The Governor’s Academy
Formerly known as the Governor Dummer Academy, The Governor’s Academy is located in Byfield, MA and is a coeducational school for grades 9-12. Founded in 1763 by Governor William Dummer, the school was once a working farm with crops of rye, fruit trees and grazing sheep. The original school house remains on campus as a tribute to its rich history.
The community at Governor’s Academy is very diverse and all students have the chance to flourish. Teachers are dedicated to the students and the commitment to learning. With the balance between academics, athletics, arts and service to others as being the main focus. The school motto “not for self but for others” is practiced every day and students are required to complete 50 hours of community service before they graduate.
Governor’s is committed to keeping their school green by recycling, composting and maintaining an organic garden. To further their commitment to be a green campus, Governor’s recently installed solar panels on the gym roof and purchased a hybrid security vehicle. Because they have all-weather turf fields, this saves more than 720,000 gallons of water a year.
Some of the fine art programs that Governor’s provide are filmmaking, photography and ceramics. The performing arts give students the opportunity to participate in orchestra, jazz band, chorus, or be a part of the Academy Singers. Students may take courses in music theory, music history, or have special private lessons. They also can learn the basics of sound, lighting, scene construction, props construction, and carpentry. Governor’s has a comprehensive dance program that allows students to become a versatile dancer. A strength and conditioning program is a part of the dance experience. Private lessons are also available for students who wish to study at a more advanced level.
Governor’s has many athletic teams that have won championships. The participants’ learn how to set and achieve goals, work as a team and win with class and lose with dignity. Governor’s has afternoon programs like rec basketball and instructional tennis and yoga. They have as much as 70 varsity sports and interscholastic teams. The student athletes are an example to the entire student body. You could find the captain of a team playing the lead in a school play or serving as class president. Some of the sports are: lacrosse, hockey, baseball, softball, tennis, basketball, track, soccer, football, volleyball and many more.
Student cap 397
Class size: 12
Stud/staff ratio: 1:6
Extra Info: Governor’s give service to the community by helping at the food bank or with Special Olympics.