Maine Ocean School set to open Sept. 4

School readies for maiden voyage
Aug 31, 2018

Searsport — Maine Ocean School will welcome its first class of 12 students in grades nine through 11 on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The marine-oriented public magnet high school has been approved by the Maine Department of Education and is partnering with Penobscot Marine Museum, where administration, office staff and volunteers have offices in Duncan House.

The school also will have access to Hamilton Marine’s Learning Center waterfront areas for hands-on instruction, said Capt. Monet Brazier, social media coordinator and member of the Maine Ocean School Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Classroom space is being made available through Regional School Unit 20. Additional classrooms will be in Duncan House and other Penobscot Marine Museum campus buildings. First-year students are all from Maine.

Maine Ocean School was established through legislation sponsored by state Rep. James Gillway, R-Searsport.

The program is the first of its kind in the state and will offer specialized tracks in marine science, transportation, engineering and management, according to a press release from the school.

The mission of Maine Ocean School is to provide a theme-based high school education focused on Maine’s maritime connection, with an emphasis on leadership, work ethic and the transferable skills associated with careers involving the ocean, according to its website.

Students interested in pursuing a marine-based career after high school are encouraged to apply for admission online at

Maine Ocean School has received support from such community partners as Maine Maritime Academy, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center and School of Marine Sciences, Cianbro, DiveQuest Exploration, Downeast Maritime and Friends of Sears Island, as well as from many others.

Charitable contributions can be made through the school website at

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