Application Process at The Governor’s Academy

 The Governor’s Academy, an independent high school in Byfield, MA.  We look forward to getting to know you through the application process.

There are a few steps involved in our day and boarding student application process, which are highlighted below. First, submit an inquiry, then schedule your interview, and finally complete your application. Please note that testing is optional for applicants for the 2024 school year.

Our admission team is ready to answer any questions you may have along the way. Please contact us with any questions! Are you interested in registering for an event or seeing if The Governor’s Academy is coming to your area? Check out our upcoming events!


The first step is to fill out our inquiry form. After you have completed our online inquiry form, you will receive an email with a link to the Governor's Admission Portal and your username. If you have a domestic mailing address, keep an eye out for a viewbook in your mailbox. If you have an international mailing address, you will receive a link to our digital viewbook.


Step 2: tour & INterview

After you have completed our inquiry form, we encourage you to schedule a visit to our campus for a tour and interview. Your student-led tour is an opportunity to see our beautiful campus and ask questions about life at Govs. It will be followed by your interview with a member of our admission team. For applicants applying for the fall of 2024, we are offering in-person and a limited number of virtual interviews. We encourage families that live within driving distance and are able to get to campus for an in-person visit to choose the in-person interview option. To schedule your interview, log into the Governor’s Admission Portal and use the self-scheduling feature in the application checklist.

Questions about scheduling your interview? Contact us at 978.499.3120 or

Not yet completed an inquiry form? Create Your Governor’s Admission Portal Account

Already completed an inquiry form and received an email with a link to the Governor’s Admission Portal and your username? Access Your Governor’s Admission Portal Account

Step 3: apply

We welcome online applications from Gateway to Prep Schools or SSAT’s Standard Application Online (SAO). The deadline to apply for admission is January 15 for day student applicants and January 31 for boarding student applicants.


We are test optional for the SSAT for fall 2024 applicants. We strongly encourage international applicants for whom English is not a first language to submit a TOEFL or Duolingo result, unless it is impractical or unsafe to do so. Please direct any testing questions from international applicants here. The test results must be sent by the testing company to Our school code for TOEFL is 8419. Test results sent any other way will not be accepted.

For more information about registering for these tests, visit the websites below.

TOEFL Essentials


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2023-2034 key admission dates

September 25 - Interviews begin
October 28 - Admission Open House
December 4 - Virtual Information Session
January 15 - Application deadline for day students
January 31 - Application deadline for boarding students
February 1 - Financial Aid application deadline
March 10 - Admission notification date
April 10 - Enrollment notification date