At A Glance

  • Year Established: 1883
  • Location: South China, ME
  • Type of School: Private HS. CO-ED
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  • Grades: 9-12
  • Total Enrollment: 570
  • Average Class Size: 14
  • International Students: 20
  • ESL Program: Yes
  • AP Classes: 20
  • Honors Classes: 12
  • Accreditation: NEASC
  • Admission: TOEFL iBT or Interview


Erskine Academy is an independent secondary school dedicated to providing all students a high quality education. Through an extensive academic program, rich and meaningful experiences, and a caring school community, the Academy develops a firm foundation in scholarship, leadership, stewardship, and relationships.

Maine's second largest independent high school, Erskine has a remarkable track record of placement in the nation's highly selective colleges and universities. Located just outside Maine's capital city of Augusta, Erskine Academy serves over 570 domestic and international students. Located close to Maine's coast, lakes, and mountains, Erskine Academy offers ample opportunities for recreation and life adventures beyond the classroom.


INSTRUCTION - Students are actively engaged in learning. With a 9:1 student to teacher ratio students at Erskine Academy have personalized instruction designed for their individual learning needs taught by the highest qualified instructors who are committed to student success. Formalized International Learning Plans are designed for every student to ensure academic success and competitive college entry.

CURRICULUM - With 20 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses available at Erskine Academy, students are able to excel academically and qualify for admittance to the most competitive colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world. In 2015, 243 AP tests were administered to Erskine Academy students. Beyond advanced college courses, Erskine Academy's diversified curriculum provides proficiency in the critical areas of languages, robotics, economics, and mathematics.

ASSESSMENT - Through a purposeful curriculum resulting in a 100% college acceptance rate for our international students, Erskine Academy's curriculum has earned Washington Post's designation of being among "America's Most Challenging High Schools".


Graduation Requirements: 

English 4, Math 3, Science 3, Social Studies 3, Fine Arts 1, PE 1, Sophomore Selections, Junior Judgment, Health

Honors Courses

Writing & Literature, World Literature, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish, Integrated Science, Lab Biology, Lab Chemistry, Lab Physics, Global Studies

AP Courses

Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Language Composition, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French Language and Culture, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, US Government and Politics, US History, World History.

Fine&Performing Arts

Art, Advanced Art, AP Studio Art, Clay Concentration, Photoshop, Digital Animation, Filmmaking-Production, Digital Video Production, Painting, Visual Journaling, Advanced Drawing, Watercolor Painting, Art History, Wheel Throwing, Zentangles, Street Art/Mural Painting, Audio Sounds Artist, Architectural Drafting, Custom Wood Production, Screen Printing, Band, Chorus, Jazz Combo, Music Lab, Percussion Explosion, Intro to Drama, Advanced Drama, Classic Films-History and Critique, Creative Writing, Creative Non-Fiction Writing, Speech and Debate, Interior Design


Golf, Baseball, Basketball, Track, Cross Country, Tennis, Soccer, Softball

Activities and Clubs

AFS, Destination Imagination, EA Leadership Team, FOR Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Gay/Straight/Transgender Alliance, Hope Club, Math Team, Model State Legislature, Peer Tutors, Pep Band, Physics Club, Project Graduation, Prom Committee, Ski Club, Speech Team, Student Council, TGIF Club, Theatre Club, TLC, Yearbook, Youth in Government (Clubs may be subject to change based on annual participation)

Where Our Graduates Go

Bentley College, Boston College, Brandeis University, Clark University, Maine College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art, Mass. College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Rhode Island School of Design, Syracuse University, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and more