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Gould Academy

Address: 39 Church Street Bethel, ME 04217

Phone: 207-824-7777


Founded: 1836

Grades: 7 through PG

Category: Prep School with competitive ski programs, Full year school with winter term option

Application Deadline: 2/1/2020

Day School Cost: $38,650

Boarding School Cost: $62,700

Financial Aid: Yes

Contact Email: [email protected]

Head of School: Chris Gorycki

Located in the White Mountains of Western Maine, Gould Academy offers full-time programs for grades 9 through the postgraduate year, as well as winter term options for 7th and 8th graders. Students spend some of their most formative years at this school, training at Sunday River Resort and becoming independent-minded, ethical, compassionate citizens who lead lives of purpose, action and excellence.

“The Gould coaches and faculty helped me forge a strong work ethic. With their support I have gained the confidence to make risky, yet clear decisions in life. This supportive environment has helped me, and I am proud to be a part of it. -Parker Gray ’97, 2018 USA Olympic Team Coach, World Cup coach and strength coach 2015-2018.

Gould Academy’s unique focus on experiential learning pushes the boundaries of the traditional classroom. From service to the local community and outdoor leadership trips to travel abroad adventures and a signature Four Point program, opportunities like these help shape its students into well-traveled young adults. Plus, its distinctive partnership with Sunday River makes unparalleled athletic opportunities possible for serious athletes.

Academic Approach: Gould offers a full 9th - PG program with a 7th and 8th-grade Winter Term from November through March available for alpine, freestyle, snowboarding, and nordic student-athletes. At Gould, we understand that each student is different. Our small size, dedicated faculty, and approach to teaching and learning allows us to meet students where they are academically and athletically. We offer a challenging core curriculum that prepares students for college and beyond. Teachers help customize the academic experience in ways that improve learning and provide the flexibility to explore opportunities outside of the classroom. Our new Marlon Family IDEAS Center provides the physical and digital tools required for success in a world that is increasingly reliant on ideas, analysis, and innovation. Our focus on experiential learning pushes the boundaries of the traditional classroom. From service and outdoor leadership trips to travel abroad adventures and our beloved Four Point program, opportunities like these help shape our students into well traveled, responsible citizens. We offer a unique breadth of programming for a school, and we challenge our students to try new pursuits where they can discover their passions. We believe that where there is risk, there is reward, and we provide layers of support to help guide our students down their respective paths, helping them become their best selves.

Athletic Approach: Gould has a longstanding tradition and culture of celebrating winter thanks to our location in the Western Mountains of Maine, just six miles from our partner and second campus, Sunday River Resort. What distinguishes Gould athletics from traditional boarding schools or ski academies, is its On Snow Programs. Our distinctive partnership with Sunday River makes possible unparalleled athletic and academic opportunities. The multi-layered curriculum includes a Competition Program for Alpine, Freestyle, and Snowboard; Prep Alpine, Prep Snowboarding, and Prep Nordic teams; and certification and instruction programs. Or students may learn to ski and snowboard for the very first time. Former United States Ski Team athlete and Division I Coach Kurt Simard oversees the On-Snow Program. We also offer a full slate of three-season athletics — mountain biking, soccer, cross-country, field hockey, golf, basketball, equestrian, baseball, softball, lacrosse, road cycling, skateboarding, tennis, farm & forest, fly fishing, and Outing Club.

Notable Coaches: Gould On Snow Competition Program Director, Kurt Simard. Alpine Director/Head FIS Coach, Rogan Connell. Head Freestyle Coach, John Kimble. Head Snowboard Coach, KC Gandee, Head Nordic Coach, Tim Whiton. Seventh and Eighth Grade Winter Term Program Director, Deb Costello. Rogan Connell (alpine), Cathy Fisher (alpine), Bruce Johnston (alpine), Kurt Niiler (alpine), Devon Brown (alpine), Craig Niiler (weekend Program coordinator), Lauren Head (alpine Development), Dustin Holsweiss (snowboarding), Bret Shifrin (snowboarding development), Rory Flynn (freestyle), Sean Ennis (freestyle).

Notable Alumni: Troy Murphy ’10 (U.S. Freestyle Team), Jackie Paaso ’00 (professional freeskier), Sasha Rearick ’95 (U.S. Ski Team) and Alexander “Bump” Heldman ’07 (U.S. Ski Team), Parker Gray '97 (U.S Ski Team), and Ben Drummond '99. Other notable alumni include Brian Blake ’73 (former CEO of Gucci, Prada, and Burberry), Amelia Brodka ’08 (professional skateboarder); and Dr. Desiree Plata ’99 (assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT).

Training Facilities: Gould has just added a new $1.1 surface lift at Sunday River Resort. The Kailey Competition Center located on-mountain at Sunday River features a full-service state of the art tuning facility, locker space, and video rooms. On-Campus: the Farnsworth Field House is home to a weight room, trampoline, and foam pit. Outside, a dry slope with airbag jump site and 40K of on-campus groomed Nordic and mountain bike trails.


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