Special Courses

We go beyond the classroom to expand perspectives.
Apart from the rich and varied offerings of our regular academic curriculum, Maine Coast students have the opportunity to extend their learning in new directions through short-term intensive classes, monthly forums, and other special events.

Blacksmithing
We have our own blacksmithing forge on the Freeport campus, at which ninth graders spend a quarter becoming familiar with the craft. A few years ago, a student was inspired to create the video below.

Forums
Each month our students open a new window on the world
through thought-provoking forums on a variety of topics. Past speakers have ranged from artists to string quartets, from Buddhist monks to journalists, from museum directors to community activists. In each case, the speaker provides a glimpse of the world outside the classroom door.

Volunteering
As a community, we give back to the people, places, and organizations that surround us. Each year, students spend several days contributing in one way or another to our greater community. Past community service ventures have included working to clear trails in state parks, serving lunch at urban soup kitchens, organizing and cataloging artifacts at a local museum, and working alongside recent Somali and Sudanese immigrants in community-supported farms.