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.
Designing Schools for Nature Connection & Community Involvement:
Tues, July 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm,
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
$10/person suggested donation.
Join us for an evening of exploration with Matt Bibeau, Co-Director of the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children, into how we can support the transition towards providing children with abundant opportunities to connect and learn with nature.
This event is co-hosted by Merriconeag and The Resilience Hub of Portland Maine.
Circus Smirkus at Merriconeag:
Monday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 & 6:00 pm,
Grade School Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
THE BIG TOP TOUR IS COMING TO TOWN
with our own high school student, Sarah Norden,
as part of the amazing cast!
TICKETS ON SALE AT ROYAL RIVER NATURAL FOODS BEGINNING JUNE 10TH!