PORTLAND — The Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, a proposed charter high school, has signed a lease agreement for space near the waterfront.

The building at 54 York St. is owned by and next to the Rufus Deering Lumber Co. on Commercial Street, according to a news release.

“This location fits perfectly with our mission,” said Executive Director John Jaques.

The school aims to link students with local businesses, scientists, researchers and other professionals working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Jaques said.

The Portland location offers easy access to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Maine Medical Center, the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College, he said.

The school hopes to get a charter from the state by May and open in September. It hopes to be the first of its kind in Portland.