Founded in 1984, Merriconeag Waldorf School serves some 250 students in early childhood through high school. The school’s main location is in Freeport, a town on the southern coast of Maine. Merriconeag’s high school is a short distance away, in the town of New Gloucester. The region served by the school is known for its beautiful and varied natural environment and its rich cultural life.
As a Waldorf school, the curriculum is based on research into child development conducted by Austrian educator and philosopher, Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925). Fundamental to Waldorf education is the recognition that each human being is a unique individual who passes through distinct life stages and that it is the responsibility of education to address the intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each developmental stage.
A Waldorf student learns about the world through an experience of the hands and the heart, as well as the mind. Subjects are presented imaginatively to engage the wholehearted participation of the students and to cultivate a real inner enthusiasm for learning. The educational environment is designed with care and infused with beauty. To foster compassionate people who value learning for its own sake, Waldorf education deemphasizes grades and exams, assessing student progress through individualized written appraisals and frequent parent-teacher conferences.
While independent, Merriconeag is part of a worldwide Waldorf school movement that encompasses more than 1,000 schools and 1,600 early childhood programs on five continents. Merriconeag is a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and is accredited by that organization. The school is also accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
The name “Merriconeag” (MER-e-con-EEG) comes from an Abenaki word for “a place of easy portage or passage.” Freeport is located on Casco Bay, which has a Merriconeag Sound and a Merriconeag Neck, so the name has regional as well as poetic significance.
The school seeks to develop a diverse community and welcomes families of all ethnic, social, economic and religious backgrounds.
The mission of Merriconeag Waldorf School is to awaken the highest potential
in every student by fostering clarity of thought, warmth of heart, and strength of
resolve to make a difference in the world.
wonder, meaning, and compassion, so that they may freely meet their
destinies. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s educational insights, we teach
according to a developmental curriculum that honors each student’s
unfolding individuality. To this end, we strive to educate the whole human
being through a balance of will-strengthening, artistic, and intellectual
Our aim is to preserve in our students a spiritual openness that will
enable them to develop creative, independent thinking, an abiding love
of learning, and a deep sense of responsibility toward the world. In pursuit
of our mission, we are guided by the following intentions:
in the hope that Merriconeag will serve as a center of cultural renewal.
time, our stewardship will inspire others to live in harmony with the
increasingly worthy of its original Wabanaki meaning:
place of safe portage.
For more information on Merriconeag and the application process, please contact our Admissions Office at 207-865-3900, ext. 103 or email email@example.com.
April Break - No School:
Mon, April 20 through Fri, April 24.
School is closed for April Break.
HS Parent Evening:
Wed, April 29, 7:00 p.m.
Living Thinking Talk by Michael D'Aleo:
Fri, May 1, 7:00 pm, Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Living Thinking: The Foundation for Flexible, Creative, and Innovative Minds. A public talk by Michael D'Aleo sponsored by the Foundation Studies Program. Donations gratefull received at the door. Learn more at link below.
Merriconeag Poetry Festival:
Sun, May 3, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport. Free admission. Featuring noted poet, Jeffrey Harrison as Festival Judge and student poet finalists from the following high schools: Cape Elizabeth, Catherine McAuley, Deering, Falmouth, Gorham, Hyde, Merriconeag Waldorf, Morse, Waynflete, and Yarmouth.
G 2, 4, 5 & 6 Parent Evenings:
Tues, May 5, 7:00 pm.
Senior Project Presentations:
Thurs, May 7, 6:30 pm. Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Tea & Play Session:
Fri, May 8, 9 - 10 am.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Prospective parents: Bring your child, share
a cup of tea with us and learn more about our
programs for young children. Storytime at 9:30.
For more info & to register: 207.865.3900,
Ext 163 or
May Celebration and Medieval Faire:
Saturday, May, 10 am - 1 pm.
57 Desert Rd, Freeport