Wayfinder Schools

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 Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded2011

Student Body

Total Students62 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 10%
Students by Grade Wayfinder Schools Student By Grade

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 Notes Tuition for the Passages Program for teen parents is free.
Admissions DirectorErica Gates, Director of Passages
Admissions AssociateMartha Kempe, Head of Schools

School Notes

  • 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

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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)
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  • Rockport
    Ashwood Waldorf School
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    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-8 | 79 students
    2.1 miles
    180 Park St
    Rockport, ME 04856
    (207) 236-8021
    2.1 PK-8
  • Camden
    Grades: PK-3 | 53 students
    3.1 miles
    58 Elm St
    Camden, ME 04843
    (207) 236-2911
    3.1 PK-3
  • Hope
    Grades: NS-12 | 24 students
    3.1 miles
    142 Main Sreet
    Hope, ME 04847
    (207) 785-4426
    3.1 NS-12
  • Rockport
    Riley School
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    Alternative School
    Grades: PK-9 | 42 students
    3.6 miles
    73 Warrenton St
    Rockport, ME 04856
    (207) 596-6405
    3.6 PK-9
  • Rockland
    Grades: PK-8 | 85 students
    7 miles
    1 Waldo Avenue
    Rockland, ME 04841
    (207) 596-6460
    7 PK-8

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