Cranes for Change is the self-adopted name a group of Breakwater fourth graders have chosen to describe a project inspired during their semester long integrated study of history’s peacemakers. After reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, the students began folding small origami cranes and stringing them. Together, they set a goal to make a thousand paper cranes and formed a plan for how their efforts might benefit others.Read More
The Capstone Project is a year long process in which Breakwater's 8th grade students pursue independent research on a topic of their choice, produce a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the subject, conduct a visual and oral presentation before an audience, and, with the guidance of faculty and community mentors, complete a product inspired by their topic and a gift to the school from which they will soon graduate.Read More
Our teachers are the foundation of our school. We have a faculty made up of some of the most creative, principled and hard working people one can ever hope to have guide our children. We are sincerely grateful for the talent, time and energy that each of our teachers bring to our learning environment.
In advance of Teacher Appreciation Week 2017 we solicited testimonials from our community of parents and students recognizing the Breakwater faculty. Here are a few.Read More
The risk of tick-born illness is scary, and, let’s just say it: ticks are a little gross. However with knowledge and a vigilant daily tick-check routine, outdoor experiences are not only manageable but the benefits far outweigh the risks. This is some useful information about how Breakwater handles ticks, and some facts from the CDC.Read More
The goals of Breakwater’s Costa Rica trip are both immediate and far-reaching. As preparation for their imminent post-graduation journey "beyond the breakwater", this trip ties together years of practice in group-process and conflict resolution, the development of self-confidence, resilience, empathy and sense of place in the world. Watch the video.Read More
Breakwater Songwriters in the Round Birthday Bash & Benefit Concert
Celebrating our birthday! For 60 years Breakwater has been a place where children are inspired to live well on the planet, embrace their whole being, and realize their full potential.
Hosted by Cidny Bullens. Performances by Joe Boucher, Samuel James, Ellie Osborn, Marion Walsh and Jenny Van West.Read More
We are delighted to announce that Kalyn Sullivan has accepted the position of 1/2 teacher beginning in the 2017/18 school year. She will join current 1/2 teacher Julia Beckett, Marjorie Haley, in her continued role as Literacy Specialist, and Claire Martin in her new role as toddler-grade 2 Curiosity Lab/ Inquiry Integration Coach, to round out our exceptional teaching team.Read More
What makes a hero? In a months long integrated unit, first and second graders collaboratively defined heroes as “people who change their world and community”. The children chose individuals to study that ranged from human rights activists, to politicians, environmentalists, entertainers, a sports legend, a theoretical physicist, a high-wire artist and more.Read More
Meredith Coolidge graduated with the class of 2011 after attending Breakwater for nine years.
In this funny and heartfelt Q&A, Meredith updates us on her adventures, shares a story, remembers faculty, and describes what a Breakwater education means to her.
Are you a Breakwater alumni? Join us Saturday, April 29 for an Alumni Reunion at the Bayside Bowl in Portland from 1-4pm. RSVP here!Read More
When the Maine Senate is convened, the public is invited to visit and see what happens during a Legislative Session. Through a lottery process, several of our students were invited to serve as Honorary Pages at the State House in Augusta.
This opportunity comes as part of the Breakwater 7th and 8th grade's continuing investigation of American civics. Learn more here…Read More