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fast facts: Governor's at a glance


Founded in 1763, The Governor's Academy is the oldest continuously operating boarding school in the United States, educating young men and women in grades 9 through 12 to become the citizen leaders of tomorrow.


Byfield, Massachusetts, 33 miles north of Boston, 5 miles from Newburyport, 4 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, next to the Great Atlantic Salt Marshes.


More than 400 boys and girls. Approximately one third are day students; two thirds are boarders. In 2016-2017, students came from 22 states and 20 countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Nigeria, Switzerland, Vietnam, Turkey, Singapore, and Finland.


82 full-time faculty members. Student-faculty ratio is 5:1. 88% of faculty members live on campus. Average tenure is 14 years.


48 buildings on 456 acres. Extensive facilities for athletics and visual and performing arts, as well as a state-of-the-art library, computer centers, labs, specialized classrooms, a student center, and expanded dining hall. Nine residence buildings that include mostly single rooms, as well as comfortable common areas. Campus buildings connected by fiber optic technology.

7 Essential Skills

Governor's graduates will have fully developed the 7 Essential Skills of Governor's Academy. These skills will continue to shape the curriculum of each course and the expectations of every activity and team, and embraced by all faculty as critical in becoming life-long learners, responsible citizens, and successful adults.


A full range of visual and performing arts courses, as well as performance opportunities in dance, drama, and music. Voice and instrumental lessons. Many alumni active in the arts.


More than 50 interscholastic teams from varsity to thirds. A strong record in the Independent School League, arguably one of the most competitive prep leagues in the nation.

Campus Life

60 extracurricular groups and a full calendar of events. Service, leadership, cultural, and recreational activities.

College Placement

A full college counseling program with three counselors. View our college matriculation list here.


Recycling, composting, an organic garden, solar panels. Our Alfond Family Dining Hall is certified as a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable.

< award winners >

Governor's students have won the Cum Laude Society's annual award for scholarly papers six times since 2003, competing against schools such as Phillips Exeter and Phillips Andover.

2011 winner – Words of Fire: The Truman Doctrine, Greece, and Beyond by John Damianos '11

2010 winner – Dorothea Lange: Fighting through Her Photographs by Amanda Pease '10

2009 winner – Was the Louisiana Purchase a Triumph of Jeffersonian Diplomacy? Adams, Toussaint, and the Saint Domingue Revolution by Lyle Nelson '09

2006 – The Politics of Fear: The Alger Hiss Case in Retrospect by Meghan Doherty '07 (also published by The Concord Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, Fall 2007)

2005 winner – The Many Interpretations of Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative by Mackenzie Pelletier '06

2004 winner – The Empire at Albany: The Albany Plan of Union of 1754 by Timothy Lang '05

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Please contact the Office of Admission at 978.499.3120 or admissions@
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Apply Now!

The deadline is January 15 for day candidates and January 31 for boarding candidates. We mail our admission decision letters on March 10. Later applications are considered as space permits.