AUGUSTA, Maine — An application from the Maine Academy of Natural Science in Hinckley has won the approval of the state’s charter school commission.
The commission’s vote Friday will make the academy the first public charter school in Maine’s history.
The new charter school will provide innovative education to at-risk but motivated students by combining traditional academic content with agriculture and forestry as primary themes. The program will take place on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley and continue the school’s century-old tradition to serve underachieving students. In its first year, the academy hopes to meet the needs of about 40 students.
On Monday, the charter school commission is to decide whether to approve an application by the Baxter Academy of Technology and Science in Portland to become a charter school.