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Cape Elizabeth High School

Public | 9-12 | 548 students


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Posted October 31, 2010

As a graduate of CEHS, with two children who also graduated and one who is about to graduate I would like to say how impressed I am with this school. Teachers, parents and students all "get it" and student leave CEHS ready to take on the world! It certainly doesn't hurt that the town is one of the wealthiest in Maine, but my observation is that the students are hard working and driven, while being aware of how fortunate they are. "To whome much is given, much is expected". These kids live up to this quote and more!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 1, 2009

There are most definitely many terrific students here who work hard and have good character, and also don't take the school or their lives for granted. However, it is unfortunate that the majority of kids here take everything for granted and have absolutely NO respect for anything. It is these overly privileged kids, and most likely their parents, that could make even the most snobbish person cringe. Although the academics, for the most part, are decent, the school does little to mold these brats into promising members of society, but instead makes them 'winners' and not 'losers'. 'Who cares if they are indecent people, at least they have good resumes', seriously? Although you can't blame the school entirely, due to the fact that the parents are no better, CEHS could do better. The overall disdainfulness is so strong that people with less opportunity, and less money, are ridiculed.

Posted January 18, 2009

The eldest of our four children is a sophmore at Cape Elizabeth High School. It is a school that has many of the benefits of a private school combined with the numerous opportunities that a public high school provides. The academics are very strong. Parent involvement is incredible. Fabulous Music program that includes 25% of the high schoolers. Sports teams are very strong in most every sport. We are very impressed with the Cape Elizabeth public school system.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 9, 2008

People in Cape like to maintain the facade of having a wonderful school system. In reality, the academic success of the town's students is more likely related to the high achievement, academic orientation of the families which populate the town. The faculty, principal and athletic director are average or below. The so-called Honors and AP programs are just courses with more homework. There is no one taking the time to organize an overview of who your child is and what sort of total experience they are having. The students seem to lack a sense of ownership and are short on school pride and support for each other...what we used to call 'school spirit'.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 29, 2007

It is a very good school but I feel as a former student that the teachers and administration focused more on the 'exceptional' students that are going to go to the ivy leagues. It would always look better on paper if they had kids go to Ivy leagues and thats what people want to read. I did play a sport every season and the sport teams is what made the school enjoyable for me. The school did prepare me for college though and I guess thats all that really matters.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 29, 2007

Cape Elizabeth High School provided me with a high school experience that could not have been outdone. The sports teams are exceptionally competitive, thefaculty is excellent, the facility is above average and the town itself is absolutely beautiful. The school offers an exceptional range of courses for a school its size, just under 600 students. I will graduate having taken 50 semesters of classes ranging from wood working and ceramics to AP Physics AB, AP Calculus and Computer Science. The teachers have always been willing to help and the administration makes an effort to know every students name and their extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 11, 2005

I am a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School now doing very well for myself after completing an undergraduate degree. I felt that my experience at CEHS prepared me to meet the most rigorous of college curricula, and regard the school as among the state's very best.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 31, 2005

The school's priority is the children and their education. I've never seen such a school and community that embrace its school system the way Cape Elizabeth does.
—Submitted by a parent

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Critical Reading

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

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 43% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 1%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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345 Ocean House Rd
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Phone: (207) 799-3309


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