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.

Learn more

THE
COAST OF MAINE

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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

Maine Youth Environmental Leaders Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that two students have been chosen to receive the 2019 Maine Youth Environmental Leaders Scholarship, a $15,000 merit-based award given to Maine high school juniors seeking to attend Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. The semester-long academic program focuses on transformative growth, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and building […]

Read more