A Student Committee is formed each fall with representatives from the student body and a representative from the administration. The committee meets monthly and offers a forum in which students may participate directly in the continuing evaluation of The School and the improvement of its services and programs. As such, the committee can also serve as a vehicle to bring problems and complaints, with the recommended solutions, to the attention of the administration.
The Landing School administration encourages student interaction and regularly sponsors activities both as part of the curriculum and as extra-curricular learning opportunities and entertainment. Students can join school committees that drive school sponsored functions. There are barbecues and potlucks several times during the school year. Students also celebrate the christening and launching of completed boats. Field trips to regional marine-related businesses or educational functions are interspersed throughout the curriculums of each program.
Southern Maine is an inspiring region of the world. The state has a rich maritime history and a coastline that meanders for approximately 3,500 miles and includes more than 3,000 islands. There are opportunities for students to go sailing, powerboating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, surfing and swimming in the nearby ocean or in any of the dozens of lakes and rivers that are within a short drive of The School.
There are several towns near The School with working waterfronts, that include boat building and yacht design firms, that welcome visits. People interested in maritime history can tour museums such as the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, and th in Kittery.
The most active working waterfront in the region is in Maine’s most populated city, Portland, which is a 30 minute drive north of The Landing School. Portland is New England’s largest tonnage seaport and second largest fishing port. Portland’s Casco Bay area is also host to an active sailboat racing community. Portland is a fun, lively city with a lot of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities.
A half-hour south of The School is another culturally exciting city, Portsmouth, NH. Portsmouth has a fun downtown district with nationally acclaimed theatre and music, museums, tax-free shopping and historic sites. In and around the city there are prime spots for biking, walking or hiking.
In the winter months, both the Portland and Portsmouth areas have cross-country ski trails, great hills for sledding and frozen ponds for ice-skating. Major downhill ski resorts are within a few hours’ drive of The Landing School.