The Governor's Academy
(formerly Governor Dummer Academy)

1 Elm Street,
Byfield, MA 01922
Tel: 978-499-3120
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 406 students
Welcome to the oldest boarding school in America! Established as Dumm'r Charity School in 1763 through a bequest from Massachusetts Bay Lieutenant Governor William Dummer, what is now called The Governor's Academy provided the foundation for the preparatory school tradition in America.
Today, more than two centuries after its founding, The Governor's Academy continues this tradition of innovation through inventive, inspired programs that reflect the Academy's pioneering spirit.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
The Governor's Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1763 1908
Campus Size 450 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 406 students 300 students
% Students of Color 18% 18%
% International Students 12% 20%
% Students Boarding 66% 67%
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 25 15
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 78% 66%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $70 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$53,400 $47,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$42,400 $26,110
% Students on Financial Aid 30% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $38,000 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 31 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 77% -
Acceptance Rate 23% 58%
Director of Admissions Michael Kinnealey  

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# Interscholastic Sports Offered 17 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 28 24
ExtracurricularsChapel Committee, Chorus and Select Chorus, Christian Fellowship, Creative Writing Club, Debate Club, Drama, Environmental Club, EPIC (Model UN), Gay/Straight Alliance, German Club, Governor Dummer Honor Society, Harvard Model Congress, Health and Wellness Committee, History Club, Jewish Fellowship, NEXO (Latino and Hispanic students), Orchestra, P.R.I.D.E. (students of color), Peer Advisors, Poetry Society, Proctors for Mansion House, Student Center & Performing Arts Center, Project Outreach, Social Committee, The Big Wind Jazz Band, The Governor (student newspaper),

College Matriculation

Year: 2004 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston University 4
George Washington University 3
Tufts University 3
Union College 3
University of Denver 3
University of Southern California 3
Dartmouth College 2
Johns Hopkins 2
Wellesley College 2
Williams College 2

School Notes:

  • School accreditations: New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Association of Boarding Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Booker T. Washington Jr. - son of famous abolitionist, statesman and author
    • Yu Kil Chun - first Korean to study in West; essayist and social reformer
    • Theophilus Parsons - helped draft Bill of Rights and developed US judiciary system
    • Edward Preble - Commodore of the USS Constitution
    • Dan Gadzuric - NBA basketball player
    • Jeb Bradley - Congressman - New Hampshire
    • Samuel Phillips - Founder of Phillips Academy, Andover

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is Phillips Academy Andover (13.9 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • AndoverPhillips Academy Andover
    180 Main Street
    13.9 mi | 1141 students | Gr. 9-12
  • ExeterPhillips Exeter Academy
    20 Main Street
    16.2 mi | 1085 students | Gr. 9-12
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