About The Governor's Academy

Bright, bold, and ambitious students have been learning and growing at The Governor’s Academy, the oldest boarding school in New England, for over 250 years. Located in Byfield, Massachusetts, thirty-three miles north of Boston and five miles south of Newburyport, our expansive campus is bordered by the Parker River and the Great Marsh.

Govs is an open, optimistic learning community filled with life-changing opportunities. Students in ninth through twelfth grade learn and grow at Govs in our classrooms, studios, theaters, fields, and courts. Surrounded by friends and teachers, our students discover and develop their passions across academics, arts, and athletics, and achieve excellence.

With a history as long and rich as ours, traditions at Govs create a lasting bond between generations of students, faculty, and staff. Whether you remember delivering a Chapel Talk, hosting the Special Olympics Soccer Tournament, enjoying the Holiday Feast after the Candlelight Service, laughing with friends on a Saturday night at Mansion House, or jumping the wall at Commencement, these memories last a lifetime. It's in these traditionsexperienced togetherthat the spirit of our school comes to life. 

With True Courage, The Campaign for Governor’s will enhance every aspect of the Governor’s experience. Our comprehensive fundraising campaign, launched in October 2017, has three focus areas: endowment, annual fund, and capital projects. Growing the endowment will allow the Academy to fund additional student financial aid and robust professional development for our faculty. The Governor’s Fund, our annual fund, is needed every year to supplement tuition dollars and sustain our programs, curriculum, and campus. Finally, we have three exciting capital projects planned: a new environmental studies center on the banks of the Parker River, a renovated and expanded student center, and new faculty housing.

Peter H. Quimby, Ph.D. ’85, P’14

Head of School

Had I not attended an independent boarding school, my educational and personal goals would have been radically different, in large part because it was my experience at the Academy that opened my eyes to new possibilities.

Dr. Peter H. Quimby ‘85, P'14, former deputy dean of the college at Princeton University, began his tenure as twenty-eighth Head of School of The Governor’s Academy on July 1, 2011.