School Year Calendar
2013 – 2014
THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013.Click Here To View
Enrollment and Lottery
HCA is a public school open to ANY student residing in the state of Maine. There are no admissions requirements, but we do have limited space-30 6th graders and 30 9th graders for the 2013-14 academic year. Parents must complete and submit the online Declaration Of Intent to Enroll form. .Enrollment Form
FAQ for Prospective Parents and Students
What if my child is not in 6th or 9th grade?
Our current plans are to enroll only 6th and 9th graders. However, it would be beneficial for us to know what the demand is for students in other grades. If you have a student entering a grade other than 6th or 9th and would consider HCA for that child, please email us info@harpswellcoastalacademy. We will enter this information into a database that will allow us to update you as we move along.
Will HCA accommodate students with special needs?
Yes. There are no limits of any kind on the students HCA can and will serve, and HCA is looking forward to developing or adapting Individualized Education Programs for our students. As parents of special needs children know, the spectrum of services a child receives can vary greatly. HCA will have at least one certified special educator on staff our first year, and will also have contracted relationships with local providers for other 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 John D’Anieri to learn more.
What will HCA’s school year be like?
In general, HCA’s schedule will follow the school year schedule of MSAD 75, including vacation and school cancellation. HCA will also offer a selection of opt-in summer experiences and Saturday classes designed to keep our students engaged, healthy, and productive.
What will HCA’s school day be like?
HCA’s school day is built on the opposite of the “one size fits all” philosophy. Our school day has several kinds of flexibility built in, but ALL students must meet the Maine minimum requirements of 175 days of instruction. HCA will be open from 8:00 am until 6:00 Monday-Thursday and 8:00 am until 4:00 pm on Friday. Students will arrive at 8:30 am when the school bus arrives, but will leave depending on what and where their afterschool activities are. For students participating in sports or other activities in their home district, they will leave in time for practice/games. In our first year, HCA will offer a VERY limited number of clubs and activities, as well as academic support and tutoring. A late bus and/or parent carpools will ensure that all students can take advantage of our longer school day.