Maine Academy of Natural Sciences

At Good Will-Hinckley

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EXCITING NEWS:  MeANS still has a few openings for the 2017-2018 school year. Complete an Intent to Enroll  form today!

Any questions?  Want to schedule a visit? Feel free to contact:

Lisa Sandy, Director of Admissions
(207) 238-4034 or

Campus Tours

Tours of our beautiful campus are available year-round by appointment. Tours include visits to the school and a cottage, as well as introductions to faculty, staff and students. 

Please contact Lisa Sandy, Director of Admission at (207) 238-4034 or by e-mail at

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend?

MeANS is a good fit for high school students who have a strong interest in a natural sciences curriculum, hands-on, project-based learning, and an individualized, relationship- based learning environment. 

What is a typical school day at MeANS?

Most days at MeANS begin with a 20 minute advisory period in which all students work with their advisors to complete work, plan out the week, set goals, etc. Four 50 minute periods follow for science, math, and the humanities until lunch.  After lunch, students participate in a 50 minute activity period that extends for an hour after the school day ends for those who choose to stay.  In addition, all students and staff meet in a large school meeting on Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons.

What are examples of the MeANS individual and group projects?

Examples of a few group projects include growing, harvesting, marketing and selling herbs grown in the aquaponics greenhouse, and building an ice shack.

Students in Dylan Englar’s freshman and sophomore humanities classes recently spent some time studying the historical and artistic importance of Maine artist Bernard Langlais, best known for his wooden sculptures.  Students then visited an exhibit honoring Mr. Langlais at the Colby Museum of Art followed by a hands-on intensive project where the students were asked to create an original sculpture using wood, as inspired by the aesthetics or methods of the Langlais works they observed at the museum.

Is on-campus housing available?

Dorm cottages staffed by experienced Campus Living Advisors are available.  Each cottage houses approximately eight students.  Students are involved in maintaining the cleanliness of the cottage in which they reside.  Campus Living Advisors provide coaching in a specific curriculum of independent living skills.  Boarding students also participate in planned on and off-campus recreational and educational activities.  An interview is required for acceptance to the Campus Life program.

Is transportation offered to MeANS students?

MeANS provides transportation for students within a 30 mile radius of the school. 

Does MeANS offer interscholastic sports?

MeANS does not offer interscholastic sports at this time; however, students are eligible to try out for/play interscholastic sports in their district of residence.

Can MeANS students attend classes at KVCC?

Yes!  MeANS students have the opportunity to take college-level courses through KVCC – on one of their two campuses, or in a dual-enrollment course right at MeANS.  This gives MeANS students an introduction to college life and access to college-level courses, including the state’s only Associate Degree in Agricultural Sciences.  

Maine Academy of Natural Sciences | PO Box 159 |13 Easler Rd. | Hinckley, Maine 04944 | 207-238-4000 |