Sweetland School










Sweetland School Mission statement:

The Mission of Sweetland School is to encourage confident, resilient and creative individuals. Honoring multiple intelligences, mentors engage students through thematic, project based opportunities while balancing direct instruction. Sweetland School inspires compassionate stewards in our world, building empathy through the arts, outdoor engagement, and community connections. We encourage autonomy and collaboration and support families to embrace life and learning together.

Sweetland School is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and by educators and artists such as John Dewey, Elliot Eisner, Lily Yeh, Paulo Freire, Howard Gardner, Alfie Kohn, Sir Ken Robinson. Sweetland School aims to remain open and flexible to change and the needs of the current times and community.

"What is “learner-centered” education?

When we say “learner-centered,” we are describing a paradigm sitting opposite of the “school-centered” or conventional paradigm.

The learner-centered paradigm recognizes every learner has unique potential and understands learning happens naturally when people are supported to pursue their interests, tackle challenges, and explore aspirations within nurturing communities. It sees the aim of education as being able to cultivate young people who are self-aware, self-reflective, and socially capable learners, ready and able to advocate for themselves and their communities in their pursuits."

- Education Reimagined https://education-reimagined.org/paradigm-shift/

Sweetland School is a flexible 3 or 5 day Academic program. Engaging with the community the Sweetland School offers relevant, bold and joyful learning opportunities. Families with children in grades K-7 are invited to engage in hands on experiential learning opportunities. Plans to expand the program to 8th grade are in our future.

Small multi-age classrooms with a 6:1 student : teacher ratio offer a strong academic program integrating the Arts and experiential learning through collaborative and individualized instruction. 

We balance our days between direct instruction, student explorations and community focused projects. 


About the Mentors:

Lindsay Pinchbeck coordinates and leads the multi-age classroom. Lindsay received her Masters in Education Integrating the Arts across the curriculum from Lesley University.  Pinchbeck has taught in a variety of settings public and private over the last 15 years. She believes the arts can enrich learning through personal experiences and magical possibilities. Further, the arts provide another way to communicate and offer a safe place to make mistakes and play.

Marlee Luehman has experience in public, private and home school settings. Marlee is a lead teacher across all content areas and is a math and movement specialist. Marlee also received her Masters in Education Integrating the Arts across the curriculum from Lesley University.

Nina Devenney With a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has worked as an art teacher for early childhood students at a Reggio-inspired preschool in Portland, elementary students at The Tower School in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and at The Riley School in Rockport. Nina has also worked extensively as an arts facilitator for adults with intellectual disabilities at Bomb Diggity Arts Program in Portland. She is passionate about weaving the practice of mindfulness into her work as an educator.  



Enriching the program; Sweetland School invites visiting mentors to work with students in the Arts, Sciences, Cultural Studies, World Languages, Agriculture and Outdoor exploration, throughout the year.

Supporting the program; our advisory board consists of passionate and respected leaders in education and the arts who model high academic achievement. Currently on our board Argy Nestor, Clare Galloway, Malcolm Brooks and Nancy Harris Frohlich.


Family prices and scholarships available. 

  Sweetland School is currently open for inquiries K-7 (we plan to grow to 8th grade) for the 2019/2020 school year.

For more information please contact Lindsay Pinchbeck at sweettreearts@gmail.com or call 207 542 8008.



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Sweet Tree Arts
Sweetland Center
4 Church St
Hope, ME 04847