“Our image of the child is rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent and, most of all, connected to adults and other children.”

—Loris Malaguzzi

Dear interested families,

Ten years have passed since we were officially approved by the Charter Commission to become one of Maine’s first Public Charter Schools. It has been a fun, rewarding and growth filled year! With 134 children from 15 districts, we are quickly defining who we are, our passion and vision for the future.

What is most important for you to know about us is that we are a community of learners. Our approach is unique – inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. If your child thrives in a fluidly scheduled environment where students learn from each other, then Fiddlehead School of Arts & Sciences is the right fit!

We believe it is more important for students to be curious, know how to pose questions, and have the skills to pursue the answers to their questions, than it is for them to have memorized information. We want our students to be able to do more than recall facts; we want them to be able to evaluate, apply, and analyze information – utilizing and developing critical thinking skills. We see a successful student as one who can think independently, solve problems and work collaboratively.

A cornerstone of our program is the teaching of executive function skills that are crucial for student success. This includes helping students to be organized, regulated, and able to focus even without rigid external structures. In addition, we see social and emotional learning as critical curriculum. We work with children to build their social and emotional intelligences, as well as to encourage a growth mindset in all of our students.

It is a pleasure to be part of such an amazing and thriving school! If our school looks like a good fit for your child, please call our office for any additional questions.

All my best,
Jacinda Cotton-Castro
Executive Director

Our 2024–2025 Lottery has been re-opened for new applications to Grades 3, 4, & 5.

First time families without an existing Lotterease account click HERE to create your account and register.

Families with an existing Lotterease account click HERE to login and register.


Disclaimer for Parents:
Please be advised that if you falsify any information during registration or enrollment, your child’s application will be null and void, and admittance will be revoked. Any applications found to be falsified will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist.
Info about Lotterease:
Parents, please be advised we will be using a third-party system, Lotterease, to run our enrollment lottery for transparency and fairness. Since Lotterease is an independent system, the school staff do not have the ability to manipulate or adjust the lottery outcome. In addition, all activity that takes place with your application is tracked in a history log that you can view at any time by logging into the parent portal.