News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 23, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, August 23, 2018
Blue Hill Harbor School- Back to School

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Blue Hill Harbor School


First day: Tuesday, September 4. School hours: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Principal: Katie Frothingham Truesdale; 374-5501,

New Staff

Principal Katie Frothingham Truesdale has spent the last 20 years as an administrator, teacher, and consultant working in public and independent schools. She and her family have returned to the Blue Hill Peninsula after spending the last year in Vermont.


A single bus will bring students to BHHS from drop-off at GSA in the morning and return them in the afternoon. For information, call 359-8053.


Grades: 9-12 Number of students: 25, estimated enrollment.

The Blue Hill Harbor School is an “Approved Private School” under Maine law, and therefore students may attend tuition-free from towns that traditionally offer a choice of high schools. Our educational philosophy is based on every student “making their own path.” Each BHHS student works with advisors to develop a personalized graduation plan, which includes a mix of classes and project work, to meet State of Maine requirements, as well as prepare them for work and higher education. We have three broad paths to graduation: academic; arts; and skills. Each one allows students to delve deeply into their chosen field, providing a balance of rigor and flexibility to encourage achievement and provide room for exploration. We also provide opportunities for students to present their work to one another, provide and accept constructive feedback, and revise and improve their work until it’s the best it can be. Our program was initially inspired by the EdVisions model based out of Henderson, Minnesota, and has since developed a style of its own, incorporating elements of Expeditionary Learning, such as student-engaged assessment and personal learning targets, as well as trademarks of our own, such as our “character & creativity” program based on virtue development and personal expression. We aspire to help students not only meet standards set by others, but to set their own bar high, and surpass it.


Blue Hill Harbor School does not provide meal service.

No School Days

October 5 (11:30 a.m. dismissal) October 9 November 12 November 19-23
December 24-28, 31 January 1
January 15 January 18 February 18-22 March 15 April 15-19 May 27 Last student day: June 14 Graduation: June 15