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    SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY  George Stevens Academy is an independent comprehensive high school of 316 students, including 40 international and U.S. boarding students, in grades nine through twelve. Founded as Blue Hill Academy in 1803, it was the first secondary school to open its doors east of the Penobscot River in Downeast Maine. Located in the center of Blue Hill village, a small coastal town on a scenic rural peninsula, the school serves as the local community high school with open admission to students from area towns. George Stevens Academy is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The parent body is composed of a rich variety of small business owners, education and health care professionals, workers in the commercial fishing industry, contractors and boat builders, musicians, theater professionals, visual artists and craftspeople, and tourist industry workers.

    ACCREDITATION & MEMBERSHIPS  The Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the State of Maine Department of Education & Cultural Services, and is a member of the National and Maine Associations of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England, and the Association of Boarding Schools.


    MISSION STATEMENT  George Stevens Academy is an independent high school on the coast of Maine. The Academy is a caring educational community committed to meeting the needs of each local and residential student with a challenging, comprehensive academic and experiential program that fosters the pursuit of knowledge, inspires creativity, develops self-reliance, and prepares graduates for a purposeful life in a changing world.


    ENROLLMENT PROFILE   For the 2017-2018 academic year, GSA enrolled 316 students. The senior class numbered 75: 38 girls and 37 boys, including 19 boarding students. The student-teacher ratio is 10:1. Most classes have between ten and twenty students.


    FACULTY  Twenty-four full-time and 12 part-time teachers; 14 men and 22 women; 19 hold advanced degrees.


    CURRICULUM  All core classes are college prep level unless noted as fundamental, honors, or AP. Honors and AP courses are offered for highly motivated college-bound students. Honors courses are available in all core academic subject areas in grades 9-12. In 2017-18, AP classes were offered in English Literature, US History, Human Geography, Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Statistics, Environmental Science, and Drawing. In May 2017, 78 students in grades 11 and 12 took 191 AP exams.


    NOTABLE PROGRAMS & ACHIEVEMENTS  Juniors and seniors in good academic standing may elect to undertake an independent study or internship project for two weeks in February. Projects are supervised by a faculty advisor and an outside expert; one-half credit is awarded for successful completion of the Independent Study and Internship Project (ISIP). In the past 30 years, the GSA jazz band has won 19 state championships and placed second or third ten times. In the same period, the honors jazz combo and junior varsity combo have won 12 and six state championships, respectively. Boys' varsity tennis has won 14 Eastern Maine championships in the last 15 years, and girls' varsity tennis has won six Northern Maine championships since 2001.  In 2016-17, the girls' varsity cross-country team and the boys' varsity basketball team won the Class C Maine state championship.


    INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS & EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES  Varsity sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. George Stevens Academy offers a broad array of activities in fine and performing arts, including a three-day all-school arts festival, as well as in student government and community service, current affairs, cultural appreciation, techology, and outdoor pursuits fostered by the school's coastal setting and its proximity to the surrounding mountains, lakes, and rivers.


    GRADE POINT AVERAGE & RANK IN CLASS  Grade point average (GPA) and rank in class (RIC) are determined using George Stevens Academy credit only. Averages are rounded to the nearest tenth and ties are retained. GPA and RIC are officially calculated after the completion of a student’s 11th grade year. A student’s final GPA and RIC will be calculated at the end of the first semester of the senior year. Honors and AP courses are weighted an additional 10% in the calculation of a student's GPA.



    Class of 2016 : 5 AP Scholars; 5 AP Scholars w/Honor; 3 w/Distinction

    Class of 2017: 10 AP Scholars; 6 AP Scholars w/Honor; 5 w/Distinction; 3 National AP Scholars

    Class of 2018 (to date): 6 AP Scholars; 3 AP Scholars w/Honor; 1 w/Distinction

     22 credits required for graduation.

    English                              4 credits

    Mathematics             3 credits

    Science            3 credits

    Social Studies (History)      2 credits

    U.S. History               1 credit

    Fine Arts           1 credit

    Electives                          6½ credits

    Physical Education      1 credit

    Health             ½ credit

    GRADES George Stevens Academy uses percentage grades:

    90-100 = A

    80-89 = B

    70-79 = C

    Below 70 = F

    HONOR ROLL High Honors: all grades 90 or above. Honors: all grades 80 or above.


    PROFILE OF SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST PERFORMANCE Mid-50% of college-bound students:

    Class                        Critical Reading                        Math                        Writing                        No. of students tested

    2014                        460-630                                    500-710                        460-630                                    54

    2015                        470-640                                    460-620                        450-630                                    71

    2016                        490-660                                    500-620                        480-620                                    51 

    2017: 84 students tested; mean score: 1140; mid-50%: 1010-1290


    COLLEGE PLACEMENT Colleges and universities that have accepted GSA students recently include the following. 

    University of Aberdeen

    Alfred University

    Babson College

    Bard College

    Barnard College

    Bates College

    Beloit College

    Berklee College of Music

    Boston College

    Boston University

    Bowdoin College

    Brown University

    Bryn Mawr College

    California College of the Arts

    University of California, Davis

    University of California, Irvine

    University of California, Los Angeles

    University of California, Riverside

    University of California, San Diego

    University of California, Santa


    University of California, Santa Cruz

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Case Western Reserve University

    Clark University

    Clarkson University

    Colby College

    College of the Atlantic

    College of Charleston

    College of William & Mary

    Columbia University

    Concordia University-Montreal

    Connecticut College

    Cornell University

    Dalhousie University

    Eastern Maine Community College

    Eckerd College

    University of Edinburgh

    Emerson College

    Emory University

    George Mason University

    Georgetown University

    The George Washington University

    Gettysburg College

    Green Mountain College

    Hampshire College

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Husson University

    University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign

    Ithaca College

    Juniata College

    Lasell College

    Lawrence University

    London College of Fashion

    Loyola University, Maryland

    University of Maine at Augusta

    University of Maine at Farmington

    University of Maine at Fort Kent

    University of Maine at Machias

    University of Maine at Presque Isle

    Maine College of Art

    Maine Maritime Academy

    University of Maine

    Manhattan College

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Massachusetts College of Art and Design

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    McGill University

    University of Miami

    Miami University of Ohio

    University of Michigan

    Middlebury College

    Mount Allison University, New Brunswick

    Mount Holyoke College

    University of New England

    University of New Hampshire

    University of Northern Denmark-Aalborg

    Northeastern University

    The Ohio State University

    University of Oregon

    Pennsylvania State University,

      University Park

    Pratt Institute

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Rhode Island School of Design

    Rice University

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    University of Rochester

    Rollins College

    Saint Joseph’s College-Maine

    Saint Michael’s College

    University of San Francisco

    San Juan College

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    Simmons College

    Skidmore College

    Smith College

    University of Southern Denmark

    Southern Maine Community College

    University of Southern California

    University of Southern Maine

    St. Lawrence University

    Stetson University

    Suffolk University

    Susquehanna University

    Swarthmore College

    Syracuse University

    The University of Tampa

    Thomas College

    Tufts University

    University of Vermont

    University of Washington

    Vassar College

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

    University of Puget Sound

    University of Virginia

    Wake Forest University

    Wellesley College

    Wentworth Institute of Technology

    Wheaton College (MA)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison