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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Casco Bay High School And King Middle School

Grades 6-8 | Portland, ME

Project-Based Learning in Maine

Two schools in Maine are transforming the learning process with technology-infused projects that benefit the community and promote high academic achievement.

What This School Is Achieving

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

Casco Bay was the first new high school in Portland in 150 years when it opened in 2005. The timing was serendipitous. When Casco Bay opened, it received a grant to purchase used laptops that had been returned by middle schools, such as Helen King Middle School, a few miles away.

Casco Bay benefited from more than King Middle School's hand-me-down computers. The high school was designed around a variation on project-based learning that King helped pioneer. It's called expeditionary learning, and it builds on the collaborative, interdisciplinary approach of project learning, then extends the effort out of the classroom into the community. 

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