News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 22, 2019
Blue Hill Harbor School - Back to School

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First day: Tuesday, September 3. School hours: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Head of School: Katie Truesdale; 57 South St., P.O. Box 1629, Blue Hill, 04614; 374-5501,;

Grades: 9-12
Number of students: 32, estimated.

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 many 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.

The Blue Hill Harbor School does not provide meal service.

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

No-school days
October 14-15
November 25-29
December 23-27, 30-31
January 1-3
January 20
January 30
February 17-21
April 8
April 20-24
May 25
Graduation: June 13
Last student day: June 16