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PHS Earns GreatSchools' 2022 College Success Award!

The Portland Public Schools is proud to announce that Portland High School (PHS) has been named one of the top schools in the state for “College Success,” according to GreatSchools, a nonprofit providing school information to parents and families across the nation. This recognition honors schools that excel at preparing students to enroll and succeed in college, as determined by available data in each state.

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PPS Community on the Path toward Equity

The Portland Promise, the district’s strategic plan adopted by the Portland Board of Public Education in 2017, has four goals: Achievement, Whole Student and People, which all center on the key fourth goal of Equity. Superintendent Xavier Botana, who joined the district in 2016, spearheaded the development of the Portland Promise and has led the district’s effort toward achieving all those goals.

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Fill Out a School Meal Application Today!

Thanks to a new Maine law, school meals are free for all Maine students, but it’s still very important to fill out a free-or-reduced school-meal application. Completing the applications provides the Portland Public Schools with family income data that helps the district receive the federal and state funding we need.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously to approve a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Portland Education Association, The new contract shows trust and collaboration on both sides, with educators and the district working towards a common goal of student success. The contract begins this school year and runs through the 2024-2025 school year.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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Four PPS Educators Win Education for the Common Good Award

At a ceremony in Brunswick Sept. 15, four Portland Public Schools educators were presented with the 2022 Education for the Common Good Award by Bowdoin College. The four recipients of this year’s award are Superintendent Xavier Botana; PPS Director of BIPOC Career Pathways and Leadership Development Julia Hazel; Portland High School Assistant Principal Alberto Morales, and Executive Director of Human Resources Barbara Stoddard. They were recognized for their work to transform conditions for educators of color in the district

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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PPS Gets Donation of 1,200 ‘I’m Your Neighbor’ Books

To kick off the NEA Big Read: Portland, ME, a city-wide discussion of immigration using the adult novel INFINITE COUNTRY that is taking place this fall, the Portland nonprofit I’m Your Neighbor Books and USM’s Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture delivered 1,200 children’s books to the Portland Public Schools – texts that will extend the conversation from kindergarten to grade 12. I'm Your Neighbor uses children’s books and stories to welcome immigrants, sharing books that help all students to better understand the perspectives of others and learn to value diversity.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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PPS Unveils New Mobile Makerspace!

The Portland Public Schools unveiled its new mobile makerspace on Sept. 14, prior to its launch with students the following week. The PPS Mobile Makerspace is a mobile lab that will provide a collaborative setting for making, learning, exploring, and sharing, using high-tech to no-tech tools. It will provide every PreK-5 student in the district with at least one design/innovation/engineering experience each year. The makerspace will travel between schools to engage and empower students to explore, create, and solve meaningful problems in the STEM fields

  • Elementary Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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Rippleffect New Outdoor Center Adjacent to Rowe School

Rippleffect, a nonprofit that promotes youth development and leadership through adventure, on Sept. 13 officially announced the Rippleffect Outdoor Center (“ROC”), a central piece in Rippleffect's vision to provide equitable access for all Maine youth, starting in Portland’s backyard. 

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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PHS Senior Is National Merit Semifinalist

Portland High School senior Liam Fay-LeBlanc has been named a Semifinalist in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. Liam now joins other academically talented high school seniors nationwide who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.

  • Portland High School
  • Portland Public Schools
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New Interim Principal at Rowe

Jesseca Steele has been selected by Superintendent Xavier Botana to serve as interim principal of Rowe Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school year. She began work on Aug. 29 and the Board of Public Education formally approved her appointment at its Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting.

  • Portland Public Schools
  • Rowe Elementary School
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Portland Named All-America City for School Success!

The National Civic League has announced that Portland is a winner of the 73rd Annual 2022 All-America City Award. This year’s award recognized ten communities across the United States who are using public housing as a platform to support children’s success in school. Portland was recognized as an example of community collaboration for its partnerships between Portland Housing Authority, the Portland Public Schools and a network of community organizations who are part of the Portland ConnectED partnership.

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Donation To Help PPS Students Code

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) has just received a contribution from Generac Power Systems to help expand STEM programming in the Portland Public Schools. The funding will be used to purchase sets of Bee-Bots for each of the 10 elementary schools in the district. Bee-Bots are an interactive learning tool to introduce PreK-2nd grade students to some of the basic concepts of coding. It can help them learn about robotics, sequencing, programming, and overall problem-solving skills

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The Portland Public Schools is getting a slate of new school leaders:  Nicole Bradeen is the new principal at Longfellow Elementary School; Sarah Gips Goodall is the new principal at Lyseth Elementary School; Jason Bradeen is the new assistant principal at King Middle School; and Blake Kastle is the new assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School. The school-based appointments will be ratified at the Aug. 2 Portland Board of Public Education meeting. In addition, Terrence Young, formerly Longfellow principal, is now the executive director of district operations. 

  • King Middle School
  • Longfellow Elementary School
  • Lyseth Elementary School
  • Portland Public Schools
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In Memoriam

The Portland Public Schools family expresses our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Truc Huynh, a 2001 Portland High School alum, who drowned June 18 as the result of a boating accident.

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Testimonials

What students, parents and faculty have to say about our school.

“I am repeatedly impressed with the level of my daughter's academics...the quality of the teachers is remarkable."

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"I'm proud to work for an educational system that constantly tries to improve and values everyone."

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Peaks Island at a Glance

Facts About Our School

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Students Enrolled

Our students come from a wide variety of culturally rich backgrounds. We believe that learning in diverse groups prepares students to thrive.

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Languages Spoken in the District

Top 10 most spoken languages in the district includes: English, Somali, Arabic, Lingala, Khmer, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Vietnamese and Kinyarwanda.

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Free and Reduced Lunch

Free-and-reduced lunch paperwork is low due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal and state funding has enabled every student to receive free meals without requiring income verification.

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