Welcome to Hyde School in Beautiful Bath, Maine
Hyde is located on the original Hyde family estate of shipbuilder John S. Hyde on 145 beautiful acres in Bath, Maine. Facilities include:
- the historic Hyde Mansion and Chase Academic Wing, home to classrooms, offices, and the library
- the Carriage house, home to classrooms and offices
- an all-inclusive Athletic and Student Life center, “The Joe”
- a Dining Hall and Theatre
- an Art Barn
- a Health Center
- a Spiritual Center
- a Family Renewal Center with 20 cozy hotel-like rooms, 4 conference rooms, a Great Room, and kitchen
- the Merritt House, providing overnight accommodations and space for functions
The campus features a ropes course with zip line, state-of-the-art music recording studio donated by Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, an indoor climbing wall, cross country ski trails, two athletic fields, a football field and track and practice field, and two ponds.
The city of Bath is also a wonderful place to live while studying. Did you know that Bath, Maine won the Great American Main Street award in April 2012? Main Street Bath Director Jennifer Geiger stated, “Bath is representative of the iconic Maine town, featuring similar Main streets, with brick buildings, church spires, gardens, and a real sense of family and community.” The Boston Globe also published, “Bath, Maine, is on the edge of cool.” We invite you to come and experience Hyde School in Bath for yourself.
Joseph W. Gauld
Head of School
Laura D. Gauld
6 to 1
Average Class Size
Blue and Gold
Number of Buildings
Join students Avery, Kiefer, and Gigi as they reveal what is behind the gates on the Bath, Maine Hyde School campus.
Join faculty member Fan Luo as she gives a tour of campus in Chinese.
Laughlynn Bragg ’12 remarks about athletics at Hyde boarding school.
“Coming to Hyde, Lacrosse was the only sport I played passionately for consecutive years. But because I loved athletics, it was easy for me to jump into a three-season year of sports. Every season is different. I am more experienced in some than others. My teammates are always there to challenge and support me because athletics at Hyde are effort over achievement. By Senior year, my leadership on and off the field was natural which helped me earn Junior year basketball captain and Senior year soccer captain.”
Riley Mitchell ’12 on academics at Hyde.
“Our academic day is structured around five classes and one study hall. The study hall at night provides students enough time to get all their work done. Our class sizes range from 5-15 students and offer one-on-one assistance from teachers. If a student needs extra help, all teachers live on campus, and are very accessible by email. Our grading system is based on both effort and achievement. I have always been a hard worker, but my grades have not shown that. After coming to Hyde, the teachers have been able to see the effort that I put into my work, that wasn’t seen in public schools.”
Kateria Ellison ’14 talks about weekends in Bath.
“Weekends at Hyde can be a time to relax or go on various trips. Downtown Bath is less than a mile away from campus. Café Crème is the usual hang out spot on the weekends. Everyone goes there to get coffee and pastries while chatting with friends at home with the free Wi-Fi. We also have little boutiques for shopping for girls or the candy store for guys. If you don’t want to stay around town, there are trips to the movies, ice cream or restaurants a couple towns over in Brunswick. During the winter, we also have ski trips to Sugarloaf almost every weekend. If it is a long weekend, we have day trips to bigger cities such as Portland or Boston. Weekends let you take a break from the hectic school week and enjoy time with your friends.”
Tobias Weymar’s ’12 remarks about boarding at Hyde.
“Coming back to the dorm at night is my favorite part of the day. Indorms is at 10 PM on weekdays and 10:30 PM on weekends. At indorms, we play video games, watch movies, and hang out in the dorm. On weekends, we have joint cookouts with the girl’s dorms with music and games going on. Everyone in the dorm has a close bond. Seniors are usually paired with underclassmen to create a peer-mentor relationship. Dorm life is my favorite part of being at boarding school.”
Caroline Hammond ’12 explains what a Hyde School Discovery Group is.
“Discovery groups are a support system. You are in a group of freshman through seniors who meet once a week. Random kids are chosen in each group throughout the school. Every week we meet together and do different activities. Sometimes it’s “Disco fun” like going bowling or out for coffee. Other times we do check ins with each other or journal. Also, we have a Family Education department that involves our discovery groups. One weekend in the fall and one weekend in the spring, our families come up to school and merge with our discovery groups. They join us in with the activities we do together and we all get to know each others’ families. Discovery groups are definitely something I value here at Hyde because anything you say stays private and you can trust this group to help you with any problems that you’re going through. I enjoy disco groups because it’s fun to get to know a group of people you don’t normally hang out with.”
- Introduce yourself to the entire community
- Learn how to have a difficult conversation
- Master “Laundry 101”
- Question a previous assumption
- Be able to have meaningful relationships
- Sing a minute-long acapella song in front of the entire community
- Partner with faculty to run the school
- Dig deeper at Senior Evaluations
- Take action on feedback from peers
- Try a new sport
- Collaborate with Dean’s area
- Run a mile
Check out A Day in the Life of a Hyde Student,
Hyde Bucket List
- Submit a painting to the Chocolate Church Art Exhibit
- Become a team captain
- Try an AP class
- Shop at L.L. Bean
- Pick apples
- Write an article for the Hyde School blog
- Suggest a recipe to the nutrition team
- Give a tour
- Decorate a gingerbread house
- Become a dorm leader
- Learn to create a video
- Bake cookies with your dorm parent
- Record a self-written song in Nashville
- Ski Sugarloaf
- Learn to cook an international meal
- Become a “Big” to a “Little”
- Go on a wilderness trip
- Take the zip line challenge
- Have coffee at Café Crème
- Meet a mentor in Boston
- Play lawn games in the Sunken Garden
- Go to Popham Beach
- Run a Leadership workshop
- Code a robot