Waynflete School

360 Spring St, Portland, ME 04102

Founders Agnes Lowell and Caroline Crisfield, who came to Portland from the Ogontz School in Philadelphia, PA, and served Waynflete until 1924, named the school after 15th-century British statesman and educator William Waynflete. Rapid early growth prompted Lowell and Crisfield to relocate the campus to the former Horace Dudley estate, situated in the city’s residential West End. In addition to its urban campus, Waynflete maintains a 35-acre site along the Fore River for athletics and outdoor education. Students enroll from approximately 50 Greater Portland communities. The lower school comprises four multi-age groups: early childhood (ages 3 and 4), kindergarten and grade 1, grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 and 5. As the program progresses, children assume additional responsibility and gain more independence. During the middle school years (grades 6-8), students build upon the skills they began developing in the lower school. Special programs provide enrichment, and competitive athletics and cocurricular activities supplement academics. In the upper school, the rigorous college preparatory curriculum combines instruction in the traditional subject areas with electives, survey courses, interdisciplinary courses and seminar. Visual and performing arts offerings are noteworthy, and an applied arts program incorporates the musical resources of Greater Portland. All boys and girls engage in one athletic program per season, in either a competitive sport or an alternative area such as yoga or weight training. Community service, in the form of service days and projects, is an integral part of the program at all grade levels; in addition, juniors and seniors perform 25 hours of compulsory volunteer work in the community annually. Upper schoolers participate in a fall outdoor program in wilderness areas of northern New England, and juniors may pursue off-campus study opportunities through the Chewonki Semester School or the CITYterm program.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 3)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address360 Spring St, Portland, ME 04102
Year Established1898
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorGeoffrey K. Wagg
Applications DueFebruary
Total Enrollment568
Day Students568
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