As educators, we strive to find ways to support natural learning and behavior, and we endeavor to provide a variety of opportunities in which this may happen. Appletree School is located in close proximity to the ocean, the beach, and two state parks, and we are blessed in our immediate setting with woods, meadows, gardens, and a large frog pond. Therefore, we are involved with nature daily, and we are committed to finding ways to be involved in our community, such as being active members of the Cape Farm Alliance (CFA).

We encourage every child to be an achiever, to function fully at her or his own pace. Our full attention is given to helping children develop a positive attitude, get along with others socially, build self-esteem, and take pleasure in their learning. While our program focuses on learning and discovery, we also make time for serendipity, humor and best of all a lot of fun!


Appletree School is a certified and accredited preschool in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It was founded in 1989 by Pamela Johansson Mullin and began at 332 Broadway in South Portland. Since that time, the school has grown in scope and concept.

From the beginning, Pam has approached her childcare work as both a loving mother and a dedicated teacher. Appletree School is the fulfillment of Pam's lifelong aspiration to teach with others, creating a special environment and experience for children.