15 Reasons to Come to Blair

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Society of Skeptics
For more than 35 years, the Society of Skeptics program has brought evocative speakers to campus from places around the world. From musicians, professional athletes and authors to government officials, entrepreneurs and war veterans, speakers come to campus every Tuesday night to engage with Blair students and debate different perspectives and opinions. Among the most prominent speakers to come to campus in recent years are Jack Bogle ’47, founder of The Vanguard Group, the world’s largest mutual fund organization; Mohamed El-Erian, former CEO of PIMCO; Christine Todd Whitman, former New Jersey Governor and Environmental Protection Agency director; and Billy Collins, U.S. poet laureate from 2001-2003.More Photos
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Headmasters' Societies Games
Headmasters' Societies Games is a fantastic event that adds excitement between the end of the winter sports season and before exams begin. For the games, each member of our community is randomly "sorted" onto a team (Breed, Howard, Kelley, and Sharpe) to compete in an incredibly varied selection of events. From basketball to cup-stacking, wrestling to mural painting, and tug-of-war to the talent show, students and faculty spend time after classes competing for the coveted Hardwick Trophy. More Photos
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Global Service Trips
The School's global service program encourages students to interact with people of other cultures and countries through meaningful public service opportunities. Students gain transformative life experience as they apply classroom lessons to real-world situations and challenges in the United States, Africa, Europe, South America and Asia. Blair continues to build new travel opportunities into its curriculum, with the goal of having every Blair student participate in a cross-cultural domestic or international trip before they graduate.More Photos
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Blair LEADS
Designed to teach students skillsets that will put them a step ahead in college and in professional life, this signature leadership education initiative builds on Blair’s core offerings by focusing on five critical competencies: Leadership communications, global Engagement, self-Awareness, ethical Decision-making and Service. Cross-curricular coursework in each of these areas is happening at every grade level as students engage in The Blair Leadership Stories Project, leadership communications courses, TEDx conferences, youth leadership summits and oral history projects. Students also have the opportunity to practice what they learn in class by assuming active leadership roles and engaging in a capstone experience before graduation.More Photos
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Choose Your Own Advisor
In addition to working with an assigned academic monitor, students choose their own faculty advisor to support them academically, socially and emotionally during their time at Blair. Making such an important decision independently gives students a sense of ownership, responsibility and confidence when interacting with adults. Advisors act as mentors and advocates who know students well and support them as they pursue their interests and passions and build connections across campus.More Photos
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Peddie Week
Each November, the Blair community shows its school spirit during the week leading up to Peddie Day, when Blair’s fall athletes take on their age-old rival, The Peddie School, in a series of athletic competitions. The festivities culminate with a Friday night bonfire and pep rally, followed by a full day of games and matches. Parents and alumni flock to campus to cheer the Buccaneers to victory! Blair has won the competition for four consecutive years, and the Kelley-Potter Cup has become quite accustomed to its home in Mr. Fortunato’s office!More Photos
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Blair on Stage
Blair offers college preparatory theater with five theatrical productions a year on three different stages, which provide students with many opportunities to gain experience in casting, script reading, set and lighting design, directing and performing. Our musicians participate in a 50-person orchestra and top-notch vocal and jazz ensembles with eclectic repertories. Throughout the school year, these groups regularly perform in Blair’s indoor and outdoor theatres. Our musicians continue to build their skills by touring over school breaks. In spring 2015, for example, the Orchestra will perform in several European countries. To learn about the performances planned for this year, click here.More Photos
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Relationship-Based Learning
What has always distinguished a Blair education is our faculty’s complete commitment to knowing students well and fostering meaningful relationships across campus. With student-faculty ratio of 6:1 and an average class size of 11, students actively participate in discussions and build confidence and trust that empowers them to step outside of their intellectual comfort zones. Such connections allow teachers to understand students’ learning styles, interests, abilities and passions, and to use that knowledge to customize their education and push them to higher levels of achievement.More Photos
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Blair Day of Service
Each spring, the Blair community comes together with the common purpose of helping others on the School’s annual Day of Service, during which students, faculty, parents and alumni volunteer for worthwhile causes around the globe. During the inaugural event in 2014, those on campus partnered with 11 local organizations to build a playground, landscape at domestic violence shelters, work at a community-supported farm, coordinate activities at a children’s camp, plant a community garden for low-income families and clear trash and underbrush from nature trails.More Photos
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More Than an Acre Per Student
Blair is situated on a pastoral 463-acre campus in northwestern New Jersey, and students enjoy a wide range of amenities and facilities not found at other schools: a nine-hole golf course; a waterfall; and an undeveloped 100-plus acre parcel of land known as the “Siegel Property,” where classes engage in field work and where students bike and run. The School also boasts a state-of-the-art athletics facility with a six-lane, 25-yard indoor pool, 10 outdoor tennis courts, seven international squash courts, eight athletic fields, and an all-weather turf field and track. With the addition of two new upper-school dormitories to be completed in 2015, Blair’s campus will include 10 residential buildings and six academic buildings.More Photos
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Diverse Electives
At Blair, students can choose from a wide range of courses, including those focused on design-thinking, robotics, negotiation, engineering, video studies, economics, epidemiology, architecture and pharmacology. Our open-architecture curriculum blends traditional core offerings with innovative programs and teaching approaches. With a number of course levels—including more than 50 honors, Advanced Placement and post-AP classes—Blair tailors students’ coursework to their abilities and interests.More Photos
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The Romano Gallery
As Blair art students know firsthand, one of the most valuable aspects of the fine-arts program is the on-campus Romano Gallery, which regularly shows the work of professional and student artists. Featured artists attend exhibit receptions throughout the school year, giving students the opportunity to engage with them in person and ask questions about their work. Most artists take the opportunity to guest lecture while in Blairstown, critiquing student work during class and sharing the challenges and opportunities associated with installing exhibits in the “real world.” To view a list of the artists who will exhibit in The Romano Gallery during 2014-2015, click here.More Photos
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Blue Crew
The “Blue Crew”—Blair’s most enthusiastic student supporters, who show their school pride by painting their faces, donning their best “Blair wear” and cheering on the School’s 26 varsity and 19 JV and thirds teams— is a fixture at Blair athletic contests. Headed by a male and female member of the senior class, the group’s energy and passion for Blair athletics is contagious, particularly on nights where the Bucs are playing on Blair’s all-weather turf field under the lights.More Photos
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Blair LABS
Blair LABS (Learning About Being a Scientist) is the brainchild of science teacher Carl Christianson, who holds a doctorate in biochemistry. Juniors and seniors who participate in this after-school activity, modeled on a college research group, perform open-ended research on a topic of their own choosing and ultimately present their findings to the Blair community. Dr. Christianson helps students focus on a question that can actually be addressed, teaches them how to conduct research and gives them a framework to achieve results, whether those results turn out to be positive or negative. This year, students are experimenting with building drones and researching cancer prevention. Blair LABS students also learn about teamwork and academic collaboration, which are often key factors in scientific innovation.More Photos
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Grill & Chills
Blair students and teachers don’t just interact in class—they enjoy frequent opportunities to get together as a community and have fun! “Grills & Chills” typically happen on Saturdays and the occasional weeknight when kids and faculty (and faculty families!) meet on the turf for food and games under the lights. Volleyball, badminton and Frisbee games give everyone a chance to compete, and there’s plenty of time for relaxed conversation over hot dogs and burgers—just another example of how important community and relationships are at Blair, inside and outside of the classroom!More Photos