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Gould Academy

Address: 39 Church Street Bethel, ME 04217

Website: http://gouldacademy.org/on-snow/

Founded: 1836

Grades: 9 through PG

Category: Prep School with competitive ski programs

Application Deadline: 2/1/2019

Day School Cost: $37,800

Boarding School Cost: $61,350

Financial Aid: 41% of students receive nearly $3 million dollars in aid

Contact Email: simardk@gouldacademy.org

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 9- 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 along their own continuum of academic and social development. We offer a challenging core curriculum that prepares students for college and beyond. Our Blended Learning Program allows students and teachers to 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 week/weekend 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 of 250, and we challenge our students to try new pursuits where they often 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. One student at a time, we help each become the best version of his or herself.

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, Mr. Kurt Simard, oversees the On-Snow Program. We also offer a full slate of three-season athletics. Soccer, Cross-country, Field Hockey, Golf, Mountain Biking, Basketball, Equestrian, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Road Cycling, Skateboarding, Tennis, and Outing Clubs.

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, Jeremy Nellis. Seventh and Eighth Grade Winter Term Program Director, Deb Costello. Rogan Connell (alpine), Cathy Fisher (alpine), Bruce Johnston (alpine), Jeffrey Lathrop (alpine), Anne Rockwell (alpine), Devon Brown (alpine), Lauren Head (alpine Development), Eric Breton (snowboarding), Dave Lynch (snowboarding development), Rory Flynn (freestyle), Sean Ennis (freestyle), Brad Clark (nordic).

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 Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science).

Training Facilities: The Kailey Competition Center located on-mountain at Sunday River Resort features a full service state of the art tuning facility, locker space, video rooms and office space. Off-Mountain: The Gould Campus Field House, which is home to a weight room, trampoline, and foam pit, and dry slope with airbag jump site and 40K of on-campus groomed Nordic trails.


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