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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 11-11
  • Students: 88 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $31,000
  • Acceptance rate: 86%
  • Average class size: 44 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 308 schools) for:

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Attribute
Student Attention

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2021 School Data
Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
11-11
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1988
1907
Campus Size
400 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
88 students
300 students
% International Students
5%
20%
% Students Boarding
100%
70%
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
44 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
3:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
4
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
Summer Program Offered
Yes

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$31,000
$59,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a
$32,995
% Students on Financial Aid
38%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$16,000
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
-
Yes
Acceptance Rate
86%
58%
Director of Admissions
Sheryl Stearns
Associate Director of Admissions
Alexis Grillo

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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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 11-11
  • Students: 88 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $31,000
  • Acceptance rate: 86%
  • Average class size: 44 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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