Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki offers a select number of 11th-grade students the chance to live and work on a 400-acre saltwater peninsula, with the goal of exploring the natural world through rigorous courses in natural science, environmental issues, literature and writing, art, history, mathematics, and languages.
The community is very small – 42 students and 15 faculty members – and the application process is competitive. In our college-preparatory semester school, we push students to produce top-quality academic work as well as to think broadly about the value, importance, and meaning of their education.
Maine Coast Semester students return to their sending schools with increased self-confidence, an appreciation for the rewards and responsibilities of community living, a strong sense of ownership for their education, and enhanced skills.
At its heart, Maine Coast Semester is an academic program that challenges students’ thinking, asking them to go deeper into learning. We also ask students to participate in an intentional community of peers and teachers in a natural setting, so our graduates come away with more than just an incredible education. The characteristics below reflect the faculty’s goals for each of our students.
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Maine Coast Semester’s Goals for Graduates:
Taking ownership for their learning, approaching challenging problems with curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, and integrating their learning into a cohesive whole
Living a life of integrity and intention, taking initiative to improve their communities through individual and collective action, while understanding that we live in an interconnected world of limited resources
Forming intelligent thoughts and incisive questions in verbal and written form as well as mindfully listening to the thoughts of others
Sense of Place
Striving for a deeper understanding of the natural world and their place within it through focused observation of details, patterns, and connections
Sense of Self
Possessing a heightened understanding and acceptance of their individual talents and limits
Maine Coast Semester is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, approved by the State of Maine Department of Education, and an associate member of The Association of Boarding Schools.
Students attend Maine Coast Semester for one semester, 15 ½ weeks in length, either fall or spring. All academic classes meet the equivalent of 4 hours per week except science, which meets for approximately 8-10 hours per week, depending on the length of certain field trips. Classes meet in 55-minute blocks. Academic classes are held Monday through Friday.