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Gould Academy

Address: 39 Church St, Bethel, ME 04217
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Description Gould Academy

  • Location: Bethel, Maine, USA
  • Founded: in 1836
  • Age of students: 13-19 years
  • Total number of students: 250 people (200 of them on the boarding house, about 65 foreign students - all at the boarding house)
  • Type of education: joint (mixed)
  • Type of accommodation: residence (full board) from 14 years old
  • Language of instruction: English.

Founded in 1836, the Gould Academy (Academy of Gould Academy) is one of the best schools in the United States to teach students aged 13-19 (including foreigners) to enter prestigious universities in the United States. The campus is comfortably located in the state of Maine, a small town of Bethel near the picturesque, majestic White Mountain: students can enjoy beautiful scenery every day.

The main purpose of the Academy's work is to create a clear motivation for students to achieve high goals and achievements, to give them a stable foundation of academic knowledge and to develop a fully developed, multifaceted and talented personality that will benefit the international community. Each student during his / her studies participates in the Four Point Program developed by the school:

  • Independence (it teaches us to choose for ourselves the further path of learning and career development)
  • Immersion (study of world cultures, regular travel and expansion of the world outlook, development of tolerance, tolerance and mutual respect)
  • Self-awareness (knowing yourself as a person - often such events are held on the road, in the wild)
  • Expression (work in art and creativity, creation of socially useful and volunteer projects, education of civil responsibility and disclosure of creative potential).

Deserves attention and a separate Center for Academic Skills, largely responsible for the excellent success and academic achievement of students. Teachers of the Center and schools help students with research projects and experiments, instill in them the skills of self-organization and control, time management and the correct setting of goals, learn to quickly read and write instructions, projects and presentations (The Comprehensive Program and The Intermediate Program). The unique ultra-modern The IDEAS Center is equipped with advanced equipment for personal and group work of students: here they will be able to introduce theoretical knowledge into practical projects and experiments, conduct scientific experiments and implement their own ideas, creating industrial objects.

Thanks to the proximity of the White Mountain and the developed ski resort of Sunday River Ski Resort, the school gives students the opportunity to learn skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, Apline, freestyle and other outdoor activities and sports - for this purpose, special courses were developed for the Ski Patrol Program or the Gould Academy Competition Program. Gifted and persistent students can even get a personal Ski Patroller certificate!

The total number of students in the school is 220-250 people: 30-50 students represent different countries of the world (including Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Germany and Slovakia). Foreign students receive language help and support, including a course in preparation for the passing of the TOEFL language exam. Classes include up to 12 people maximum, and the ratio of teachers to students is 1: 5. Over 99% of graduates successfully enroll in selected universities: often the Berkeley College of Music, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island Design School.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Gould Academy

Program name
from 64 200 $ / year

High school

In the middle and senior classes, the basic subjects of the students are basically the same:

  • art
  • English
  • science (natural, accurate, technical)
  • mathematics
  • languages ​​(modern foreign and classical)
  • computer science (ICT)
  • history (USA, Europe and the world).

The first 2 years students usually stop on this list, and each next year can add to the personal curriculum additional disciplines and electives, while doing sports and visiting creative studios.

The cost of schooling is 63,250 $ for the academic year (31,625 $ for a semester-half-year).

Accommodation and food

The boarding school is open from 14 years old. Students are offered cozy, comfortable residences and board meals (three times a day + useful snacks, constant access to clean water and drinks). The rooms are designed for 2 people: they are fully furnished and equipped with the necessary minimum of home appliances.

With the students in the residences, teachers are always present: they guarantee their safety and comfort 24/7, monitor the observance of cleanliness, order and discipline, help to solve any administrative, educational and everyday issues.

Subjects, specialties

Subjects list: 3d-design, algebra, art, astronomy, biology, chemistry, Chinese, Chinese literature, computer literacy, cooking technology, electricity and magnetic fields, English, Environmental science, European Literature, French, Geometry, history, Latin American Literature, law, Macroeconomics, Marine research, maths, Microeconomics, Natural Sciences, physics, Physiography, Preparation for TOEFL, Preparation of portfolio, Spanish, sports medicine, statistics, the photo, US policy and government, world literature,  Creative writing,  Cultural studies,  History of america

Events Gould Academy

Traditionally, in American schools, sport is the most important tool for the development and upbringing of students. Students of Gould Academy can enjoy a variety of sports and outdoor activities:

  • football
  • lacrosse
  • rock climbing
  • snowboard
  • skiing (mountain and cross country)
  • Athletics
  • running (including cross country)
  • skateboarding
  • mountain biking (mountain biking)
  • Horseback Riding
  • freestyle
  • hockey (classic and on the grass)
  • basketball
  • softball
  • bicycle rides
  • golf.

The widest choice of classes is prepared for students who are keen on creativity and art:

  • art
  • theatrical studies and theater history
  • painting
  • music
  • photo (classical and digital)
  • cinematography and film production
  • dramatic and acting skills
  • Painting
  • sculpture and ceramics
  • artistic forging
  • blacksmith craft
  • pottery.

At school there are numerous musical and dramatic ensembles, groups. Together with the famous school of Manhattan School of Music, a distance learning program has been created that enables the most gifted students to receive individual lessons and consultations from professional, skilled and experienced MSM educators, and work with them in videoconference mode.

Equipment Gould Academy

The campus of the school is not only equipped with everything necessary for "traditional" American education in the middle and senior classes - it boasts innovative equipment and technology that opens up to the students completely new opportunities for development and research. On the basis of the school there are 3 ultramodern computer laboratories (PCs and software are constantly updated and upgraded) and high-speed access to Wi-Fi is provided almost without restrictions. Sports facilities, fields and educational halls include all the necessary equipment for effective and safe classes. The school operates a huge, multifunctional and competently zoned sports complex, which includes:

  • Fitness Centre
  • gym with power zone
  • basketball courts
  • skate park
  • tennis courts
  • trampoline park.

In addition, a large golf course, more than 40 kilometers (!) Of ski runs and paths for cycling, open fields for softball and football, open tennis courts are located within walking distance from the educational and residential buildings.

Separately it is worth noting the unique The IDEAS Center, where each student can translate his creative and engineering ideas, study modern technical and scientific innovation processes, create a personal or group research project. The IDEAS Center includes a wide variety of equipment: vinyl cutters, 3D printers and scanners, sewing machines - all equipment has the most current software and is regularly serviced by professional technicians.

Term dates and fees

The cost of schooling is 63,250 $ for the academic year (31,625 $ for a semester-half-year). This price already includes:

  • education on the selected course
  • accommodation and meals at full board (school residence)
  • 24-hour child care and full security guarantee
  • basic medical insurance and medical assistance as needed
  • control of progress and regular reports for parents.

The indicated cost is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee = 100 $
  • Examination Boards
  • Deposit for education = 21,100 $
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional)
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Application fee 2500 USD
  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 100 USD
  • Deposit for a course/programme 21100 USD

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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