Gould Academy

PO Box 860
Bethel, ME 04217
Tel: 207-824-7777
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 240 students
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With 11 Steinway pianos on campus, Gould holds the All Steinway School distinction, shared with other schools such as the Yale School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Through state-of-the-art technology, Gould also offers a distance learning  program in partnership with the Manhattan School of Music.
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With 11 Steinway pianos on campus, Gould holds the All Steinway School distinction, shared with other schools such as the Yale School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Through state-of-the-art technology, Gould also offers a distance learning  program in partnership with the Manhattan School of Music.
A rigorous academic curriculum is at the core of the Gould Academy experience. Our students are innovators, creators, risk-takers, and complex problem solvers.
The Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) trains high level winter student-athletes in alpine, freestyle, Nordic, and snowboarding. Our student-athletes enjoy dedicated training facilities at Sunday River Ski Resort, six miles from campus. You'll find our GACP athletes competing all over the world.
From painting to blacksmithing, Gould offers an incredible array of visual art courses. Continue your artistic passions or discover the artist within you that you never knew was there. Art students go on to study at the Savannah College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Our beautiful 456 acre campus in the heart of the western Maine mountains is a gateway to outdoor experiential learning, research, and play. The Bethel, Maine downtown is a gem offering coffee shops, restaurants, and retailers all within walking distance of campus.
Our mountain biking and road cycling programs are second none. So are our trails accessible from campus.
Rock climbing, hiking, ice climbing canoeing and variety of other outdoor experiences abound in the White Mountains.
Gould Academy offers the only Ski Patrol Program recognized by the National Ski Patrol. Once our students earn their 'jackets,' they are certified to work for the National Ski Patrol at any mountain in the U.S.
Collaboration is a required and sought after skill in the 21st century work place. Our students graduate with a keen understanding of how to be independent thinkers within the context of teamwork. The result is powerful.
Pro skater Amelia Brodka '08 logged many hours year round, skating in our indoor skate park. The Bethel outdoor skate park is also a short walk from campus.
Gould Academy is more than a 9- 12 independent college prep school.
It’s a place where students participate actively in shaping their education by taking advantage of opportunities that extend beyond the classroom.
The result is a co-created, individualized educational experience with active mentoring through multimodal learning.
These modalities include experiential learning and international travel through Gould’s Four Point Program, partnerships with outside resources like Gould’s distance learning partnership with the Manhattan School of Music, and Gould’s IDEAS Center where students collaborate, design and build their ideas and put them into action.
At Gould students are both supported and challenged as they discover and foster their own interests in a creative and disciplined manner.Located in Bethel, Maine, Gould students have the multiple advantages of living in a lively New England village with access to Sunday River Ski Resort.
With structured athletic on-snow programs, avenues for recreation, and opportunities to appreciate the natural world, Sunday River is an important learning venue for all students.
In an environment that values both individuality and community, Gould students earn the confidence, self-direction and capacity for global thinking that equips them for purposeful lives of active citizenship and self-defined success in our world.
Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Gould Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1836 1910
Campus Size 456 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 240 students 295 students
% Students of Color 4% 19%
% International Students 20% 20%
% Students Boarding 78% 67%
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Monthly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 11 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 11 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 73% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $14 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$53,500 $48,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$31,000 $27,525
% Students on Financial Aid 43% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Director of AdmissionsChris Sparks
Associate Director of AdmissionsRebecca Andreozzi

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 11 16
CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Guvernment Comparative, Honors Senior Math(topics include Calculus BC), Physics, Stastistics, US History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 16 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cycling, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 17 24
ExtracurricularsBand, Blue Key Tour Guides, Chorus, Community Service Club, Drama, Farm and Forest, Gould Goes Green, On-Snow Instructing Program, Outing Club, Polar Bear Club, Recreational Skiing, Recreational Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, Skateboarding, Strength Training, Winter Emergency Care, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: - 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

    We know and respect that we have the greatest window of opportunity to make life changing connections with each student:

  • to encourage creative and conceptual thinking
  • to teach problem solving 
  • to advance social maturity 
  • to present physical and mental challenges 
  • to expand a student's world view 

  • It's the time to connect. We do it in the classroom, the lab, in the mountains, in the dorm, while traveling throughout the world and while serving our local community. The high school years are a critical period, a defining moment in every young adult’s life.

    At Gould, it is our enduring commitment to connect with each student to achieve his or her academic and personal best - from our first welcome on campus to the last handshake at graduation.
  • LD types supported: Dyslexia / Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: TABS, NEASC, NAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Sasha Rearick - U.S. Ski Team Men's Head Alpine Coach
    • Eric Bach - Member of Modern Gypsies: Compassionate Adventurerers
    • Brian Blake - Former CEO of Gucci, Prada, and Burberry
    • Arn Chorn-Pond - Cambodian refugee, founder of Cambodian Living Arts, and subject of the Emmy-nominated documentary The Flute Player.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Bridgton Academy (21.6 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • North Bridgton, MEBridgton Academy
    All-boys 
    PO Box 292
    North BridgtonME 04057
    207-647-3322 x1
    21.6 mi | 200 students | Gr. 11-12
  • Hebron, MEHebron Academy
    P.O. Box 309
    HebronME 04238
    (207)966-5225
    23.7 mi | 256 students | Gr. 6-12
  • Fryeburg, MEFryeburg Academy
    745 Main Street
    FryeburgME 04037
    (207)935-2013
    25.1 mi | 578 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Kents Hill, MEKents Hill School
    PO Box 257, 1614 Main St., Rte. 17
    Kents HillME 04349
    207-685-4914
    38.9 mi | 250 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Bethlehem, NHThe White Mountain School
    (Episcopal)
    371 West Farm Road
    BethlehemNH 03574
    6034442928 x226
    48.5 mi | 123 students | Gr. 9-12
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