The Governor's Academy

The Governor's Academy at a Glance
Type: College Preparatory (Coeducational)
Support for ADHD: No (supports Learning Differences)
Year Founded: 1763 Teacher - Student Ratio: 1:6
Average Class Size: 12 Students on Financial Aid: 30%

Description: The Governor's Academy was formerly Governor Dummer Academy. It's an independent college preparatory school for boys and girls grades 9 to 12. The school provides a thought-provoking, challenging and student-centered curriculum that aims to inspire students to cultivate a passion for learning itself and not just to be academically successful.

Educators are continuously looking for ways to teach courses in ways that would help students develop critical, creative and independent thinking. They also encourage students to learn through hands-on activity, through recognizing the relationship of different subjects with each other, and through analysis and reflection.

A lot of support systems are available for students who need the extra help to cope with their school work. There are group and individual sessions available during the day and evenings conducted by teachers. All students who need some concepts clarified to them are encouraged to attend. The school also provides support for students with documented learning differences, including preferred seating in classes and exams. There are also tutoring services available at an additional expense.

The school also has two computer laboratories with individual workstations which students can use for research and word processing. The school also offers an Advanced Placement Program designed to offer a more challenging and rigorous course work for students capable of coping with the requirements. The Advanced Placement Program of the school offers at least one AP course per discipline which can branch out into different subjects.

The school also has several sports offerings such as baseball, cross country, golf, field hockey, ice hockey, basketball, and more. As far as extracurricular activities are concerned, the school also has several of them that will widen the horizons and enrich the experiences of students such as History Club, Poetry Society, Environmental Club, Debate Club, and many others.

Some of the top choices for colleges and universities of students who graduate from The Governor's Academy include Boston University, Dartmouth College, Tufts University, and many others.