The New School — An Adventure in High School Education



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The New School Kennebunk Maine

Welcome to The New School

The New School (TNS) is a small independent high school where students take charge of their education. This process builds confident, self-directed learners and a solid foundation for college and careers. Students who thrive at The New School are often unusually creative, enjoy active, hands-on learning and are their best selves in a supportive community that encourages exploration. Creative, integrated courses, independent studies with mentors, apprenticeships, and partnerships with established community organizations all yield rich learning when matched to students’ talents and passions.
TNS offers a unique combination of rigorous academic standards, innovation, flexibility and a sense of adventure. To learn more about TNS please explore the stories and photos on this website, send us an inquiry or schedule a visit, anytime!

I gained curiosity, self-advocacy, and an integrated approach to learning.

Alan Rounds

Alan Rounds

Class of 2008
"I thought I may share how things have been going since my graduation from The New School. I graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Economics at the University of Maine. I enjoyed the honor's program there tremendously and made the Dean's List my first semester.
In retrospect, I was very fortunate to have such caring faculty during my high school career to foster my academic abilities. Now that I have graduated from college, I can say with confidence that The New School was an integral element in my acquisition of the traits and skills that I now utilize. These include but are not limited to curiosity, self-advocacy, and an integrated approach to learning."

TNS prepared me for traveling, volunteering and living in different parts of the world.

Elena Kaye-Schiess

Elena Kaye-Schiess

Class of 2007
"I had the most amazing time in Costa Rica. There were about 40 kids studying wtih me, each of whom all have amazing and diverse stories of traveling and volunteering and living in different parts of the world. I lived with a host mom, brother, and sister, who were all quiet, but incredibly sweet. The New School prepared me so incredibly well for this program, more than any public school ever could have.
I am confident in starting independent studies my first semester, when many other students haven't had the opportunity to explore what they are passionate about during high school, and therefore aren't sure of what they want to focus on when entering college. Thank you so much for guiding me throughout high school, and helping me be so well prepared for the "world out there." *Elena is currently going to graduate school in China.

As a teacher at the New School, I was pushed to be the best teacher.

Tim Hereid

Tim Hereid

Former Social Studies Teacher at TNS
"I cannot put into words what the New School meant to me when I was teaching there and what it still means to me today. The school is a place where students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members make decisions together, work together, learn together and succeed and fail together. And all are better for it.
As a teacher at the New School, I was pushed to be the best teacher, mentor and guide to students that I could be. The school believes in continuing professional development and it dedicates time to this practice every week. While teachers often feel isolated in other schools, the New School is an example of the power of teacher collaboration. I was given the opportunity to teach to my strengths and encouraged to strengthen my weaknesses and use the world as my classroom. There has been no other experience in my life that has taught me more. Many of my students said the same thing. This school must not only thrive as it is now, but it must grow. There are far more students that can benefit from it than the school can possibly serve.
Through my time and experience at the New School I became a better teacher, a more compassionate human being, a more curious learner and an advocate for democratic education. For anyone who doubts the power of this local institution, I challenge you to go and spend a day there. Talk to students. Attend an All-School Meeting. Go out into the community with a class of young scientists, explore the pages of great literature with emerging writers, watch as budding photographers capture the world in often profound ways. Ask the school's teachers why they came to teach there and why they stay. Ask parents what the school has done for their child. If you do this, you will see the power of this amazing little school and the promise it holds for the future of education, not only in Kennebunk, or in Maine, but everywhere."

Lynne Somers (2001) graduated with an MBA from Bentley University with a Business Ethics & Marketing degree.  She bought a house in So. Portland and is currently working at LL Bean as a senior analyst in the gift card field.

Dr. Greer Tison (2002) After finishing grad school at the University of Glasgow, Greer is a Veterinarian-Intern at VCA South Shore (Weymouth, MA) Animal Hospital.

Sara Frost  (2002) is the owner of Bubble and Flame Soap and Candle Company (  Check out her incredibly aromatic and beautiful lip balms, soaps lotions and scrubs - they are truly unique and all are handmade in small batches.

Elizabeth Brockway -  ‘03 is well on her way to earning a B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. In addition to attending USM she has been working as a nanny for 5 children!

Jeremy Tudisco (2004) is a videogame programmer with Rockstar Games. He recently returned from a trip to Berlin, Edinburgh, and Switzerland, working at his company's Scottish office. Apparently those leadership and holistic problem solving skills he picked up at TNS are quite indispensable!

Krista Gagne (2004) is another successful entrepreneur, and owner of Maine Homestead ( She makes delicious preserves, relishes, salsas and other condiments.  Her habanero jelly is delectable with cream cheese on crackers!

Alisha Langerman and Even O’Day Senior (2005) own Meadowfall Farm in Parsonsfield.  Alisha and Evan are experts in wild foraged foods found in local meadows, forests, bogs and beaches. They also cultivate heirloom fruits and vegetables on a small amount of acreage with intensive planting. To learn more about Meadowfall Farm, visit their website:

Ryan Wilson and Gina Simmons (2006) are the proud owners of Common Wealth Poultry Co. in Whitefield., ME. They currently raise and slaughter 10,000 ducks, geese, & chickens per year.

Marion Davis (2006) works at a company doing analytical chemistry testing. They have a food and microbiology lab where they do compliance/regulatory testing for food manufacturers and start ups.

Tom Kittredge (2007) – a board member of TNS, is living in Portland and working as an Enrollment Coordinator at CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange.  They’re an NGO that arranges study abroad, work abroad and teach abroad opportunities.

Elena Kaye-Schiess  (2007) received a full scholarship as a Master's Candidate in the China Studies Program at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou China.  She is doing research on village-level implications of China’s rural land-use policies and development strategies. Check out her blog at:

Lindsey Cook Riccitelli  (2007) is an Outreach/Prevention Specialist at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, NH.

Caleb Viano (2008) After studying mechanical engineering at the University of Montana, Caleb started Viano Moto where he designs and builds motorcycles in Belgrade, Montana.

Alan Rounds (2008) - after graduating from University of ME, Orono, with a degree in Economics, Alan now lives and works in Belfast, ME and is currently a revenue analyst at Athena health -  which performs cloud-based medical billing for various practices around the country.

Nate Duquette (2009) graduated from UMaine, Orono - receiving a degree in exercise science and kinesiology, on the path to become a strength and conditioning coach.

Chase Stevens – (2010) is at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK. He was accepted to the university’s Honors Master’s Degree program for Philosophy & Linguistics and is studying Cognitive Science, as well. During the summer he is an Undergraduate Software Engineer at Skyscanner, a flight, hotel and car rental price comparison site.

Nick Schmid (2010) is enjoying his sophomore year at the NH Institute of Art in Manchester, where he is studying illustration.

Sara Wilson (2011)  has been chosen to set up a sound map of the Bennington College campus and arrange a spatial music festival for the spring. She is in the process of planning her senior concert for next year, which will be called "Coheartedly: How to Write a Love Song",  which is about the synergy of love songs.
Zeb Viano (2011) is studying music at Berklee College. He’s scoring & transcribing 5 instruments for a song and is also taking a Django Reinhardt lab.