Gould Academy

5.00 (2 reviews)
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.

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  • Class of 2011
    5 Stars  
    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. . .

  • Class of 2003
    5 Stars  
    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. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Gould AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered8-12, PG5-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18361907
Campus Size456 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment210 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1220* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesMonthlyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(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 Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 18
Student : Teacher Ratio6:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1118
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$20 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$2,500$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Associate Director of AdmissionsGreg Miller

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1118
CoursesAB Calculus, BC Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Government Comparative, Honors Senior Math(topics include Calculus BC), Physics, Stastistics, US History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1616
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis


Total Extracurricular Organizations1423
ExtracurricularsClub 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 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
St. Lawrence University13
University of Vermont10
Boston University9
Saint Michael's College9
University of Colorado, Boulder9
Drexel University8
Suffolk University8
University of Main8
Hobart William Smith7
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 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

Profile last updated: 09/14/2021

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