The Governor's Blog

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students and teacher at the governor's academy conduct scientific research in nearby marsh
Erika Mitkus, Director of the Bass Institute & Science Faculty

The first day of classes is always an exciting time for a school, but this year, opening days at The Governor’s Academy were even more significant. For the first time, our students arrived for classes at the Bill ’67 and Peter ’71 Alfond Coastal Research Center. As I greeted them in the lobby, I saw students nudge their friends and say with awe, “This is amazing!” and “Wow, look at all the tanks!”

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head of school chats with students playing cards with snacks at the governor's academy private high school in byfield ma
Head of School Peter H. Quimby, Ph.D. '85 P'14

Over the years, business people have sometimes asked me whether I thought the future of boarding schools would be threatened by advances in technology. They wondered whether boarding schools would be necessary when students could simply go online and access content from great teachers from the comfort of their own homes.

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two students sit at picnic table talking outside pescosolido library at the governor's academy in byfield ma
Joe Bobrowskas- Director of College Counseling

From the post-pandemic test optional movement, to the re-engineered FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), to increasingly inflated college applicant pools, today's college admissions process is often defined by change. Perhaps the most significant recent shift centers on the Supreme Court’s ruling last June against Harvard University and UNC-Chapel Hill, essentially ending Affirmative Action within the college admissions process.

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Applying the Goldilocks Principle to Your High School Search
Sarah Powers - Dean of Enrollment

The beginning of the high school search is both exciting and daunting for a family. The choices available to your child can span the entire country and websites tout engaging classes, signature programs, championship athletic teams, fascinating art electives, and interesting student clubs. So, where to begin? Just like Goldilocks, I encourage you to spend time considering all options to help build a list of “just right” schools. Here are some questions to start.

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Getting Off on the Right Foot Academically
Karen Gold - Academic Dean & English Teacher

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Boarding school campuses are buzzing with students returning to campus—moving into the dorm rooms, participating in preseason athletics, and eagerly awaiting the first day of the new academic year. Whether your student is new to the school or already has a year or two under their belt, you might be thinking about how to get the year off to the best start. Here are a few ideas:

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