“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 lottery is closed for 2022/2023. Please check back starting February 1, 2023, for enrollment information for the 2023/2024 school year.


Join us for Open House
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m.

No pre-registration required

Children are welcome to attend


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