As a boarder, Governor's becomes a home away from home. Students develop independence while living away from their parents, but find a nurturing environment here. Boarding life helps students learn to live on their own. Throughout their experiences, students make new best friends, juggle academic and social lives, manage their time and lead a healthy and happy life by eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep.

Housing options include classic red brick dormitories, modern facilities with elevators, and charming houses with names like "Cottage" and "Farmhouse." To foster community, Governor's allows day students to stay with boarding students on Friday and Saturday nights. Day students often reciprocate by inviting boarders to their homes for a weekend visit or a home-cooked meal. Learn More About Life at Governor’s.


Residential life at The Governor's Academy offers students a world of opportunity. Students at The Governor's Academy form fond attachments to their dorms. Living in singles or doubles with their classmates, ninth graders are housed in their own dorms, while all upperclassmen mix throughout the campus.

Dorm Parents

Members of the faculty reside in and supervise student life in our dormitories. These faculty members supervise study hours and share in creating a warm, social and family unit in the dorm. Dorm parents also serve as their students’ advisors.


Each dorm has senior proctors, carefully selected by dorm parents, who undergo training and meet monthly for seminars on leadership and issues related to dorm life. They serve as a liaison between boarders and dorm parents, plan inter-dorm events and become role models for younger students.

Common Rooms

With common areas complete with televisions and comfy chairs, dorms are often the place that kids hang out in between study hours or other commitments. Quiet hours begin in all dorms at 7:00 p.m. to provide appropriate space for study hours. Male and female students may visit each other in the dormitory common rooms providing they follow parietal guidelines.


All dorms have resources from the Office of the Dean of Students to fund social activities. Dinners, ice cream sundaes, movie rentals, pizza study breaks, and other on- and off-campus activities help.

Female DormsMale Dorms
Moody HousePerkins Dormitory
Nannie B. PhillipsIngham Dormitory
Pierce HallEames Dormitory
Doggett DormEvans Cottage


Weekends at the Academy provide plenty of diversions for students. Dances, Open House at Mansion House, trips to Boston and Newburyport, movies and concerts in the Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts and Student Center, a Halloween Festival, our Special Olympics Soccer Tournament, drama productions, and a slew of exciting athletics contests are just a few of the activities students enjoy here. 

Students can find schedules of events on Moodle or through the student deans office. A weekly e-newsletter is sent home to parents complete with the weekend schedule. 

Sample of Student Activites:

Opening of School Dance
Student Center Activities
Bus to North Shore Mall
Drive-in Movie Night
Anti-Defamation League Training
Trips to Newburyport for Shopping or Dinner
Freshman Friday BBQ
Mansion House
Broomball in the Bragdon Arena
Art Receptions
Apple Picking
The Guild
Student Drama Productions
Powder Puff Football Game and Pep-Rally
Dodgeball Competition

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