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. For information about enrollment for the 2017-18 school year, please see below.
Print and complete the Declaration of Intent to Enroll and mail or email it to:
Carrie Branson, Associate Head of School
Harpswell Coastal Academy
9 Ash Point Road
Harpswell, ME 04079
The school must receive this document by 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in order for you to be eligible to participate in a lottery to determine who may enroll.
Soon after the regular application period ends on March 23rd, you’ll be notified either that you have the right to enroll or that you’ll be part of a lottery to determine who has the right to enroll.
IF A LOTTERY IS NECESSARY, it will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017.
At the time of the lottery, the order of the waitlist will be determined for students who did not receive a spot.
Please note: All siblings of current students will be admitted prior to a lottery. HCA also gives enrollment preference to children of the school’s full-time employees, board members, and founders, as long as they constitute no more than 10% of the school’s total student population.
If you are notified that you have the right to enroll, 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 always have the option to choose to relinquish your spot at any time.
Any student applying after the lottery in March will be placed on the wait list according to timestamp.
FAQs for Prospective Students and Parents
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. If you are the parent of a student with special needs and intend to enter your son or daughter in the admissions lottery, feel free to email Deryl Holt, Special Ed Director to learn more.
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 should be in touch with HCA for additional information.
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.
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.
Parents of accepted students will attend an orientation and receive enrollment paperwork. Admittance remains in effect until the student graduates or transfers.
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.