MEAA Profile


Maine Arts Academy

11 Goldenrod
Sidney, ME 04330

Heather King: Principal


Maine Arts Academy (MEAA) aims to transform students' lives and contribute to the cultural capital of Maine by providing a high quality, comprehensive, college preparatory academic and arts education in an inclusive, nurturing, and culturally rich environment for high school students.

MEAA will be dedicated to academic excellence, commitment to the performing arts, leadership, integrity, and a virtuous code of conduct, all of which prepare students to meet the demands of a contemporary world through thoughtful attention to curriculum, culture, and civic responsibilities.

School and Community ​

Maine Arts Academy (Population: 205) is a performing and visual arts-focused free, public charter high school currently serving 63 towns in Maine. We are located in a rural setting on Messalonskee Lake and share a campus with New England Music Camp, having an 84 year history. A special thank you to John Wiggin, the founding member of the school.

Academic Program

Maine Arts Academy's creative learning model ensures that all learners demonstrate proficiency on national standards for academics with an integration of arts. Content knowledge, complex reasoning, habits of work are taught through the arts and are thoughtfully measured to provide students with feedback about who they are as learners, artists and contributing members of society.

Our learner outcomes include a progression of learning expectations aligned with the Common Core State Standards, the Maine Learning Results and the National Core Arts Standards. Since 2016, Maine Arts Academy has been working at transforming its innovative educational system to better meet the individual needs of all Maine Learners. This is designed to intrinsically motivate and challenge all students through the arts.

Our arts-centered curriculum combined with learning and graduation policies ensure that all students leave highly literate and as problem solving skilled graduates. During their high school career at MEAA, students have access to dual enrollment courses, advanced placement courses, honors courses, online courses, job shadow and community service opportunities as well as a rich performing and visual arts curriculum. We partner with Thomas College, Colby College, UMaine Augusta, UMaine Fort Kent, UMaine Farmington, UMaine Machias, and Kennebec Valley Community College.

Maine Arts Academy qualified staff works hard to help students meet rigorous expectations by offering multiple pathways and methods of demonstrating learning.

We recognize that all students learn in different ways and times and we provide multiple opportunities for learners. Our system is focused on supporting creativity in the arts along with a rigorous traditional setting.

Our goal is to prepare students for success in college, career and citizenship while fostering a lifelong passion for the arts.