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Portland High School

Public | 9-12 | 929 students


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Posted March 14, 2014

Portland High School is a beautiful school, really niche architecturally, set in the heart of downtown Portland Maine. It is culturally rich, diverse, and they give a lot to the community. Our kids were very well prepared for college when they graduated! Thanks PPHS!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 14, 2010

As an alumni, I found PHS during my time there very diverse and prides itself on the diversity found among the students. Where else do you have the option of more than 6 languages to study. I also find that the faculty does care and deals with truancy seriously. The comment from June 16 is very incorrect, as I know from experience that the school will call (several times) if you are absent, however, the faculty and staff expects full parental/guardian involvement in the students activities and academics.

Posted June 16, 2010

I'm not impressed with the way things are run at the Portland High School. My son, soon 17, goes there. He doesn't go to School everyday & when he does go he doesn't go to all his classes & the staff there don't care. The only way I find out that something is wrong is when I call the School or go there personally. Or when my son breaks something in the School then they call me. Other than that, they don't care. They don't even have Truant Officers looking out for kids who are running the streets during School hours. I went to Schools in New York City. Schools in N.Y would call the parents every time their child isn't in School or if they were picked up by Truant Officers. I wouldn't recommend this School to anybody. Sorry.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 11, 2010

I believe that all aspects of the school are outstanding. It is safe, diverse, respectful and challenging, with a wide variety of offerings, excellent teachers and fine leadership.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 26, 2010

My son transfered to Portland High School from a private school and he/love it. He is now a junior and is receiving a great education and part of a wonderful and diverse community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 13, 2009

I attended Portland High School in from 2000-2005. I recently graduated from the University of Vermont, and I have to say, the English teachers at Portland High school are some of the best in the nation. I received my degree in English, and thanks to a few incredible teachers at Portland, my four years at UVM were a breeze. I owe Portland a huge thanks!
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 3, 2009

We are the most diverse school in Portland, as well as one of the most welcoming towards people of all faiths, backgrounds, and ethnicities. I am truly proud of my high school- the quality of learning is exceptional, and the student body is so rich with cultures.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 31, 2009

Outstanding school. It has a pioneering program working with the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. My child has gotten the support she needs to succeed as a deaf adult because of the wonderful teachers she has had as well as interpreters. Top notch program.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 28, 2008

A great diverse school offering quality education in an urban son thrived here!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2008

I think it is an excellent school. My daughter will leave with a great experience, as well as several college credits. She has been accepted to several top schools. It has been a great school all around.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 10, 2008

Both my children have greatly enjoyed their school. They are challenged at the right level and supported by the adults there.
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Posted January 16, 2008

Although it gets a bad rap, Portland High is the best public highschool in Portland, if not in Maine. It's diversity and quality of its education are unsurpassed by any other school. Colleges recognize the neccesity for students to come from a diverse and academically challenging environment. Both of these PHS provides.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 2, 2006

great school, i am currently a student at portland high school and have surprising experienced both the deering and portland atmosphere. There is a great pride for the school and everyone is respected, already adding to the great staff, education, and school clubs/activities.
—Submitted by a student

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

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 43% in 2013.

231 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 60% 92%
Black 26% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 2%
Hispanic 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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284 Cumberland Ave
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 874-8250


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