At Governor's, we challenge each student to ponder, process, and shape the discourse in small, discussion-based classes. Our teaching style is collaborative and interactive around an oval Harkness table and encourages utilizing a variety of presentation formats in preparation for college and professional life.
Of course, academics at Governor's also includes research partnerships with MIT, advanced math, demanding standards in writing and critical analysis, global exchanges, internships in a variety of fields, and a choice of five languages to study.
Students in problem-based geometry come to class, put their homework problems on the board, and work through them with their classmates. They ask questions, and turn to each other for inspiration. The teacher’s role is to probe and to help students see gaps between one idea and another. The core of the course focuses on how to think critically and solve problems, while learning to collaborate and communicate effectively. Take a look at a sample lesson here.
National Science research
The Academy's 2014–15 student research SMART team presented their model when the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting was held at The Governor’s Academy. The team presented their work on Molecular Locomotion: Modeling the Functional Domains of E1 Helicase to Assess the Asymmetric Rotary Model. The team's mentor was Ernst ter Haar, Ph.D., of Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Governor's students regularly earn top honors on the National Latin Exam, including four Gold Medalists and eight Silver Medalists in 2015.
The average class size is 12 students.
In 2015, 16 students won 23 Scholastic Writing Awards, including two Gold Keys, five Silver Keys, and a number of honorable mentions.
"The level of my students' knowledge blew the researchers away."