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 majority of the approximately 150 offered, foundations 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 32 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.
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 and the Association of Independent Schools in New England.