The Community Schools At Opportunity Farm/ Camden

Tel: (207)236-3000
Grades: 9-12 | 56 students
The Community School is Maine's oldest alternative high school.
Since 1973, we have worked with students from all over Maine as well as other states.
The Community School has two programs: a small Residential program in Camden, and Passages, a program for preganant and parenting teens, which serves Knox, Waldo and parts of Lincoln Counties.
In the Residential program, 8 students live at the school for a six-month term, work, pay rent, do chores, cooking, and academics.
In the Passages Program, teachers work one on one with their students at the student’s residence.
Those who complete our programs graduate with a regular high school diploma.
Interested students can apply anytime by calling (207)236-3000 or go online at

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Year Founded 1973

Student Body

Total Students 56 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 10%
Students by Grade The Community Schools At Opportunity Farm/ Camden Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 8 students

Finances and Admission

Tuition Notes Tuition for the Residential Program and the Passages Program are based on ability to pay and both are open to all. Tuition for the Passages Program for teen parents is free.
Admissions Director Valerie Behrens, Residential Program
Admissions Associate Martha Kempe, Passages Program

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school is South Hope Christian School (3.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Ashwood Waldorf School (2.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Ashwood Waldorf School (2.1 miles away)
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  • Rockport
    Ashwood Waldorf School
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-8 | 101 students
    2.1 miles
    180 Park St
    Rockport, ME 04856
  • Camden
    Grades: K-4 | 50 students
    3.1 miles
    58 Elm St
    Camden, ME 04843
  • Hope
    Grades: K-12 | 24 students
    3.1 miles
    142 Main Sreet
    Hope, ME 04847
  • Rockport
    Riley School
    Alternative School
    Grades: PK-9 | 42 students
    3.6 miles
    P.o. Box 159
    Rockport, ME 04856
  • Rockland
    Grades: PK-8 | 62 students
    7 miles
    1 Waldo Avenue
    Rockland, ME 04841

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The average private school tuition in Maine is $7,317 for elementary schools and $29,045 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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