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Maine Ocean School ensures an objective procedure when evaluating all collected data from applicants. As such, several rubrics were created to evaluate each of the criteria, with the exception of GPA, they are: 

Evaluation Measures

  • Online or Paper Application
  • Official school transcripts and/or Homeschool curriculum
  • Written or Video Essay
  • 2-3 References
  1. Essay/Video Rubric
  2. Reference Rubric
  3. Admissions ​Meta Rubric



Applicants are encouraged to use these rubrics as a guide when assembling their admissions package.

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  • Applications received before March 30, 2019 will be considered in the first round of reviews. Applications received after will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • Enrollment is at capacity for the current school year (2018-2019)
  • ​​Email: maineoceanschooladmissions@gmail.com 
  • MailMaine Ocean School, P.O. Box 10, Searsport, Maine 04974
  • Questions?  Email, Text, or Call to leave a message:                                  207-370-8375

*** IMPORTANT***

Enrollment is at capacity for the current academic year (2018-2019). You may submit an application for admission to a future school year, but please note that your application will not be reviewed until we receive your final academic transcript for the current year. Thank you for your understanding!

How to Submit

​Apply to Maine Ocean School

Application Checklist

The Maine Ocean School admission criteria is not limited to an applicant's GPA (grade point average), as is customary in many other magnet schools. Our foundational belief is that an applicant’s GPA is not the greatest predictor of potential achievement. We developed the criteria below to evaluate applications and to provide a framework where applicants can present evidence that supports their potential to succeed at Maine Ocean School.


  1. The Application must include the student’s demographic information and official transcript(s) from an accredited high school. If the applicant is a home-schooled student, official transcripts of academic work completed outside of the homeschool program and/or an academic portfolio with a detailed description of the homeschool curriculum must be submitted. Apply Now!
  2. Essay/Video in which the applicant discusses their interest in the ocean, how attendance at Maine Ocean School aligns with their future goals, and a discussion of collaborative involvement within their current school and community. See instructions for details (PDF).
  3. 2-3 References from someone not related to the applicant that provides objective information about the applicant’s leadership skills, work ethic, interpersonal skills, collaboration with peers and adults, potential for success, and academic preparedness. Print Reference forms (PDF).


The Admissions Team will only review complete applications and all applicants will receive written notice of admission status. Those applicants who are not immediately admitted will receive written notification including feedback for future resubmission.

Admission Criteria

Maine Ocean School welcomes applicants of all backgrounds and provides equal access to all rights, programs, and privileges offered to students. Maine Ocean School does not discriminate on the grounds of ability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or social standing in admissions, employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

Welcome to Maine Ocean School’s 2018-2019 application process. We could not be more excited to meet high school students, like you, that love the ocean as much we do!

Maine Ocean School is a “hands-on, minds-on” public magnet high school committed to excellence in education. You are about to take the first steps in combining your passion for the ocean with strong academics in marine science, transportation, engineering, and management. Our focus on leadership and innovation will provide you the opportunity to graduate with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to build the foundation for a successful future.