Thank you for your interest in HCA!

HCA is a public charter school and is free to its students. Public funding follows each student from the home school district. All Maine students entering grades 6, 7, 9 & 10 are eligible to attend HCA in 2014-15. HCA will serve grades 6-11 beginning in 2015-2016 and will serve students in grades 6-12 beginning in 2016-2017.

The lottery for the 2014-2015 school year was conducted on March 17, 2014. There is a waiting list for some grades, and may still be spaces available for others. To put your child on the waitlist now, parents must complete and submit the Declaration of Intent to Enroll form. 

Declaration of intent to Enroll Form

Students who are offered a spot at HCA (whether through the lottery, from the waitlist, or otherwise) will have fourteen days to secure their space by submitting a signed Commitment to Enroll form. After fourteen days, if HCA has not received the Commitment to Enroll form, the spot will be released to the next prospective student on the wait list.

Please feel free to contact us at info@harpswellcoastalacademy.org or at (207) 833-3229 with any questions.

Visit Our School

The best way to get to know about our school is to come and visit.  Prospective students and parents are welcome to join us for an upcoming event to talk to current students, faculty, parents and administrators.

Spring Symposium

Thursday, March 20, 1:00-3:00 or 6:00-7:30pm
Join us for a celebration of learning where students will present their work from the second trimester of school.

Lottery Guidelines:

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.

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

Drawing: 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 waitlist.

Enrollment limits by district: Per state law, there is a limit to the number of students HCA can enroll from each grade level from each School Administrative Unit. The law reads as follows:

E. For a school administrative unit with an enrollment of more than 500 students, a public charter school, unless authorized by a school administrative unit, may not enroll more than 10% of a school administrative unit’s noncharter public school students per grade level in each of the first 3 years of the public charter school’s operation. [2011, c. 414, §5 (NEW).]

For the 2014-2015 school year, we have reached this limit with our 6th and 7th grade classes from SAD 75. In order for a spot to open for an SAD 75 Division 1 student, a student from SAD75 in that division would have to withdraw.

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

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

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 waitlist in the order that their completed Intent to Enroll form is received.


FAQ for Prospective Parents & Students

What if my child is not in 6th , 7th,  9th or 10th grade?

Our current plans are to enroll a new class of  6th and 9th graders. We anticipate limited openings in 7th and 10th grades as well. If your child is not entering one of these grades, please send an email to enrollment@harpswellcoastalacademy.org with information about your child. At times, our approach allows us to enroll students who are not traditionally in one of the grades currently offered.

Will 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.

Is transportation offered for HCA students?

HCA provides transportation for students residing in the MSAD75 and the Brunswick districts. Students who live outside those two districts can ride the HCA bus from Brunswick to Harpswell and back.

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.

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 4:00 Monday-Friday.  For students participating in sports or other activities in their home district, they will leave in time for practice/games. In our first years, HCA will offer a 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.

 

School Year Calendar 
2013 – ­2014