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Fast Facts

There are many reasons to consider
an education at NYA. The most important ones
come down to your family’s needs.

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Below you will find a quick rundown of what makes NYA so unique. Many of these are answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive from prospective families. This list is meant to be brief. There is an abundance of information we would love to share with you, and we are always eager to answer any questions you might have. So please contact us.

Fast Facts

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      • NYA was founded in 1814
      • NYA’s 20+ acre campus is in downtown Yarmouth, Maine, ten miles north of Portland
      • Head of School is Ben Jackson
      • School colors are orange and black, and the mascot is the panther
      • NYA is coed, toddler through grade 12 plus a post graduate program
      • There are 58 faculty members and 69% hold advanced degrees
      • Student/ Faculty ratio 7:1
      • Average Middle and Upper School classroom size is 14
      • NYA grades on an 100-point scale and does not use proficiency-based grading in the Middle and Upper School
      • NYA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and holds a Certificate of Approval from the State of Maine. Memberships include the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent School Association of Northern New England, the Maine Association of Independent Schools, and the Maine Montessori Association
      • NYA provides bus transportation north from Edgecomb and south from Scarborough and from Gray to Lewiston [NYA bus service is currently suspended due to COVID-19 guidelines.]
      • Approximately 40% of families receive financial assistance
      • Enrolled students represent over 49 towns and two countries
      • International students make up between 5% and 15% of Upper School student body
      • NYA Boys Ice Hockey Fall 2018100% of NYA students in grades 6-12 participate in an after school activity three seasons per year
      • NYA ice hockey teams compete in the Prep League (NEPSAC), Holt Conference.  Other NYA teams compete in the Maine Principals Association (MPA)
      • NYA’s Travis Roy Ice Arena is right on campus
      • The Upper School athletic program boasts 33 team and 50 individual state championships in the last fifteen years
      • Students in kindergarten through grade 5 take ice skating lessons at NYA’s Travis Roy Ice Arena as part of their winter PE classes
      • NYA has a climbing wall and a fleet of kayaks as part of the Kauffmann Program for Environmental Writing & Wilderness Exploration
      • NYA Upper School Spanish Class 2020NYA offers 17 Advanced Placement courses
      • Every student in grades 6-12 and PG has an academic advisor who supports fewer than ten advisees
      • NYA’s college counselor begins working with students in the ninth grade
      • 95% of the Class of 2020 was admitted to one or more of their top choice colleges
      • NYA offers five Diplomas with Distinction: STEM; Global Citizenship; and Music: Performance, Entrepreneurship, & Community; Outdoor and Environmental Leadership; and Social Advocacy
      • NYA’s Kauffmann Program for Environmental Writing & Wilderness Exploration stresses the importance of wilderness and nature with a focus on environmental thinking, writing, conservation, and travel
      • 100% of students study a modern or classical language. Toddlers through students in grade 6 study Spanish. Grades 7 through 12 choose from French, Spanish, or Latin.
      • NYA’s Innovation Lab contains resources to promote innovation and integration of technology across the curriculum and is utilized in kindergarten and beyond
      • All seniors give a speech to the school community prior to graduation
      • The Lower School integrates Montessori methods through kindergarten
      • All first and second grade students learn to play the ukulele, all third and fourth grade students have violin instruction, and all fifth grade students play both violin and a wind instrument
      • 100% of toddlers through students in grade 8 take art, music, and a language

Updated August 31, 2021