The Governor's Academy

Byfield, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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The Governor's Academy combines centuries of tradition with a commitment to innovation. Our stimulating and challenging learning environment includes study in English, mathematics, history, science, foreign languages, and the arts. The afternoon program offers opportunities in athletics, community service, drama, dance, and the outdoors. Situated on 450 acres 33 miles north of Boston and four miles from the Atlantic Ocean, The Governor's Academy is proud of its state of the art facilities.

1 Elm Street, Byfield, Massachusetts, USA 01922

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Director of Admission: Michael Kinnealey
Admissions Phone:978-499-3120Fax:978-462-1278
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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  • Founded: 1763
  • Campus Size: 450 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-12th
  • Accredited by: NEASC, AISNE
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     101 80 181
Boys     148 74 222
Total     249 154 403

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $50,900
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $40,300
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 28.00%
  • Average Awarded: $36,000

Summary: Our academic programs are rigorous and relevant; students actively participate in the learning process and are well prepared for college and the lives they will lead after they graduate. The average class size is 12 students. Governor's offers honors, advanced, and Advanced Placement classes, as well as independent study. Foreign languages include Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish.

Department Director: Elaine White

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 82

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 64.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/1

Number of AP Courses Offered: 18

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
Support Programs
  • ESL: Advanced
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Chinese
Humanities/Social Sciences:
Computer Studies:
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Painting
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Study Abroad:
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • European History
  • French Language
  • French Literature
  • German Language
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Physics B
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History

Summary: The Governor's Academy is a warm and caring community. Students and faculty members get to know each other well in our classrooms, on the fields, in the dining hall, and in the dorms. They develop a deep sense of trust and respect for each other and forge lifelong friendships. In this safe and accepting environment, students are willing to try new things, often discovering hidden talents along the way. At Governor's students find they can truly be themselves.

Department Director: Perry Nelson

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 9

Average Students Per Dorm: 23

No. of Girls Dorms: 4

No. of Boys Dorms: 5

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 

Dress Code: Other

Student Life

Summary: Students learn to live on their own, make new best friends, juggle academic and social lives and manage their time. They lead healthy and happy lives by eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep. Together, students share meals in the dining hall, perform in school plays, write for the school paper, captain team sports, and serve in student government. To foster community, Governor's allows day students to stay with boarding students in the dorms on Friday and Saturday nights. Day students often reciprocate by inviting boarders to their homes for a weekend visit, a home-cooked meal, or a load (or two) of laundry.


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Ropes course Soccer field Tennis courts

Clubs and Organizations

  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Summary: ARTS - With wide-ranging opportunities and inspiring faculty members who are accomplished artists in their own right, our students produce high-level work in the visual and performing arts. Their talent has been noticed for two years running. The Governor's Academy has won more awards in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards competition than any other private secondary school. ATHLETICS - With more than 20 sports at levels from championship winning varsity teams to thirds for students trying a sport for the first time, there's something for everyone at Governor's. We're proud of our strong record in the Independent School League, and prouder still of the lifelong lessons our athletes learn about sportsmanship and teamwork. Many of our athletes go on to play on nationally ranked teams in the NCAA Division I, II, and II. As top college athletes and team captains, they're often the ones making the headlines and shaping the team ethos on and off the field.

Arts Department Director: David Oxton

Athletics Department Director: Roberta McLain

  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Chamber Choir
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Stage Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Rock Climbing
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: A full 100% of our graduates attend top colleges and universities, with most accepted at their "first choice" institutions. The college counseling process begins in a student's junior year, when the school hosts a College Day program for students and their parents. Juniors are assigned to a full-time college counselor. Governor's maintains an extensive resource center with college catalogs, viewbooks, DVDs, and other important information. We understand the selection process may be somewhat stressful, so we encourage our students to plan ahead, take advantage of the services we offer, and have confidence in their decisions.

Department Director: Janet Adams-Wall

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Boston College
Boston University
Carnegie Mellon
George Washington
New York University

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA


Quotes from Alumni

For me, the Academy was a place where nurturing teachers challenged me to grow. By giving me the confidence to expect more from myself, the Academy taught me some of the most valuable life lessons.

-Peter Quimby, Class of 1985,


I learned how to study, how to ask questions, and how to have passionate discussions. I established the core beliefs of the individual I am today.

-Margo (Doyle) Dhaliwal, Class of 1990,