The Governors Academy

The Governor's Academy, an independent school north of Boston, draws bright, bold students in grades 9 through 12 from all over the world into an open and optimistic learning community.
Whether boarding or day, students are surrounded by dedicated faculty and staff on a beautiful, 456-acre campus.
Govs students strive for excellence, discover new passions, and go further than they ever thought possible.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 415 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $72,900
  • Acceptance rate: 23%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Governors Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Year Founded
1763

Student Body

Total Students
415 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
The Governors Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
93 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
Average Class Size
11 students
Number of AP Courses
28 courses
Average Percentile SSAT
81%
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
$72,900 for boarding students $58,025 for day students
% on Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$47,400
Acceptance Rate
23%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Sarah Powers
Endowment Size
$70 million

Sports

School Notes

  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Governors Academy cost?
The Governors Academy's tuition is approximately $72,900 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Governors Academy?
The acceptance rate of The Governors Academy is 23%, which is lower than the national average of 70%. The Governors Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Massachusetts with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from The Governors Academy?
The Governors Academy famous alumni include: Booker T. Washington Jr., Yu Kil Chun, Theophilus Parsons, Edward Preble, Dan Gadzuric, Jeb Bradley, Samuel Phillips and Duncan Robinson.
What sports does The Governors Academy offer?
The Governors Academy offers 17 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track and Wrestling. The Governors Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for most sports offered.
What is The Governors Academy's ranking?
The Governors Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for The Governors Academy?
The application deadline for The Governors Academy is Jan. 15.

School Reviews

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This school has been wonderful for our child. She is a sophomore boarder which was a hard choice for us but ended up being the best thing by far for her. Academics are far better than her previous school. The faculty and staff are incredibly kind. The kids are encouraged to try new things, ranging from sports and arts to academic pursuits. They are stretched and academics aren't always easy, but the overall ethos is one of kindness. She is amazingly happy at Govs, and we are beyond thrilled with Governors. it all seems to work out in the end.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 415 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $72,900
  • Acceptance rate: 23%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Essex County, MA is $27,903 for elementary schools and $42,449 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Essex County, MA is 64% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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