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 student at HCA:

1) Learn more about HCA by setting up an in person or virtual Information Session. We can show you around campus, talk about a typical student week and answer any questions you may have.

2) Complete the paper Declaration of Intent to Enroll Form; available by contacting Angie Arndt by email or phone at (207) 833-3229 x 602. This form must be signed and is your official entry and time stamp to the enrollment lottery.



Information sessions are being scheduled per request either in person or virtually.

We encourage all parents & students who are considering HCA to join us for a tour and conversation to learn more about our curriculum, our community and the enrollment process. FMI please contact Angie Arndt at or 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.

Lottery date has passed and there are openings so please apply on line or be in touch with questions.

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.

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 their two completed application forms were received. 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 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 an 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 Deryl Holt, 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.