Maine Ocean School
  • What is a magnet school? 


A magnet school is a public school offering special instruction and programs not available elsewhere, designed to attract a more diverse student body from throughout the state. Magnet schools have a focused theme and aligned curricula, with a “hands on – minds on” philosophy. They typically use an approach to learning that is inquiry or performance/project based. They use state, district, and/or national standards in all subject areas, however, the standards are taught within the overall theme of the school.


  • When will the school open?


By law, Maine Ocean School could open its doors as early as Fall 2017, however, a more probable opening date is Fall 2018. The Board of Trustees are dedicated to bringing together the best possible curriculum, staff, faculty, and program - all of which takes time to be done right.


  • Where will the school be located?


The location of Maine Ocean School is to be determined, but we are looking into options near Searsport, Maine. This mid-coast location offers proximity to many assets including, but not limited to: coastal communities, working waterfronts, institutions such as Penobscot Marine Museum, University of Maine, Maine Maritime Academy, and many others. 


  • Is Maine Ocean School a residential school?​


All students attending Maine Ocean School will be required to live in a Maine Ocean School residence hall. More details regarding the school day, weekend schedule, and cost of room and board are currently under discussion. As a public magnet school, students from Maine will attend the school free of tuition charges. The Board of Trustees are dedicated to making the cost of room & board affordable for all students.


  • Will the school open with grades 9-12?


The goal of Maine Ocean School is to serve high school students in grades 9-12. However, like many new schools, we plan to start with a small number of students in fewer grades and build over time. Maine Ocean School plans to serve students in grades 10-11 during its inaugural year.


  • Is Maine Ocean School part of Maine Maritime Academy?​


Maine Ocean School is not affiliated with Maine Maritime Academy.


  • How do I apply to work at Maine Ocean School?


Maine Ocean School is not hiring at this time. We will post employment opportunities on our website when they become available.



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