Maine Association for Charter Schools promotes high-quality options for all children within Maine's public education system.

Innovative Learning Opportunities are Available Statewide!

Maine's nine public charter schools now provide tuition-free educational options to 2,455 children, pre-K to grade 12, statewide.  According to Maine's Department of Education, 676 students were on waiting lists as of November 21. These public schools offer innovative, personalized programs. To learn more, call a school and arrange a tour or visit them online at the links below.

 

Maine's Legislature Needs to Hear from You!
Advocate for Public Education Options for All Maine Children

Maine's Legislature will soon consider bills to help or hinder Maine's charter school community.  Visit our Advocacy Page to learn how you can make a difference!

 

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  COMMUNITY NEWS

7 days ago

Maine Association for Charter Schools

MACS congratulates Samantha Palma of Baxter Academy for being awarded the ACE Mentor Program scholarship. We know you will thrive at UMaine's College of Engineering in Orono and it is especially nice to see graduates of Baxter's excellent STEM program pursue post-secondary education in the great state of Maine!Wow! Soon-to-be graduate Samantha Palma is one of 25 students nationwide to be awarded the ACE Mentor Program $10,000 scholarship. She plans to attend UMaine College of Engineering in the fall.

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MACS congratulates Samantha Palma of Baxter Academy for being awarded the ACE Mentor Program scholarship.  We know you will thrive at UMaines College of Engineering in Orono and it is especially nice to see graduates of Baxters excellent STEM program pursue post-secondary education in the great state of Maine!

3 weeks ago

Maine Association for Charter Schools

The Maine Arts Academy shared this wonderful photo of several of their exchange students taking the ferry out to Isleboro. The trip was part of an 'exchange concert' with three other Maine high schools; a great opportunity to perform with a larger group of students and an adventure at sea on a sunny spring day. Nice!Here are some of our exchange students on the ferry boat to Isleboro yesterday! ... See MoreSee Less

The Maine Arts Academy shared this wonderful photo of several of their exchange students taking the ferry out to Isleboro. The trip was part of an exchange concert with three other Maine high schools; a great opportunity to perform with a larger group of students and an adventure at sea on a sunny spring day.  Nice!
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  MAINE'S CHARTER SCHOOLS

Acadia Academy serves children in Pre-K through grade 4 on its campus in Lewiston. Acadia students are challenged to meet high expectations for academic, social, and emotional competence. The faculty and staff strive to support all students in developing their full potential in an environment that values belonging, connectedness, and contribution to the larger community.  Acadia currently serves 172 students from the area near Lewiston and Auburn.

Baxter Academy for Technology & Science is a rigorous, college-preparatory high school promoting student ownership of learning through a curriculum focused specifically on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The school's environment allows students to work on complex, real-world problems – often collaborating with scientists, engineers and other professionals. Baxter Academy enrolls 400 students from 60 Maine towns.

Cornville Regional Charter School was the first elementary charter school in Maine.  Since its founding, CRCS has pioneered learner-centered, personalized learning practices - providing students “what they need, when they need it.”  In 2018, CRCS expanded by adding an Early Childhood Center (Pre-K/K) and a High School in Skowhegan.  They now serve approximately 200 learners from over 11 surrounding, rural communities on three campuses.

Fiddlehead School of Arts & Sciences uses a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to learning. These principles create a participatory learning experience with teachers and children as partners.  Learning is focused on the Image of the Child, the relationships and interactions within a system, of space, and the role of families. The school is located in Gray and serves 135 students from PreK to grade 5.

Harpswell Coastal Academy employs project-based learning – where students work for an extended period to investigate and respond to an authentic, complex question or challenge.  With a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:8, Harpswell can support in depth learning.  Whether developing an aquaculture system, writing, or filming an original documentary – HCA’s academic coursework challenges students to go beyond the traditional acquisition of facts and skills, to apply them to real-life situations.  Harpswell serves 200 students from 20 towns.

Maine Academy of Natural Sciences was the first public charter high school in Maine.  MeANS introduces students to careers in farming, forestry, sustainability, alternative energy and other related fields.  Students gain knowledge and skills through hands-on projects, internships, targeted courses, and real-world experiences such as growing food on campus for the cafeteria and residences.  MeANS now serves 178 students in grades 9-12.

Maine Connections Academy is a tuition-free public virtual charter school. MCA gives students the flexibility to learn at home with a uniquely individualized curriculum that meets rigorous Maine state education standards. MCA tailors its virtual learning approach for online students of all abilities—preparing students to succeed in school and in life. MCA currently serves 406 students from across Maine, in grades 7 to 12.

Maine Virtual Academy  is a virtual charter school serving students in grades 7-12.  The school provides a personalized program of courses, employing Individualized Learning Plans that target each student’s strengths and weakness.  Maine-certified teaches guide students through a rigorous and highly interactive curriculum that enriches and inspires, with activities that include field trips, open house gatherings, social events and clubs.  MeVA currently serves 390 students from all over the state of Maine.

Maine Arts Academy was founded as Snow Pond Arts Academy and recently changed its name.  Maine Arts Academy provides a comprehensive, college preparatory curriculum with a strong commitment to the performing and visual arts, leadership, integrity, and a virtuous code of conduct.  Students of the Arts Academy have a unique opportunity to find or pursue their passion in dance, musical theater, instruments, and the visual arts.  MeAA is a nurturing, inclusive, and culturally rich environment and currently serves 150 students from 50 towns in Maine. The school is located in a rural setting on Messalonskee Lake and shares a campus with the New England School of Music.

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