The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy)

5.00 (8 reviews)
1 Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922
Bright, bold, and ambitious students have been learning and growing at The Governor`s Academy, the oldest boarding school in New England, for over 250 years.
Located in Byfield, Massachusetts, thirty-three miles north of Boston and five miles south of Newburyport, our expansive campus is bordered by the Parker River and the Great Marsh.
Govs is an open, optimistic learning community filled with life-changing opportunities.
Students in ninth through twelfth grade learn and grow at Govs in our classrooms, studios, theaters, fields, and courts.
Surrounded by friends and teachers, our students discover and develop their passions across academics, arts, and athletics, and achieve excellence.

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The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy) ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 303 schools) for:

Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
The Governor'sBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded17631907
Campus Size465 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment410 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score27*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size11 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio5:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2818
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$75 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$47,511$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

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 Offered1816
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 Organizations2423
ExtracurricularsBook Club, Chamber Orchestra, Chapel, Chorus, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Creative Writing Club, Dance Company of NMH, Debate Club, Drama Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Environmental Club, Guitar Lessons, Peer Advisors, Proctors for Mansion House, Productions Club, Project Outreach, Social Committee, Student And Faculty Alliance, Student Center & Performing Arts Center, 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
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
  • 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
    • Duncan Robinson - NBA basketball player
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