Grades: 9 - 12 | 36 students
Small, seminar-style classes at The New School ensure lively discussions where students are challenged to think critically, articulate their opinions and respect the viewpoints of others. Individualized attention is a hallmark of education at The New School, where every student receives the support needed to help develop his or her unique talents and abilities.
The New School, an independent high school, offers small classes and ample opportunities for hands-on learning. These math students are honing their skills with a carpentry project. Students at TNS come from communities throughout southern Maine.
Learning at The New School frequently takes place outdoors and at nearby coastal areas. These students are studying marine biology at Strawberry Island in Kennebunk.
During three week Intensives each year, students at The New School are immersed in a wide variety of educational experiences that they help design. In 2014 a group took the school's sailboat to the coast of CT where they honed their seamanship skills, and studied marine biology and New England history.
One group of students at The New School recently chose to spend their three week Intensive working on an organic ranch in Kansas. In addition to taking part in all aspects of ranching they learned about the ecology of the prairie, history of the Great Plains and Native American culture.
Students have many opportunities to develop as artists at The New School. Watercolor, pottery, printmaking, fiber arts, sculpture and needlepoint are some of the recent course offerings in the arts.
Community service and environmental stewardship are woven into the fabric of everyday life at The New School. This group of students traveled to Puerto Rico to plant native shrubs in an area that had been deforested.
Most students at The New School participate in apprenticeships and internships to help them determine their college or career trajectories. TNS partners with a wide variety of organizations and businesses to provide real world experiences, whatever the students' interests and abilities. These students are apprenticing at Seashore Trolley Museum, helping to restore antique trolleys.
The New School is a small independent high school where students take charge of their education.
Our approach builds confident, self-directed learners and a solid foundation for college and careers.
Students who thrive at The New School are often unusually creative and enjoy active, hands-on learning.
Small class sizes, integrated courses, independent studies and opportunities for travel & adventure all yield rich learning that ignites students’ talents and passions.
|Grades Offered||Grades 9 - 12|
|Offers Post-Graduate Year||Yes|
|Total Students||36 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||4%
State avg.: 10%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||10 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||4:1
National avg.: 13:1
|Average Class Size||7 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Tuition Notes||2 tiers of tuition -- please visit website for details. TNS is a School of Choice for Acton & Arundel students.|
|Admissions Director||Lee Sullivan|
The New School is a small independent high school where students take charge of their education. Our approach builds confident, self-directed learners and a solid foundation for college and careers. Students who thrive at The New School are often unusually creative and, enjoy active, hands-on learning. Small class sizes, integrated courses, independent studies and opportunities for travel & adventure all yield rich learning that ignites students’ talents and passions.
Profile last updated: 07/13/2015
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