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, believing that this foundation would lead to success in both academics and life. 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 over 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.) The academic program is college preparatory and 100% of Hyde graduates are accepted into four-year colleges.

Explore our website and ultimately visit our campus virtually or in person so that you can experience first-hand that there is no school quite like Hyde and here, anything is possible.

We would love to talk with you. To start a conversation, simply send me an email,

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Kristin Harman
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PS – We’d love for you to join the thousands of Hyde families who have benefited from the Hyde approach to education, valuing character, attitude, and purpose. Be sure to request an inquiry packet today!

To the Prospective Student:

"Hyde is more of a feeling, an experience combining pride and change. Without our constant rate of change, Hyde would become stale. Sooner or later, we would become just another school."
We, the students of Hyde School, feel that you should know how we view the school. If you are happy and content with yourself at present, then Hyde is not for you.

As a closely knit community, we expect each student to maintain and HELP OTHERS to maintain the established standards of discipline and honor. Past performances mean nothing.

Hyde’s primary requirement is a student’s DESIRE to find the best way of life for him/herself. You must want to change and grow. If you want the opportunity to develop, then Hyde may be for you.

Openness with students and faculty is expected at Hyde. We are frank with ourselves and those we meet. We expect you to be the same and demand that your relationships be honest.

Without the willingness to be open about ourselves and our problems, we will never be able to help ourselves solve them.

As a Hyde student you should accept as your basic responsibility this:

That you make and keep a total commitment to pursue excellence.

Such a commitment is not easy to make, and, once made, it requires effort to keep. We feel that we have made such a commitment. That is why we are at Hyde School and why we have experienced growth.

The first step in our growth pattern was to visit the school for an interview – a rigorous but rewarding experience. We suggest you do the same. If, as a result, you too want to grow, we urge you to accept the challenge of Hyde.


First published in a 1970s Hyde viewbook

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.

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.

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Hyde School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, creed, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, or physical or mental handicap.