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Pemetic Elementary School

Public | K-8 | 140 students

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Posted 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


Posted June 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted March 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MEA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MEA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 92%
Hispanic 4% 2%
Black 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
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 14%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20
School end time
  • 3:00
School Leader's name
  • Dianne Helprin

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • We have an active pto and many parent volunteers. we focus on service learning projects which involve community partners.
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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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