Why Choose Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki?

We provide a challenging academic program for a small number of highly motivated, college-bound high school juniors.

THE
ACADEMICS

With a 3:1 student-faculty ratio, a rigorous curriculum, and the natural world as a laboratory, Maine Coast Semester challenges you to break through classroom walls and not just learn, but do.

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THE
LOCATION

Over 400 unspoiled acres on the Maine Coast are yours for inspiration, education, and exploration, whether you’re modeling tidal changes, designing energy-friendly buildings, or hiking our network of trails.

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THE
FARM

Put your head, heart, and hands to work growing and harvesting food and caring for livestock on our sustainable, working organic farm. You won’t just learn about sustainability, you’ll live it.

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Student Experiences

Each day we live the integration of academics, work, community, and the natural world that makes Maine Coast Semester so unique.

Karly
“I have used a thousand words to describe the experience I had at Maine Coast Semester, but they do not do it justice. They do not even begin to reflect the beauty of the place, the people, or the journey I experienced at Chewonki. Writing on this has left me with a heart full of […]
Kurt
“My time at Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki taught me, among a multitude of other things, to be comfortable with myself. Chewonki didn’t change me from who and what I am, but rather helped me be how I am. This is the magic of Maine Coast Semester.  I found a new capability to grow and […]
Hans
“I might never forget the debate we had over GMOs in Environmental Issues — how heated the debate was and how much I learned about the different perspectives that I need to examine about an environmental issue. I also loved all the diversity chats after school on Mondays. Chewonki provided a safe space for everyone […]
Emily
“I came to Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki because it was something completely new – a new environment, new friends, new classes, new teachers; the list goes on and on. I’ve lived in New York City my whole life and wanted to spend time outdoors, embracing nature and all that it has to offer. Ever since I was […]

TO THE POINT

Our student blog

Susan Feibelman Named New Head of Maine Coast Semester

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Susan Feibelman, EdD, as the new head of Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. Our extensive search for a new head of semester school yielded several qualified candidates, but none that matched Susan’s experience, leadership, and accomplishments in both public and independent schools. Susan joined the faculty last year, teaching U.S. History to Semester 57 […]Read more

UPCOMING EVENTS

Chewonki coming to your area

Chewonki will be on the road this year! Join us in your area soon to learn more about Chewonki and the Maine Coast Semester, our summer programs, and how you fit in!

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