Cobscook Community High School Program starts the Year with Record Enrollment

The Cobscook Community High School Program (CCHSP), now in its fifth year, has started this academic year with a record 15 students. The experiential, place based, high school program housed at the Cobscook Community Learning Center is receiving recognition across the county. This year the program has students enrolled from East Machias to Baring and has officially enrolled its first student through a new partnership with Shead High School in Eastport. 

“We are so excited by the program’s growth,” says lead teacher Kara McCrimmon. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students, and we’re thrilled to welcome our largest class ever this year!” 

“It feels great to have such high enrollment this year,” says teacher Michael Giudilli. “Not only is it good for the program’s stability but it has also allowed us to create a really diverse learning community that includes students with vastly different backgrounds and interests.”

The CCHSP just returned last week from its first expedition of the year which took the group to Grand Lake Stream for a canoe trip which was a new location for this annual expedition. The crew began their trip with a visit to Downeast Lakes Land Trust to learn the history of the area and how it came to be protected. After five days of paddling through Pocumcus, Junior, and Sysladobsis Lakes, the group visited with Passamaquoddy tribal historian Donald Soctomah at Indian Township to learn about the tribal history and traditions of the area.

Now the group has returned to its campus in Trescott and started to dive into some of the projects that they will be involved in over the course of the year. These include a study of rockweed as an indicator of seasonal change, raising phytoplankton and larval clams in the classroom, and continued work with the land trust Downeast Coastal Conservancy developing new public access properties and creating web based resources for users. Students have also met with representatives of the Association for World Education, as well as climate researchers Dominic Winski. 

The Cobscook Community High School Program is still accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Interested students, families, and community members are encouraged to call 733-2233 or visit to apply, receive program information, or schedule a visit.