Thank you for your interest in Harpswell Coastal Academy. HCA is a public charter school and is free to all Maine students. We serve Grades 5-8 at our Harpswell campus and Grades 9-12 at our Brunswick Landing campus. There are no admissions requirements, but we do have limited space available.



There are three easy steps to becoming a new student at HCA:


1 – Fill out the HCA Information Form, found online HERE. This form allows us to get to know more about you and connect you with meaningful information.


2 – Join us for an Information Session and/or visit day to learn more about our curriculum, our community and the enrollment process. Meet HCA faculty, current parents, and other families who are considering sending their children to HCA!  More details on scheduled Information Sessions can be found below.


3 – Complete the online Intent to Enroll Form for the 2021-2022 academic year, available online HERE or by contacting Angie Arndt. This form must be signed and is your official entry into the enrollment lottery.


Both forms (HCA Information Form and Intent to Enroll Form) must be completed and submitted to HCA by 4:00 pm THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021.


You may use the online versions of these two forms, or contact Angie Arndt by email or by phone at (207) 833-3229 x 602 to receive a paper copy. Paper copies must also be returned no later than 4:00 pm THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021 and can be either dropped off, emailed as an attachment or mailed to HCA Enrollment, 9 Ash Point Road, Harpswell, ME  04079.


If there are more students seeking admission than available slots, a lottery drawing will be conducted on FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021. 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. For more information about our lottery guidelines, please see below. 




We are in our open enrollment period for the 2021-22 school year. Students currently enrolled are guaranteed a spot for the coming year. Parents must sign the re-enrollment form found here: Re Enrollment Form 2021-22 and return it to HCA by Thursday, March 18, 2021 to hold their child’s spot for the coming year.


Siblings of currently enrolled students are also guaranteed a spot for the coming year (assuming one is available in the grade requested). Please complete the two required forms and return them to HCA by Thursday, March 18, 2021 to enroll a sibling. 



Virtual Information sessions will take place at the following times:

Division 1 – January 26th & February 25th at 7:00 PM

Division 2/3 – January 28th & February 23rd at 7:00 PM

We encourage all parents & students who are considering HCA to join us for a virtual tour and conversation to learn more about our curriculum, our community and the enrollment process. FMI or sign up for an Info session please contact Angie Arndt by email or call 207-833-3229, ext. 602.



If HCA is free to all Maine students and there are no admission requirements, why is there a lottery and how does it work?

HCA is designed to be deliberately small so we can focus on meeting each student where they are in their learning. To accomplish this, our charter limits the number of students who can be enrolled in any one grade. Every January and February, we re-enroll existing students and determine how many spaces are available at each grade level for new students. If we receive more applicants than there are spots available, admission will be based on a lottery.

The lottery will be held on Friday, March 26th at 10:00 am.

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 5th grade, applicants are drawn randomly until all available spaces for each grade level are filled. Any applicants not accepted will be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are drawn.

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 waiting 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 waiting list in the order that they were drawn. If an opening occurs in a given grade, students on the waitlist will be contacted in order.

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 forms are received.


FAQs for Prospective Students and Parents

Is transportation offered for HCA students?

HCA has four school bus routes covering a wide range of communities. Students looking to use HCA transportation can get on a bus at a hub stop in Harpswell, Brunswick, Topsham, Bath, Bowdoinham, Bowdoin, Durham, Lisbon and Lewiston.


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.


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 Susan Prince, Special Education Director, to learn more.


What are the Academic Expectations @ HCA?

HCA is a Standards-Based school, meaning students progress by producing work that demonstrates mastery of individual standards. This means that students who either don’t complete work or turn in work that doesn’t yet demonstrate mastery will not progress.  We expect our students to be active participants in their education, and we hold them to high standards.