The New School is the sister school of School Around Us (SAU), a K-8 independent school that was founded in Arundel, ME in 1970. The schools’ founders were heavily influenced by American educational philosopher John Dewey, who inspired the Progressive Schools of the 1930’s and 1940’s. He believed that schools should be holistic institutions that attend to the mind, body and spirit of young people, and give them the tools to be active, informed citizens of a democracy. This was in stark contrast to the prevailing idea that the primary purpose of schools was to train students to enter the work force and contribute to the capitalistic economic system.
“I believe that education which does not occur through forms of life, forms that are worth living for their own sake, is always a poor substitute for the genuine reality and tends to cramp and to deaden.” John Dewey
Over time, the desire grew among School Around Us parents and the greater community to extend the benefits of holistic education to high school students. After several years of study, planning, and fundraising, The New School opened its doors in 2000. Together, the two schools offer a K-12 continuum of holistic education that is unique in Maine.
The New School is a democratic high school that empowers students to reach for the best in themselves, love learning, and become responsible stewards of our world.
TNS accomplishes this mission by: