The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy)

5.00 5 1 (8 reviews)
Tel: 978-499-3120
1 Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922
An aerial view of the Academy's 400-acre campus adjacent to the salt marshes of the Atlantic Ocean
An aerial view of the Academy's 400-acre campus adjacent to the salt marshes of the Atlantic Ocean
Students pose on a couch in the Cobb Room. A painting of King George, who appointed the school's founder to the position of Lt. Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, hangs in the background.
Academy students are encouraged to pursue the arts in a variety of
disciplines: film, photography, painting, ceramics, architecture, technical theater, drama, chorus, band, and orchestra.
Small classes allow students to receive the attention they need, to ask questions and take on challenges in a supportive environment.
Science classes usually involve labwork, the theoretical applied in hands-on learning. (Note the lab glasses atop the girls' heads.)
The Student Center is one of the most popular hubs of activity on campus. Two plasma televisions, a ping pong table, snack bar, computer stations and wireless internet access, two fireplaces and a book store make this an ideal home away from home for both day students and boarders.
Our tech theater program trains students to design and work lights and sound as well as build sets. Tech theater is offered as an afternon activity and as an art class.
At the Academy, no one falls through the cracks. Students participate in their learning every day in every class.
Our athletic teams are extremely competitive in the Independent School League, frequently winning championships and playing in post-season tournaments.
The performing arts are alive and well at the Academy. Students perform in three drama productions each year, while the dance, vocal and instrumental groups present several concerts.
  • Welcome to the oldest of the New England Boarding Schools.
  • 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 250 years 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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2017 School Data
The Governor'sBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-127-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded17631910
Campus Size465 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment406 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2817
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$75 million$18 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant43600$22,844
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineJan. 31Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT81%-
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsMichael Kinnealey

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1715
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 Organizations3224
ExtracurricularsChapel, Chorus, Christian Fellowship Club, Creative Writing Club, Environment Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), 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, Project Outreach, Social Committee, Student Center & Performing Arts Center, The Big Wind Jazz Band, The Governor (student newspaper), The Milestone (yearbook), The Spire (literary magazine), Tour Guides

Club or Organization:
Book Club, Debate Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Productions Club, Student And Faculty Alliance

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama Club

College Matriculation

Year: 201610 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York university (NYU)5
Elon University4
Tufts University4
Colby College3
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)3
Cornell University2
Cornell University2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)2
University of Pennsylvania2
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • The Academy offers a challenging, thought-provoking and student-centered curriculum that inspires a passion for learning. By focusing on the learning process and the development of 7 Essential Skills (, The Governor's Academy teaches students how to think critically, creatively, and independently. We encourage students to acquire knowledge through hands-on activity, multi-disciplinary inquiry, analysis and reflection. Many structures, including the advising system, extra help sessions, and evening study hours--supervised by dormitory parents--help students learn to study and manage their time well. Our goal is to teach young people to become actively accountable for their own learning and to grow by learning with others. Classes meet for 60- and 90-minute periods, affording students and teachers more opportunity to explore subject matter in depth, from different perspectives and with a variety of classroom activities. In addition to traditional assessments such as tests and papers, students debate, conduct hands-on laboratory and field experiments, make oral presentations, research in groups, use technology to create presentations, and design their own portfolios. Students and faculty bring to The Governor's Academy a richness of experience, perspective and diversity which adds immeasurably to the education of all. This is the spirit that inspires a community- this family- of learners. During the past decade, many new buildings have been erected or renovated, including the Math and Science Center, Library, Student Center, Performing Arts Center, renovated dining hall, new ice hockey arena, synthetic turf field and dormitory. For more information about admission, please contact Mike Kinnealey, Director of Admission, at
  • 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
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