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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.


  • When will the school open?


Maine Ocean School will open its doors on September 4, 2018.


  • Where will the school be 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 be required for all Maine Ocean School students. However, the Board of Trustees is making an exception to this rule for the initial "start-up" years of the school. We will enroll up to 10 residents and 20 commuters during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 30 students in grades 9-11 during the 2018-2019 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?


Current employment opportunities are listed here.



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