BIA - Bridgeport International Academy

Facilities and Dormitories

On August 1, 2007, BIA moved the entire school from two facilities at the University of Bridgeport into the Seaside Institute building, which serves as the headquarters for BIA and is adjacent to the university campus. That move allowed the school to expand, as student enrollment steadily increased by an average of approximately 10 % per year for each of the last five years.

Established in 1886 as a boarding school for teenage girls, the Seaside Institute was converted during the 1980s into thirty apartments plus a commercial area. BIA restored that building to its original purpose, by converting those apartments into classrooms, offices, a dormitory, and residences for teachers and staff. Renovation of the Seaside facility included construction of a science classroom with storage for chemicals, seven other classrooms, a state-of-the-art server room, two student computer labs for students, a health center, an assembly room, a student lounge, a lunch room, a records room, a conference room for faculty and staff, and a suite of five administrative offices with a reception area. The classrooms are equipped with phones, whiteboards, networked computers, printers, multi-media projectors, and SMART boards.

In 2010, an art and digital design studio was added to accommodate a newly formed program called Connecticut Academy of Art and Design. CAD focuses on digital literacy in the 21st Century and preparing students for art schools and careers in the digital arts (digital filmmaking, graphic design, computer-aided design, web design and development, communication arts, etc.). The graphics studio includes a green screen stage.

BIA facilities also include two dormitories. The dormitories are located on the third floor of the school buiilding. Boys and girls reside in separate wings of the building,  the girls in newly constructed, interconnected loft apartments and the boys in large, newly renovated apartments. Both have internet access and access to laundry facilities on the same floor.  Students who live in a BIA dormitory are under the mature, adult supervision of Residential Life Coordinators ("dorm parents"), with the additional help of Resident Advisers. The Residential Life Coordinators work to create a balance between providing both a structured environment and also flexibility and personal relationships to make each student feel at home.

In 2013, BIA embarked on expansion of its main facility and in the Fall of 2016 will unveil a new, large, multipurpose assembly room.

Through an arrangement with the University of Bridgeport, BIA students, faculty and staff have access to the following university facilities, among others:

  • Marina Dining Hall offers a selection of cafeteria-style meals catered by Sodexo Food Services. BIA students can purchase a lunch plan.
  • Magnus Wahlstrom Library supports student and faculty research with 265,000 volumes of books and bound journals, 1,000,000 microforms, 1,200 periodical/index subscriptions, and a collection of educational videos and music CDs. The Library has open stacks for easy access and browsing. An online public access catalog is available. The Database Search Room houses networked computers, which provide end-user access to CD/ROM and online databases. Other Resources may be acquired via the interlibrary loan service at the Reference Desk. In 2007, the Library was among the world’s first five libraries to implement the Ex Libris Primo® discovery solution (the Library’s ∑ureka! searching interface).
  • Wheeler Recreation Center offers facilities for students to enjoy recreational sports. It includes a 25-meter pool with two diving boards, a sauna and a steam room. The field house is a multi-purpose area for tennis, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, jogging, exercise machines, and martial arts. BIA Physical Education classes and martial arts classes are held there.
  • Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center is the center of cultural life for the Bridgeport community and the academic center for the study and appreciation of art, music, drama, musical theatre, and fashion and industrial design. Facilities include classrooms, studios, the 950-seat Andre and Clara Mertens Theater, the Littlefield Recital Hall, and the Art Gallery. BIA holds annual theater productions at the Center (Mertens Theatre) and the 2013 graduation was held in the Littlefield Recital Hall.
  • Other UB facilities that are used on occasion are the soccer field (Knights Field), Hubbel Gymnasium, and the John C. Cox Student Center.

Contact us

  • Phone: (203) 334-3434
  • Fax: (203) 334-8651