The Governor's Academy

Quick Facts

Prestigious private boarding school


Byfield, MA


High School


Boarding School, Prep School, Private School, Top School

Total Students

Tuition per Year


$44,500(Day) - 55,900(Boarding)

Average Financial Aid

$35,000 for 29% of students

Religious Affiliation




Student-Teacher Ratio

Hours per Schoolday



Days per School Year

School Website


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1 Elm St Byfield, MA 01922



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The Governor's Academy is a prestigious private boarding school in Byfield, about 30 miles north of Boston. The school serves students from grade 9 to 12 and is considered very selective. The Academy is one of the oldest operating boarding schools in the country and is located on a beautiful 450 acre campus.

School's Mission Statement
The Governor’s Academy, founded in 1763 on New England farmland, combines centuries of tradition with a dedication to educational innovation. Students flourish in a diverse community distinguished by enduring relationships with teachers and defined by a commitment to learning and a thoughtful balance of academics, athletics, arts and service to others. Academy graduates are life-long learners who embrace their civic duty and global responsibility.

Not for self but for others
The Academy’s motto, non sibi sed aliis, is Latin for “not for self but for others”.  This motto is an everyday reality at the school with a strong spirit of volunteering. Service to the community has been a long tradition at the school, and all students have to complete 100 hours of community service before graduating.

The Academy strives to prepare students for colleges that are very selective and at the same time promote their growth as individuals. The school expects students to have significant responsibility in their learning, yet it provides strong support to students whenever needed.
The Academy offers more than 125 programs in then following six academic departments: English, mathematics, science, history and social studies, foreign language, and fine arts.  Honors and Advanced Placement level courses are offered, including AP courses in biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, economics, English language, English literature, European history, French, Latin, physics, Spanish literature, Spanish language, statistics, studio art and U.S. history.  Foreign languages include Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish.

The Academy has a strong commitment to the arts as an important part of its education. This is apparent throughout the campus and in particular is reflected in the school's 490 seat new arts center.  The arts curriculum at the school is broad and covers a full range of courses in the visual and performing arts.  Visual art courses include studio art, painting and printmaking, architecture, film making, photography and ceramics.
The school’s music department has a long tradition of excellence and offers classes in music theory, american music history and electronic music and recording. There are number of orchestras and bands on campus, including the Academy Orchestra, the Jazz Band as well as small jazz combos, two choirs and a college-style a-capella group.  

The school’s dance program introduces students to many dance forms such as ballet, pointe, modern, jazz and there are many performance opportunities for students throughout the year.

The Academy offers a rich selection of extracurricular activities with over thirty clubs available to students.  This includes chess, debate, environment, business, fishing, German, health, mathematics, movie, poetry, Tae Kwon Doe, science and many more. 

The Academy has a strong athletic tradition with more than 50 interscholastic teams in varsity and thirds and the school has a great record in the Independent School League (ISL). But in addition to the the competitive varsity level teams, the school also gives students an opportunity to explore new sports even if they are not on varsity levels.  Sports offered by the school include football, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, hockey, basketball, track and field, alpine skiing, wrestling, baseball, golf, lacrosse, softball and tennis