An Eagle's Eye View of GSA
George Stevens Academy is an independent, comprehensive town academy in Blue Hill, a small coastal town on a scenic rural peninsula. Founded as Blue Hill Academy in 1803, it was the first secondary school to open its doors east of the Penobscot River in Down East Maine.
The school serves as the 9-12 high school for more than 300 students drawn largely from area towns but including up to 40 international and U.S. boarding students.
The academy offers a wide variety of academic classes to meet the diverse needs, aptitudes, and interests of our student body. Though college preparatory courses make up the vast majority of the approximately 150 offered, fundamental courses also are available, as are about three dozen honors and Advanced Placement courses.
GSA provides numerous opportunities for students to explore their interests outside the traditional classroom, including the Eastern Maine Skippers Program, Outdoor Leadership, Independent Study and Internship, Culinary Arts, Alternative Course Contracts, Online Courses, Cooperative Education, and more.
Extracurricular offerings include numerous clubs and activities, among them the Drama Club and GSA Jazz Band, which has won state championships 19 times in the last 30 years. We have 29 teams in 12 sports. Our boys’ and girls’ athletics teams have won more than four dozen regional championships and 16 state championships in the school’s history, with more than 70 percent of those won since the year 2000.
George Stevens Academy is an independent high school on the coast of Maine. The academy is a caring educational community committed to meeting the needs of each local and boarding student with a challenging, comprehensive academic and experiential program that fosters the pursuit of knowledge, inspires creativity, develops self-reliance, and prepares graduates for a purposeful life in a changing world. (Adopted by the Board of Trustees in June 2013 and amended in October 2017)
The academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the State of Maine Department of Education and Cultural Services, and is a member of the National and Maine Associations of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England, and the Association of Boarding Schools.