Community Partnership Opportunities

Plenty of research shows how important it is for young people to have reliable relationships with adults they respect and admire.  We use our small size, unique school calendar and the wide and varied experiences of our community to make sure each child is supported to the greatest possible degree. This is not a one-size fits all approach, but incorporates the kinds of structures that work:

Mentoring relationships: Connecting students with adults who can provide guidance, support and friendship.

Internships: Older high school students at HCA are expected to engage in an internship with an organization, company, artist or entrepreneur in a field of interest. This is an important opportunity to gain real life experience in a professional field.

Investigation Partners: HCA’s curriculum is designed around long term projects designed to investigate a problem or issue relevant to our students and our community. We have worked with a variety of Community Partners in designing these investigations over the years. For example:

  • Students worked with the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust to address issues related to invasive species at the Curtis Farm Preserve;
  • Students worked with state entomologists to monitor and address the winter moth population in Harpswell;
  • Students worked with the Holbrook Community Foundation to record oral histories of the members in the community.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Partner, please send an email to our Director of Teaching & Learning, Micah Depper: