Western Maine Education

Oxford County has seven school districts and three private schools—Gould Academy, Fryeburg Academy and Hebron Academy. High school graduation rates in the seven districts range from 79% to 94%. Oxford County is blessed to be in close proximity to a variety of institutions of higher education as well as home to satellite offices for the University of Maine and Central Maine Community College.

We also have educational resources for seniors as well as alternative educational opportunities for youth and children.  Oxford County has 15 summer camps, including Seeds of Peace in Otisfield and the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond.

Institutions of Higher Education within 30 – 60 minutes of Oxford County

Central Maine Community College

Location: Auburn, ME
Enrolment 2004-2007: 1,318

Western Maine University and Community College Center

Location: South Paris, ME
Enrolment 2004-2007: 525

University College**

Location: Rumford / Mexico, ME
Enrolment 2004-2007: 525

Kaplan University

Location: Lewiston Campus, ME
Enrolment 2004-2007: 566

University of Maine at Farmington

Location: Farmington, ME
Enrolment 2004-2007: 2,413

University of Maine at Augusta

Location: Augusta, ME
Enrolment 2004-2007: 5,617

Bates College

Location: Lewiston, ME
Enrolment 2004-2007: 1,694

Granite State College

Location: Berlin, NH
Enrollment 2004-2007: 2,087

Source: US. College Search

**Central Maine Community College and University College have offices and classrooms in South Paris, and University College has another center in Rumford/Mexico. University College classes are also offered in Bethel. Enrollment information is for fall semester 2008.

Boarding Schools located in Oxford County

Private Academy



Fryeburg Academy
Total = 643Boarding = 128Day = 515 9th – postgraduate
Gould Academy
Location: Bethel
Total = 250Boarding = 195Day = 55 9th – postgraduate
Hebron Academy
Location: Hebron
Total = 244Boarding = 165Day = 79 6th – postgraduate
Source: Boarding School Review

Public Education

Our buildings and facilities rank among the best in the State and our academic programs are “state of the art”.  The mission of our school systems is to foster creativity, encourage active participation and challenge all students to reach their full potential.

Our public education system includes seven high schools which offer a caring and personalized educational environment within which to learn.  Our students graduate prepared for success whether in business, industry or higher education. Those who wish to go on to higher education can take Advanced Placement courses as well as classes outside the normal course of study at area colleges and universities.  Two of our high schools have technical programs as well as academic programs, providing students with a variety of pathways for learning.  The technical programs include training in health care, video and computer technology, graphic arts and auto mechanics.

And, our students have been recognized for their academic and athletic accomplishments.  Their achievements include state and national winners of the Odyssey of the Mind, Westinghouse Science Scholar, gold medal winner in robotics, state and national math competition winners, state and regional basketball champions, and Olympic runners and cross country skiers.

Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 44 — Andover, Bethel, Greenwood, Newry and Woodstock

Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 55 — Hiram and Porter

Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 72 — Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Lovell, Stoneham, Stow and Sweden

Oxford Hills School District (MSAD 17) — Hebron, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Paris, Waterford and West Paris

Western Foothills Regional School Unit (RSU)10 — Buckfield, Byron, Canton, Carthage, Dixfield, Hanover, Hartford, Mexico, Peru, Roxbury, Rumford and Sumner

Non Traditional Educational Opportunities for Adults, Seniors, Youth and Children

We also have continuing education resources for adults and seniors as well as alternative educational opportunities for youth and children.  Oxford County has 18 summer camps and summer enrichment programs, including Camp Susan Curtis in Stoneham, Seeds of Peace in Otisfield and the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond, as well as after school programs.  While most of these programs have an open admission policy and charge tuition, Camp Susan Curtis is tuition-free and accepts students based on referrals and specific selection criteria (i.e., campers have to qualify under USDA guidelines for free or reduced lunch).

Adult and Continuing Education

MSAD44 Continuing Education

MSAD55 Adult Education

Oxford Hills/Buckfield Adult Education

Region 9 Adult Education Learning Center

Educational Programs for Seniors

Western Mountains Senior College 

Summer Camps and Alternative Educational Opportunities for Youth and Children

A recent report says Maine’s summer camps have an annual $332 million economic impact on the state.  The 330 day and overnight camps in Maine spend $48.5 million in payroll, attract 45,000 out-of-state visitors who spend more than $171 million, and create an economic ripple effect that accounts for hundreds more jobs and more than $160 million in additional sales.

University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond 

Seeds of Peace

Camp Walden  

Camp Waziyatah

Camp Kohut 

Camp Forest Acres for Girls and Camp Indian Acres for Boys 

Camp Wekeela for Boys and Girls 

Wyonegonic Camps

Maine Teen Camp 

Camp Wigwam

Camp Susan Curtis

Birch Rock Camp for Boys

Camp Tapawingo  

Camp Encore/Coda 

Mahoosuc Kids Association

Western Foothills Kids Association