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Sanford High School

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Posted December 7, 2013

As a student at Sanford High, I believe this school is decent, but is moving towards the wrong direction. The students, while some are smart, don't try. Many ignore work, and refuse to do some when asked. Students can easily skip courses, because teachers don't ask questions. The few that do, however, instantly become hated by the mass of students in the school. The recent technological integration isn't helping, but placing students farther apart from the schooling they should be getting. While all of this may be negative, the actual courses work. They teach you what you need to know, and can help you on your path to a career. Teachers are generally supportive of these courses, more so in Honors and AP courses, but still supportive, nonetheless. In all, I believe that with a new facility, this school's model and ability would thrive.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 30, 2013

My school is an excellent school. It may have its flaws, but we are one of the few Regional Technical schools in Maine. We have our issues, our small lockers, and crowded hallways, but people genuinely enjoy learning at Sanford High School. We are due for a new school, which is coming soon, but in the meantime, students and teachers alike are striving to make this school last. Our school has decent security, but there are something's that should change. For example, the infamous "trail" should be marked off. But other than that I love my school and am proud to be called a Sanford Spartan.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 21, 2013

When I graduated in 2005, I left with an excellent education because I worked at it. That being said, the teachers I had were thoughtful, evocative, helpful, and supportive. I did realize that if you did not take an honors or AP class in math, the quality of teaching was not stellar. However, there's a reason why we have a Maine Teacher of the Year in almost every department. AP and Honors classes offered in every major and most secondary subjects, excellent arts program, great sports program, and also the option to take vocational classes in a plethora of subjects in conjunction with your regular classes. The extracurricular activities are numerous, like multiple championships in Mock Trail including varsity, the former highest attendance Civil Rights club in the state of Maine, a well-traveled Foreign Languages club, a published Writing Club, and Maine State Champion drama club. Don't be afraid to send your kids here. Like all, you either sink or swim, but there's so many opportunities to flourish in this environment, and people to help you along the way.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 4, 2009

Sanford High School, like any school, is what you make of it. When I graduated a few years ago there were more than adequate oportunities to join sports, clubs and get academic assistance. There were several options for the arts. I took several AP and honors level courses while there that helped to prepare me for college. Although I was shy, I got to know my teachers very well, and the administration was friendly and approachable. Several teachers there are exceptional, and most are very good. There is a definate lack of funding, however, and a bigger school is needed. If you don't want to work hard then you probably won't do well at this high school (or any school), but any student who tries can do well or find help to do well at this school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 20, 2009

unsafe school, poor quility of teachers, i pulled my kids out of this school do to safety issues, they put there pay checks before the students education,
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 25, 2008

Sanford High School along with Noble High School are horrible. The classes are crowded and busy. Teachers are not interested in getting to know any particular student and aren't very helpful. I then went to Sanford's Alternative program which was decent until teachers began talking like students about other children in the school. It was childish and not worth dealing with. Sanfords 'fine educators' are not that at all. I'm leaving the Sanford school system to obtain a diploma through an adult education program from another town entirely. They really do let a lot of kids slip through the cracks.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 25, 2008

Sanford High School has been excellent for my duaghter entering her junior year and as parents we look forward to the high school experience our yonuger daughter, who will be entering her freshmen year. Principla Young, Vice Principal Roberts and Guidance Director are tremendous leaders and have put in place an organization where parents can be a huge part of their children's education at sanford High School. Very organized and a pleasant surprise.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 20, 2008

Sanford is a quality school with good people. Everything is there if you put your time to good use.
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Posted March 22, 2008

sanford is a boring school they only help the super bright kids or the kids ont he verge of quiting they have no room for average
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Posted May 30, 2006

sanford was a good high school, the teachers really did wonderful to make sure you was always part of the class. but there was a lack of money going into classes!!!!!!!! it all went to the sports teams, the arts department was all paid for by the teachers!!! I really think the school needs to rebuget the noney so it is fairly spread out!!!!
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 22, 2004

From a student's perspective, Sanford high isn't so bad. There are many ways to be involved here especially when it comes to extra-curricular activities. And if you want a spirited school with a lot of pride, come to one of our homecoming games. Sanford high makes it a fun experience to be in high school. and we learn plenty with all the different curricular options to choose from.
—Submitted by a student

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Critical Reading

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

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 43% in 2013.

249 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%
Black 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 6%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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52 Sanford High School Blvd
Sanford, ME 04073
Phone: (207) 324-4050


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