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
Sidney, ME 04330
Telephone: (207) 618-8908
CEEB Code: 200009
Heather King: Head of School
Rachel Roberge: Assistant Head of School
Demographics: Class of 2020-2021
39% free or reduced lunch
0 English Language Learners
14% 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: 205) 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. The District is located in a rural setting on Messalonskee Lake on the Snow Pond Center for the Arts campus. 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 major after their freshman year. During freshman year, they are able to take a variety of arts 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 10 courses along with a required study hall each day. Students take Monday/Wednesday courses and Tuesday/Thursday courses with an arts and academic practice period on Fridays. Maine Arts Academy has 4 recitals each year. Visual arts students participate in several art shows in restaurants in the community. Theater students, write, lead and direct their own 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 and Great East Music Festival along with many other community performances throughout the year. Our dance students work toward the competition team and perform several times throughout the year.
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 in 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 arts credits, 4 English credits, 4 Math credits, 4 social studies credits, 4 science credits and 1.5 wellness and physical activity. 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. 11th and 12th grade students are able to take 12 college credits each year for free through the University of Maine, Kennebec Valley Community College or Colby College (if Colby deems the course attendance has room.)