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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.

Maine Arts Academy 

Public Charter High School

Augusta, ME 04330

Telephone:  (207) 480-7917

Web Site:

CEEB Code: 200009


Heather King: Head of School

Rachel Merrill: Principal

Demographics 2023-2024

43%  free or reduced lunch

0  English Language Learners

20% Special Education

School and Community

Maine Arts Academy is a co-educational public Arts high school providing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and well-rounded arts education. Maine Arts Academy (Population: 225) is a performing- and visual arts-focused, free, public charter school currently serving 80 towns in Maine and is Maine’s only free, public high school for the arts. We strive to nurture the next generation of leaders to become invaluable citizens at the heart of Maine’s cultural, economic, and social well-being.

Life at Maine Arts Academy

Students at Maine Arts Academy will choose an arts pathway after their freshman year. During freshman year, they can take various art courses to help them decide their passions. We have full dance, theater, choral, instrumental, and visual arts departments and are building a film studies department. 

Our students are busy! Because the schedule is built like a college schedule, it allows up to 8 courses daily. Students take Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday courses with an art advisory on Fridays. Maine Arts Academy has four recitals each year. Visual arts students participate in several art shows on campus and in the community. Theater students write, lead and direct their shows, performing a 10-minute play festival and One Acts night each year. Our choral and instrumental students perform at All-State Music Festival, the Kennebec Valley Music Festival, Great East Music Festival, and many other community performances throughout the year. Our dance students focus on technique and composition in the classroom and several performances at MeAA and in the community. 

Our Transcript

Maine Arts Academy uses a two-semester format. First-semester grades are available mid-January, and second-semester grades are available the first week in June. First-semester mid-term grades are available in November, and second-semester midterm grades are available at the beginning of April. Class rank is published by March 30 each school year. Students have a choice between two types of diplomas. A diploma of rigor requires a student to earn 10 fine art credits, 4 English credits, 4 Math credits, three social studies credits, three science credits, two language credits, one physical education credit, and .5 health credits. Grades are weighted. College courses are weighted at 2.0, honors courses are weighted at 1.5, and traditional courses are weighted at 1.0. Students are also able to get a college-ready diploma. 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students can take 12 college credits each year for free through the Explore Early College program.

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