Our Ambitions

With True Courage, The Campaign for Governor’s will secure The Governor’s Academy for the next generation. This fundraising effort will enhance every aspect of the Governor’s experience, including:

Cultivate Our Community: Change Our Perspective

Governor’s is a community of students, faculty, and staff who learn, play, and live together. Students come to appreciate themselves as part of this community, understanding who they are and learning from the diversity of people and viewpoints on campus.

Throughout our history, Yankee thrift and careful stewardship of limited resources have been a way of life. We have stretched that model to its limits. We have an outstanding faculty offering a high-quality academic program to what is among the most diverse and talented group of students the Academy has ever enrolled. And we do this with a significantly smaller endowment than our peers, which translates into $2 million to $5 million less in our operating budget each year.

This campaign offers an opportunity to transform this reality—and our school—by building the endowment to support our faculty and students. We will do this by bolstering: Faculty Support: Our faculty are the lifeblood of The Governor’s Academy. They mentor students in all areas of school life: academics, arts, athletics, service, and residential community. An additional $15 million in endowment will allow us to recognize these talented educators by establishing endowed chairs and expanding funds for professional and curricular development, helping them bring the Seven Essential Skills to life in their classrooms. Financial Aid: Growing our financial aid endowment by $30 million will allow us to broaden our reach and to be more successful in yielding those candidates who earn our highest ratings in academics, co-curriculars, character, and leadership potential. This will enable us to offer admission to and enroll the very best candidates in our admission pool—those who will most benefit from and contribute to our community.

  • Faculty Support: Our faculty are the lifeblood of The Governor’s Academy. They mentor students in all areas of school life: academics, arts, athletics, service, and residential community. An additional $15 million in endowment will allow us to recognize these talented educators by establishing endowed chairs and expanding funds for professional and curricular development, helping them bring the Seven Essential Skills to life in their classrooms.
  • Financial Aid: Growing our financial aid endowment by $30 million will allow us to broaden our reach and to be more successful in yielding those candidates who earn our highest ratings in academics, co-curriculars, character, and leadership potential. This will enable us to offer admission to and enroll the very best candidates in our admission pool—those who will most benefit from and contribute to our community.

Stretch Our Curriculum: Open Our Minds

We are committed to implementing a robust educational program that supports broad development of the Seven Essential Skills. In doing so, we will make certain that students have a foundation for thinking critically, taking initiative, and collaborating in constructing solutions to challenges. These are the very qualities that students will need as they enter lives, careers, and citizenship in an unpredictable world.

  • Parker River Environmental Studies Center: Our location on the banks of the Parker River and the Atlantic salt marsh offers an unparalleled opportunity to give students hands-on learning experiences and expand our school’s commitment to the environment. Plans call for building an outdoor classroom and research station where students can explore and understand their physical world. This new learning environment will capitalize on our geographic setting and make this river estuary central to the experience of all students.
  • A New Academic Building and Innovation Center: We need a classroom building that offers flexible learning spaces and makes full use of educational technology. A newly designed classroom building with an integrated innovation center will provide this. We envision a maker’s space and design studio that bring together the creative tools and support students need to solve engineering challenges and that faculty need to experiment with new technology.

Care for Our Campus: Strengthen Our Community

Community at Governor’s happens on our campus: a mix of new and historic buildings in a bucolic setting on Massachusetts’ North Shore. Through the campaign, we will strengthen our community by constructing or renovating:

  • Faculty Housing: Our faculty are our strongest asset, and having a residential faculty is a top priority. If we are to continue to recruit and retain the best faculty, we must offer a range of high-quality housing. Adding at least four new units will meet this critical need.
  • The Peter Marshall French Student Center: Governor’s students learn as much outside the classroom as they do inside. This learning happens in down time, when students from different backgrounds—day and boarding, from Boston to Seoul—come together to relax. For this to happen, they need space that encourages that interaction. The campaign offers an opportunity to realize this potential in the current student center, reconfiguring it with expanded food options, lounge areas, and day student lockers so that it becomes a true hub of student life.

Secure Our Mission: Energize Our Campus

The Governor’s Fund, the Academy’s annual fund, is a critical bridge that spans the gap each year between tuition and the actual cost of educating a Governor’s student. In that way, it energizes the entire Governor’s experience. The Fund helps finance technology for classrooms, provide equipment for sports teams, construct scenery for drama productions, deliver art

supplies that spur student creativity—it literally touches every aspect of our program. Over the course of the campaign, we look to grow and strengthen The Governor’s Fund, fostering a culture of philanthropy that will sustain the Academy for generations of students and alumni to come.