The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy)

5.00 5 1 (8 reviews)
1 Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922
  • The Governor's Academy is the oldest continuously operated boarding school in the U.S. 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 400 boarding and day students from 23 states and 18 countries create a vibrant, fascinating global community.
  • Students flourish in a diverse community distinguished by enduring relationships with teachers and defined by a commitment to learning and a thoughtful balance of academics, athletics, arts and service to others.
  • The Academy offers a full range of visual and performing arts, more than 50 interscholastic athletics teams, and dozens of service, leadership, cultural, and recreational activities.

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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
The Governor'sBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded17631910
Campus Size465 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment402 students313 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 Size11 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$19 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$45,659$23,500
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 Offered1815
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations3224
ExtracurricularsBook Club, Chapel, Chorus, Christian Fellowship Club, Creative Writing Club, Debate Club, Drama Club, Entrepreneurship 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, Productions Club, Project Outreach, Social Committee, Student And Faculty Alliance, Student Center & Performing Arts Center, The Big Wind Jazz Band, The Governor (student newspaper), The Milestone (yearbook), The Spire (literary magazine), Tour Guides

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
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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
  • The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy) 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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