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.

Ninth Grade Four Point – Immersion

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

Tenth Grade Four Point –  Expression

During this time students work with some of Maine’s best artists and philanthropists to develop their creative confidence, better understand service, and strengthen their sense of place as it relates back to how they can impact their own various communities.

Learn more about this year’s Tenth Grade Four Point experience

Eleventh Grade Four Point – Awareness

It’s time for students to head outside and to the White Mountains for eight days of winter camping. Away from modern conveniences, students learn more about themselves and their peers, and the benefits of teamwork and personal responsibility.

Four Point
Twelfth Grade Four Point – Independence

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
Winter Outing Club
Holden Dorm Parent


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.