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York High School

Public | 9-12 | 609 students


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Posted April 18, 2011

Just want to congratulate the students and staff on another job well done. Once again you scored higher then the state average and many surrounding high schools on the MHA and other assessment tests given to you. This in addition to a 90+% graduation rate. Both my children went through the York school system. They were well prepared for their college courses. My oldest is graduating this May with honors. My youngest is a freshmen in college and has made the Dean's list 1st semester. Thank you goes to the teachers, staff and my kids. We truly do have a gem of a school system here in York.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 30, 2010

The school consists of basically two types of people, the people who are bound to succeed because of their parents and sucking up, and then you have the smart ones who don't get acknowledged as they should. The schools extracurricular activities are great, yes, but that doesn't reflect the poor quality of the teaching and the ill manner of both teacher and student. The students are not respected, which leads to a strong disliking of the teacher. The teachers only focus on your homework abilities, mostly, and if you need to be moved up, they won't even think about it if you don't hand in homework, which in term, leaves the student unhappy, bored, and miserable. This school could do so much better, and it is very unsatisfactory.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 11, 2010

The only reason this school doesn't have a 5 star rating is because the people who tend to visit these sites are bitter over their experience. Sure, the school isn't perfect but it by far is one of the best schools in Maine and was recently named one of the best public high schools in the country. I will be graduating in June and I will deeply miss the connections I have made with the school and it's staff. YHS has prepared me extremely well for life after high school and as my senior year comes to a close, I am confident that the YHS faculty is the reason why I am prepared and motivated for the future. The other schools in the area (Traip, Marshwood, Wells etc.) don't even come close to comparing to York.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 6, 2008

The school is filled with teachers who should have have been fired years ago. What a joke the science department is. The school is a perfect example of why tenure for teachers is a bad idea.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 7, 2008

There is a lack of promotion of equality between teachers and students, and I feel that as a result, the students tend to simply view the teachers as a nuisance. there are teachers in York high school that are liked more than others. I feel the reason for that is because the teachers who are more commonly accepted have a personal respect and appreciation for the students, which comes through during class. When the students feel respected, understood, and appreciated, rather than simply people whose only purpose is to be given homework to and told to be quiet, York High School would become a closer and thus freer school!
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 7, 2007

I am a graduate from York High School and I am shocked to read what has been written about my school. My time at YHS was amazing and I have my most favorite memories in the hallways of the school. The teachers were amazing and would bend over backwards for any student. The guidance did push students to attend high colleges, but were also realistic and told the student what to expect. I think the school does have its 'clicks', but so doesn't every school, work place, organization and community. That is a fact of life! The sports at YHS are also amazing and the coaching staff does all it can to help give the players the drive needed to be competitive. I highly recommend YHS for any family moving to the seacoast.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 23, 2007

I graduated York High School in 2003. I felt well-prepared for the outside world, and I know many of my classmates did as well. I have a strong feeling that many will go on to become entrepreneurs and help change the world. Extracurriculars at YHS are certainly extensive. The science programs are strong. I felt that math was the weakest department(based on my personal experience). I found Principal Robert Stevens to be rated well because of his character not by his ability to do anything more spectacular or different than schools A, B, or C.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted October 27, 2005

I am offended by the comment that the teachers hate their jobs. I see many teachers go out of their way to help students who need it. The problem I see at the school is a lack of parental involvement. I attended the alcohol awareness last year for the community and it was very poorly attended. There is a drug problem in York, and it is a problem that no one wants to face. YHS does everything it can to educate the students to the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but there is only so much they can do. Students are not at school 24 hours a day.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2005

York High School for a student is a gift. The teachers will do anything that they can to help you if you have the desire and motivation. The sports programs are accepting to all students while maintaining a high reputation. The band, theater and choral programs are welcoming and can become very involved. Colleges definitely do recruit students from YHS. The guidance department lets students know that they are there to help them succeed. Teachers convey to the students that they are happy teaching. I do not know any teacher there who is not dedicated to the success of their students. YHS is not clicky although a student may have a hard time if they can not set aside initial judgements and open themselves up to acceptance on all levels. The community is highly involved and supportive. York High School is a rewarding experience for every student.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 16, 2005

Some of the classes are academically motivating, but most are rather easy and a motivated student could easily loose focus in absolute boredom. There are major discipline problem and problems with stealing in the locker rooms. The teachers, as a whole, don't seem to like their jobs or their students. The administration seems to be pleased if all of its students go to York County Community College, not pushing for anything higher. Drugs are also a major problem at the school as well as in the community. It is a clicky school, and a new student might find it hard to fit in. Overall, I have been really displeased with York High School. It really needs to get its act together.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 10, 2005

Academics are average. Weak in the sciences. Sports are a plus. Extracurricular activites, such as dances, are well attended. Better colleges do not recruit at YHS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 23, 2005

I found this school to be solely directed toward the middle of the road student, with not many options for those that had problems with a standard curriculoum.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 17, 2005

The teachers in this school are top quatily. However the students are extremaly clickly, if you dont fit in you will be outcasted and punished by the other students. I know this because I was one the those students.
—Submitted by a former student

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Critical Reading

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

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 43% in 2013.

148 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 96% 92%
Hispanic 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Black 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1 Robert Stevens Dr
York, ME 03909
Phone: (207) 363-3621


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