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Calais Middle/High School

Public | 7-12 | 293 students

 
 

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Posted December 27, 2008

Excellent school, excellent students, excellent teachers. Easily one of the best schools around.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2008

I have on child who is a graduate of CHS and is in college, another in CHS who is doing well, and my youngest in CMS. We are 'active' parents in which we engage the school administration and teachers. They have always worked for us, and our children have done well. As far as the comment below for community financial support, the City of Calais budget has had substantial increases over the past several years to make up for the cuts at the state level. The city has NOT cut funding, but instead has increased funding. And every school has some level of social 'peeking order' sadly. Calais schools are no different, but this is as much a parent issue as it is a school issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

Not the best education. Not the best teachers. Bad attitude from staff and students share the same. Special needs mixed in w/ average students. Not much learning going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

calais high school is not a very well run school. the students are restricted in such extreme levels (such as not being able to go to their lockers before school) and if granted any freedom at all, the students essentially go wild and cannot be contained. i was overall very displeased with the school and regret having to move to calais with my parents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2007

I had two children attend Calais High School and knowing what I know now would have sent them to a private school. There is very much a class society at the school with not only student cliques but also student/teacher cliques. If you fit into one of these then fine if not then good luck to you........it is a good school for the few but not for the many.....financially very poorly supported by the community and while they can spend a fortune fixing up the gym for basketball many students go without textbooks or they are badly outdated.......sports are fine for the egos, but not all kids need sports but all do need a good education.......take my advice if you live here look at another option!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

I would have to stronly disagree with the reviewer from May 2005. I am a previous student who is currently enrolled in college. I was an honor student at CHS and took three full years off from school. Even after the three year break I went into college taking college level courses and received A's. These classes which included Math were not difficult at all. Calais High School had a great staff and the college preparatory classes were exactly that. I remember certain classes that required us to keep three ring binders which taught us how to study and prepare for exams even at the college level some instructors require the same. There should be no problems entering into college from Calais High School.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 10, 2005

I was a student at Calais High School and I really feel that the previous review was one-sided. Calais High School does have positive points such the range of activites and the student to teacher ratio. However, I feel that the advanced placement classes that I took were of no help to me whatsoever. Out of the four advanced placement classes I took, I was not well-prepared enough to get college credit from any of the tests. I also felt unprepared in many aspects once I came to college. In particular I took two years of Spanish and remember almost nothing even though I consistently received A's in that class. This is due to the fact that there was no homework or real memorization recquired. If Calais High School really wants to be a good school, they should learn how to actually challenge their students and prepare them for college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 29, 2005

I am a student at Calais High School. I can't imagine going to any other school. If my day isnt going good i know of at least 4 teachers I would feel comfortable going to with any problem I have. They are all also very happy to help if there is something i didnt fully understand durning class. We also have a great activities program that includes Student Council, National Honor Society, Outdoors club, Acedemic Decathalon, Math Team,Softball, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Wrestling,Cheerleading, cross country, and most of all basketball. When going to a basketball game I know the rest of the town is going to be there. We the winners of 5 gold balls. A very exciting activity that our award winning student council holds is winter carnival. Every class dresses for a theme and throughout the week halls and banners are decorated. It's the highlight of the year.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
40%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MEA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Critical Reading

The state average for Critical Reading was 49% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
34%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
29%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 43% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
34%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine High School Assessment (MHSA) to test students in grade 11 in critical reading, math, writing and science. The results reported show how well students are mastering state standards, specific skills defined by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 92%
American Indian/Alaska Native 10% 1%
Black 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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34 Blue Devil Hill
Suite 2
Calais, ME 04619
Phone: (207) 454-2591

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