The New School
5.00 (7 reviews)
Small, seminar-style classes at TNS 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.
TNS offers ample opportunities for hands-on learning. These math students are honing their skills with a carpentry project.
Learning at TNS 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 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 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 TNS. This group of students traveled to Puerto Rico to plant native shrubs in an area that had been deforested.
Most students at TNS 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|
State avg.: 9%
|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||Current Tuition listed on website. Some towns offer tuition through school choice.|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Admissions Director||Crystal Hamlin|
- The New School is a small independent high school where students take charge of their education. Students learn to use their voice and become engaged citizens through our teacher-led, democratic model. 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.
Nearby Private Schools
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- KennebunkGrades: PK-1 | 41 students
35 Heath Rd
Kennebunk, ME 04043
- WellsGrades: 9-12 | 8 students
2700 Post Rd
Wells, ME 04090
- KennebunkportGrades: K-8 | 27 students
281 Log Cabin Rd.
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
- BiddefordGrades: K-6 | 51 students
551 Alfred Rd
Biddeford, ME 04005
- BiddefordGrades: PK-8 | 173 students
25 Graham Street
Biddeford, ME 04005
My son, Nick, 17, is a student at The New School. The word I would use describe the kids there is "content." They all love the school. It's the combination of incredible teachers, a safe environment where there is no bullying or cliques, small classes where each students gets individualized attention, and lots of adventure and fun times. NIck is not a typically academic learner and we were worried that he would flounder and be miserable in high school. Thanks to this school he is gaining confidence, maturing and really figuring out who he is. We don't worry about him anymore, we know that by the time he graduates he''ll have a sense of direction and the skills to succeed at whatever he does. We feel incredibly lucky to have found this school.
- Posted by Parent - lasul
The New School has been a godsend to our family. Our son was miserable as a freshman at the well-regarded public high school in our town. He felt he didn't fit into the fast-paced sports and academic scene. Every day he moaned that he didn't want to go to school. After a few weeks at The New School, he felt at home in the cozy, casual, welcoming environment. One day he had to miss school at TNS because he was sick. For the first time in his academic career, he was upset because he had to miss class. He was a recluse for years. At TNS, he's come out of his shell.
- Posted by Parent - brodd
The New School has provided two of my children an amazing adventure in learning. They have entirely different learning styles and interests, yet both are thriving in this democratic school that is teaching them to honor their selves and their community. The core faculty and incredible community teachers provide a wide range of skills and allow for a student driven curriculum including critical thinking courses like philosophy, women's studies, and public policy. Additionally, the students have access to music, art, photography, yoga, outdoor leadership, sailing, and much more!
- Posted by Parent - zedcr
The New School is a perfect fit for our daughter. The New School has rigorous academics and fully integrates hands on learning. For example learning marine navigation with the school's sail boat was fully integrated in traditional class studies. As a sophomore our daughter is in her 2nd internship which she loves. The internship allows her to pursue her passions, learn valuable technical skills, learn workplace responsibilities and have fun. The New School is a great community of students, teachers and local community involvement.
- Posted by Parent - gwood
The New School has been wonderful for my son. He is a motivated learner and sets strong goals for himself. The school has allowed him to reach his full potential by treating him with respect and caring about him as an individual. I love how he has the ability to take any concerns directly to his teachers. They listen and help him find solutions. He has develop leadership skills that will aide him for the rest of his life. He knows how to get a long with a diverse group of people, as the students are expected to learn to work with one another. I cannot recommend The New School enough. It is unlike any other school I know. The students learn to participate in a Democracy, what better prep is that for their future.
- Posted by Parent - xande
I have been an educator since 1963 and this school is the best place I have ever taught. There is excitement, creativity, challenge and just plain fun here. Students really like being here. I have been delighted that in the last 15 years every student but one has gotten into their first choice college and many have been accepted at all the schools to which they applied. Having the students recognized for their strong self direction, their social and environmental awareness and their ability to work cooperatively takes them far. Being a democratic school is pretty significant as it has taught them to negotiate, take both initiative and responsibility and problem solve.
- Posted by Teacher - maryl
The New School is a school that fosters the individual and allows each student to have a voice in their education. It is a democratic school where high school students learn to be active participants in their education and the community beyond their school. It is a place where teenagers are allowed to be who they are.
- Posted by Parent - xande
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