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Great Salt Bay Community School

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Posted November 24, 2013

The teachers principal and staff are invested and very caring about the students / I believe that is what sets this school apart!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2013

We moved here for this school and amazing community. We looked at top private schools around NE not worried about cost yet found this public school and active community towards the school to exceed all the others. I love how the children, teachers, administration and parents work with so much involvement, not just for their own children, but to raise children in the community the right way for a better future. We have not had any bad experiences with this school. I love how it is an eclectic but amazing group of families who respect and support the others. The school is so committed to each child I feel. The music, sports, and academics are all excellent and there for each child to reach his or her highest potential. In the past we paid over 8k per child to attend other private schools in a different area to only have one very sub par experience. This school has brought both of my children from being in a low academic percentage to straight A's due to the schools teaching methods and care. A huge turn around for both in confidence, growth, respect and knowledge. We could not ask for a better school all around!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

GSB is an outstanding school for the small town and small student population that it serves. There is an energy and vibrancy that is immediately apparent after just one visit. Special Ed receives as much attention as does gifted and talented and "specials" such as music and art. There is a reason why families move just to be in this school district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2012

There are some wonderful teachers at GSB and then there are some that are obviously biding their time until retirement. I think the school was better 5 or 6 years ago than it is now. Academics are okay, but not great. They do have a pretty wonderful music program and the band and chorus are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

Both of our children recently completed their K-8 education at GSB. It was an exceptional experience for all of us. The administration, former and current, actively sought/seek excellence from all of the staff, custodians to teachers. Are there a few duds? Yes. Any large staff is bound to be less than perfect, and human nature means that we all cannot see eye to eye despite good intentions. It is worth noting that a number of men are on the staff, something sorely lacking in many primary schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

Administration is very out of touch with the rest of the school. Many of the teachers do do a good job, but there are some put little effort into teaching and try to fill class time with busywork. Phonics are extremely lacking in lower grades. Music, art and gifted/talented focus only on specific favorite students and many others get little out of these programs. Also, in the review saying the administration is good is from five years ago, when the administration had all different people then it does now.


Posted October 3, 2008

This school has such a positive atmosphere. Students and teachers alike seem genuninely happy to be there. Academics are very strong as are other pursuits such as art and music. There is a lot of support for student to do their best. There is an atmosphere of inclusion and a spirit of acceptance for all people. What more could a parent or student want from a school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2006

We are currently paying tuition for our daughter to attend GSB versus our local school. We are thrilled with the quality of education that she is receiving and the level of teacher and parent communication. The gifted and talented program has proven to be fantastic as it has allowed our daughter to flourish!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2005

GSB is a great school. The administration is top-notch and it shows in the teachers, students, facility and events. There is a tremendous amount of parent support. The student-teacher ratio is great. The art and music teachers are wonderful. The atmosphere is like a school from my childhood, not a bustling madhouse like those we moved away from. I am very impressed with GSB and would highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 62% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
78%
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 66% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
62%
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 62% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
46%
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 64% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
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 59% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
66%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 95% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Two or more races 2% 1%
Black 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Damariscotta, ME 04543
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