Gould Academy

PO Box 860
Bethel, ME 04217
Gould Academy Photo #1 - A rigorous academic curriculum is at the core of the Gould Academy experience. Our students are innovators, creators, risk-takers, and complex problem solvers.
Gould Academy Photo #1 - A rigorous academic curriculum is at the core of the Gould Academy experience. Our students are innovators, creators, risk-takers, and complex problem solvers.
Gould Academy Photo #2 - 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.
Gould Academy Photo #3 - 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.
Gould Academy Photo #4 - 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.
Gould Academy Photo #5 - From mountain biking and lacrosse, to soccer and skateboarding, to equestrian and basketball. We offer a very diverse selection of competitive sports so that each student may discover or continue to develop their passion.
Gould Academy Photo #6 - 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.
Gould Academy Photo #7 - Rock climbing, hiking, ice climbing canoeing and variety of other outdoor experiences abound in the White Mountains.
Gould Academy Photo #8 - 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.
Gould Academy Photo #9 - 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, Rhode Island School of Design and School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Gould Academy is more than a 9-12 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 an individualized educational experience with active mentoring.
Students grow through experiential learning, international travel, arts workshops, service projects, and independent study in Gould`s Four Point Program
Gould`s partnership with the Manhattan School of Music, the Marlon Family IDEAS Center where students collaborate, design, build, and put their ideas into action, and the Art Cottage complete with blacksmithing, ceramics, and individual, college-level art studios.
Located in Bethel, Maine, Gould students enjoy living in a lively New England village with access to Sunday River Ski Resort only 10 minutes away.
With 40 kilometers of trails on campus for mountain biking and Nordic skiing, Gould's campus is ideally located at the edge of the White Mountains, with opportunities for hiking, paddling, climbing, biking, fishing, skiing, and just about any other outdoor activity one could imagine at their doorstep.
In an environment that values both individuality and community, Gould prepares academically motivated students for college and helps them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world.

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 210 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $64,200
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $39,600
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Gould Academy ranks among the top 10 schools with 200-400 students (out of 98 schools) for:

Student Attention

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Gould Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
8-12, PG
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Learning Difference Programs
ADHD / Dyslexia / Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
456 acres
130 acres

Student Body

210 students
314 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Frequency of Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
blouses, collared shirts, knit sweaters, fleeces, Gould branded sweatshirts, khakis, jeans, corduroys, dress slacks, Carhartts, skirts and dresses (mid-thigh or longer), shorts (>5 inch inseam), sneakers, dress shoes/sandals/boots
Average Class Size
9 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$20 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Associate Director of Admissions
Greg Miller

AP / Advanced Courses

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



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Blue Key, Community Service Club, Global Student Organization, Gould Goes Green, Math Team, Model UN, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Chorus, Drama Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Farm and Forest, Maine Adaptive Ski Coaching, On-Snow Instructing Program, Recreational Skiing

College Matriculation

Year: 2013 - 2018
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
St. Lawrence University
University of Vermont
Boston University
Saint Michael's College
University of Colorado, Boulder
Drexel University
Suffolk University
University of Main
Hobart William Smith

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 worldview 
  • 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: ADHD / Dyslexia / Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
  • Gould Academy accreditations: TABS, NEASC, NAIS
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Gould Academy cost?
Gould Academy's tuition is approximately $64,200 for boarding students and $39,600 for day students.
What sports does Gould Academy offer?
Gould Academy offers 16 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer and Tennis.
Does Gould Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Gould Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Gould Academy's ranking?
Gould Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Small student body (number of students) and Small average class sizes.
When is the application deadline for Gould Academy?
The application deadline for Gould Academy is Feb. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

Alumni Reviews Review School


Class of 2003
University of Rhode Island
Gould Academy has an incredible history of experiential learning that continues on to the present. Learning happens in the classroom, but it also happens outside of it. From the 4 Point programs, most notably, to. . .

Class of 2011
Stetson University
Gould Academy's four-point program is what sets it apart from other schools. This program is defined by what each grade does during the weeks between 2nd trimester and Spring break. Grade 9 embarks on an. . .
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Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 210 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $64,200
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $39,600
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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