Founded in 1984, Merriconeag Waldorf School serves some 265 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tea & Play Sessions for Prospective Parents:
Tea & Play Sessions for
Wednesdays, Dec 11, 18
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. Registration is appreciated but drop-ins are welcome. For more info & to register: 207.865.3900, Ext 163 or email@example.com
Early Childhood Parent Evening:
Wed, Dec 11, 7:00 pm.
Tues. Dec 17, 6:30 p.m., Community Hall.
Wed, Dec 18, 5:30 p.m.
Freeport Performing Arts Center
30 Holbrook St., Freeport
Join us for a delightful evening of music. The concert begins at 5:30 and all students in grades 2-12 are expected to arrive no later than 5:15 with all necessary music and instruments. Upon arrival, students should bring their string and wind instruments backstage to the band rehearsal room.
(Students in 5 - 12 dress in black & white. Students in 3 & 4 may wear concert attire in festive colors. Gr 2 students wear their Santa Lucia attire.)
Fri, Dec 20, 11:00 am, Community Hall.
We warmly invite the entire community to join us to witness this simple, yet profound offering which speaks to what it means to be truly human.
Caroling in Downtown Freeport:
Fri, Dec 20, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Gather in front of the L.L. Bean boot at 5:00 pm)
Come spread the holiday cheer and represent the Merriconeag Community in downtown Freeport with an evening of caroling led by our Chorus Teacher, Chris Chasse. Singing books will be provided and you may want to bring head lamps. Be sure to dress warmly. Snow Note: If the weather is inclement, please check the MWS website for a cancellation notice.
Fri, Dec 20: 12:30 Dismissal for Grades 1 - 12
Mon, Dec 23 through Fri, Jan 3 School is closed for winter break.
Classes resume on Jan 6.