By Riley School | Mar 07, 2014
Photo by: Independent Schools Association of Mid-Coast Maine

Finding the right school for a child can often be a difficult and time consuming process. With a variety of choices and too little time to gather the necessary information, it can sometimes be a challenge to find the right program to fit your child’s needs. With this in mind, the local Independent Schools Association of Midcoast Maine will host its Annual Open House event on Saturday, April 5th, where the nine participating schools will hold joint open houses at the same time, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in an effort to make this process more convenient for parents.


Each of the participating schools offers something unique for each of their students. While they differ in their teaching philosophies and serve different age groups, the schools work cooperatively to provide a wide range of options and environments for families with children from preschool to high school age. Families are encouraged to take advantage of this Open House and explore each of the schools in order to choose the method and environment that best suits their individual child.


The nine schools participating in this year’s Annual ISAMM Open House include:


  • Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool (serving children ages 18 months to 5 years); contact: Sessa Salas, (207) 236-4225 sessa@peopleplacecoop.org, www.peopleplacecoop.org
  • Children’s House Montessori School (serving children ages 18 months to 9 years); contact: Kristin Sidwell, (207) 236-2911 58 Elm Street, Camden, 236-2911, http://camdenmontessori.org, staff@camdenmontessori.org
  • Ashwood Waldorf School (offering parent/child classes and serving children from preschool through 8th grade); contact: Jody Spanglet, (207) 236-8021 jspanglet@ashwoodwaldorf.org,  www.ashwoodwaldorf.org
  • Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten and LifeWays Center (Morning and Full Day Programs for 3-6 year olds) contact: Susan Silverio (207) 992-7312 silverio@tidewater.net, www.spindlewoodmaine.com
  • Riley School (serving children ages 4-14 years); contact: Rebecca Clapp, (207) 596-6405 director@rileyschool.com
  • Stepping With The Stones (serving preschool children ages 3-5 years);

contact: Jerry Stone, (207) 236-4600 jerry48stone@gmail.com

  • Seton School (serving special needs children in grades K-8); contact: David Heath, (207) 236-3319  dheath@gwi.net, www.setonschoolmaine.org
  • Watershed School (an independent high school); contact: Will Galloway, (207) 230-7341



  • Wayfinder Schools (A residential program with locations in Camden and New Gloucester offering an alternative high school experience through social responsibility and restorative justice practices); contact:

While September may seem quite far away right now, most of the independent schools are already taking applications. And since available spaces fill up fast, this is the perfect opportunity to see some great schools, get some great information, and find the right fit for your child today.


The Independent Schools Association of Midcoast Maine was started in Maine in 1985 under the name of the Independent School’s Association for Young Children ( ISA) and is unique in the state of Maine as a support system providing the option of independent schools for all families and supporting them in the active search for the right educational environment for their children. The mission of the organization is to ensure that access to choices exists and that parents are aware of them, and that these choices foster the self-esteem of each child and allow him/her to fulfill their unique place in the world. The ISA emphasizes the importance for young children to have a curriculum that actively engages them in the exploration of the world around them, allowing them to develop a self-motivated interest in learning, make their own connections and discoveries, and develop independent creative thinking and reasoning skills.


For more information about the ISAMM Open House, please contact any of the participating schools directly.

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