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  • 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 www.thecommunityschool.org.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1973

Student Body

Total Students62 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
14%
State avg.: 10%
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Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size8 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition 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 DirectorValerie Behrens, Residential Program
Admissions AssociateMartha Kempe, Passages Program

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  • Rockport
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    Grades: PK-8 | 79 students
    2.1 miles
    180 Park St
    Rockport, ME 04856
    (207) 236-8021
    2.1 PK-8
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  • Camden
    Grades: PK-3 | 53 students
    3.1 miles
    58 Elm St
    Camden, ME 04843
    (207) 236-2911
    3.1 PK-3
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  • Hope
    Grades: NS-12 | 24 students
    3.1 miles
    142 Main Sreet
    Hope, ME 04847
    (207) 785-4426
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    Riley School
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    Grades: PK-9 | 42 students
    3.6 miles
    73 Warrenton St
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    42
  • Rockland
    Grades: PK-8 | 52 students
    7 miles
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    7 PK-8
    52

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