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Hyde School

At Hyde School, everyone gets to do everything pioneering character education we value effort over achievement attitude is everything since 1966.

Our Stories & Outcomes



Hyde School prepared me to handle the triumphs and challenges of life. Working with our amazing students and their parents each day inspires me to keep reaching for my best.

Laura Gauld ' 76 P'08, '10, Head of School


My Hyde experience as a teenager taught me key life lessons that I still use today and now have the opportunity to pass on to our students. I love the spirit, enthusiasm and humor that our students and faculty bring each and every day. For over 25 years, my family has called Hyde home and now some of my greatest teachers have become our students.

Bob Felt '90 P '19, '22, Chief Engagement Officer


I love working at Hyde because of the community spirit in students, teachers, and families. When everyone is on the same page, magic happens!

Rich Truluck '89 P '18, '20, Associate Head of School

faculty & staff

Faculty and Staff

I joined the Hyde community as a parent in 2018 and joined the faculty in 2021, where I serve as Director of Family Education. I have a passion to help others recognize their worth and love being part of a caring community that strives to support and challenge each other to continue evolving into the best version of ourselves.

Katherine Mondanaro P '19, '22— Director of Family Education

Faculty and Staff

I am in a unique position at Hyde where I interact with virtually every parent and student here, which is the absolute best part of my job. I am here to help and love to do what I can to make educational experiences at Hyde personal and unique, just like our students!

Crystal Peltzer — Director of Studies

Faculty and Staff

The reason I work at Hyde is for the opportunity to change lives. To be the teacher and coach that I needed growing up.

Justin Siekierski — English Department

Faculty and Staff

Hyde is such a unique, special place and it is an honor to provide meals to the community. My goal is to ensure that every person entering the dining hall can enjoy a tasty, nutritious meal in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Mo Kenney— Director of Food Services



My time at Hyde School has been very special. I've learned better ways to communicate, and have grown in my leadership. I have met people from all different parts of the world and made friends for life.

Aree King '23


At Hyde School I was able to connect with my peers in a positive way. I learned how to interact in a meaningful and genuine way as a part of the school community.

Steven Heil '23


Hyde School has untapped potential I didn't see in myself. I'm becoming who I want to be!

Henry Pennell '24



Over the past 4 years, we have seen a tremendous change in ourselves, and our son, and that has helped us collectively form a new and improved relationship as a family. 

 Doug & Sharon Goldhirsch, Rafael '23


Jamie Delaney

Somehow or another, that team of faculty and peers helped my son get a glimpse of what success looked like.

- Jamie Delaney


The bonds and friendships and core principles (Courage, Integrity, Leadership, Curiosity, and Concern) learned at Hyde last a lifetime. I feel so strongly about what I learned at Hyde School as a student I decided to send my son. The growth I have seen in him this past year is amazing.

Susie Galligos '91, Matt '24


It's been 11 years since my son (and I) graduated and we still reflect on its impact on our lives. My family embraced the words & principles in our friendships, our work lives, and most of all, in how we treat each other. We have strong adult relationships, built on truth, high standards, being each others keeper, and lots of laughs at our expense.

Linda McGuire P'11



During my formative years, I learned how to tolerate difficulty, how to accept responsibility, and how to serve. But most importantly, I learned that there is nothing greater or more worth seeking in life than the beauty and simplicity of a clear conscience.

Dr. Shannon Curry, PsyD, MSCP, Hyde School '98, Pepperdine University. Owner of Curry Psychology Group. 


One of the biggest attributes that my Hyde experience instilled in me was grit.  Perseverance, if guided by honesty, integrity and a positive attitude makes the obstacles in my life seem less daunting and my goals very attainable, thank you!!

Mike V. Dawes '92, Saint Lawrence University, University of Denver MBA. Fishing Entrepreneur.


I will alway cherish my 3 years at Hyde as a period of profound growth. Amazing things happen when you're part of a community deeply committed to unique potential!

Stacey Babb '96, Carnegie Mellon University BFA, Emerson College MA. Executive Producer and Co-founder, The Opening Doors Project

news views & events


A Mother's Journey from Kenya to Bath

A parent’s love for their children is like none other. With a bond so strong, it can make them feel as if they can move mountains and cross the deepest of oceans. And that’s exactly what Njeri Kamere did for her son, Baraka ‘26.  Njeri believes that education is the key to success and decided to move thousands of miles from Nairobi, Kenya to Bath, Maine to give her son the opportunity to attend Hyde School.  Her inspiring story is featured in the Times Record.  Check out the link to read the full story.

Zach '24 and Community Service

This term I did around 10 hours of community service. I spent two hours with Mr. Truluck and three of my friends at Habitat for Humanity. We started by cleaning some cabinets, couches, chairs, and other small stuff. We also built a twin-sized bed and a storage rack. This was honestly pretty fun, and not just because I was with my friends. Cleaning is something I like doing. It was hard at the start because I don’t like germs and I’m usually good about it, but not knowing where this stuff came from was difficult.  Luckily, Henry '24 was on the same page as me so I didn’t feel alone. I felt good about helping because something I’ve been trying to do is one good deed every day and that felt like a week's worth. 

My other eight hours were spent from 7:30 am-3:00 pm on Sunday. My whole day off I was helping with a peewee wrestling meet. This was the second time I’ve done it.  It was entertaining like last time. The meet was hosted at Mt. Ararat, a local public school where I played football. I helped Mat tap and keep score. I did it with my football and wrestling coach, Coach Frankie True. He and a few friends I knew from here made the day go by fast. It’s honestly one of the coolest things to see young kids strive for their best in this sport. Especially because it’s just you out there wrestling one other guy. It takes heart, dedication, and a lot of confidence. 

Zach '24

Celebrating 85% Parent Participation in the Parents Fund!

Greetings Parents,

We hope this message finds you well as much-deserved breaks begin for our devoted faculty and committed students. We extend a warm welcome to parents who recently joined the Hyde community, and we look forward to meeting you during Spring Family Weekend. As senior parents, it is hard to believe this will be our last!

We are excited to share that parent participation in the Hyde Parents Fund has reached an impressive 85% since Fall Family Weekend! Thank you all for your generosity, and pledges to support the Fund by June 30th. Your dedication is instrumental in shaping the transformative experiences all of our children receive here.

With success in reaching this benchmark, we are now striving for 100% pledge participation by Spring Family Weekend! For those new to Hyde or if you have not had an opportunity to pledge, you will hear from a team member soon about considering a gift. Please know every gift makes a difference. Together we are making a lasting impact on the lives of our students. 

Thank you all and enjoy a great break!

Candacie Bruce, Bill and Renée Hughes
Parent Fund Co-chairs
Spring Break 2024

Dear Parents,

Our Spring Break is quickly approaching!  Students will be departing from campus for break on Friday, March 1st, 2024 and returning from break Monday, March 18th, 2024.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, March 19th, 2024.

For all breaks, we arrange for a charter bus to facilitate the transportation of students to and from their travel destinations, which include Portland International Jetport, Portland ME; Logan International Airport, Boston, MA; and South Station, Boston, MA. The detailed bus schedule, encompassing departure times from the school and estimated arrival times for students is provided below. To reserve a spot on the charter bus, kindly complete the form and make the necessary payment at this link:  Reservations for Spring Break will close on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024.

Please keep in mind that the bus cannot wait at pick-up locations for students on return days.

Lunar New Year - Happy Year of the Dragon

Lunar New Year is a celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunar solar calendar.  It is one of the most important celebrations of the year among East and Southeast Asian cultures, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean communities, among others. Different cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year differently with various foods and traditions that symbolize prosperity, abundance, and togetherness. While the official dates for the holiday vary by culture, those celebrating consider it the time of the year to reunite with immediate and extended family.

Hyde's International Coordinator Fang Jiang, along with her Mandarin class, hosted a dinner at the Captain Merritt House to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.  Together students cooked dumplings, hot pot, and other tasty delights for their lunar feast.  Over the shared meal, the students took in the traditions of this beloved holiday by coming together to share in good fortune and prosperity of the coming year.  

“The Lunar New Year celebration was a first for me and a real treat at that. The food was amazing but the company even more. Big thanks to Ms. Jiang for organizing the event.” Guido '24 

“I thought it was interesting to be able to experience a popular holiday from another country. Being able to understand and enjoy the meaning and food behind the holiday was very inspiring.“ Cocoe '26

Happy Year of the Dragon!

WFLC 2024

This week, the Lennox Outdoor Leadership Center hosted a winter wilderness FLC for a group of Hyde families.  The students and parents, led by Hyde faculty members Megan-Mack Nicholson, Ty Goodwin, and Sean Condon, participated in a three-day wilderness experience where they learned about themselves as individuals and families.

Upon arrival, the group had a long snow-shoe expedition followed by learning winter fire-building skills.  As the sun set, they headed inside for a hot meal and seminar time.  The next morning began with a great breakfast, courtesy of Ty!  After another productive seminar, the families gathered outside for a friendly fire-building contest.  It takes a lot of work to burn a little string when the temperature is in the low teens and there’s a foot of snow on the ground.  Still, most of our families were successful!

We followed this up with lunch and an epic snow-shoe trek across Flagstaff Lake and the Hyde property.  The stark cold and blowing snow did nothing to dampen spirits or prevent us all from appreciating the magnificent views of the Bigelow Range.  The hike was long and challenging, including blazing a fresh path through some freshly fallen and very deep powder.  Back at the lodge, we continued with our seminars and even had some downtime to collaborate on a jigsaw puzzle.  It was an unforgettable experience.  

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Hyde School Moot Court is Now in Session!

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Hyde School Moot Court is Now in Session!

This week in Senior Government, students participated in a moot court exercise which simulates a Supreme Court hearing wherein the the court is asked to rule

on a lower court's decision. The seniors prepared arguments based on a legal question and debated the issue. Students served as both the judges and attorneys arguing for the parties in the case.

The student “lawyers” presented oral arguments in the case of Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier.  The issue focused on how the First Amendment applies to student-run newspapers. The teams argued each side and the student “judge” issued their decision based on the law and the facts.  

Hyde School’s Moot Court served as an innovative teaching tool to explain the workings of the US Federal Courts and how a case gets heard by the highest court in the land, as well as focusing students' attention on underlying legal principles and concepts of justice.  The exercise allowed students to have fun while building upon their public speaking skills, ability to think critically and quickly, and their collaborative learning skills.

Constitutional Convention

This week, members of the U.S. History and AP U.S. History classes gathered in the theater for a simulated Constitutional Convention. Every student played a role as either an individual convention delegate or representative of a larger social group, or “class,” whose perspectives were or should have been considered at the first Constitutional Convention. These included farmers, planters, bankers and merchants, workers, enslaved African Americans, and women. 

To prepare for the debate, students researched the economic, political, and social views and beliefs of their given position and represented their individual and group based on their findings. At the beginning of the debate, each group was given an opportunity to share their “manifesto” which had to describe why they believed the Articles of Confederation needed to be ratified, as well as their economic, political, and social views. Students were encouraged to be both historically accurate and to add some of their own flair and creativity to their character. The convention then opened up for debate, and students were encouraged to reach a compromise much like the ones the Founding Fathers were called upon to make in 1789.

Embracing and Understanding AI

Last Friday, we spent the day learning about the power, potential, and pitfalls of Generative Artificial Intelligence. In the morning, the faculty and staff had a presentation with Hyde alum Tony Rea '69, who has spent his career in the tech field and is a subject matter expert on AI and its applications in education, business, and personal use. Along with Tony, we heard from other experts who work with him at Dell Technologies. In the faculty session, some of the points covered included:

  • Differences between Predictive AI and Generative AI
  • What AI can "understand" and what are its limits
  • What the challenges are for the education of young people
  • How organizations need to embrace AI's positive aspects while fully understanding the ethical questions it raises
  • How AI will not replace human employees; nevertheless, those who understand its capabilities will be more valuable in the workforce

Later, Tony and his colleagues met with the students. First, the school heard presentations from three seniors that stemmed from the unit on AI studied in English 12. 

Zach '24 - Discussed the strengths of AI

Nikolai '24 - Discussed the challenges of AI

Vladimir '24 - Shared AI models he created last year to illustrate how AI works

Read more about what Tony and his team discussed with the students.

Salvation Army Holiday Party 2023

Hyde School has a long tradition of working with the Salvation Army to host a Christmas party, dating back to 1994.  On Saturday, December 9th, families were treated to an evening of holiday cheer in the Mansion that included story time in the Living Room, cookies and hot cocoa under the chandelier, and a special visit from Hyde’s very own Santa Clause.  When this Santa isn’t busy at the North Pole, he is in the dean's office or teaching chemistry!  Student elves volunteered by wrapping gifts, baking cookies, and being hosts on the night of the event.

The Salvation Army Christmas Party is a time when students, staff, and faculty come together to give back to the community.  This beloved tradition of Hyde School is one we look forward to each holiday season, and brings us so much joy to be able to create lasting memories for Maine families.  On behalf of the Hyde School, we want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday, and a happy and safe New Year!



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