Watershed School: An independent, college-preparatory day school for students in grades 9-12 located in Camden Maine.
Mission: A learning community cultivating excellence, creativity, respect and compassion
Watershed was created with the intention of providing a highly individualized and rigorous academic program in the context of a supportive and enthusiastic school community. With a low student to teacher ratio and an open-campus model, our students are challenged to engage in a “growth mindset” and to become empowered to shape and participate fully in their education. The entire faculty has advanced degrees and are focused on encouraging each student to work to and beyond their potential. Using sources within the main building and in the extended, midcoast community, our students gain the skills and knowledge essential for success at some of the best colleges in the United States.
Colleges and Universities in which our students have enrolled (not a complete list):
- Bowdoin College
- Worcester Polytechnical Institute
- McGill University
- Oberlin College
- Mount Holyoke College
- Wellesley College
- University of Maine
- Rhode Island School of Design
- American University
- Kenyon College
- University of Southern California
- Bates College
Enrollment: 26-30 students
International Students: 2-3 per year (countries represented in previous years: China, France, Chile, South Korea, Germany, Norway and many others)
Average class size: 8-10 students
Student to teacher ratio: 8:1
Faculty with advanced degrees: 100%
Course offerings: 20 on campus (with expansive opportunities to enroll in courses at the local university)
Clubs/activities: Annual, three-day canoe trip, participation in the Camden International Affairs Conference, school-wide participation in the Winter Carnival in Quebec City, Liberian Education Fund Club, Alpine Ski Team, Sailing, visits to colleges in the New England region for tours, workshops and classes, and other events.
Opportunities in the extended community:
- Sailing / Rowing
- Downhill/Nordic skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Camden Conference for International Affairs
- PopTech Conference on innovative technologies
- Camden International Film Festival
Watershed is located in the New England Region in the town of Camden, Maine. Camden is situated midway between Bangor and Portland, two of Maine’s largest cities. There is daily bus service between Camden and Portland/Boston. It is a beautiful, small, and safe coastal town with national parks, skiing, and sailing opportunities within 1-2 miles.
Cost of Attendance for International Students
The above fees include tuition, homestay arrangements with a host family, books/materials, and activities fees for schoolwide trips. Transportation is available to Portland/Bangor/Boston airports which is provided by the school or host families.
Scholarships and financial aid
A limited number of academic scholarships are available to students whose families can afford most but not all of the tuition.
Watershed is authorized by SEVIS to issue I-20 forms for F-1 visas. Students transferring from another school in the US may transfer their current visas.
Required Test Scores
Applicants must submit one standardized test score. TOEFL ibt (65), TOEFL Jr. (750), IELTS (5.5) and SSAT are accepted
Head of School
Dean of Students/Designated Officer SEVIS
32 Washington Street
Camden, Maine 04843
International Applicant Information
The priority deadline for fall enrollment is June 10th for all international applicants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis following the deadline. All applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee.
- Complete Watershed School application (more information available here: watershed-school.org/content/admission-watershed)
- International Applicant fee of $65.00
- School Transcripts (in English if possible, including all courses and grades)
- English Teacher Recommendation
- Interview (in person, by phone or via Skype or FaceTime)
- Photocopy of passport ID page
- Recent test scores- one of the following options: TOEFL ibt (65), TOEFL Jr. (750), IELTS (5.5) and SSAT.