Pleasant Street Academy is Maine’s first early college high school model. Established in 2011, it is a partnership between the University and Fort Kent Community High School. Students enroll as juniors and seniors and have the opportunity to earn up to 33 credits by graduation. All courses are taught at UMFK by UMFK faculty and at the high school by teachers approved as adjunct faculty. Classes count toward both core high school requirements and UMFK general education requirements.
The program only has room for 40 students, 20 per year. Interested students, in their junior year, are required to complete an Accuplacer Placement Test. If more students are eligible for the program than space allows, a blind lottery will determine the cohort.
Students that complete a Pleasant Street Academy course will have grades placed on an official UMFK transcript, which can be added to if the student attends UMFK, or can be transferred to another college of choice.
Pleasant Street Academy is locally funded. Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for course fees and textbooks, when required; tuition will be paid for by the program. The estimated cost of the program to students and their parents/guardians is approximately $1350 to $1500 over the course of two years. At regular price, without tuition scholarships by UMFK and FKCHS, the cost would be approximately $8100.