From left: IDEAL graduates Zachariah Bachelder of Nobleboro, Parker Gilbert of Bristol, Austin Teele of Bremen, James Courtenay of Nobleboro, Thomas Lailer of Bremen, and Gavin DuMond of Jefferson.

Lincoln Academy’s IDEAL (Innovatively Designed Education for All Learners) program is specially designed to help non-traditional learners thrive. Students who participate in IDEAL are learners who are part of the LA special education program and learn best outside of a traditional classroom. The program is located just off the LA campus in a house across from Poe Theater, where students spend their days in a combination of academic and service-based learning.

This year six students graduated form the IDEAL program, doubling last year’s graduating class. Three of the graduates have been part of IDEAL for all four years of high school. After graduation Austin Teele will study architectural drafting at Central Maine Community College. The other IDEAL graduates will be enter the work-force in the community.