Thank you for your interest in HCA. HCA is a public charter school and is free to its students. HCA serves students in grades 6-12; there are no admissions requirements, but we do have limited space available, and admission is decided based on an annual lottery. Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year: Our lottery will be held on Friday, March 30. To enter, please follow the steps below by Thursday, March 22.

Step 2

Download, complete and sign the Declaration of Intent to Enroll form.

Send this form to:

Enrollment, Harpswell Coastal Academy, 9 Ash Point Road, Harpswell, ME 04079

Form must be received by HCA by Thursday, March 22 at 4pm. 

Step 3

We invite you to attend an information session at HCA! While not required, attending will provide a great opportunity to learn about our programs before you decide if it will be a good fit for your child.


Please click here for more information about the sessions. 

Step 4

If there are more students seeking admission than available slots, a lottery drawing will be conducted on FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018. Students who are drawn above the number needed for each class will be placed on a waiting list in the order they are drawn. If a student who gets a spot in the lottery chooses not to enroll, that spot will be offered to the lowest-numbered remaining student from the waiting list.

Families will be notified of lottery results by email on March 30th, and by US Mail at the same time.

If you are notified that we have a spot for your child, you will then have 14 days to file your Commitment to Enroll at HCA. Once the school receives this form, your spot at HCA will be secure. You have the option to choose to relinquish your spot at any time.

FAQs for Prospective Students and Parents

Is transportation offered for HCA students?
HCA provides transportation for students residing in the MSAD75 and the Brunswick districts. Students looking to travel from other districts can get on an HCA bus at a hub stop in Brunswick, Topsham, Bowdoinham or Harpswell. When possible, HCA has also provided transportation from Bath and Durham.

Does HCA offer interscholastic sports?
All HCA students participate in our Wellness program, which provides opportunities for daily physical activity.  HCA students can also play interscholastic sports in their district of residence. HCA may in the future have intramural programs, especially water-based activities such as sailing and kayaking.

Does HCA accommodate students with special needs?
Yes. There are no limits of any kind on the students HCA serves. Once enrolled, HCA will work with parents to develop or adapt Individualized Education Programs for our students as needed and required by law. As parents of special needs children know, the spectrum of services a child receives can vary greatly. HCA has certified special educators on staff, and has contracted relationships with local providers for additional special education services. Our small size makes it both necessary and possible to make specific staffing and service decisions when we find out exactly who our students are and what services they require. For more information, please contact Deryl Holt, Special Ed Director, to learn more.

Lottery Guidelines

If HCA receives more applicants than available slots, a lottery will be held in the spring to determine enrollment. All lottery guidelines are set by state charter law.

Siblings and children of staff:

All siblings of admitted students will be placed prior to holding a lottery. HCA shall also give enrollment preference to children of the school’s full-time employees, as long as they constitute no more than 10% of the school’s total student population.


All names of remaining students who have submitted intent to enroll forms will enter the lottery.


Beginning with 6th grade, as each name is drawn, the student will be admitted or placed on the waiting list.

Siblings of admitted students:

When a student is admitted, their siblings’ names are automatically drawn. If there is space, the siblings are admitted as well. If not, they will be placed on the wait-list.

Admitted students:

Parents of accepted students will attend an orientation and receive enrollment paperwork. Admittance remains in effect until the student graduates or transfers.

Wait-listed students:

If there is no longer space available, the student will be placed on the wait-list in the order that his or her name was drawn. If an opening occurs in a given grade, students on the wait-list will be contacted according to their order on the wait list.

Students who apply to HCA after the lottery date:

These students will be conditionally admitted only if space is available. If space is not available, they will be placed on the wait list in the order that their completed Intent to Enroll form is received.