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



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
Mr. 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
John '20

The moment I first stepped onto the Govs campus as a new junior, I was stepping outside of my comfort zone. I did not know a single person. The soccer, baseball, and basketball teams created a sense of family not only on the field and court but also in the dorms, dining-hall, and around campus. Playing helped me become a better man, student, and friend, and gave me friendships to last a lifetime.

Salt marshes and tidal rivers may seem very far away from the sunny desert landscapes of Scottsdale, but dorm life and team spirit helped John ‘20 feel at home at Govs right away. Now a senior dorm proctor, John extends that same warm welcome to new students

  • Scottsdale, Arizona
Adeliza '20

Living in the dorm is like having a sleepover with your best friends every night. Not only have I learned to share my living space with other girls, I have learned that there will always be someone there for me. From my dorm parent, my neighbors, and my Proctor, I am reassured every day that I am never alone.

A graduate of the GovsPLUS program, an accomplished ceramicist, and a three-season varsity athlete in field hockey, basketball, and track and field, Adeliza ‘20 has taken on an exciting new challenge her senior year—serving as Academy President and further strengthening our close-knit community.

  • Lawrence, Massachusetts
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
Lemmy '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! 

Lemmy knows that at Govs you can continue on a trajectory and also go in a surprising new direction. He continued his 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. He is eager to see where his newest passion—studying Chinese—will take him.

  • Hamilton, New Jersey


Events & News

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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