The New School



The New School believes that home schooling is an excellent way for many young people to learn. We offer a variety of services to assist home schoolers with their education.

Home schooled students are welcome to take courses at The New School to augment their home school work, or to interact with other students. They may take as many courses in the Community Learning time (3:30 to 5:00) and up to 2 courses during the core day (9:00 a.m. to 3:30).

Senior Seminar: This is an advisory time when seniors prepare for college or the world of work, prepare to meet graduation requirements, develop their portfolios, and generally prepare for their next steps in life in the company of their peers and their advisor.
All learning done outside the school is evaluated for quality and assigned appropriate credit for transcripts.

rocks Undergraduate Credential Management: Home schoolers and their families consult with a certified teacher/advisor to apply credit to their learning and organize that credit into a transcript that is acceptable to colleges and the world of work. Credential Management includes 2 yearly interviews where the student's learning plan is reviewed and suggestions given for improvement. Work in progress is reviewed and completed work is evaluated for credit.
Credit is not given lightly at The New School. Home schooled students must present ample evidence of accomplishment and progress and a log of time spent in any area of study they wish to have certified for credit. The New School uses Maine Learning Results standards as a guide. Work done with and/or certified by a state of Maine certified teacher or another approved high school is automatically accepted as credit.

Graduation Year Credential Management: This final year of home high school is much like the Undergraduate Credential Management, except there are 4 interviews and much closer contact between the student and his/her family and The New School advisor. Since home schoolers must meet state standards and credits to receive a diploma, this is a critical year. Home schoolers sometimes opt to join the Senior Seminar in order to take advantage of a broader range of services and be with peers.

Diplomas are awarded when the 24 credits required by The New School are met, with satisfactory evidence of accomplishment. The state of Maine requires 18 1/2 credit hours for graduation, but to receive a Home School Diploma for The New School, 24 credit hours are required.

What does The New School Accept as Credit?

We see a wide variety of learning approaches as worthy of credit:

  • Home school curriculum approved by a mentor teacher.
  • Apprenticeships with narratives by student and mentor.
  • Work study experiences with narratives by student or mentor.
  • CLEP tests (tests given at colleges to exempt students from basic college courses)
  • Travel with narratives and documentation by the student.
  • Course work at colleges, high schools or adult education.
  • Independent studies with evidence and/or demonstration.
  • Work with regional institutions such as Wells Reserve, a local library, town government, etc... Such work would include narratives by the student and a mentor.
  • Other inventive means of excellent learning presented to us by students for our evaluation.

Home School Support Fees:

Courses -For high school students the cost per hour is $11.00

For 8th Graders the cost is $5.50

Senior Seminar - 3 hours per week (in a group) - $11 per hour
Transcript Preparation only -  $80
Tutoring - $30 per hour

Undergraduate Credential Management -
$200 per year
-1 consultation for planning
-2 consultations to review learning completed and in progress
-Transcript preparation

Graduation Year Credential Management - $300 per year
-4 consultations for planning and to review completed learning
-Annual review, with transcript ready for advanced study

Diploma Fee -


The New School - 38 York St, Kennebunk ME 04043 * (207) 985-3745 * FAX (207) 985-4837 * EMAIL