♦ CEEB School Code: 070060
Principal: Nora M. Spurgin, MSW
A private college preparatory school that is located adjacent to the seaside campus of the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport International Academy has a well-rounded curriculum with the opportunity for students to take college courses and use university facilities. BIA has an international faculty and student body. The Academy offers a strong college preparatory curriculum for grades 9 through 12 with emphasis on character education and community service. Since1997, twelve classes consisting of 192 students have graduated from the Academy, as of May 31, 2012.
Accreditation and Approvals:
On March 15, 2007, Bridgeport International Academy was elected to institutional membership and was granted accreditation for ten years by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). On March 9, 2007, BIA was again granted state approval as a nonpublic school by the State of Connecticut. In addition, the Academy has approval from the Department of Homeland Security of the U.S. government to issue I-20 forms in order for international students to obtain F-1 non-immigrant, student visas.
Students must complete a minimum of 23 credits in order to graduate. Required courses include four years of English, three years of social studies, three years of mathematics, three years of science, and two years of a foreign language. A variety of electives are offered, and an English Language Learner program is offered for international students. One credit is the equivalent to a one-year course that meets 200 minutes per week.
Qualified juniors and seniors may take courses either at the University of Bridgeport (UB) or at Housatonic Community College (HCC). This is a dual credit system in which a student may receive credit simultaneously from college and from high school. The taking of college courses is noted on the high school transcript.
Grade point averages indicated at the end of the transcript are calculated on a 4.0 unweighted scale (college course grades are not currently weighted on our high school transcripts).
Grades are awarded according to the following scale:
93 to 100
70 to 72
90 to 92
67 to 69
87 to 89
63 to 66
83 to 86
60 to 62
80 to 82
77 to 79
Ranking: BIA does not rank students.
Community Service Requirement:
Each student is required to perform 75 hours of community service prior to graduation. BIA students volunteer to work in local agencies, non-profits, elementary schools, or community programs. Students have worked with Habitat for Humanity to help build houses, tutored at the head start program of Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD), visited homes for the elderly, helped in local neighborhood clean up, painted houses at the University of Bridgeport, and volunteered with Groundworks Bridgeport and other local community service projects.
For more information, please contact either Mrs. Nora M. Spurgin, Principal, at (203) 334-3434
or Dr. Hugh Spurgin, President, at (203) 260-6801.
The mailing address is Bridgeport International Academy, 285 Lafayette Street, Suite 202, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Our website is www.bridgeportacademy.org