Lower School

Grades EC-5
The Lower School faculty work to create an educational environment that emphasizes the acquisition of academic, social, and physical skills by encouraging inquiry, imagination, active participation, and the development of self-confidence in its students.

Middle School

Grades 6-8
Waynflete offers students in the middle school a lively, varied, and rigorous academic program that engages student intellect and imagination.

Upper School

Grades 9-12
Upper School students are encouraged to risk raising their hands and taking a position–even when others think they are wrong. Promoting positive risk-taking helps students develop courage, competency, resiliency, and grit.

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Average tenure of full-time Waynflete faculty: 20 years

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Books checked out of the library last year: 8,400

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Communities represented by Waynflete families: 48

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Average student/teacher ratio: 12:1

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Waynflete students have the second-highest SAT scores in Maine.
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Since 1898, Waynflete has been home to parents seeking an extraordinary education for their children.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why doesn't Waynflete offer Advanced Placement classes?
In keeping with its mission of depth of inquiry, Waynflete offers college-level electives rather than Advanced Placement courses to grade 11 and 12 students. However, students in many of our elective classes in the Upper School do prepare for and do well on Advanced Placement exams. Waynflete also offers grade 9 and 10 students a choice of intensive courses in English and the Sciences.
Is community service required at Waynflete?
Yes, all Waynflete students participate in service projects. Students in our Lower School learn about stewardship in Early Childhood and continue to focus on community projects throughout their elementary years. In Middle and Upper School, advising groups develop community service projects on which they work throughout the school year. In addition, several days are set aside during the year for community service work.
What foreign languages are taught at Waynflete?
Lower School students begin studying Spanish in Early Childhood, and continue their study of the language and cultures through grade 5. Starting in grade 6 all students begin Latin. We believe a year of Latin prepares students for a rigorous study of English as well as the Romance languages, and ties in well with the grade 6 study of Greece and Rome. Following grade 6, students embark in a study of French, Spanish, Latin, or Chinese.
What sort of transportation is available?
Students come from approximately 50 towns in Southern and Coastal Maine, and bus transportation is available in many of these communities. For specific information about routes and rates, please contact the Admission Office at 207.774.5721, ext. 1224.
What is the length of the school day?
Students begin arriving to Waynflete at 8:00 a.m., and the academic day begins at 8:15 a.m. Classes in the Lower and Middle Schools run until 3:25 p.m. The Upper School schedule rotates on a daily basis; classes end at 2:00 p.m., after which students participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. Wednesdays are half days at Waynflete, with classes ending at 12:10 for every grade. Afterschool programs are available every day, beginning at school dismissal and running until 6:00 p.m.
Does my child have to take a standardized test to enter?
We do not require a standardized admissions test. Our admissions process looks closely at "the whole child"—his or her academic, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual development. We use observation, interviews, and in-depth recommendations to achieve this. We do not believe that a standardized test is an adequate measure of whether a child will thrive at Waynflete.
What if my child enters in a "non-entry-level" year?
We have students enter the community in non-entry level grades each year with great success. There are a number of programs to support children new to the community at every grade. For example, all students are assigned an advisor upon entry to the School. Advisors serve as the main contact for families, and also develop strong relationships with their advisees. Advisors not only work closely with the student throughout the school year, but also pay close attention to students as they enter the School to ensure a good transition. Various orientation programs and welcoming events also occur in the fall to welcome new students and orient them to Waynflete.
What should my child bring when visiting for the day?
Lunch is provided for visitors spending a full day on campus. Lower School visitors should plan to bring clothing appropriate for outdoor play, as students participate in recess in all kinds of weather. Lower School visitors should also bring a mid-morning snack, a pair of sneakers for physical education class, and a silent reading book. Middle and Upper School visitors may also wish to bring a book in case of any quiet time in classes they are visiting. Sneakers are also encouraged in case students visit a physical education class. Please note that Waynflete does not have a student dress code, so students are welcome to dress comfortably.
When should I begin the application process?
Parent and student visits for applicants to Middle and Upper School begin in mid-October, and commence on November 1 for applicants to the Lower School. We recommend that you wait to distribute recommendation forms and transcript/progress report requests to your child's current school until after the first marking period to allow teachers to get to know their students. Families interested in learning about Waynflete should contact the Admission Office at 207.774.5721, ext. 1224 to schedule a visit.
At what grade level are there openings?
Students enter the Waynflete community at every grade level, and are encouraged to apply for any grade. The grades expand in Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Grade 4, Grade 6, and Grade 9.