Student Life

At The Governor’s Academy, the challenge and opportunities of a quintessential New England boarding school merge with a warmth and openness to new ideas and new people that has always made us refreshingly different. Govs has always been a place of open doors, open minds, and open hearts. You can feel it from the moment you arrive—a genuine warmth and an eager welcome.

Day and boarding students learn from each other and from our exceptional faculty as they form a unique community of different cultures and life experiences in Byfield. Days in the classroom are complemented by broad co-curricular opportunities and a family-like residential life experience. No matter if your interests lie in athletics, the arts, or student government, you will be supported by friends and teachers who will celebrate your individuality.

These qualities endure as the hallmarks of a Governor’s education:

  • Family-like atmosphere 

  • Academic excellence

  • Dedicated faculty 

  • Balance

Meet the Deans' Team

Jed Wartman

Dean of Students

Faith Kagwa

Director of Student Activities; Ninth Grade Class Dean
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Jed Wartman

Dean of Students

We are a community dedicated to encouraging and fostering the growth of young people. Students and faculty genuinely care about each other, root for one another, and celebrate individual and community successes. This culture of support allows for our students to be curious, to explore new interests, and to try new experiences knowing that friends, advisors, coaches, and teachers are in their corner at all times.

Jed Wartman, Dean of Students, joined our community after working in higher education for fifteen years. Jed was drawn to Govs because of his belief that the high school years are rich with awesome potential and possibility. It is here that students are invited to consider who they are and what they care about as individuals and community members.