Ironwood Maine Academic Program

Individualized Academics Produce Results

The Ironwood Maine academic program, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Maine Department of Education, focuses on students’ individual needs. The curriculum is customized for each student and attention is always personalized. The teaching faculty utilizes a variety of college preparatory curricula and most of Ironwood’s curriculum is designed for distance learning settings, which allows for smooth transitions throughout the calendar year. Some Ironwood students opt to dual enroll in a distance learning college course, allowing for an opportunity to earn college credit.

When a student arrives at Ironwood Maine, they are introduced to a new learning structure supported with familiar objectives. The academic director works directly with families and home schools to identify an educational plan that includes academic goals, individual strengths, and a plan to work with any learning challenges that might be in play. 

Students’ progress is tracked on a daily basis so no one falls through the cracks. Definite, measurable and clearly stated expectations, geared to a student’s academic abilities are part of each student’s academic plan. Our aim is to get students back on track with renewed focus and internalized confidence. Given the chance, everyone wants to learn and advance in life. At Ironwood, we are honored to give teens that chance.

A Focus on English, History, Science, and Math

Ironwood students are able to focus on the exploration of English, history, science, and math in a distraction-free environment. Ironwood teachers concentrate on key skill development through writing practice, organizational strategies, and countless reading opportunities.

Ironwood Maine’s state-certified teachers and tutors work individually with students to support their academic progress. Our team works to gain an understanding for each of our students, then we identify the curriculum that will meet each student at their own skill level. Accomplishing the successful completion of academic credits, and discovering new strengths are goals that Ironwood holds for every student.

Experiential Learning Credits

In addition to the disciplined classroom work, students also work toward experiential learning credits, which are gained through daily organized learning experiences and facilitated by experts in relevant fields. Students are taught about the biology and anatomy of horses through intensive horsemanship instruction, and then brought into the arena to ride and care for the Ironwood horses. Experiential credits are also earned through participation in various instruction including, horticulture, studio art, physical education, sustainable living, and many other direct learning experiences.

A Desire to Learn

On average, graduating students complete 7-10 high school credits, and advance one full grade. Most students are able to earn more credits because they have discovered a new satisfaction and purpose for learning. This desire for learning combined with our personalized attention, and year-round schooling, provides the support students need to stay focused and motivated to excel.

Ironwood recognizes the value of education in the long-term success and treatment of students. Regardless of varying career goals, a solid secondary education, with strong skill development, and conceptual learning practices allows for a renewed outlook on the future. Approximately 85% of Ironwood graduates move into post-secondary studies, and every single student and family is supported with individualized transition planning.