Big Expectations for Small Graduating Class at Harbor School



BLUE HILL — It may be small, but teachers and directors at Blue Hill Harbor School expect big things from the Class of 2010.

Dozens of friends, family members and supporters of the fledgling alternative high school attended commencement exercises at the school Saturday.

Blue Hill Harbor School’s Class of 2010: Matthew Meaney, Noah Codega and Elizabeth Volkwein. — JAMES STRAUB
Blue Hill Harbor School’s Class of 2010: Matthew Meaney, Noah Codega and Elizabeth Volkwein. — JAMES STRAUB

Three seniors graduated, as the school that bases its education philosophy on the project-based approach inherent in the EdVisions learning model completed its third year.

“I’m learning all the time from them,” lead teacher Andrew Dillon said of the graduating seniors at the start of commencement.

His claim was echoed throughout the ceremony as speakers talked about the school’s brief history, its approach to learning and the three individuals who will be ambassadors for the school as they embark on adulthood.

Principal Roger Brainerd summarized the teaching and learning philosophy at the school when he said: “We let young people make their own choices. Some are not so great, but that’s where the learning comes in.”

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