The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy) - Review #8

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The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy)

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School:
Sports and Activities:
I was in the Black Student Union. I was also on varsity basketball, baseball and football. I was MVP and captain of the basketball team.
College Enrolled:
Stony Brook University
Home Town, State:
Queens, NY

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
GDA has a beautiful campus lay-out; classroom buildings are separated nicely from the dorms. The volunteer work requirements really bring the students together into a close community. The school has a lot to offer culturally, socially and academically.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me in boarding school was just going. It changed my life and opened my eyes to a whole new world outside of NY. I see people from my old neighborhood in Queens and they are stuck there. I have done a ton of traveling, studied at one of America's top prep schools, and have a newfound openness to adventure, new places, people and things.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would say don't keep your guard up when meeting new friends - before you know it, you will be graduating and hoping it won't end. And then, you are off to college and the real world. So take a step back, enjoy the life that you have there and it will reward you in many ways.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved everything about GDA and would recommend the institution to anyone. The school is one of the top prep academies in the nation.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Have a grilled cheese and vanilla milk shake in the Student Center - they are the best during those cold New England nights. Also check out the new library (it is enormous) and the new athletic facility (it is beautiful).


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked the individual attention. I came from an inner city high school in New York city and never felt the one-on-one interaction that I felt at GDA. The classes are challenging, but at the same time very rewarding. Much of what I learned in GDA has been put to use in my adult life.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was an all star varsity football, baseball and basketball player. GDA is a great opportunity to stand out and shine in a smaller school (I ended up playing basketball in college). In comparison with the other ISL schools, GDA is at the top. Their hockey program is second-to-none and the football team recently won the championship. Their basketball program produced such stars as Dan Gadzuric (who played at UCLA and is now in the NBA).

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The theater program was exceptional. Also, each month we would have a trip to Boston to see different plays and musicals. I never thought I would like such experiences, but it was very rewarding.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I volunteered with the Special Olympics; it was a very rewarding experience. I really took a lot out of the charitable fund raisers that GDA gave to the community. The free time was also great, just to wander the woods and relax.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life was great - you get to know people from all over the USA, as well as the world. The dorm parents are there for you whenever you need them, and the dorms were sort of my sanctuary from classes. I could go back, relax, listen to music, and chat with friends (with whom I still remain close).


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food was excellent; they try to make different dishes so you do not become tired of the same-old same-old. You have a chance to sit with your friends or sit with professors - everyone is one big family there.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Closest town with life is Newburyport - it is a cute little harbor town with a ton of stuff to do. We used to go into town every chance we could get.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
At first, since I came from a city neighborhood in NYC, I was somewhat against the way everyone spoke, dressed and even acted - but once I put my guard down I realized that we are all the same inside (even though I sounded a bit different with my NY slang). Everyone accepted me; I was even voted most popular, had a beautiful girlfriend, and a ton of friends that I still keep in touch with more than 10 years later.

Daily Schedule:

7:00 AM
wake up time
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
school meeting
10:00 AM
first class english
11:00 AM
second class math
12:00 AM
1:00 PM
free period to study
2:00 PM
art class
3:00 PM
science class
4:00 PM
athletic practice
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
relax with friends in dorm for an hour or so
8:00 PM
study hours in library
10:00 PM
lights out for a long day has ended
11:00 PM
8:00 AM
wake up for breakfast see who wants to join me
9:00 AM
hang out in commons room watch some t.v
10:00 AM
go to the gym for a quick workout
11:00 AM
go back to dorm and shower
12:00 AM
1:00 PM
travel with friends to town for a couple of hours
2:00 PM
go to movies in town
3:00 PM
head back to camus for a couple of hours of studying in my room or the library
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
dinner with friends
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 415 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $72,900
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $58,025
  • Acceptance rate: 23%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Source: Verified school update