An Integrated Curriculum for College-bound Students
The design of Maine Coast Semester’s curriculum is guided by our mission and goals for graduates, which encourage students to take ownership of their education and develop a deeper awareness of their place in the natural world. Our curriculum draws from best practices in place-based and experiential education. Course content and themes directly intersect with all that we can observe in the natural world and what there is to learn from the history of midcoast Maine. As a result, students begin to make connections that promote critical reasoning and deeper learning, as they become increasingly independent thinkers.
Semester Course Requirements
All classes meet for a minimum of 220 minutes per week, usually in four 55-minute sessions. Science meets weekly for approximately nine hours, including weekly field labs. Students receive one credit for each class unless otherwise noted. All courses are taught at the honors or advanced level.
- Science: Natural History of the Maine Coast
- English: Literature and the Land
- Interdisciplinary: Human Ecology Capstone
- Physical Education: Wilderness and Outdoor Skills
- Community Service and Work Program (NC)
Sequential and Elective Courses
Students select three additional courses. The following courses will be offered during the 2019-2020 school year:
- History: U.S. History and A.P. U.S. History
- Mathematics: Algebra II, Pre-calculus, A.P. Calculus AB, A.P. Calculus BC
- World Languages: Spanish, French, Mandarin and Latin, Levels III-V
- Studio Art: Art and the Natural World
- Environmental Issues – may be taken for a science or social science credit
- The Ethics of Place – may be taken for a history or social science credit
- Level V world language courses are equivalent to Advanced Placement courses and are designed to prepare students for taking the Advanced Placement exam in May.
- U.S. History, mathematics, and world languages courses enable students to begin or complete a year-long course of study that aligns with their sending school’s curricula. In mathematics and languages, significant effort is devoted to gathering course information from each student’s sending school, which is used for placement. Because of our small class size, students generally return to their sending school prepared for or ahead of their classmates.
Wilderness Trips and Outdoor Education
All students participate in a wilderness trip (5-day Fall Semester and 4-day Spring Semester), as well as Maine Coast Semester’s Outdoor Leadership Program, which includes a Wilderness First Aid course taught by Wilderness Medical Associates. Lastly, students complete a 48-hour solo on Chewonki Neck, during which they are able to demonstrate mastery of the wilderness and outdoor skills they have developed.