The Bay School is walking distance to the sweet little village of Blue Hill in Downeast Maine, home to a hill so high we call it a mountain, and numerous inlets that shape our craggy coastline. This inspired natural backdrop for our school holds offerings and exploration too many to count.
Nestled within all this beauty is The Bay School. Here you will find a 70-acre campus, most of it undeveloped with an abundance of wildlife.
There are nine school buildings, one can hold over 300 people, another a handful of students, and still others offer teaching spaces for groups of 25. We love our Math House, our yurt dedicated to our educational support program, our forge hut, and the library building devoted to getting lost in books. Our Early Childhood Center, built in the last decade, is both tender and rugged; separate yet part of our community of older children. Our outdoor Classroom includes a wood fired oven designed and built by a 7th/8th Grade class and their teacher as part of their geometry class, not to mention the various impermanent shelters imagined and built by small groups of children during especially productive recess times.
The school has a soccer field, an outdoor basketball court, and pretty pathways between buildings, all of which are surrounded by extensive woods and fields. There are gardens and still more gardens; right now, you’ll find 88 saplings in the tree nursery, 95 rows of spinach in the greenhouse, 65 planted native trees and shrubs, and nine very happy chickens. The defining feature of our school’s landscape is children, just about 100 of them, who stand as a school, as a class, as friends, and as individuals.