"We are best known for all girls college-prep."
Students enrolled 175
School leader Margaret Downing
Type Religious

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631 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

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4 stars
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June 12, 2013
I love McAuley. The small class sizes and rigorous standards are perfect for me, and they can be adjusted to fit just about everybody. It's not just a community feeling, we're a family. There are no cliques or stereotypes, and everyone is wonderfully mature without being strict or boring. The teachers treat you as if you're their own daughter. Sports and extracurriculars are wonderful, the Drama program has been one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you, McAuley.

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2012
Our daughter is obtaining an exceptional prep-school education in a kind although challenging environment. Extraordinary, talented, motivated, and devoted teachers and staff who model compassion and excellence. The community is diverse, international, and surprisingly ecumenical. McAuley has extremely academically rigorous classes (Honors/AP) and also offers CP and levels appropriate for a diverse group. McAuley has traditions, a competitive sports program, and many club opportunities. The guidance team is excellent and has a reputation for college planning which is stellar. We are so grateful to McAuley!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
This was my first year going to school here, and I thought that it was wonderful. It was a lot better than I had imagined. The studies and the work are hard, but the teachers are all friendly and willing to help you. I loved all of my teachers this year. Many people would be put off bythe fact that there arent any boys, but honestly, you don't even notice it. I love this school and am very much looking forward to my next three years here.

- submitted by a student
June 16, 2011
Our oldest daughter graduated from McAuley having had an outstanding experience with teachers and peers. Our youngest will begin at McAuley in the fall and has been exited to do so since she was six! The over-arching theme at the school is familial and supportive. Friendships crossed groups and interests.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
The Catherine McAuley experience is unique in Maine. It is academically rigorous, but there is respect for all students - even those who are not at the top of the academic heap. The participation rate is amazing...virtually every student is involved - really involved, not just piling up junk to look good on the college app- in multiple activities. Nearly everyone participates in at least one sport, and 4 are offered each season. Additionally, the drama program, 'We the People' and Poetry Out Loud winner abound. Community service is a big deal, and my daughter was changed by it, the Ethical Leadership course and her participation in several youth leadership programs. I can't say enough good things about McAuley, it is like a big family.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
Being a Senior this year at McAuley I cannot say enough about what the school has done for me. I have developed my character throughout my years spent at McAuley. The teachers and staff are extremely focused on the subjects they teach and their students. Willing to help and spend anytime you need with them outside of class allowed me to excel in my classes. I will also emphasize how much the school have driven me above my limits, always pushing me to take harder courses which have rewarded me. About to graduate, I feel extremely well prepared for college next year!

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 04, 2008
I am a former McAuley student from '03-'05 and despite many of the stellar reviews from parents, I would not recommend this school. I made many wonderful friends at McAuley, but the overall atmosphere was overbearing and stifling. I found the academics to be rigorous but devoid of content. I learned to work hard at meaningless tasks for meaningless reward, and learned painfully. McAuley puts more effort into maintaining an image than in living up to it. The individual is only valued if that person fits into the mold of a 'proper' young woman. Those who don't are discouraged, discredited and even put down. In some karmic way, I sure McAuley was good for my character. I just wish I could have learned these lessons in a less depressing way.

- submitted by a student
May 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 24, 2008
To begin with, McAuley was not my school of choice, but my mom told me I had to go because she believed in the whole single-sex education ideal, and also my sister had gone there before me. I remember dreading Freshman orientation, but I loved it. I had the time of my life and I met my best friend that day. The girls at McAuley while I was there were amazing. They were always supportive of eachother in good times and in bad. I never really experienced the whole 'clique question' because I was friendly with everyone in my class. In middle school I was kind of shy and scared because I had switched schools halfway through 7th grade, but that persona disappeared at McAuley. I find myself able to connect to others easily, and McAuley definitely prepared me for college in countless ways. I loved this school and the sisters!

- submitted by a student
November 24, 2007
Our oldest daughter, now a sophomore in college, is studying nursing. The education she received at mcauley allowed her to be a chemistry tutor and to be on honor roll. She not only received a stellar education, but she became a confident young woman, able to be herself in a time where we have lost focus on the importance of this issue. Our second daughter, is a sophomore, and is very successful at mcauley. She is a leader on the field, in the classroom and on the stage. She is celebrated for all of her acheivements. The faculty is caring and wants each student to be successful, it is a college prep school, the academics are vigorous.At mcauley young women are leaders because they have to....They are the student body president, the captain of the debate team, the editor of the school paper, the lead in the school play...It's where girls belong...

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
After putting our two eldest girls through CMHS, this year we have elected to send our youngest daughter to Cheverus for high school. I, as a parent, feel that CMHS did little to step out side the relm of 'traditional' and 'by route' education (the three R's so to speak). Little, or no emphasis was placed on technological education, and the variety of studies were lacking. Also, I found the depth of study of the material somewhat less than what I expected of college-prep level course work. It seemed that the excessive time focused on religious studies could be better spent by exploring academics in greater depth. This could be improved by hiring more experienced educators who endorse a more rigorous academic approach, and be willing to compensate them financially. Also, the students are excessively clique-ie.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
August 16, 2007
McAuley provides an atmosphere that isn't replicated in any other high school, middle school, or college setting that I have experienced. The friends you make are remarkable, the freedom to be yourself is incomparable, and the encouragement that you receive to succeed is constant. Involvement in sports and activities as well as academic honors such as the National Honor Society are admired and worked for, not downplayed as they can be in other schools. McAuley provides it's girls with a safe, warm, and educational enviroment that I wouldn't have traded for anything.

- submitted by a former student
May 26, 2007
As both a parent and teacher, I have grave concerns about the quality of education at CMHS. Students are quite diverse, but the lack of special education resources means that the most needy students are enrolled in college-prep courses, which slows progress there significantly. A decade of shrinking enrollment speaks for itself, but it has exacerbated McAuley's problems by creating a funding deficit that supports abysmally low teacher salaries and that drives repeatedly poor decisions by the administration. My opinion is that the school cannot be sustained for long under its current leadership.

- submitted by a teacher
November 25, 2006
I am sorry to say that by far, McAuley High School was one of the worst choices I ever made. The cliques can get so out of hand,the uniforms are terribly un comfortable, and the roman-catholic religous role plays a large part in lessons and other activities.

- submitted by a student
April 25, 2006
I'm graduating from McAuley this year, and I'll miss it dearly. I've made so many great friends, my teachers are out of this world, I even have a Calc. teacher who comes in at 6:30 am to give students extra help! McAuley has given me the opportunity and support to become the person I want to be, and head off to college confident in my abilities both academically and socially. I wouldn't change this experience for the world.

- submitted by a student
February 26, 2005
McAuley is the best school i've ever been to. When i was a student there, i was the only foreign student they had at that time. I thought i'd feel left out, not accepted and everything. But the girls there made me feel so welcomed and accepted. Students there were so friendly, they don't care where i came from, how i look and dress, or how different i am from them. My grades improved a lot. The teachers were always available to answer questions before and after school. I've got an honor roll for the first time ever. I'm so proud when filling college applications that i am a former McAuley student. http://www.mcauleyhs.org

- submitted by a former student
February 14, 2005
Being a student from McAuley, I feel strong in my subjects and confident in my work. Not every school is perfect, but the downside of McAuley is being surrounded by so many mean, fake, selfish, and materialistic girls all the time. McAuley would be an absolute terrific school if all the students there wanted to learn and do well in their studies. It's a small atmosphere, which is good for learning, but complicated in the social aspect because of the cliques.

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2004
McAuley helped my daughter succeed in the world. With a McAuley education, you can get anywhere!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
McAuley is by far the most superior school in the Greater Portland area. Not only is the education top-notch, but emphasis is on making each student the most well-rounded, civic-minded, loving, giving person she can be. Our experience here has been inspirational and terrific!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
McAuley is great because there are so many people watching you and making sure you do well. With the 97% college acceptance rate it's hard to fail. The downside though is that all the teachers get on your case if you are in any way out of uniform. You even get a detention for it!

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2003
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Catherine Mcauley High School
631 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME  04103
(207) 797-3802
Last modified Catherine Mcauley High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Catherine Mcauley High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top