Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (MeANS)

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The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (MeANS) is the first public charter high school in Maine.

Located on the sprawling Good Will-Hinckley campus, MeANS introduces students to careers in farming, forestry, sustainability, alternative energy, and other related fields. Students gain knowledge and skills through hands-on projects, internships, targeted courses, and real-world experiences such as growing food on campus for the cafeteria and residences.

Founded in 2012, MeANS diploma and courses are standards based. Class sizes are small, and students develop strong relationships with their teachers. The school’s values are respect, responsibility, and community; all of which contribute to a truly positive learning environment. MeANS students become engaged, self-directed learners. They develop habits that lead to taking responsibility for their own actions, as well as for the welfare of other students, their community, and their environment.

As a public Maine charter school, MeANS is free to its students. However, there is an application process that includes the following steps:

  • complete the online Interest Form
  • schedule an interview by calling 207-238-4100
  • complete enrollment paperwork after a spot is awarded

Good Will-Hinckley offers boarding for interested students. Interviews with the Directors of Admission and Campus Life determine eligibility.

To learn more about MeANS, admissions and boarding, visit