Head of School's Welcome

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Blair Academy.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about Blair’s dynamic and diverse community. Since I first stepped foot onto Blair’s spectacular hilltop campus, I have fallen in love with the School and everything that makes it truly exceptional. Blair offers a rich and challenging curriculum, world-class programs for athletes and artists of all abilities, and an array of meaningful leadership, travel and service opportunities.

However, what truly distinguishes a Blair education are the special and caring relationships between faculty and students that come from our commitment to knowing our students. Those relationships form the cornerstones of our superior academic preparation and make the Blair experience so personally enriching. They set Blair apart as a leader in education and inspired my decision to join this extraordinary community.

Truly knowing our students offers them a unique and competitive advantage, not just in preparation for college, but for a lifetime of achievement. Together as a faculty and in partnership with students and parents, we take an individualized approach to teaching and learning. We invest in discovering and understanding our students’ talents, interests and personalities. We achieve this in part through a multi-tiered approach to academic advising, our commitment to engaging students every evening in their dorms and meeting throughout the year as an entire faculty to review every student’s progress and development. We are thus able to thoughtfully connect each of our students to the learning opportunities best suited to challenge and inspire them, develop their characters and stretch their abilities.

Even though my journey at Blair is just beginning, I have already experienced the warmth and authenticity of the Blair community and witnessed, in action, the Seven Principles That Define a Blair Education. I have seen these principles beautifully articulated in a graduating senior’s moving chapel talk about the importance of humility in becoming a true leader. I have seen them come vividly to life in the pictures and stories of our students’ public service initiatives from Delaware to Haiti to Kenya. Most impressively, I have already seen so many instances of how these values and ideals are woven deeply into the daily experience whether in the classroom, on athletic fields, on stage or in the dormitories.

At Blair, we create foundations of trust and connections that empower our students to step outside their comfort zones to achieve things they thought were not possible, while becoming confident with who they truly are. This is the Blair advantage. As an educator and a parent, I can think of no greater purpose or outcome. I enthusiastically invite you to visit Blair’s campus and meet the students and faculty who fill our community every day with a love of learning, integrity, friendship and the remarkable Blair spirit.

Warmest regards,

Christopher Fortunato
Head of School