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The Penn.

The Penn Program offers an alternative education model for middle and high school students that is grounded in place

and founded on community.

The Penn celebrates the individual while recognizing their role in a larger community ecosystem with the goal of helping the local community, the global community, and the natural world. 

In addition to a core curriculum, The Penn offers project-based learning and student-guided learning. We aim to create a holistic educational environment that focuses on:


  • Fostering social/emotional growth

  • Contributing to the community

  • Gaining local ecological knowledge

  • Preparing for work and meaning in life/ finding individual purpose

  • Becoming active thinkers and doers 

  • Striving toward a better understanding of ourselves and the world

  • Challenging ourselves with the goal of individual and collective growth

Watch the documentary.

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Non-Discrimination Statement:


It shall be the policy of the Board of Trustees and the school not to discriminate in admissions and hiring practices in violation of the law. The Penn shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or age in either the hiring and other employment practices of the school or in its admission policies for students. Further, the The Penn shall be open to all students in its authorized geographic area on a space available basis and shall not discriminate in its admission policies or practices. The Penn shall conduct all of its activities in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal anti-discrimination laws, as well as in accordance with all other laws and regulations applicable to the operation of private schools in the States of Maine and Vermont. 

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