Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki

485 Chewonki Neck Road
Wiscasset, ME 04578
Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki is a semester-long academically rigorous residential program in Wiscasset, Maine, serving high school juniors.
Learning takes place in classrooms, in the field, on the coast, at the farm, in the forest, and on extended wilderness trips.
Side by side with their teachers, students explore the concepts behind human ecology, the intersection between humans and their natural, social, and built environments.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Maine Coast SemesterBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered11-119-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19881907
Campus Size400 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment88 students302 students
% International Students
5%
20%
% Students Boarding
100%
70%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size44 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio3:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered418
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$31,000$59,140
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a$33,082
% Students on Financial Aid
38%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$16,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
86%
57%
Director of AdmissionsSheryl Stearns
Associate Director of AdmissionsAlexis Grillo

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

School Notes

  • Life-changing Learning in NatureMost schools ask questions you can answer from a textbook. Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki asks the questions that really matter: Who are you? What do you want from your education? How will you engage with the world around you? How can you become a force for change?At Maine Coast Semester, students have the time, teachers, and resources they need to seek answers to those questions — all while living in one of the world’s most spectacular settings. The campus on Chewonki Neck in Midcoast Maine is a private 400-acre peninsula that includes rocky intertidal zones, boreal forests, freshwater streams, and a horse-powered organic farm. During their four months, students combine challenging academic coursework with hands-on practice in nature, learn the art and skills of sustainable living, and discover how they can help bring out the best in communities near and far. They leave with new skills, confidence, and purpose – and the knowledge that they can make a difference.
  • Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki accreditations: TABS, NEASC, NAIS, Maine State Dept. of Education
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