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A lot has happened at Washington Academy since 1792. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Washington Academy is a school that embraces new adventure. Since John Hancock, then the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, signed the charter founding the school in 1792, WA has moved locations, constructed new buildings, and opened its doors to students from around the world.

In the beginning, classes were held in Machias at the Burnham Tavern and the Masonic Hall. It wasn’t until much later that the school got its own building. After deliberation between neighboring towns, the first school building was built in East Machias, opening its doors on September 8, 1823.

Today Washington Academy welcomes boys and girls, about 50% of each gender. WA has over 350 day students and about 90 residential students- representing more than 20 surrounding communities and more than 15 countries. This makes WA truly a global campus located in the easternmost corner of the United States.

WA completed construction of a new Health and Wellness Center, and improvements in athletic fields, classroom space, and digital infrastructure in 2011. The school is also strongly committed to being environmentally responsible, and encouraging those values across the entire community.

The school's next adventure? Building four new tennis courts and a 5 kilometer cross country trail so everyone can benefit from outdoor recreational opportunities. In addition, the Center of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is growing with the addition of a robotics lab and engineering technology courses. WA has introduced its Center for Dynamic Learning to compliment its Field School for Studies in Science.

One thing that is the same as its early days in the Burnham Tavern- Washington Academy is here to enrich the minds of students. Today, the students just happen to come from all ends of the globe.

The original Academy building at Washington Academy, pictured in the 1800s. It still stands today.


Washington Academy

66 Cutler Road, P.O. Box 190
East Machias, Maine 04630
Tel: (207) 255-8301
Fax: (207) 255-8303

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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