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.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 404 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,100
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $55,000
  • Acceptance rate: 23%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy) ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 307 schools) for:

Category
Attribute
Student Test Scores
School History

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy)
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1763
1907
Campus Size
465 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
404 students
300 students
% Students of Color
20%
26%
% International Students
14%
20%
% Students Boarding
64%
70%
Average ACT score
27
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
11 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
28
17
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
78%
70%
Summer Program Offered
Yes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$75 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$69,100
$61,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$55,000
$34,900
% Students on Financial Aid
29%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$47,511
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 31
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Average Percentile SSAT
81%
-
Acceptance Rate
23%
58%
Director of Admissions
Sarah Powers

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
24
23
Extracurriculars
Book 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: 2019 - 2022
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University (NYU)
5
Elon University
4
Tufts University
4
Colby College
3
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
3
Cornell University
2
Cornell University
2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2
Northwestern
2
University of Pennsylvania
2

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 mkinnealey@govsacademy.org.
  • 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
Source: Verified school update

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 404 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,100
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $55,000
  • Acceptance rate: 23%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Source: Verified school update

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