Founded in 1984, Merriconeag Waldorf School serves some 240 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 also accredited by that organization.
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 foster in our students a sense of wonder, meaning, and compassion in their lives, 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 child’s unfolding individuality. To this end, we strive to educate the whole human being through a balance of will-strengthening, artistic and intellectual pursuits.
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:
original Wabanaki meaning (place of careful 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.
G 12 to Hermit Island for Marine Biology:
Sun, Sept 14 - Fri, Sept 15. Merriconeag seniors join seniors from other eastern seaboard Waldorf schools for a week of Marine Biology at beautiful Hermit Island.
Tues, Sept 16, 6:15 pm
G 2, 5, & 6 Parent Evenings:
Wed, Sept 17, 7:00 pm.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Sept 18, MS XC race at Gull Crest Field in Cape Elizabeth. Cape hosts Merriconeag, Greely, Jordan Small (Raymond), and Waynflete. Boys run at 4 pm, girls at 4:30. Come on out and cheer for our middle school teams!
HS XC Race :
Fri, Sept 19. HS XC race at Freeport. Freeport hosts Merriconeag, Poland and York. Boys race at 4:30, girls at 5. We hope to see you there!
Class Photo Day:
Tues, Sept 23. (Rain date: Wed, Sept 24)
G 7 Parent Evening:
Tues, Sept 23, 7:00 pm - Grade 7 Parent Evening.
The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood:
Wed, Oct 8, 7 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Donation at the door.
Dr. Susan Linn, Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood & Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will discuss the commercialization of childhood and ways to protect our children.