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FAIRFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The state's first charter school graduated its second class of seniors Friday night. The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences or MeANS opened for classes two years ago.

The ceremony took place at the Moody Chapel on the campus of the Kennebec Valley Community College, adjacent to Good Will-Hinckley. 18 students graduated, nearly double the number from last year.

The schools student body is just under 80 students who come from 27 different districts. The innovative curriculum offers subjects as diverse as sustainable agriculture to independent living.

The school is raising money to renovate a century-old elementary school building and build an addition. Both buildings will house new classrooms and science labs and allow the school to expand it's enrollment to nearly 200 students.

"Our plan is to create a high school big enough to hold the demand for this school and since we are state wide, the demand as we said is pretty big," said Glenn Cummings the Executive Director of MeANS.

The majority of the students who graduated Friday say they plan to attend college or volunteer in the community.

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