Tel: (207) 236-3000
In 1973 Emanuel Pariser and Dora Lievow founded The Community School, an alternative high school for Maine youth who needed a second chance at earning their high school diplomas.
Each year, sixteen students lived at school while focusing on jobs, academics and life skills.
In 1994, Passages was developed to serve teen parents through a home-based, self-paced high school diploma program.
The Community School grew to serve more than forty students each year.
In 2011, The Community School merged with Opportunity Farm, becoming Wayfinder Schools.
We now serve up to 65 students per year, through our home-based high school program.
Over the years, we`ve become a state- and nationally-recognized model of alternative education that has helped hundreds of Maine teens realize their goal of earning their high school diplomas. Using social justice, strength-based and relational strategies, we reengage youth who are over-age and under-credited and at risk of not earning their high school diploma. We work hard to create a learning environment that`s warm, safe, accepting, and challenging.
Our curriculum is tailored to individual student needs and is immediately relevant and practical to everyday life.
|School Type||Alternative School|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Other school association(s)|
|Grades Offered||Grades 9-12|
|Total Students||62 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 10%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||10 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||6:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|Average Class Size||8 students|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition for the Passages Program for teen parents is free.|
|Admissions Director||Erica Gates, Director of Passages|
|Admissions Associate||Martha Kempe, Head of Schools|
- Wayfinder Schools' Passages Program serves students in eight Maine counties (Knox, Lincoln, Waldo, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, York, Cumberland and Washington) who are facing challenges that keep them from attending traditional high school. We serve young parents and other Maine youth ages 14-20 who are seeking an alternative path to high school completion.
- 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 visiting our website at www.wayfinderschools.org/admissions
Profile last updated:
Nearby Private Schools
The nearest high school to Wayfinder Schools is South Hope Christian School (3.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school and preschool is Ashwood Waldorf School (2.1 miles away)
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Camden Grades: PK-3 | 53 students
58 Elm St
Camden, ME 04843
(207) 236-2911 3.1 PK-3
- Hope Grades: NS-12 | 24 students
142 Main Sreet
Hope, ME 04847
(207) 785-4426 3.1 NS-12
- Rockport Grades: PK-9 | 42 students
73 Warrenton St
Rockport, ME 04856
(207) 596-6405 3.6 PK-9
- Rockland Grades: PK-8 | 85 students
1 Waldo Avenue
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 596-6460 7 PK-8
Sending your child to a single-sex school is one of several options you have when it comes to private schools.
Each state sets its own teacher certification requirements. While many private schools do not require you to be certified, it is in your best interests to obtain certification. This article includes contact information for state education offices so you can begin the process.
Marketing the small private school can be done affordably and effectively. We suggest five easy steps to make that happen.