The Maine Special Education/Mental Health Collaborative, better known as The Collaborative School, was founded by Lauri Marchewka, LCSW, and John Stewart, Ph. D., in 1999. Their vision extended beyond a single school district where their partnership began eight years prior - in a local school district providing day treatment services for its students.
The Collaborative School opened its doors for the 2000-2001 school year by leasing a school building from MSAD #15. The following year the school moved to a newly renovated building on the old Pineland campus – the school’s current location. Interestingly, the school was the first tenant on the renovated campus and during that first year was surrounded by work crews, heavy equipment and a fence around its borders.
The Collaborative School is a nonprofit, private, special purpose school serving students, families and sending school districts through innovative and well-coordinated educational, clinical and consultation services. This unique partnering between teachers and social workers creates an environment where students actively engage in their learning, develop greater self-understanding, and make meaningful connections.