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Number of Students

400 (18% international)

SAT Average




Washington Academy

Private Boarding School – East Machias , Maine

Founded in 1792, Washington Academy is a co-educational boarding and day school for grades 9 through 12. Located in down east Maine, an area famous for its natural beauty and pristine harbors, we are only two miles from the Atlantic Ocean and 30 minutes to Canada.

We offer a choice of three suggested enrollment patterns: Academic, College Preparatory, Career Technology, and Vocational. With AP classes in the major disciplines, honors classes, ESL, fine arts, computer courses, and instruction for students with specific learning disabilities, there is something for everyone. A student to teacher ratio of 13:1 means that faculty members get to know each student by name. Unique to Washington Academy is the Coastal Ecology Program, providing students with real world experiences in research and problem solving and the Marine Vocational Technology Program, which provides courses in boat building and handling, maintenance, repair, and restoration. Over fifty extracurricular activities ranging from 19 interscholastic sports, drama, communications, music, academics, and special interest clubs are offered. Boarding students can choose between staying in our well appointed dormitories or live in a host home experiencing life with an American Family.

Academic and Sport Facilities
Campus is comprised of 9 buildings situated on 65 acres. The main building or hub is where most of the students are on a daily basis, this is where they start their day in their advisor classes as well as eat breakfast and lunch attending 70 percent of their classes here. Students may travel throughout the day to one of our other six buildings attending classes such as C.N.A classes in our Albee Richardson Building, or a boat building class in the Boat Shop, or the Gymnasium/music building. Across the street from the main building is the original school founded in 1792, here students can visit the nurse and attend language classes. There are 3 dormitories, the largest of which is brand new housing our boys and the other two are colonial homes that are home to our female students.

We have a gymnasium, where students participate in Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling and Cheerleading to mention a few sporting events we hold in this facility. Our campus has fields that are used to play softball, baseball, soccer, and football.

Dormitories and Student Residences
Washington Academy currently has three dormitories for boarding students. The girls' dorm, Cates House, has room for 32 students. There are two boys' dorms: The Larson House is home to 12 students and the Talbot Dorm houses 48. All of the dorms at WA are bright, comfortable, and kept tidy by a professional staff. Each dorm has wireless internet. Dorm parents live in the dorms, providing 24-hour supervision and support. All the dorm parents are also teachers, so students have the chance to get to know them in and out of the classroom. Additional residential staff take students shopping, to the doctor if needed, and provide a listening ear.

All students eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the school cafeteria. Family-style meals can be prepared in each dorm's kitchen. The dorms also have lounge areas, storage, and laundry rooms.

The small town of East Machias is located about four hours north of Portland.

Area population: 1,400
Town website: Town of East Machias

Starting Dates
Admission is rolling and the school accepts applications all year round until placement requirements have been met.

Estimated Start Date: Early September
Estimated End Date: Mid-June

Special Programs:
  • Early University- Earn university/college credits by taking full college courses at WA and at the local university located just 2 miles from WA.
  • Short Term Study Abroad- Any time of year, any length of stay.
  • Summer Academic Term- 4 credits over 6 weeks.

Other Services Offered:

  • Academic progress reports
  • Airport transfer service
  • Assistance in acquiring books and material
  • Help with holiday accommodation
  • Help with travels during holidays
  • Orientation upon arrival

School Facts

Year Founded


Student Population


Number of Students

400 (18% international)



Teacher/Student Ratio


Average Class Size


ESL Programs


IB Programs


Offer Diploma


School Uniform


Campus Size

75 Acres

Religious Affiliation


SAT Average


Foreign Languages

  • Chinese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Acceptance Rate


  • Dance
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

AP Courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • European History
  • Latin
  • Music Theory
  • Physics
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • A Cappella
  • Chess
  • Drama
  • Environmental
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Homecoming
  • Jazz Band
  • Math
  • National Honor Society
  • Prom Committee
  • Science
  • Ski
  • Student Council
  • Sustainability
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society
  • Young Christians Club

School Location

School Descripition

Drexel University, Brandeis University, International Academy of Design & Technology, Dartmouth College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Florida A&M University, Michigan State University, Purdue University, Middlebury University, Syracuse University, South Carolina University, Simmons University, Carleton University, Westminster College, University Of Texas at Austin, Bates College, Byrn Mawr College, Colby College, Wheaton College, Pennsylvania State University, Franklin Pierce University, Vassar College, Rutgers University, Boston College, Mt. Holyoke College

University Acceptance Rate:

SAT Breakdown:

Section Average
Verbal 600
Writing 584
Total: 1805

Closest International and Local Airports: Bangor International Airport (BGR)
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Washington Academy

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