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Bridgeport International Academy Was Granted Accreditation For Ten Years On March 15

Hugh and Nora Spurgin
March 15, 2007


CONTACT PERSONS: Dr. Hugh and Mrs. Nora Spurgin
Bridgeport International Academy
400 Linden Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604-5611

Bridgeport, CT, March 22, 2007 – On March 15, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, widely regarded as the premier accrediting body in New England, granted accreditation for ten years to Bridgeport International Academy.

"This stamp of approval by the NEASC is a huge boost to our school," said Nora Spurgin, principal of BIA."It recognizes the standard of excellence in education to which we have devoted ourselves since BIA’s inception. With this accreditation, the credibility of our students’ significant achievements is immediately affirmed, and it builds on our previous approvals from the state of Connecticut, which have just been extended."

At BIA, students are able to experience the world while still in high school, since the faculty and student body are from nearly every continent of the world. A four year college preparatory high school, the Academy was founded in 1997, based on small class size, high academic standards, a character education program and international reach, with international as well as local students.

Located on the campus of the University of Bridgeport, where juniors and seniors at the Academy often take classes for college credit, BIA will be moving this summer into new quarters which are presently under construction. "It is all coming together for us now," said Mrs. Spurgin. "But the key was achieving this NEASC standard. It gives students and their parents the confidence that they are getting a very high level of education here and solidifies everything we have been working for."

NEASC follows a rigorous process which includes a self-study, an audit, an on-site visit by a committee of educators, classroom observations, interviews and evaluation based on the application of 82 established standards.

For further information or to inquire about admissions to the school, contact either Dr. or Mrs. Spurgin. The school’s website is

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