School Around Us

281 Log Cabin Rd.,
Kennebunkport, ME, 04046-0404
     Tel: (207)967-3143
Grades: K - 8 | 27 students
Founded in 1970, School Around Us offers a holistic approach to education that nurtures the mind, body, heart and spirit, and encourages involvement in the natural and global worlds.
The small class size enables teachers to work flexibly with diverse learning styles and cultivate students' individual interests.
 Students come to SAU from communities throughout southern Maine. 

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 8

Student Body

Total Students 27 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade School Around Us Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes There are 2 tiers for tuition. Please call for details.

School Notes:

SAU’s curriculum includes traditional academic subjects as well as "theme" classes where students explore subjects in-depth for up to eight weeks. Creativity and hands-on learning are central to SAU's approach. Students spend a lot of time outdoors; the school is situated on six acres that include pine woods, a brook, trails and access to a pond for swimming and skating. SAU is run by parents, who have significant involvement in the school's operations.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The New School (3.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Cocoons Day School (3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Cocoons Day School (3 miles away)
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  • KennebunkCocoons Day School
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    35 Heath Rd
    Daycare / Preschool
    3 mi | 21 students | Gr. PK-1                      
  • KennebunkThe New School
    38 York St
    3.3 mi | 36 students | Gr. 9-12                      
  • BiddefordThe Master's House
    551 Alfred Rd
    4.2 mi | 47 students | Gr. K-6                      
  • BiddefordSaco Island School
    Special Education School
    Po Box 516
    Special Education School
    4.2 mi | 2 students | Gr. 10                      
  • BiddefordSt. James School
      (Roman Catholic)
    25 Graham Street
      (Roman Catholic)
    5.5 mi | 177 students | Gr. PK-8                      

School Reviews

1 year ago
Both of my children went through this school from grades K-8 and it was a fabulous experience for both! My children are well rounded, responsible, intelligent kids who have a strong voice and desire to learn. They are currently both in High School and are doing great in another local private school, but I am certain they will do well anywhere! The teachers are fabulous at SAU and know the children as people and treat them respectfully and lovingly. Music and art are strong focuses and academics are learned in hands on meaningful ways.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
School Around Us is a wonderful school. My son graduated last year and is doing excellent in high school. I know that SAU contributed to his quest for knowledge, critical thinking skills and solid sense of self. He knows his passions as a learner. Thank you SAU.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
After almost 4 full years at SAU I couldn''t be happier with my child''s education. His teachers have been outstanding. He has been educated as a whole person, holistically, and having a fabulous time. He''s 13, happy, and loves school and I like that.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
We are new to SAU and I can honestly say my son has never been happier at school. Although it''s not academically "rigorous" the pressures of public school were too much for him. The curriculum is somewhat traditional (math, reading, writing) but the kids are also given choices in areas like science and history so that they will be interested in what they are learning. There''s a lot of play time outside which is great for my son who is very active. There''s some access to extra-curriculum activities (eg, guitar lessons, soccer) but not as much as at a larger school. Parents work hard for the school, which can be a challenge but keeps tuition costs down. For us it is well worth it.
- Posted by Parent

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