In 1966 Joe Gauld, a seasoned educator in traditional private schools founded Hyde School after realizing that the singular focus on achievement in American education wasn’t leading all students to reach their fullest potential.

Mr. Gauld decided to start a school that would value effort over achievement and attitude over aptitude. Instead of building a curriculum around five subjects, Hyde School would focus on five words: Courage, Integrity, Leadership, Curiosity, and Concern.

Today, most schools seek to add character education to their programs and “tie-in” the parents. Character Education and family partnership have been at the core of the Hyde School approach to a college preparatory education for almost 50 years. The entirety of the curriculum at Hyde is founded on Character Education including academics, athletics, performing arts and community service. (Participation in each of these is required of every student.) Some 98% of Hyde graduates go on to four-year colleges.

Joe Gauld’s vision has grown from one small school of 16 boys to two private boarding schools in Bath, Maine and Woodstock, Connecticut, enrolling over 300 young men and women. Additionally, staying true to the mission to change American education and serve students and parents from all backgrounds, Hyde has opened public charter schools in inner city New Haven, CT, Washington, DC, Oakland, CA, Lanham, MD, Orlando, FL, and New York, NY.

I hope you’ll explore our website and ultimately visit one of our campuses so that you can experience first-hand that there is no school quite like Hyde and here, anything is possible.

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Kevin Folan
Executive Director of Enrollment
1 (207) 443-7101

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Bath Campus Tour

Hyde-Bath sits on the former site of the 145-acre estate of shipbuilder John S. Hyde. Campus highlights include the Mansion, Sunken Garden, indoor tennis & basketball courts, state-of-the-art recording studio, and ropes course with zip line.

Join students Avery, Kiefer, and Gigi as they reveal what is behind the gates on the Bath, Maine Hyde School campus.

Woodstock Campus Tour

Set in the rolling farmlands of northeastern Connecticut,  the 120-acre campus sits on the former grounds of a Catholic women’s college. Highlights include a state-of-the-art 1,000-seat theater, two playing fields, and ropes course.

Academic Support Program


The program combines the most current knowledge of strategies for students with specific learning challenges with Hyde’s focus on developing independent learners and thinkers. This combined approach helps students to build both academic confidence and competence, important strengths for college and beyond.

Discover Hyde’s Academic Support Program

Postgraduate Program

Hyde School provides a dynamic learning environment for those who have the desire to not only achieve their goals and broaden their college acceptance list, but also to gain the confidence, courage, and character they need to be successful in college and beyond.

Discover Hyde’s Postgraduate Program

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