International Applicants

Application Process

Step 1: Inquiry

Complete and submit the online inquiry form or the biographical portion of The Standard Application OnlineGateway to Prep Schools, or the Association of Board Schools (TABS) application. International applicants can also call the office of Admission 207-824-7777.

Submit an Inquiry

Step 2: Interview

The interview is a required portion of the application process for international students. Gould Academy understands that it is difficult for families living outside of the United States to visit campus; additionally, we know that time differences can be a problem for interviews conducted over the phone or Skype. To that end, Gould is committed to partnering with families in order to ensure they can find out more about our school and interviewing is as easy for international students as it is for our domestic applicants.

International students can schedule on-campus interviews via Skype or phone interviews, by contacting Gould’s Office of Admission via email, Wechat (or other appropriate apps), or by phone. When possible, we are able to conduct interviews during non-traditional business hours (i.e. weekends and before 8:00 am or 5:00 pm, eastern standard time).

Step 3: Complete the Application

To apply to Gould, please use one of the following online common applications: The Standard Application OnlineGateway to Prep Schools, or the Association of Board Schools (TABS) application. An applicant’s parent, guardian, or consultant should submit the first part of the application (often called the Candidate Profile or Family Information Form). Students can pay the application fee ($100) at any point during the admission process but no later than February 15.

A completed application includes:

  • Interview
  • Applicant Profile
  • Applicant Materials to be completed by the Student and Family
    • Short Answer Responses
    • Essay (formal application, essay questions, activities and any other additional information)
    • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire
  • School Forms
    • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
    • Current English Teacher Recommendation
    • School Report Form, completed by Principal, Advisor, or Guidance Counselor
    • Official Transcript (Prospective students must submit an updated transcript from the applicant’s current school along with any additional school records or academic testing available.)
  • SSAT, TOEFL, or Duolingo English Test
  • International Application Fee

International Application Timeline

International Student Open House:
Wednesday, January 10
Wednesday, January 17
Wednesday, January 24

Mid-Year (for students wanting to start in January 2018) application deadline:
December 15, 2017

Mid-Year Decisions Released:
On a rolling basis as applications are submitted

September 2018 application deadline:
February 15, 2018

September application decisions released:
March 10, 2018

Enrollment Contracts Due for Accepted Students:
April 10, 2018

Revisit Dates:
Early April

Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

What is the interview like?

Remember that the interview is a two-way street. The admissions representative is as interested in learning about you as you should be in learning more about the school. Come to the interview prepared with some good questions that indicate what is important to you. You probably will not leave an interview feeling as if you have been grilled, but the interviewer is curious to see how you think on your feet, what is important to you, and most importantly, why you want to go to boarding school.

Will you tell me if I am missing pieces of my application before the deadline?

Responsibility for checking on the status of an application lies solely with the applicant. We will notify families of the status of an application near the deadline, but we cannot be held responsible for regular communication about an application’s status. Please call our office to check on the status of your application.

What are your minimum scores for TOEFL and SSAT?

Gould does not have minimum TOEFL or SSAT scores. The average TOEFL score for accepted international students was 87; the average SSAT score for international students was 1900. 

Do you have a cap for international students or students coming from the same country?

We do not have targets, quotas, or caps on the enrollment of any students from any one country; geographic diversity within our population is important to us.

Do you have a summer program?

Yes, go here for more info.