Carleton Project

  • A state-approved private alternative school, partnering with local partners to create educational pathways for students in Maine.
  • With a home-base at the Houlton Higer Education Center and school locations at the University of Maine at Presque Isle as well as Bangor at the Shaw House.

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School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Alternative School Network
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded2000
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students34 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 11%
Students by GradeCarleton Project Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers5 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

School Notes

  • Students need to be prepared to perform complex tasks in a modern world. The school is committed to providing an educational experience that offers a chance to learn the skills that go beyond content areas and focus on human development. The methods by which subjects are taught focus on processes that are central to problem-solving, group dynamics and inquiry within academic disciplines. These include a focus on both planning and goal setting. The results are unique to each student.The school curriculum and philosophy uphold the Guiding Principles of the Common Core State Standards, where each student will leave school as:
  • I. A clear and effective communicator
  • II. A self-directed and life-long learner
  • III. A creative and practical problem solver
  • IV. A responsible and involved citizen
  • V. A collaborative and quality worker
  • VI. An integrative and informed thinker
  • Teachers and staff members determine academic goals for each class.   In addition to content area, these goals include:
  • Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum
  • 21st Century Technology skills
  • Time Management  
  • Live and Digital Presentations
  • Problem-Solving
  • Working Cooperatively
  • Relevant and Meaningful Experiences
  • Community Engagement
  • Research Methods
  • Career Preparation
  • Senior Capstone Project

Nearby Private Schools

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Houlton
    Grades: PK-12 | 117 students
    0.2 miles
    27 School St
    Houlton, ME 04730
    0.2 PK-12
  • Caribou
    Circle Of Learning
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS | 45 students
    40.1 miles
    1137 Presque Rd
    Caribou, ME 04736
    40.1 NS
  • Lee
    Grades: 9-12 | 204 students
    57 miles
    26 Winn Road
    Lee, ME 04455
    57 9-12
  • Lincoln
    Grades: NS-6 | 13 students
    61.8 miles
    River Road
    Lincoln, ME 04457
    61.8 NS-6
  • Old Town
    Grades: PK-5 | 44 students
    93.8 miles
    1024 Stillwater Ave
    Old Town, ME 04468
    93.8 PK-5

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The average private school tuition in Maine is $8,130 for elementary schools and $30,239 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Maine is 77% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).