Pumpkin Carving in the Goldsmith Dining Hall


Amanda Miller, LCSW, School Counselor

Advisor Program

Our Advisory Program was developed to serve the unique needs of a student taking an additional year to prepare for college and all the collegiate experience means. Our Advisors are responsible members of the community who serve as your son’s caregiver and advocate in all aspects of Academy life, and serve as the essential link between the family and the school. Each student is assigned an advisor, and we work hard to find the right member of the Bridgton Academy Community for each student. We believe that while students should be responsible for their own education, the Advisor is there to promote independence and self advocacy within our students while teaching them to utilize the resources provided to them. The Advisor will monitor your son’s progress throughout the year, and act as your primary liaison to the Academy should you have any questions, concerns or information about him that you want someone on campus to know. The advisor may counsel your son on issues such as homesickness or roommate disputes, or they may bring him chicken soup when he’s sick or surprise him with a cake on his birthday.

Weekend Programming

Bridgton Academy offers a variety of on- and off-campus activities to our students each weekend. In addition to weekly trips to the local laundromat and in-town church services on Sundays, students can go to local movie theaters or into nearby North Conway, NH for some outlet shopping. Some favorite activities include local hiking expeditions, fishing trips, bowling, sky-diving or taking in a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game.

The Bridgton Academy Bucket List

The Bridgton Academy Bucket List is a compilation of essential life skills and New England experiences that we feel each student should have during their time here at Bridgton. Each student is required to check off at least 20 unique Bucket List items over the course of the year. Not only is it an opportunity for faculty and staff to cross paths with those they may not typically connect with on a daily basis, in the dorm, on the field or in the classroom, it is also an excellent opportunity for students to step outside of their comfort zones and experience something entirely new.

Bridgton Academy Bucket List 2016-2017

Life Skills

  • Learn to Grill
  • Make ice cream
  • Build a fire
  • Sort, Wash, Fold Laundry
  • Change a Tire
  • Learn about Credit Cards
  • Tie a tie
  • Go on a Hike
  • Write a Thank You
  • Sew a button
  • Cook a meal
  • Learn to Iron
  • Learn to Juggle
  • Balance a Checkbook
  • Bake a cake
  • Learn to gift wrap
  • Decorate Gingerbread Cookies
  • Interview Prep
  • Resume Writing
  • Learn to Play Chess

New England Experience

  • Sample New England Foods
  • Go Canoeing
  • Go Apple Picking
  • Eat a Maine Lobster
  • Fryeburg Fair
  • Academy Service
  • Go Snowshoeing
  • Shawnee Peak- Learn to Ski/ Snowboard
  • Snowman/ Snowball Fight/ Sledding
  • Carve a Pumpkin
  • Ice Skate
  • Maine Wildlife Park
  • LL Bean
  • Ocean Trip
  • Stargazing
  • An Overnight at the BA Cabin
  • Ice Fishing
  • Leaf Peeping
  • Sugar House/Maine Maple Sunday
  • North Conway/Diana’s Bath

The Shawnee Peak Ski Program

Bridgton Academy students helped cut the original trails at Shawnee Peak ski area on Pleasant Mountain over 80 years ago, and our relationship with the ski area continues today. All Bridgton Academy students are able to ski at any time during the season, for free, including rental gear. Find out more about Shawnee Peak on their website.

Health Services

Bridgton Academy employs a full time registered nurse and a full time school counselor. We will provide your son with high quality school nursing services, day infirmary care, behavioral and emotional assessments, supportive counseling and treatment coordination, and on-site medical care for minor illnesses and injuries. In addition to the above, Bridgton Academy is fortunate to be located within 5 miles of Bridgton Hospital which is affiliated with Central Maine Medical Center. Questions regarding Health Services here at Bridgton Academy can be directed to our school nurse, Kate Tucker at 207-647-7641 or via email at