A question of space at GSA

Dear Editor:

In the Jan. 24 article on the future of Deer Isle-Stonington High School, it was reported that “since GSA is a private school with a competitive admission process it won’t guarantee acceptance of all Deer Isle-Stonington students.” This is somewhat misleading.

Though George Stevens Academy is an independent town academy, we do not have a competitive admission process. Our mission is to serve any students in our communities who can benefit from our programs, and so we welcome students from all sorts of backgrounds, and with diverse aptitudes and interests.

Students here choose from a wide variety of courses and programs to prepare them for further education, the workforce, or both. Over the past five years, we have continued to broaden our programs so we can serve all students no matter their goals and aspirations, including strengthening our special education services, which are now much sought-after and acknowledged as first-rate by the local special education community.

It is true, however, that we cannot serve all the 120-plus students now enrolled at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, not because any one of them wouldn’t be accepted at GSA or wouldn’t benefit from our programs, but merely because we only have enough classroom space for perhaps 40 more students than are already enrolled.

I welcome anyone with questions to contact me, or stop by our campus.

Tim Seeley

Head of School

George Stevens Academy

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