At Gould Academy, we value education and know that many families do as well.
We want to help bridge the financial gap, to make Gould more accessible. Thanks to the generosity of parents, alumni, and friends of the school, nearly 25 percent of Gould families receive awards that total nearly $3 million.
Additionally, Gould has three Merit awards, given to students who go above and beyond, and who meet certain criteria. Families who qualify for Financial Aid may also be awarded Merit Aid in some circumstances.
Gould families are asked to complete the Parent Financial Statement through NAIS, with all required documents, prior to the deadline. School and Student Services provide Gould with the Report of Family Income, which is used as a guide in determining the amount of financial assistance. In order to request Financial Aid for the next academic year, please follow the steps on sssbynais.org, and note the important dates below.
Gould only accepts electronic copies of the PFS and tax documents through SSS
New families have the option of writing a letter of request, which will be used in the initial conversations on Financial Aid.
New families receiving awards will be notified with their acceptance packets on March 10. In order to hold their Financial Aid award, families must enroll by April 10.
Returning families must complete the PFS every year in order to receive the same award amount (not percent discount) that they received the prior year. If a family has had a change in salary or expenses, the Financial Aid Committee asks that they write a letter explaining their request for a change in their award.
Returning family awards will be updated as needed, and the family will be notified of their award with their re-enrollment agreement. In order to hold this amount, families must enroll their student by the set date per their enrollment agreement.
Gould’s process allows for a single appeal per year. Families are asked to complete this appeal application and return to the Admissions Office along with the Expense and Benefit Form and any required documentation. The appeal process will begin upon receipt of this form.
The Financial Aid Committee is made up of the Director of Admissions, Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement, Head of School, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of Financial Aid
To learn more about requirements, meeting needs, evaluation of needs, the award process, please contact anyone in our Admissions team.
Ms. LaVallee is a third-generation alumna of Gould Academy (Elizabeth Sargent LaVallee ’67 and Alzena Lord Sargent ’42) and a graduate of The University of Maine with a B.A. in Studio Art. Her area of study focused largely on sculpture with an emphasis on metalwork including welding and bronze casting. While a student, she was an active member of the Delta Zeta sorority, served on the Panhellenic Council as Vice President of Recruitment, and was inducted into the Order of Omega.
She has an extensive background in marketing as a product manager for Gemline and more recently as a corporate program manager for Geiger. She loves the outdoors, the mountains, and spends weekends during the winter as a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Level 100 certified alpine coach for the GACP weekend program. She also enjoys camping, reading historical fiction, riding dressage on her horse Bode, and practicing Kyokushin Karate.
She lives in the Bethel area with her partner, Asher Anderson ’05, and their three children, Lewis ’26, Charlotte, and Tristan.
Associate Director of Admissions, Financial Aid Coordinator
Greg Miller spent the last five years in Newport, Rhode Island, as the head men’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS).
Prior to that, he worked for three years as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University (one year as an adjunct professor in First Year Program) and two years as an assistant coach at Susquehanna University.
After college, he played nine years of professional basketball in various countries throughout Europe (6 in Germany, 1 in France, 1 in Sweden, and 1 in Switzerland).
He lives on campus with his wife, Alex Norden, and likes to spend time reading, hiking, and exercising.
Gould is a small, co-ed, independent boarding school for grades 8-PG. We are passionate about preparing academically motivated students for college, helping them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world.