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Marshwood High School

Public | 9-12 | 739 students


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Posted October 26, 2013

After attending the school myself, I was unsure if I now wanted to send my own children. After the experiences we have had in the school districts younger levels... well, we recently moved out of the sad35 district and couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 10, 2013

We are a military family and have lived all over the country. We choose this town to live after my husband retired from the military in 2010. We are in our early forties with three children, 16, 15 and 13 and it was rated as the best in the state of Maine to raise a family. With that said, some of the reviews about this school are just malicious and untrue. It is easy to know which ones as a few are "real" if you will. We have fallen in love with this area, town and are still impressed about how much this community devotes to providing an atmosphere that challenges, supports and respects children and teens. The schools and teachers are living angels that uplift and challenge students as much as wish for. There are endless "fun" classes and every sport you can think of. There is free tutoring, mentors, counselors and even a clinical child physiologist. There are activities in the center of town nearly every night during the summer with live bands and open mike so you my see 10 different singers, a different drummer every few songs etc. Everyone gets a chance to play. To sum up, we have never felt so welcomed to ANY town like South Berwick. We are "home"...finally. Police A+
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 13, 2013

This is NOT the place where you want to send your child. I am a student here, and I have recently applied to a wonderful private school - to escape this place. I get it, high school is high school no matter where you go, but with the fake administration, who uses fear tactics on students, and the teachers who have no sense of what's going on - it's a mess. The descisions are such as buying new Mercedes-Benz buses over textbooks. If you live in or have moved to a nice place in South Berwick or Eliot, just spend the extra money to send your child to a nicer private school near-by. It's worth it, and I'm so thankful my parents can afford to give me better options than the school I'm at now!
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 22, 2011

My children went to Marshwood High School and got an excellent, well rounded education. The Principal was caring and concerned. There are loads of activities, sports and clubs to get involved in. It is a beautiful school with a campus and facilities that rival nearby Berwick Academy and it's free! There is excellent bus service for all the students and even the cafeteria food is good! Oh, also they have a first rate auditorium with all the acoustics and professional equipment. Students in 9th and tenth grade get an Apple computer to use for the school year. Excellent school and community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 2, 2010

I went to Marshwood, and the admin there singled me out even though I never did anything wrong. If I reacted to someone bullying me with a simple verbal reaction I'd get punished and they'd get off with a warning. They were always watching everything I didn and only ME. I even got in trouble for wearing three tanktops layerd on eachother but this other girl wearing a single low cut tank got a hello. I mean that place is a prison. It's appauling how much they dnt do anything about the drugs and bullying at that school. I had my life threatened and they didn't do ANYTHING about it. But these are just a few of MY experiences. Idk all of yours.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 26, 2010

I think the quality of the administration (including the super) is ruining the reputation of MHS. The administration lives in a bubble and doesn't really acknowledge the public perception of the school. MHS has a HUGE drug problem (identified as much higher than the state average) and the admins are in denial. They are also re-active rather than pro-active. The reputation of the school has dropped since they have taken the helm.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 14, 2009

Not happy with the school or the education that my child receives.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 1, 2008

This school is a fun place to go there are many thing that you can do and many many classes the adiminastation can be ridiculous but they are also fair and any studient does not love there prinicpal fun, clean, challenging, and fair are all words i would use to descibe our school
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 23, 2008

I would love to disagree with the parent who postend on November 16th. I am a student at MHS, and if one wants to take a course that is challenging or different there are quite a few. Our administration does not try to be dictators, they fairly punish kids. The Principal is especially liked for his ways, and it sure is not a country club. He has come up to quite a few students congratulating them on suchs things they do. Students will have a great experience if one looks for it, our school does not disserve a one. Our school may have cliques, but many students are accepting to others. I feel that our high school has gotten a lot better of the years and I am quite happy to be attending.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 16, 2008

I was grossly disappointed with this school. It runs on a small town, clique atmosphere and the principal runs the school as though it were his own country club. Also, the big book of courses they pretend to offfer doesn't exist in reality--they offer bare bones courses. This USED to be a good school, but it's rating among college admissions repss has gone down in the last two years. This was the worst experience my kid ever went through, largely due to lack of support by admin.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2008

its a great place for kids to learn and make new friends. the teachers really do care and help the students in a friendly manner. the athletics there are incredible and outstanding!
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 2, 2008

I love this school. I love the freedom that we have to voice our opinions and feel safe around our peers. I feel that for the most part this is an amazing schools with well educated teachers. Anyone who has a bed review about this school obviously doesn't see the dedication that the students have towards their work and towards extracurricular activities. :)
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 26, 2007

A truly outstanding school district. Consistently well above average test scores and one of the lowest per pupil spending districts in the state of Maine. Great teacher support and encourages continuing education of fqaculty.

Posted August 27, 2007

Gone are the days when the school was lead by Dr. Ward! That was when everybody was talking about MHS and trying to move to town to attend. The school board and members of the community should take note regarding the declining popularity of MHS. The administration of this school is creating a very unhappy environment for the students. Time for new leadership!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 16, 2007

Admin is very poor and not attentive to the needs of students or teachers, poorly led school, used to be awesome (under Dr. Ward). As a student in my fourth year, I have noticed a dramatic drop in quality of the administration all the way from [t]he super to the assistant principals and principal.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 28, 2006

Marshwood is probably a good school choice if you have a 'normal' child. But if you have a child who likes to do things differently or has a learning disability, be prepared for teh fight of your life to get a good education for your child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 31, 2004

I'm a recent graduate in the class of 2004. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of learning and social activities at this school. The teachers really focused on learning, but they seemed to work on an equal level to make you feel like an adult. The activities at this school were also very fun. I liked the variety that Marshwood has, and there was at least one thing for each student to enjoy doing. I'm pleased to have graduted from such a fine school. It will help me prepare for further eduacation.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted July 7, 2004

It is not what you know but who you know here. I am grossly disappointed in this district. Older textbooks, shamefully new principal, make this a very different place than when Dr. Ward was principal. A lot of apathy & lack of leadership at superintendent level.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 2, 2003

I'm a former student of Marshwood High School graduated 2003. As a student of Marshwood I enjoyed it. The staff was great, the principal awesome. The teachers took time to help students on a one-on-one basis and offered after school help as much as they could.
—Submitted by a former student

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Critical Reading

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

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 43% in 2013.

157 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 97% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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260 Route 236
South Berwick, ME 03908
Phone: (207) 384-4500


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