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Head of School

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Ben - Memorial Day Flagpole Ceremony 2023Ben Jackson

Head of School

Ben Jackson became Head of School at NYA in 2015. Ben has over 30 years of experience in independent schools as English and history teacher, baseball and basketball coach, mock trial coach, dorm parent, board member, parent, and administrator. Prior to joining NYA Mr. Jackson served for 10 years as Head of School at Evergreen Country Day School. Ben earned his BS in Political Science from Hobart College, MA in American History from Providence College, and a M.Ed. Leadership from Regis University. Ben previously served on the faculty at The Wheeler School in Providence, RI; Friends Academy in North Dartmouth, MA; and St. Andrews School in Barrington, RI.

Dear Families,

Thank you for visiting North Yarmouth Academy’s website. For over two hundred years, NYA has been bringing out the best in its students in Yarmouth, Maine. We have approximately 375 students ages 18 months to 18 years at our school.Ben at Lacrosse Game May 2023

The cornerstone of an NYA education is the close teacher/student interaction and the preparedness of our students for the next level. Whether it is Primary to Lower School, Lower to Middle School, Middle to Upper School, or Upper School to college and beyond, NYA students are consistently positioned for success. The number one recurring comment we hear from alumni is how prepared they were for the transition to college.

The NYA experience extends well beyond academic preparation. Our student body possesses diverse interests. At NYA, the students have the ability to explore their own unique passions through our academic distinction programs, MPA interscholastic and NEPSAC athletic teams, musical groups, drama, visual arts, academic teams, clubs, and many other extracurricular activities.

The setting for this experience is our 20+ acre campus that combines historic buildings with new, state-of- the-art facilities like the Peter Mertz Science Center and the NYA Travis Roy Ice Arena and Fitness & Wellness Center. These buildings are surrounded by beautiful grounds and athletic fields. Most importantly, the campus is the daily home to inquisitive and thoughtful students, a dedicated and experienced faculty, and a community of families committed to providing the very best education for our children.

To learn how NYA can make a difference in your child’s education, contact the NYA Admission Office to schedule a visit. Thank you for your interest in NYA, and I look forward to meeting you.


Ben Jackson
Head of School