Admissions to The Governor's Academy in Byfield, MA

The Governor’s Academy inspires and engages inquisitive students in ninth through twelfth grade on our expansive campus near a classic New England coastal town. Students have been learning and growing at Govs, the oldest boarding school in New England, for over 250 years.

Govs attracts bright, bold, and ambitious students who want to go places in life. We are an open, optimistic learning community filled with life-changing opportunities. Surrounded by friends and teachers who know, support, and celebrate your individuality, you can discover and develop your passions. You can gain the courage and confidence to choose your own trajectory, and you can unlock your limitless potential and achieve excellence.

The depth of knowledge and breadth of experiences you find here—and the friends you meet here—will help you go further than you ever thought possible.

Breakdown of GOVernor'S Students

  • 65% board and 35% are day students

  • 14% identify as international students

  • 19% identify as domestic students of color
  • 28% receive financial aid


If The Governor's Academy sounds like a place where you could see yourself, your first step is to fill out our inquiry form. After you have completed our online questionnaire, you will receive an email with a link to our Admission Portal and your user name. 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.


Call 978.499.3120 to schedule an interview.

Meet the Team

Cayla Liptak

Associate Director of Admission

Raymond Long

Director of Financial Aid; Associate Director of Admission
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Sarah Powers

Dean of Enrollment

Having grown up in this area, it is wonderful to see that the strong sense of community with a commitment to developing thinkers and change makers — remains a trademark of the Govs experience. Walking around campus it is evident that our students love to learn and embrace the challenge of pushing beyond their perceived limits.

In her first year at Governor's, Sarah is no stranger to the North Shore, having grown up in the area! She has also worked in several schools in the area previously-- as the Director of Admission at both Dexter Southfield and St. John’s Prep. She most recently worked as the Director of Admission, Enrollment, and Outreach at the Landon School in Maryland. Sarah lives off campus with her family.