Maine Ocean School    207-548-4131
​P.O. Box 10, Searsport, Maine 04974

Maine Ocean School

Frequently Asked Questions 

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 proficiency/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.

  • Is the school open?

Maine Ocean School opened its doors on September 4, 2018 with an inaugural class of 12 students from across Maine.

  • Where is the school located?

The location of Maine Ocean School is in Searsport, Maine on the campus of the Penobscot Marine Museum. 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?

Residence will eventually be required for all Maine Ocean School students. However, the Board of Trustees has made an exception for the initial "start-up" years of the school. 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.

  • 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?

Current employment opportunities are listed here.