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The Governors Academy

The Governors Academy is a coeducational private boarding traditional school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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The Governors Academy says

Welcome to the oldest boarding school in America! 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 two centuries after its founding, The Governor's Academy continues this tradition of innovation through inventive, inspired programs that reflect the Academy's pioneering spirit. 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 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 exhibits. 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 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, and faculty housing. A new ice hockey arena, synthetic turf field and dormitory will be constructed by the fall of 2007. For more information about the academic program at The Governor's Academy, contact Academic Dean Elaine White at 978-499-3147 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting978-499-3147end_of_the_skype_highlighting or





Grades Cost Term
High School $48,550 Annual

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  (978) 465-1763

Entrance Requirements

  • SSAT and the average admitted student scores in the 75th percentile.

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 400
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 100
10 100
11 100
12 100

The Governors Academy's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Governors Academy's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 5 : 1
Average Class Size 12
Gender 69% Male / 31% Female
Dress Code Casual
Percent Boarding 66%
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 75%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 18%
Asian 4%


  • Chapel Committee
  • Christian Fellowship Club
  • Drama/Theater
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • German Club
  • Jewish Culture Club/ Jewish Student Association
  • Peer Mentoring and Support

Associations & Memberships

Other school associations

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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