school and community life. The world needs citizenship, teamwork, and leadership – qualities John Bapst students develop through athletics, art, music, drama, and a wide range of clubs and activities from Model UN to Student Environmental Action Committee.

Just as important, John Bapst is a place where you can be yourself. Your personality and talents are welcome. At John Bapst, being a football player who sings in the choir or a runner who captains one of the school’s three math teams isn’t unusual – it’s celebrated.

We look forward to telling you more about our school in these pages, on our website – – and in person.

Fast Facts Founded in 1928 Grades 9-12 Boarding & Homestay Programs 100% College-Preparatory Coeducational & Nonsectarian 515 students; 12% international Countries represented: USA, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Spain, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Albania 40 faculty, 70% with advanced degrees 17.6 student average in core academic classes 17 AP courses 70% of students take AP courses 6 National Merit & 3 Commended Scholars 2 experienced personal & college counselors Safe small-city location 10 minutes from Bangor International Airport & bus stations

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Selected Colleges and Universities Attended by John Bapst Graduates 2009 to 2014

Welcome to Your Future.

The Academic Program Students who are eager to learn from teachers who love to teach – that’s John Bapst’s recipe for growth and success. At John Bapst, it’s cool to do your homework, cool to be smart. John Bapst students come from more than thirty Maine towns and many foreign countries. What they have in common is a genuine desire to be part of a community of learners. Working with experienced counselors, students put together a schedule that reflects who they are as individuals. In the junior and senior years, the same counselors provide personalized guidance with the college application process.

Reading, Writing, Thinking, and Inspiration Ready to stretch your mind? The John Bapst English Department invites you to an inspiring conversation with writers like Homer, Shakespeare, Austen, and Hemingway. You’ll meet important contemporary voices, too, as you develop the reading and thinking skills you need to become Readiness for globalization means a good writer. speaking a language other than your own. John Bapst offers fourIn the Social Sciences Department, year programs in Chinese, Spanish, the curriculum is the world. From French, and Latin. Each year some of foundation courses in World and the school’s most successful students U.S. history, students go on to practice what they’ve learned in electives in economics, human class on school-sponsored trips geography, political science, or independently through travel European history, sociology, and homestays abroad. and anthropology.

Outstanding STEM Programs The STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – are the basis for many of the world’s most important steps forward. Every John Bapst student receives a strong math-science foundation. Students take math every year, reaching trigonometry, pre-calculus, AP Statistics, AP Calculus BC, or beyond. The school’s laboratory sciences program is knowledge-intensive and hands-on. In biology, chemistry, and physics, you’ll come to understand the natural world. AP courses are offered in all three subjects, along with electives in environmental science, anatomy, oceanography, and astronomy. Since 2006, four John Bapst students and teachers have been recognized by Siemens and the College Board as tops in the state in science and mathematics. Through its programming courses, student-led Technology Team, and elective courses, John Bapst is preparing the next generation of IT innovators and creative problemsolvers. In AP Computer Science, electives, and clubs, students learn programming, graphic design, and robotics.

“A high SAT score is good, but alone it does not succeed; talent is good, but alone it does not succeed. You have to dignify your gifts. Vision, curiosity, engagement, aspiration, enthusiasm, striving, resolve,determination, service, and work succeed. Character succeeds.” John Emerson, English Faculty


In the Spotlight The creative spirit is alive at John Bapst. Whether you’re a musician, a visual artist, a theater person, or a storyteller, there’s something for you: a group to join, a class to take, a performance to rehearse for. From the Music Wing come the sounds of the 100-member Concert Band, the 70-member Concert Choir, and the 25-member Chamber Ensemble. The Jazz Band is a 1st-place regional winner. John Bapst singers have produced their own albums, performed in concert, and even sung at Carnegie Hall. Every seven days students perform at the beginning of school assemblies. John Bapst art students display their talents in two annual student art shows. Each year students go on to attend art schools or major in art at the university level. Drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, history of art, and history of film – all of these areas spark student exploration and self-expression. You just might surprise yourself with a talent you didn’t know you had.

All the world’s a stage at John Bapst when the Fall Play and Spring Musical go into production. Under the direction of talented faculty, students learn to act, sing, dance, build sets, run lights and sound, make costumes, and do makeup. The musical is accompanied by a pit band of John Bapst’s own students, with more than a hundred students involved in a single production.


A Winning Tradition

Fall Cheering Cross-Country Field Hockey Football Winter Golf Basketball Soccer Cheering Ice Hockey Indoor Track Skiing Swimming & Diving Spring Baseball Softball Tennis Track & Field

Club & Intramural Basketball Table Tennis Badminton Fencing Sailing Tai Chi

At John Bapst, 70% of the student body is involved in one or more of the 16 interscholastic sports offered. Sports promote growth in so many areas as students get involved, get in shape, learn what it means to play a key role on a team, and test themselves. Expect to see enthusiastic crowds cheering at John Bapst games and matches, because this is a school with a proud tradition of competition and sportsmanship. Recent regional and state championships in football, cheering, ice hockey, track, and other sports reflect the passion and talents of athletes and coaches. High school isn’t too late to try your hand at a new sport. Each year, first-time students join golf, field hockey, swimming, skiing, and other sports, looking for that rewarding combination of individual improvement and team spirit. Highlights of the school’s Intramural Program include annual tournaments in basketball, badminton, and ping-pong, with students and faculty forming teams.

English for International Students The international student’s goal is to gain advanced proficiency in English. At John Bapst, that’s our goal, too.

John Bapst is an immersion school. Students must be at the intermediate level or above in English to gain admission. International students take English and history classes alongside American students, which speeds up language learning and the process of making friends with native speakers. Depending on their level, international students may take a second English class daily – an ESL support class with lessons in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Preparation for TOEFL, SAT, and AP is offered at no extra cost. At John Bapst, your English language skills will improve with the help of daily opportunities to practice with teachers, students, and others. In the evening, houseparents and students who are native speakers provide extra help with homework.

I like the building, my classmates, the teachers I have, and the different fields of study. I feel I am comfortable, can study and learn more, and make a lot of friends. Luís Vega, Quito, Ecuador

John Bapst makes me love studying subjects I used to not like. I’ve found my real talents. John Bapst is a dream school. Thao Kim Nguyen, Hanoi, Vietnam

Residential Life Boarding school students transition to college life with remarkable ease. Making new friends, managing your own time, keeping your room organized – in each of these areas you get a head start in John Bapst’s boarding program.

Boarding Program At John Bapst, your new home is just a short walk from the school’s main building. The residence halls for girls and for boys are located in Bangor’s Broadway Historic District. They combine attractive 19th- and 20th-century architecture with contemporary conveniences like high-speed wireless internet. Living with students are John Bapst faculty and staff. Houseparents know the school’s academic program and offer students an open-door policy for help with homework or just for the chance to have a conversation about how it’s going at school. On weekends in the Bangor area there’s always plenty to do with your friends, from shopping and restaurants to movies and concerts, including many opportunities within walking distance of campus.

Homestay Program The John Bapst Homestay Program is designed for international students who would like the experience of living with an American family – in most cases, a faculty member or parents of a local student. The Homestay Program is another great way to speed up language acquisition.

John Bapst Scholars John Bapst Scholars serve as student ambassadors in the dormitories. Most come from Maine towns beyond Bangor’s orbit, where a daily commute to and from school would be too long. Students who would like to experience dorm life as a way of preparing for college are encouraged to apply to be John Bapst Scholars.

Where Is John Bapst? John Bapst is nestled in an historic residential neighborhood of Bangor, Maine. Bangor offers the safety of a small city with the amenities of a larger metropolitan area. Bangor International Airport is only ten minutes away. We should probably tell you that Maine’s motto is “The Way Life Should Be.” With its rocky beaches, picturesque villages, and scenic mountains, Maine is one of America’s most beautiful states. The Bangor area boasts diverse restaurants, museums, a city symphony, theaters, and shopping.

Fifteen minutes from school is the University of Maine. The Appalachian Trail and Maine’s world-famous Acadia National Park are about an hour away. In the winter, downhill skiing and crosscountry skiing are available. Weekend and vacation trips take students to Portland, Boston, New York, Quebec, and other exciting destinations for recreation, culture, and college visits. John Bapst students enjoy an ideal four-season region for learning and living.

Destination: Bangor, Maine

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How to Apply For more than eighty years, John Bapst has been preparing bright, talented students for college. If you’re passionate about learning, motivated to achieve excellence, eager to be part of a welcoming community, and in search of an education that prepares you for the future, we’d like to hear from you. The application and current information about tuition, fees, and attendance costs can be found on the website at Students and families may request information and application materials or make interview appointments by contacting John Bapst Admissions at or by calling (207) 947-0313. The priority deadline for fall enrollment is February 1 for international applicants and March 1 for domestic applicants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis following the deadline. John Bapst does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or disability in its admission process or programs.

International Applicants

Domestic Day and

• Completed John Bapst Application (available online)

Boarding Applicants

• School Transcript (in English if possible, including all courses and grades) • English Teacher Recommendation • Photo • An interview (in person or by Skype) • Photocopy of passport ID page • Recent Test Scores - one of the following options: TOFEL, TOFEL Jr., IELTS, or SSAT • Parent Affidavit of Support and Proof of Financial Capability • Credit Card Authorization form for submission of application fee payment

• Completed John Bapst Application (available online) • Transcript Release Form (John Bapst will request your school records) • Teacher Recommendation (optional) • Photo (optional) • Interview required for students transferring from another high school

I attend John Bapst not only for the incredible academic experience, but also for the excitement possessed by the students to be part of this community. Even long after school hours, the halls are filled with students.” Jessie Sweeney, Hampden, Maine

John Bapst 1928

100 Broadway • Bangor, Maine 04401 (207) 947-0313 •

John Bapst Viewbook for the 2015-16 School Year