"We are best known for positive school climate."
Students enrolled 140
Hours 8:20 - 3:00
School leader Dianne Helprin
District Southwest Harbor School Department

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Main St
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679

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(207) 244-5502
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3 stars
Based on 9 ratings

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November 05, 2014
I believe this school has great teachers and staff, you are always learning something while visiting the school. This is a small based school so it does not have very many students, but I think that is good because that means teachers can spot out students who are lacking in class. The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the teachers and staff are changing every year, so you may not know what teacher your child is getting year after year. Keep up the good work. -annoymous

- submitted by a community member
February 14, 2014
Pemetic is in a period that lacks administrative leadership. Art, music and language programs have suffered dramatic cuts, while the principal wrongly suggests otherwise. Classroom and specials teachers are not held accountable, and the school's former insistence upon excellence has been cast aside. This all probably relates to a drop in enrollment, but families that are able have been running to other island schools like rats off of a sinking ship. Consolidation with other small town schools is clearly necessary.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
Not nearly as great as other posters would like you to believe. Could be a great school, but the administration is only focused on appearances and flip-flops often causing confusion and reversals of direction. Administration lacks transparency and tends to "spin" things to present only one side of issues. Parent involvement is a joke -- only a few "insiders" are allowed to provide input; all others are blocked from participation in school governance. Principal is good at self-promotion but lacks initiative; her leadership style consists of delegating all decision making to others. Teaching environment is very clique-y. Many of the better teachers have resigned in the last few years. There are a few standout teachers left, offset by many who are just going through the motions. Most teach to the middle (or below) leaving better students unchallenged. Small grade sizes lead to single-class situations making it difficult to differentiate teaching levels and discipline problems in the classroom are rarely addressed adequately, just passed up to the next grade. Community is very supportive of education but is getting a raw deal from the poor administration at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
This is an excellent school, the teachers care about the students. The provide the best education, school leadership and have a strong teaching staff and the principal is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
The principal of Pemetic Elementary School was recognized in February 2010 as the Maine Elementary Principal of the Year. Her leadership, integrity, and caring lead our faculty and students to levels of accomplishment and commitment that make our school stand out. She actively generates and promotes an atmosphere of community amongst the staff and students. Upper grades partner with lower grades in academic and extra-curricular activities, fostering connections and sowing the seeds of leadership and mentorship in our children. These attributes, alongside the academic achievements engendered and fostered by our outstanding faculty, are just the sorts of skills and strengths our children need to begin their transition into adulthood. Pemetic does not limit itself to achieving high test scores. Pemetic cultivates the whole child, aiming to develop their character to provide a strong base from which the students can reach for their dreams.

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We are known for having an extremely positive culture and climate. The staff is outstanding and many of them have been recognized individually for their strengths in teaching and connecting with students. We have above state average test scores in both math and reading and test students each year to measure their individual growth. Our athletic teams and performing arts programs have won several awards, including state level competitions.


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Pemetic Elementary School
Main St, Southwest Harbor, ME  04679
(207) 244-5502
Last modified Pemetic Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pemetic Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 9 reviews. Top