North Yarmouth Academy

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North Yarmouth Academy
North Yarmouth Academy, Yarmouth, Maine.jpg
North Yarmouth Academy's main building, Curtis Hall
148 Main Street
Yarmouth, Maine 04096
United States
Coordinates 43°47′56″N 70°11′08″W / 43.798839°N 70.185535°W / 43.798839; -70.185535
Type Co-ed, prep school
Established 1814 (As the Public School for the area, became private in 1961)
Head of School Ben Jackson


class = 14 students[1]
Grades Toddler - Post Graduate
Enrollment 300 total
Student to teacher ratio 10:1[1]
Color(s) Black and Orange         
Athletics 16 interscholastic sports[2]
Mascot Panther
North Yarmouth Academy
North Yarmouth Academy is located in Maine
North Yarmouth Academy
North Yarmouth Academy is located in the US
North Yarmouth Academy
Location 148 Main Street, Yarmouth, Maine
Coordinates 43°48′0″N 70°11′4″W / 43.80000°N 70.18444°W / 43.80000; -70.18444Coordinates: 43°48′0″N 70°11′4″W / 43.80000°N 70.18444°W / 43.80000; -70.18444
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1841
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP Reference # 75000097[3]
Added to NRHP March 4, 1975

North Yarmouth Academy (Also known as "NYA") is an independent, co-ed, college preparatory day school serving students in grades Toddler through Post Graduate located in Yarmouth, Maine. The Head of School is Ben Jackson, with Allen Bornheimer heading the Board of Trustees. NYA has 300 enrolled students with an average class size of 14 students. NYA offers 16 interscholastic sports for both Boys and Girls at the Varsity and Junior Varsity Level.


NYA students carry five academic courses plus electives each year and are required to participate in athletics or theatre each season/semester. NYA offers 16 Advanced Placement courses. Beginning in the 2012-13 academic year, NYA offers Mandarin Chinese as part of its Modern and Classical Languages Department.

NYA student athletes participate on a variety of varsity athletic teams. All NYA students in grades 6-12 participate in team sports or approved alternatives 3 seasons per year. More than 40% of graduates continue to play intercollegiate sports. One hundred percent of Middle School students and 73% of Upper School students participate in a musical ensemble. There are currently 12 musical ensembles offered at NYA.

During the 2010-2011 school year, NYA students gave more than 4,500 hours to community service, assisting more than 55 community and civic organizations in the Greater Portland, Maine area.

From 2001 to 2011, NYA built a $3M science center (the Peter W. Mertz Science Center, 2006), has renovated the oldest building on campus (Russell Hall, 2009) into a foreign language center, added an all-weather athletic (turf) field, built the Priscilla Savage Middle School in 2003 and increased endowment for faculty enrichment and student diversity.

NYA added a Lower School, grades Pre-K through 4, in the fall of 2013 and expanded to include a toddler program (18-months) in the fall of 2014. The Lower School embraces Montessori methods through kindergarten. In the first through fourth grades, the program builds off a Montessori foundation, fostering curiosity and motivation to learn while also preparing students for an easy transition to the Middle School at NYA.


The NYA campus consists of 12 Academic/Art buildings and 2 Athletic Buildings. The campus also has 2 athletic fields, 3 tennis courts, and a softball field.[4] Its two oldest surviving buildings, Russell Hall (1841) and Academy Hall (1847) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

  • Priscilla Savage Middle School - Grades 5-8, nurse's office
  • Peter W. Mertz Science Building - Science, and some math, classes for both the Middle and Upper Schools
  • Higgins Hall - The choral and instrumental music building, also includes functionality for a black box theater
  • Russell Hall - Current foreign language center, Edgar F. White '38 Athletic Hall of Fame, and former science building
  • Academy Hall - Former 7th and 8th grade building, currently empty
  • Blanchard House - Middle School art
  • Bates House - Formerly admission office as well as Middle School art and Upper School photography, currently empty
  • Weld House - Office building, including admission office, web master, marketing and communications, summer programs
  • Dole House - Office building, including alumni relations, development, and business offices
  • Curtis Building - Main building for Upper School students, includes library, student lounge, gymnasium, and Safford Center (cafeteria and stage), archival office
  • Storer House - Former 6th grade building, auction volunteer office, retail store, communications and summer programs office, currently empty
  • Lower School Building - Main building for Lower School students, includes great room, renovated 23 Storer Street in 2013 and expanded in 2014


North Yarmouth Academy has an athletic requirement that each student in grades 6 through 12 participate in an athletic program every season throughout the school year. Exceptions to this policy include the ability to participate in the arts once a year.[2]


NYA offers 16 interscholastic sports for both Boys and Girls, each at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level.



NYA's gymnasium is located behind, and attached to, Curtis Hall. The gym includes the athletic director's office, two locker rooms, and the Hall of Awards. The gym is used for men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, and for large assemblies, including all school gatherings, and senior speeches.


In 2006, NYA completed transforming Lewis Field from grass to turf. NYA currently has two athletic fields, one turf and one grass (Denney Field). Since its completion, Varsity and Junior Varsity Lacrosse, Soccer, and Field Hockey play all their home games on Lewis. NYA uses Knight Field for its Softball program.

Travis Roy Ice Arena[edit]

The North Yarmouth Academy Ice Arena was built in 1975. In 1998 it was remodeled and renamed to the Travis Roy Ice Arena in honor of Travis Roy. It contains a fitness room, heated viewing area, locker rooms, and a pro shop. It is home to the NYA Boys and Girls Ice Hockey teams as well as the Yarmouth High School ice hockey teams. The facility is also used by Casco Bay Hockey and Midcoast Youth Hockey for their ice hockey programs.


NYA maintains two local athletic rivalries. The first is with hometown public school Yarmouth High School As well, NYA has an athletic rivalry with another Portland area private school, Waynflete School.

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