Raffle to Raise The Yurt

In 2017 we were generously donated a Yurt as an additional teaching space for our kids and the community. In order to get the Yurt up we need to raise $6,000. We are offer a $20 raffle from now until Monday, October 2, when the winner will be announced live on our Facebook Page. The winner of the raffle will receive a photo session (Commercial or Portrait- winner's choice) with Tess Johnson (value of over $400).

If you are not familiar with the concept of Yurt, you can read all about how amazing they are for learning here.

The benefits of outdoor learning are invaluable to children and a yurt can provide a beautiful circular space to stimulate creativity and enthusiasm. Our hope is that we will be able to utilize this space as a benefit to the greater community as well. 


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The School Around Us and Summer Camp Open House June 3 from 10 AM to 12 PM


Join us on June 3, 2017  and explore our exciting options for a full and enriching Summer Camp experience for your child. We have a fun and exciting list of programs for children ages 4 - 14 from Simply Summer Camp to Outpost Camp!

Considering Holistic Education for your child? We'll provide tours and information on the upcoming 2017-2018 school year and answer any questions you have about enrollment.

Everyone is welcome to come and explore what The School Around Us has to offer! We'll provide healthy snacks, games, and fun arts and crafts. Bring the family and enjoy!

For questions on enrollment you can email Mary, our Enrollment Coordinator at admissions@schoolaroundus.org

We are located at 281 Log Cabin Road Arundel Maine 04046

Homeschool Enrichment Workshop Rhythm and Song of the African New World May 10

Homeschool Enrichment Workshop Rhythm and Song of the African New World May 10

Please join us for another wonderful School Around Us Music Enrichment Day!

This music program utilizes rhythm and song in a manner that brings together music, literature, social studies, and team building. Participants will be ushered through an introduction to conga drumsshekerseagogo bells, improvisational and spontaneous engagement. The older students will also examine cultural context and how the intersection of the African and European arts in the Western Hemisphere impacts today's society.

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SAU Theater Production of Trixie, the Teen Detective and the Mystery of Gravestead Manor

Play season is upon us, one of our favorite times of the year!  School Around Us students and teachers are immersed in a theater unit for 6 weeks every spring.  Children actively gain skills in literacy, collaboration, confidence, self-esteem, creative expression, time management, communication, commitment, and so much more!  

Please visit schoolaroundus.brownpapertickets.com for more details and to make your reservation for the School Around Us Production of Trixie, the Teen Detective and the Mystery of Gravestead Manor.  

We have three performances planned April 13-15.  We also have a new venue for the shows this year at The New School located at 38 York Street Route 1 in Kennebunk.

Trixie is written by Cynthia Mercati and presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Community Quilt

Come by the Kennebunk Free Library and check out our quilt on display! The students and teachers at School Around Us, along with community teachers, Marylyn Wentworth and Deb Eaton, recently completed this lovely quilt. The students learned about the history of quilting including it’s functional beginnings, the kinship and connections created by the makers, how quilts supported social and political issues, and finally, how quilts became a form of artistry and expression rather than a duty performed by women.



Dear Community

Dear Beloved Community,

School Around Us has been providing holistic education in Southern Maine for 46 years. This is not by accident! Families continue to seek out alternatives in education.

My family found SAU after a major life change two years ago moving from New Jersey to Maine. Our first priority was to find a school for our two young boys, one that valued a hands-on immersive experience over test outcomes. We looked all over the state to find a place where we felt a connection. One of the most special aspects that was offered at SAU was a sense of community. Being new to the area, away from friends and family, a sense of community was a welcomed invitation.

You are a part of our community and we welcome you. SAU is now organized, not just as a parent run school, but as a community school. With your donation of $10 or more, you are a stakeholder in the School Around Us. Please join us with a contribution to our year-end appeal. Every dollar counts and donating online has never been easier to do!

With appreciation,

Ali Quincannon
Parent of Trey (9) and Shane (6)

P.S.  For up-to-date information on our programs and what we're up to, like and follow School Around Us on Facebook.


"Teachers who promote reflective classrooms ensure that students are fully engaged in the process of making meaning. They organize instruction so that students are the producers, not just the consumers, of knowledge. To best guide children in the habits of reflection, these teachers approach their role as that of 'facilitator of meaning making.' " -Arthur Costa & Bena Kallick


Our teachers at SAU incorporate reflection time into their classrooms to teach students strategies to derive rich meaning from their experiences. To jumpstart a recent reflection our students brainstormed their experiences with SAU this fall!