Frequently Asked Questions 

Welcome, International Students! Please find below a list of our most frequently asked questions.

Who is considered an international applicant?

A student whose family’s permanent mailing address is outside the United States. 

What are the fees?

The 2017-2018 boarding tuition is $59,500 (for both American and international students) and the international application fee is $125.00.

Is there Financial Aid for international students?

Financial aid is primarily intended for students from the United States though limited funds may be available for international students. 

Does The Governor’s Academy admit international students for grade 12 or for a post graduate year?

No, we do not offer enrollment for students for grade 12 or for post graduate years. 

What applications does The Governor's Academy accept?

The Governor’s Academy accepts our own application, or applications from the following:

Gateway to Prep Schools



Is there an interview requirement and do I need to come to the campus?

The Governor’s Academy requires all students to interview either on campus or via Skype. It is not required to visit the campus, but we encourage you to do so if possible to experience what we offer in person. 

Because of the increase we’ve seen in the number of Chinese applicants, Chinese students who cannot visit campus in the month of January are required to interview with Vericant rather than have a Skype interview with a member of our office. Students may always elect to visit campus without having to interview with Vericant but Governor’s will no longer conduct Skype interviews for Chinese students in January. For more information, click here.

How do I schedule an interview? (For Chinese students)

Due to the increase in applications from China, The Governor's Academy has partnered with Vericant to assist in the interview process. If a student wants an on-campus interview, no prior Vericant interview is required. If a student is unable to visit campus, we will conduct Skype interviews until our Winter Break (December 18, 2015). Beginning on December 19, 2015, Skype interviews will no longer be granted. During this time, students must interview with Vericant instead of conducting a Skype interview with The Governor’s Academy. No Vericant interview is required for any on-campus interview before or after the Winter Break.

Vericant will conduct interviews and facilitate short writing prompts. Please understand that Vericant does not evaluate candidates; instead they send all information to The Governor's Academy for assessment. Our Admission Office will review the completed Vericant interviews and writing samples.

You may schedule an interview with Vericant by clicking here

In order to meet The Governor's Academy January 31 application deadline, applicants must interview with Vericant no later than January 31. 

To schedule an interview with The Governor’s Academy, please contact Mrs. Tracey MacCormack by telephone at 978.499.3129

If you have any questions or concerns regarding international student admissions, please contact Mr. Chris Blondin by email at

Do you have an ESL program or summer programs for international students?

No, The Governor's Academy does not offer a formal ESL program. We expect our admitted international students to be proficient in English speaking, writing and reading. The Governor’s Academy does not offer any academic summer programs.

What tests are international students required to take for their application?

We require all non-native English speaking applicants to take the TOEFL and SSAT exams. The TOEFL exam may be waived at the discretion of the Admission Office if the applicant has completed three consecutive years at a school that is instructed in English. Our School codes for reporting scores are 3466 for SSAT, and 8419 for TOEFL.

Do you have a minimum TOEFL score or SSAT score that an international applicant must produce?

We do not have a set minimum score that applicants must earn to be considered for admission but our average TOEFL score is 100 and our average SSAT score is 2150 for international students.

Do you accept a specific number of international students?

The Governor's Academy does not have a set quota of international students we accept for admission from year to year. Diversity is the main goal of the program and we accept international students from various countries, regions and cities throughout the world. For the 2017-2018 school year, our student body is 11% international students and specifically, 20 nations are represented at The Governor’s Academy.  

When do international students need to leave the dormitories during the school year?

There are only three major vacations during the school year that students must leave campus: Thanksgiving break (November), Winter break (December/January), and Spring break (March.) Students must also vacate the campus in the summer but students can stay on campus for all long weekends and short holidays. The Governor's Academy can help with students who need a place to stay during the three long vacations by using our Host Parent Program if students cannot go home. The Governor's Academy also provides transportation to Logan International Airport in Boston, local bus stations and train stations for students who travel during the three major vacations.

For other questions...

Please contact Mr. Chris Blondin, Associate Director of Admission at as he is primarily responsible for international student admissions at The Governor's Academy. Thank you for your interest in our school!


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