Be The Best Possible You

 A Hyde School education starts with asking students to look at their highest expectations of themselves by answering these questions:

  • Who are you?
  • Where are you going in your life?
  • What do you need to do to get there?

While many of the aspects of Hyde look very traditional—college preparatory academics, mandatory athletics, community service, strong teacher commitment—the core of Hyde goes much deeper than the traditional model, which focuses on achievement first.

We start with who you are. What do you care about? What are you willing to do in order to go after that highest vision for yourself?
In other words, in the long haul of life, who you are matters more than what you can do.

When students walk out through Hyde’s gates after graduation, the most important quality they carry with them is a set of “go-to” principles: Courage, Integrity, Leadership, Curiosity and Concern. Students learn how to test themselves against these principles, having a sense of what they believe and what values are important to them.

We have over 50 years of experience preparing students for college and life beyond.

The Hyde Experience

College Prep Academics

Taught by inspiring faculty, choose from a range of courses, including many AP and Honors.

3 Seasons of Athletics

Every student plays three seasons of competitive athletics.

Performing & Visual Arts

All students participate in putting on PA shows. You can also explore your artistic potential in studio, graphic arts, and music courses.

Family Experience

The Family Education Program encourages a lifelong journey of personal and family growth.

College Counseling

The College Office provides one-on-one support through the college application process for each student.

Discovery Group

Each student is placed in a Discovery Group, which acts as an on-campus, family-type support system.

Student giving a graduation speech

Senior Speeches

Seniors give speeches at graduation focusing on their personal transformations.

Academic Support Program

Hyde’s Academic Support Program provides personalized academic support to help students develop academic confidence and ownership.

Campus Life

Students live on campus in dorms supervised by faculty. Each campus has beautiful facilities for you to play sports, go hiking, or relax with friends in your free time.

Joe Gauld with students
Founder Joe Gauld talks with a group of students in front of the Mansion, circa 1960s.

The Founding of Hyde School

The original Hyde School was founded in 1966 in Bath, Maine by math teacher Joseph Gauld, who had what he calls a “crisis of conscience” and became dedicated to providing education that included character development alongside academic achievement.

In the early ’60s, one of his brightest students, who had little curiosity and relied primarily on his innate abilities, received the highest grade in the class.

Another student, the classic “plugger,” who struggled with the course material but who embodied curiosity and a strong work ethic, received a low grade in the class.

Distraught that neither student was served by the traditional grading system, Gauld started Hyde School, which operated under a different set of priorities than other schools.

The school began with a focus on Five Words: Courage, Integrity, Leadership, Curiosity, and Concern, and the cardinal principle that every individual has a unique potential that defines a destiny.

Soon after the school was established, it was discovered that parents and family play the most vital role in the overall education process. Since character is developed primarily by example, Hyde established a revolutionary Family Program involving parents, teachers, and students working together.

Today, Hyde Schools are known as leaders in family-based character education.


Hyde Students Learn

Students learn

Building Character

Alumnus Burke Riley '15

“Hyde taught me how to work hard and embrace my struggles. For the first time in my life, I have hopes for my future and want to achieve something. I ended up getting a lot more out of Hyde than just a good transcript; I found a vision for myself.”

~ Burke Riley ’15

Quick Facts

Student to Teacher Ratio

Percentage of graduates accepted to four-year colleges

Beautiful acres of the Bath, Maine campus

9-12 & PG
Hyde offers a leadership postgraduate year

Gold key

Key to Success

Hyde was founded on the belief that each of us is gifted with a unique potential that defines a destiny.

It is character development that opens the door to one’s unique potential.

Through 50 years of working with families, we have discovered that parents are the key to character.

Discover Hyde’s Parent Program


Are you ready to start the journey?


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