Student Life

While academic preparation is central to the Blair experience, we believe firmly in our student life curriculum and emphasize leadership, service, and the ability to live in a residential community as essential elements of a student’s preparation for college and life.

Our students find their days filled with academic, social, athletic, and community activities and an integral part of the Blair experience is learning how to enjoy the many opportunities on campus, while also managing one’s time in healthy and productive ways.  

Shortly after arriving on campus, Blair students will quickly learn the routine—meals are served in The Romano Dining Hall, School Meeting takes place on Mondays and Fridays in DuBois Theatre, and afternoons are reserved for athletic competitions and extracurricular activities. During the week, classes are supplemented by programs such as the weekly Society of Skeptics lecture, at which an engaging speaker visits campus to share his or her insight into world affairs, science, technology, media or journalism.

Throughout the year, students also enjoy a wide range of concerts, art openings and receptions, poetry readings, theatre productions and off-campus excursions to nearby New York City. On the weekends, the Blair community comes together in a more relaxed setting for barbeques, dances, intramural sporting competitions and music festivals.


  • Student-Organized Event Commemorates Memorial Day

    Posted June 7, 2016

    The Blair community commemorated the lives of alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country at a Memorial Day ceremony organized by a Blair LEADS class on May 30. Under the guidance of math department chair Latta Browse, seven students planned the “well-done, meaningful ceremony,” capping a semester during which they focused on the sacrifices made by veterans across generations.

  • Kampmann Video Prize Celebrates Teachers’ Creative Legacy

    Posted June 6, 2016

    When former faculty members Steven and Judith Kahan Kampmann came to Blair in 1998 following successful Hollywood careers in writing, acting, and directing, the establishment of a video studies program at the School was not part of the original script. However, one plot twist led to another, and by the time the pair retired in 2010, Blair’s academic and after-school video offerings were thriving, thanks in large part to Steven’s and Judith’s creativity and dedication to the craft.

  • Groundbreaking Celebrated for CIC

    Posted June 1, 2016

    Amid a festive week of Commencement events, the Blair community celebrated another important milestone on May 25 as ground was broken for the Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC). Trustees, faculty, parents and students gathered at the crest of the front hill on the warm, sunny afternoon as Head of School Chris Fortunato announced that the family of Trustee Lai Yuen Chiang ’84, P’14 ’16 had made a generous gift to co-name the CIC, and he and Ms. Chiang scooped a ceremonial shovelful of dirt marking the start of construction of Blair’s dynamic new academic center.

About Life at Blair

To really experience Blair, you have to visit our campus, but this short film about student life at different times of the year gives some insight into what it is like to be a member of the Blair community.

From day one, our community’s warm welcome tells even the youngest students that Blair is not just their new school, but also their new family. This family, the Blair community, challenges and encourages students to maximize their potential and instills in them the tools that they will need to successfully navigate college and life beyond.”  

Ryan Pagotto, associate head of school