Photo Courtesy of Robin Farrin, Coastal Maine Photography
Eastport and Washington County are home to a variety of educational resources for all ages, and can meet the needs of the young child to the older adult.
The city has a number of playgrounds located in different parts of town, including the Suddy Ball Park, where baseball games are played and where younger siblings can play on equipment installed in 2016 as part of a community-wide project to expand the park’s offerings.
The Eastport School System is home to the elementary and high schools perched at one of the highest points on the island and are located in individual buildings separated by High Street. Being a student at Shead High School allows for access to the St. Croix Regional Technical Center, based in Calais, where high school students can learn hands-on skills. In 2016 a team of educators, community members and specialists submitted a proposal to the national XQ: Super School project that created a nation-wide call for applications challenging the public education system to create new high school educational models. Out of thousands of applications from schools with many more resources, Eastport’s proposal made it to the final 50. It is a testament to the passion and commitment of those involved that it made it so far in the process. Families with school-age children are encouraged to read the stories of some of our telecommuters to get a feel for how they are successfully raising their children in the city’s educational system and taking advantage of the wide variety of resources available for the parent willing to be creative and hands-on. Families are also encouraged to contact the superintendent and principal offices to discuss their child’s educational needs.
In addition, Washington Academy, a private high school located in East Machias, and the Cobscook Community Learning Center, located in Trescott, offer additional high school options.
The Tides Institute & Museum of Art, the Eastport Arts Center, the Cobscook Community Learning Center and many more area nonprofits often partner with the Eastport School System and other schools to formally and informally provide additional resources for children.
The Washington County Community College in Calais and the University of Maine at Machias offer continuing education, workshops and degree programs for all ages. Axiom Technologies in Machias has formed an educational nonprofit that provides a wide array of classes and workshops for adults looking to expand their skills sets.