The Postgraduate Year


Hebron Academy has guided postgraduate boys and girls to reach their highest potential for over a half-century. Each year, up to 20 students enroll in Hebron Academy’s Postgraduate program to improve study and organizational skills, enhance athletic or artistic talents, and continue their personal growth. At commencement, Hebron’s postgraduates are more independent, self-confident , skilled learners and overall better-prepared for the many challenges of college and beyond.
Benefits of the Hebron Academy postgraduate year include:
  • Postgraduate-specific scheduling: an English class for postgraduates only, as well as a College Review Math class with an SAT prep focus.
  • An advisory program that supports students in making their own decisions, but with guidance and structure.
  • Access to dedicated faculty and commited college counselers.
  • A wide range of academic, leadership, athletic and artistic opportunities.
  • A transitional opportunity with a chance to live away from home, access to greater independence, yet with ongoing structure and daily attendance requirements.
The humanities class was probably one of the most unpredictable class I have taken. One day you could he talking about what was going on in a book you were reading and the next day you could be writing a newspaper article on what it was like to be wearing robes in 45 BC. You never knew what the teachers had up their sleeves, and that's why I believe everybody loved that class. 

Fresh Connections

The freshman year is a unique one, where most every student is new to Hebron Academy and where all are new to High School. Fresh Connections is designed to help these students connect to their new school setting through special orientation activities and ongoing group community service, challenges and field trips. Students stay focused and forward thinking throughout the year with the guidance of an active advisory program, hands-on Seminar classes and a full range of engaging, foundational courses.

Humanities - English and History

This is a team-taught double period course that combines English and history in a variety of ways. Students explore various literary themes over the context of important periods in history that include Ancient Greece, the Renaissance, and China over the last 100 years. Introduction to the research process, as well as opportunities for collaborative teaching
and learning are integral components of the class.


Ninth graders are scheduled into math courses based on prior experience and ability. It is typical for a 9th grader to take either Algebra I or Honors Geometry. Placement is based on transcript, teacher recommendation, and/or an onsite math assessment. 


Conceptual Physics, a lab-based class, is designed to integrate major scientific concepts nd methodologies. The skills-based course uses physics and its properties to explain the basics of physics, chemistry, and biology. 

World Language

Hebron offers French, Mandarin, and Spanish. Students are placed in the level of language for which they are prepared. There is no experience necessary to enter level I. 


The Seminar class is a full-time, fall term course that explores and emphasizes different study skills. Many of the skills that college preparatory teachers expect students to have some familiarity with are covered in this class; note-taking skills, test-taking strategies, and survey textbook reading are some examples of skills covered. In addition, the first of Hebron’s four year public speaking series, “The First Word” is initiated in this class.

How Language Works:  Grammar, Etymology, and Rhetoric

This course helps students improve their ability to communicate successfully by building a larger vocabulary, deepening an understanding of the English language, and developing an awareness of rhetorical strategies in writing and speaking. Students will examine the Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon roots of modern English words; the parts of speech and grammar of American Standard English; and rhetorical concepts such as ethos, logos, and pathos and voice, audience, and purpose. Throughout the course they will also take a comparative look at other modern languages and dialects.
Arts Appreciation

All ninth graders have a beginning art experience to lay the foundation for future art courses. Through a singular thematic point of departure, (e.g. art and music of the ‘60s, Harlem Renaissance, Chinese Heritage and Culture, etc.), students will experience beginning technical elements of visual art, music, and history, then ultimately apply these concepts to create their own works.


Advisory groups are small, typically 5-7 students per faculty member. Time is dedicated each week to meeting as a group and individually as needed. The advisor is the point of contact for parents and a mentor/advocate for the student. Weekly discussions and activities include a range of topics and events. In addition, each term the entire 9th grade class is presented with social opportunities such as rock climbing, bowling, pizza-making, or snow-tubing as a way to unify and reinforce the unique 9th grade year and lay the foundation for further development as a class unit together.

LIFE: Living in a Family Environment

When it comes to Hebron Academy’s Residential Program, LIFE is about living a full experience within our community. The mission of this program is to assist students with establishing and cultivating successful relationships. Through modeling respect and setting expectations about community living, Hebron Academy offers a residential experience based on trust, tolerance, and personal responsibility. 
Experiential learning is the core of the program. Through guidelines, games and goal setting, students experience a fun and comfortable approach to developing quality social interactions. In addition, life long habits are formed including improved self-awareness, self-discipline, and personal care.

What they say about LIFE

“Hebron’s residential LIFE program uses real life situations to teach life lessons with an intentional curriculum that focuses on developing study and health habits for life.” - Max Jones, Dean of Students

“The LIFE program is about learning to live together with all people. Learning to get along with people and treating everyone with respect. Just like a family, sometimes you all get along and sometimes you don’t. But, you still have to manage and live together.” - Kathie MacLellan
 “As a parent, it was important for me to know that my son was supported both academically and socially through Hebron’s residential LIFE program.” - Sue Smith, Parent
 “I really got to know students here fast and felt really at home in my dorm and on campus because of the LIFE program. We solved problems together which was cool.” - Jim Jones, Student


By creating an understanding of the delicate balance between the needs of the community and the needs of the individual, the LIFE residential program engages students to: appreciate differences, take responsibility, be a self learner, manage time, make good decisions, join in the community.

LIFE Goals

  • Create a safe, healthy and supportive environment
  • Facilitate personal development and clear decision making
  • Support continued academic initiative and growth
  • Foster ongoing leadership development and application of life skills
  • Encourage relationships of mutual respect with both peers and adults

LIFE Topics

Living with a roommate
S.M.A.R.T goal setting
How to tie a necktie
Good hygiene
Game activities
Conflict resolution
Academic nuts & bolts
Time management
The Words Program gives you the opportunity to speak to the entire school, and to say something that is unique to you. 
- Jon Tuttle ‘15

The Words Program

Hebron Academy is committed to developing more effective speakers. Being well spoken is a crucial skill for all students. Communication is a skill that can be learned and it must be taught, not just expected. In 2010, Hebron Academy adopted a student-centered public speaking initiative called the Words Program. We are deliberately and thoughtfully teaching our students how to communicate in spoken form.

Hebron has adopted the six-trait speaking method developed by Erik Palmer, author of Well Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students. The Words Program provides our students with opportunities to learn and practice public speaking skills and to develop competence and confidence. As our students enter a world in which good communication skills are increasingly important. Each grade level participates in a component of the program specific to those students.

Middle School – Middle school students learn the fundamentals of the six-trait method, PVLEGS.

The First Word: Ninth graders learn the fundamentals of the six-trait method, PVLEGS. Their speech is performed with no visual aids in the context of their individual Skills Seminar/Creative Expressions class.

The Next Word: Tenth graders review the fundamentals (new sophomores are introduced to them). Their performance is Pecha Kucha-style complete with visual aids and an audience double the size of their First Word.

Another Word: Eleventh graders have two components. New juniors perform memorized monologues with only that select group as the audience. All juniors participate in mock interviews, which prepares them for college and job interviews.

The Last Word: Seniors and postgraduates each address the entire Upper School at a school meeting with a topic of their own choosing.

Academic Guidance Center

Core mission
Empower students of all abilities to become academically independent and accountable. The Academic Guidance Center (AGC) is principled on developing academic strategies, greater academic confidence and self-awareness.

The AGC is designed to support students with minor learning differences, possible academic gaps or insufficient study habits. In keeping with the Academy’s core values of community and trust, the AGC embraces a team approach to academic coaching, wherein each student receives support from a team of qualified faculty who in turn communicate with the teachers, administrators, and parents of the participant. AGC faculty are trained to address a broad scope of academic needs. Through collaboration with the AGC, students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and develop appropriate strategies that place them in control of their academic growth and success.

The Team Approach
Academic Guidance is scheduled as a class period in the school day and meets regularly. Students work with a team of dedicated AGC faculty. Together, the team offers direction and support during each session. As a result of the consistent scheduling, students are able to overcome and learn from challenges as they arise, practice new strategies and hone their time management and organizational skills. Partnering with multiple AGC faculty encourages students to develop working relationships with a variety of teaching styles. Simultaneously, the AGC works closely with each student’s teachers to identify areas of concern. The Director of the Academic Guidance department oversees all communication.

Tactics and Strategies
Executive Function Skills ▪ Organizational Skills ▪ Time Management ▪ Note-Taking Strategies ▪ Assignment/Assessment-Specific Help ▪ Subject-Specific Tutoring ▪ Goal Setting ▪ Reading Comprehension Strategies ▪ Writing Skills- Outlining, Mapping ▪ Self-Assessments ▪ Accountability Practice ▪ Test Preparation ▪ Self-Advocating Tactics ▪ Strategies for  Memory Building ▪ Distraction-Free Assessment Spaces

The fee for services of the Academic Guidance Center is billed by trimester.  The fee is predicated on number of meetings per week.  The recommended meetings per week is determined and finalized during the first weeks of school.  

List of 4 members.

  • William Flynn 

    Director of the Academic Guidance Center; Basketball
    207 966-5212
    Providence College - B.A.
    Simmons College - M.Ed.
  • Molly Paul 

    Academic Guidance Center Faculty; Soccer, Basketball, Softball
    207 966-5212
    University of Southern Maine - B.A.
  • Molly Brown 

    Academic Guidance Center Faculty
    Bates College - BA
  • Max Davis 

    Academic Guidance Center Faculty; Soccer, Hockey, Baseball
    Hobart & William Smith Colleges - BA
HEBRON ACADEMY | 339 Paris RD P.O.Box 309 Hebron, ME 04238 207-966-2100
Hebron Academy is a small, private, co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades six through postgraduate located in Hebron Maine. Students from across the United States and around the world are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit through small classes, knowledgeable and caring teachers who provide individual attention, and a friendly, respectful, family atmosphere.