Gould Life

Student Life at Gould isn’t all about academics, athletics, on-snow programs, or even the arts (although we excel in providing exceptional experiences in all of those areas), it’s about friendship, mentorship, and being a part of a community. We recognize that you have your own unique interests and curiosities. Gould provides a balanced experience that includes belonging to a community that will challenge and support you, and having direct access to programs, traditions, and everyday life experiences that shape who you are as an individual and as a community member.

After all, Gould Life is about you – who you are right now and who you can become – and taking advantage of the many opportunities that await you.


Traditions. They are a part of any culture, including ours for over 180 years.

From social events to celebrating our outstanding natural surroundings together, our many traditions keep our community tightly knit. These are just a few to keep in mind:

New Student Orientation

Upon arriving at Gould, new students adventure into the woods and waterways of western Maine, guided by faculty and student proctors.

Residential Competitions

Every student is assigned to a team based on their dorm; day students compete as their own team. Residential Rumbles range from impromptu trivia at assemblies to large all-day events like Winter Carnival. At the end of the school year, the team with the most points is awarded the coveted golden Adirondack chair to be displayed in front of their dorm.

Mountain Day

Every fall, students anticipate Mountain Day, when the community takes the day off and hikes nearby Tumbledown Mountain.

Snow Ball

Each December, Bingham Gymnasium is transformed into a wintery wonderland for Snowball – complete with a live big band and dancing! Additionally, our annual Yulefest Concert and gingerbread decorating events take place leading up to this festive dance,

Winter Carnival

Much like Mountain Day, one day in February classes are canceled and the entire community takes part in Winter Carnival. Residential Rumble Teams compete in field games with a winter twist; notable events have included the human sled dog race and the two-person nordic ski race.

Polar Bears

During early morning trips in the spring, brave Polar Bears sacrifice themselves to nearby icy waters – for fun!


The end and a new beginning rolled into one very important day where everyone attends.


Denise Manning

Dean of Students
B.A. Simmons University


Mrs. Manning attended Simmons, where she earned a B.A. in English and education. She worked briefly in public schools before embracing the boarding school life. She has taught ninth, tenth, and twelfth graders, headed Davidson Hall, coached girls’ soccer, and led the RugRats Program. She enthusiastically supports Gould’s Four Point Program and the Advising Program, and serves as an advisor with her husband, history teacher Rob Manning. Sometimes, when she isn’t working with students, she has time to read and cook! They live on campus in the Hutchinson House with their dogs, Mookie and Marshall. Mookie is a certified therapy dog, and Marshall is working toward that goal.

Robert Manning

B.A. St. Lawrence University
M.A. Tufts University
Dean of Community Life
History Teacher
Ski Patrol Program Co-Director


Mr. Manning has over 30 years of experience in the classroom. A gifted speaker, he is a dramatic presence in the classroom. His energetic discussions are engaging and can often be heard into the halls and nearby classrooms. Aside from being a dedicated and talented teacher, Mr. Manning is dedicated to the seven-day boarding school tradition where students come first, whether it be in the classroom, on the athletic fields, or in the dormitory. When not teaching Mr. Manning can be found on the mountain with the Ski Patrol Program, teaching students the ins and outs of mountain operations and wilderness medicine. He lives on campus in the Hutchinson House with his wife, Denise, and their campus therapy dog, Mookie. Their son, Alec ’14 played baseball at Kenyon College.