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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Maine's Project Learning Programs: By the Numbers

The King Middle School and Casco Bay High School stories in statistics.
Kathy Baron
Former Edutopia reporter and editor, mother of two.

  King Casco Bay State of Maine
Grades 6-12
Total Students 493 232 101,950
Caucasian 60% 75% 94%
African American 24% 17% 2.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.5% * 1.5%
Latino 5.5% * 1%
Native American 1% * .8%
Immigrant/Refugee 2% * .5%
English-language Learner 26% 14% 1.9%
Free/Reduced-price Lunch 53.4% 37.5% 35%
Individualized Education Programs 16% 22.4% 16.6%
Out of School Suspensions** 27 16 8,256
Expulsions** 0 0 85


* school-wide numbers less than 4.5% suppressed due to confidentiality
** actual numbers not percentages

For a complete breakdown on languages spoken at Maine's public schools, download Diversity Comes to Maine from Abroad.

Average state expenditure per pupil, grades 6-12: $10,650.68

State Graduation Rate: 83.53 percent

The Players:

Junior Abde Ahmed is an immigrant from Sudan.

Credit: Michael Warren

Number of Languages spoken at King Middle School: 25
Top Five Languages (following English):
- Somali
- Spanish
- Arabic
- Khmer
- Acholi (northern Uganda)

Number of Languages spoken at Casco Bay High School: 12
Top Five Languages (following English):
- Somali
- Arabic
- Acholi
- Spanish
- Vietnamese

Number of Languages spoken by all Maine students: 111
Top Five Languages (after English):
- Somali
- Spanish
- French
- Chinese
- Khmer

Principals:

King Middle School: Mike McCarthy arrived in 1988 and has been principal ever since. He introduced expeditionary learning to King after taking a group of teachers on an Outward Bound expedition. McCarthy cut his teeth in education teaching math to inmates at a maximum security prison.

Casco Bay High School: Derek Pierce founded the school in 2005 as an expeditionary learning school. It is the first new high school in Portland in 150 years. Pierce also helped start the only other new high school that opened elsewhere in the state in the last twenty years.

King Middle School students meeting or exceeding standards on the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) in 2008-2009:

Math
Grade 6 – 51 percent
Grade 7 – 74 percent
Grade 8 – 56 percent

Reading
Grade 6 – 70 percent
Grade 7 – 85 percent
Grade 8 – 70 percent

Science
Grade 8 – 60 percent

All Maine middle school students meeting or exceeding standards on the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA).

Math
Grade 6 – 54 percent
Grade 7 – 58 percent
Grade 8 – 53 percent

Reading
Grade 6 – 70 percent
Grade 7 – 79 percent
Grade 8 – 71 percent

Science
Grade 8 – 62 percent

The Players:

Junior Yuki Hall thrives at Casco Bay.

Credit: Michael Warren

Casco Bay High School* students meeting or exceeding standards on the Maine High School Assessment (MHSA) from May 2009.

*According to researchers at the University of Southern Maine, Casco Bay's composite scores were tenth highest out of the state's 130 high schools.

Math: 45 percent
Critical Reading: 56 percent
Science: 44 percent
Writing: 50 percent

All Maine high school students meeting or exceeding standards on the Maine High School Assessment (MHSA) from May 2009.

Math: 42 percent
Critical Reading: 49 percent
Science: 41 percent
Writing: 46 percent

Statistics are from the Maine Department of Education


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