Residential Living

At Wayfinder Schools, we strive to create a living environment that is safe, honest, and welcoming to all.  Each September, students come together to live at our Opportunity Farm campus in New Gloucester.  Over the year, the school becomes “home” to our students, who live, learn and work together; share new adventures and form long-lasting relationships.  A typical day includes both on and off campus activities.  While on campus, students spend their time in core classes and group specialty classes.  They are also expected to complete daily chores, plan and prepare meals, and share meal time together.  Free time on campus usually includes hanging out in the living room with laptops, musical instruments, journals, etc.

Staff and students share in decision making and use the relational education model and restorative justice practices to build trusting and respectful relationships.

Living at Wayfinder Schools means having fun while also learning from one another.  We ask students to be patient, understanding, and forgiving with themselves and others.

Residential Living Requirements (4 credits)

  • Live in a communal setting while fulfilling a variety of domestic responsibilities such as meal planning, food shopping, cooking, yard work, household chores, etc.
  • Actively participate in student service projects, residential meetings, resolution circles, personal check-ins and experiential learning expeditions while in residence
  • Provide assistance to other students and staff as needed
  • Compose a residential living testimonial

Read more about Residential Living Objectives.