Four Point Program

Gould’s Four Point Program is an almost 30-year-old tradition that starts in the ninth grade and ends upon graduation. Every year, just before spring break, students in each class embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Four Point throughout the Gould experience:

Ninth Grade – Immersion

During their first year at Gould, students travel to places like Tanzania, Ecuador, Peru, China, or Morocco to experience entirely new cultures meant to broaden students’ views—an invaluable tool in their journey through their academic and personal life.

Tenth Grade – Expression

During this time, students complete service projects, work with professional artists during multi-day workshops to develop their creative confidence, better understand service, participate in activities with Gould alumni, and strengthen their sense of place as it relates back to how they can impact their own communities.

Eleventh Grade – Awareness

It’s time for students to head outside and to the White Mountains for eight nights of winter camping. Away from modern conveniences, students learn more about themselves, their peers, the benefits of teamwork, personal responsibility, and that they are capable of doing challenging things.

Twelfth Grade – Independence

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Welcome to the driver’s seat. Some students choose an independent service project that they are passionate about, others choose to venture out into various parts of the world. Whether it’s cleaning up the Ohio River or community service in Guatemala, the twelfth-grade independent project serves as the culmination of a student’s many Four Point travels and learnings.

Experiential Learning Director

Chris Hayward

Director of Experiential Learning
B.S. Saint Joseph’s College
Outing Club Coach
SOLO Wilderness Medicine Instructor


Mr. Hayward comes to Gould Academy after working nearly 15 years with adolescents. His focus is wilderness therapy. Also a Registered Maine Guide, Ski Patroller, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and a local search and rescue team leader, he is passionate about programs that offer both adventure and the development of skills to Gould students.