Providing a rigorous career and college preparatory curriculum and well-rounded arts education to enrich the lives of our students.
Nurturing the next generation of leaders to become invaluable citizens at the heart of Maine's cultural, economic, and social well-being.
Heather King: Head of School
Rachel Roberge: Assistant Head of School
School and Community
Maine Arts Academy, with a current enrollment of 193 students from more than 75 Maine municipalities, was established in 2016 as a free, public charter high school with a focus on arts education. Our school is located in a rural setting on Messalonskee Lake in Sidney, Maine.
Maine Arts Academy’s creative learning model ensures that all students demonstrate proficiency on national academic standards, integrating the student's chosen arts focus with their academic pursuits. Classroom instruction by our highly qualified faculty includes high school quantitative, analysis, and language skills, along with complex reasoning and study habits. Our academic curriculum is taught alongside and often through the arts and is thoughtfully paced and measured to provide students with constructive feedback and mentorship.
Our student outcomes include a progression of learning expectations aligned with the Common Core State Standards, the Maine Learning Results, and the National Core Arts Standards.
Our combination of academic and arts-centered curriculum combined with learning and graduation policies ensure that all students leave our school as highly literate, problem solving, and skilled graduates. During their high school career our students have access to dual enrollment courses, advanced placement courses, honors courses, online courses, job shadowing and community service opportunities, as well as a rich performing and visual arts curriculum. We partner with Thomas College, Colby College, UMaine Augusta, UMaine Fort Kent, UMaine Farmington, UMaine Machias, and Kennebec Valley Community College.
Maine Arts Academy recognizes that all students learn in different ways and at different paces. To that end, we provide multiple opportunities, pathways, and methods of demonstrating learning to help our students meet rigorous expectations. Our goal is to prepare students for success in college, career and citizenship while fostering a lifelong passion for the arts.