At A Glance


identify as international students


miles north of Boston and 5 miles south of Newburyport


varsity sports teams



campus bordered by the Parker River




Scholastic Art Awards in 2020


of students are on financial aid

$5.5 M

financial aid awarded annually


student average class size


Scholastic Writing Awards in 2020


year average faculty tenure


states represented in our student body



Amy Block '06

It was the inspirational teachers and coaches that I had as a student at Govs that sparked my interest to return to Byfield as a teacher. Interacting with the dedicated faculty in the classroom and on the athletic field helped them to know me not as one of many students but as an individual. Now as a teacher, coach, and dorm parent I recognize that these relationships are what continue to make the Governor's community so special.


Amy is passionate about creating engaging lessons that help students strengthen their problem-solving skills in mathematics. At the same time, she recognizes that some of the most important lessons a student learns happen outside of the classroom. Amy, who played soccer, lacrosse, and ran indoor track at the collegiate level, is a dedicated coach who helps students discover the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and working together to achieve common goals. She enjoys running, playing tennis and golf, and baking sweet treats. She is the head dorm parent in Peirce and often brings baked goods for the residents to Sunday night dorm meetings. Amy values the time she spends with students in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the dormitory, and believes strongly that character develops in all areas of boarding school life. 

  • Math Department Chair & Girls Varsity Soccer Coach
Currie Joya Huntington

The teachers in the Arts Department create nurturing, inclusive spaces on campus where students of all levels can comfortably and safely take risks as they explore, express, question, experiment, and create. From the studio to the stage, the arts are a vibrant part of life at Govs.

Currie is a teacher and musician who focuses on the power of the arts to build community. He is committed to fostering openness and inclusivity in our intro-level arts programs just as much as advanced technical learning in our upper-level programs. At Govs, you can find him leading an ensemble, teaching AP Music Theory, or engaging in DEI work with students and staff. Outside of Govs, you might see him singing with Boston-based groups including Coro Allegro, Boston’s LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus.

  • Arts Department Chair & Director of Choral Music
Grace '21

The arts have always been a very important part of my life, whether on stage performing a solo, or part of a larger cast, Govs has given me the opportunity to further my craft. Having the support of both faculty and friends has made my time at Govs so rewarding. Having the chance to expand my horizons on stage and learn from so many gifted people who really care, gives me tremendous confidence to reach further than I thought possible.

Day student Grace ‘21 performs in the winter musical every year as well as participates in dance during the fall season. She has performed as a principle her last three years in the winter musical and participated in a special activity starring in a play at Marblehead Little Theatre last fall. 

  • Boxford, MA
Gary Satow

Living in our dorms reinforces the most important values in the Governor’s community.  It is here where our students learn to exercise their independence, generate meaningful and lasting relationships, maintain their own spaces, develop their unique process of studying, and learn the most valuable lessons about community living, from the mundane tasks of dorm jobs to the most important lessons about trust, empathy, and respect.


Mr. Satow has been a dorm parent since the very first day of his career as an educator. He is dedicated to using the dormitories and the Residential Life Program at Governor’s as a method of developing adolescents into young adults. Mr. Satow can be found monitoring a study hall, hosting a meal in the dorm common room on a weekend, or organizing the Farmhouse reunion barbecue every spring.   

  • Associate Dean of Academics & History Teacher
Claudia Asano Barcomb

The Afternoon Program teaches life lessons—teamwork, hard work, discipline, and goal setting. As individuals or together, onfield or onstage, our students spend their afternoons learning to achieve.

Claudia honed her love of sports and her competitive spirit as a three-season athlete in the ISL, as the captain of a championship ice hockey team at Harvard, and as an assistant coach at Harvard and head coach at Union. Under her stewardship, the Govs Afternoon Program gets everyone to come out and play.

  • Director of Afternoon Programs and Athletics
Eddie Carson

A common myth about teaching history is that we focus exclusively on the past. In actuality, I want my students to think about the present and future, as we engage in discussions about how the past excluded so many of us because of our race, gender, and sexual orientation. This is part of the work in being an equitable and inclusive community.

An independent historian, history teacher, Dean of Multicultural Education, and activist, Eddie helps to engage his history classes—and the higher education community—with critical questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion both in history and in contemporary life. Whether serving on an editorial board or as a dorm parent, Eddie illuminates important issues while inspiring action. 

  • Dean of Multicultural Education & History Teacher
Belle Struck '94

Govs creates nurturing, inclusive spaces for students of all levels to explore, fail, express, question, experiment, and create. Everyone feels at home in the arts buildings. The arts are a vibrant part of campus life and enrich the Govs experience.

An accomplished painter and printmaker, Belle’s work can be seen around the world and closer to home, in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. By incorporating the arts throughout the Govs curriculum and across campus life, Belle shows Govs students how creativity unlocks endless possibilities.

  • Visual Art Teacher
Lemuel '21

Everywhere you go at Govs, there’s something to discover—whether it be in the classroom, on the stage, or in the dance studio. I was able to take my middle school theater experience to a whole new level with the support of the casts and directors of the productions that I’ve been a part of. The variety of science courses at Govs has expanded my knowledge and solidified my interest in pursuing a career in engineering. At Govs, I’m able to be a scientist, a performer—and have a great time! 

Lemuel knows that at Govs you can continue on a trajectory and also go in a surprising new direction. They continued their love of drama as a ninth grader and recently stole the show in a starring role as Audrey II, a human-eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors. They are eager to see where their newest passion—studying Chinese—will take them.

  • Hamilton, New Jersey


Events & News

Repairing the World

Internationally recognized for leading clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Stephen Salloway '71 has catapulted into the spotlight with the recent FDA approval of the first new drug therapy for the disease in nearly two decades. "This research finding and drug approval will accelerate advances, and there is no time to waste."

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A Passion for Fashion

Ibby Eldredge ‘22, a junior boarding student from Lafayette, Louisiana, has been sewing since she was eight years old. She took Studio Art in the fall but was not able to fit an art elective into her busy academic schedule this spring, so she sought a way to marry her desire to continue studying art with Belle Struck '94 with her love for fashion and sewing. An independent study in fashion from the 1940s to the1990s was the perfect solution!

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Celebrating the Class of 2021

The Governor's Academy held its 258th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 29. After a very unconventional year that saw members of the Class of 2021 living and learning in Byfield and across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 114 Seniors received their diplomas. Due to the rainy weather, Saturday’s Baccalaureate service and Senior Awards Ceremony and Sunday’s Commencement exercises were held indoors in the Pescosolido Field House. While there were COVID-19 precautions in place such as mask-wearing and distance between chairs, members of the Class of 2021 and their families were thrilled to be together to celebrate their accomplishments.

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Recent Graduate Wins Prestigious Presidential Scholarship

A two-time YoungArts™ winner. A two-time national Scholastic Writing winner. A national Scholastic Arts winner. And now Bimba Carpenter ‘21 can add U.S. Presidential Scholar to her list of impressive achievements. For the Wenham, MA native, her intense curiosity, creative passion, and core values have contributed to her success as a student, artist, and athlete.

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