Social and Emotional Techniques That Help Students Focus on Academic Progress

School
Mount Desert Elementary School

Location
Northeast Harbor, Maine

School Type
Rural, public

Target Audience
Grades K-8


Note: Demographic data below is from the 2011-12 academic year.

School Enrollment: 170

  • Student Demographics:
  • 95% Caucasian/white
  • <4% African American/black
  • <4% Hispanic
  • <4% Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 0% American Indian/Native Alaskan
  • 20% free or reduced-price meals
  • 15% special services
  • 1% English as a second language

Note: Expenditures below are from the 2011-12 academic year.

  • Per-Pupil Operating Expenditures:
  • School/District: $15,756
  • State (Maine): $9,121
Student Achievement:

Since 2006, Mount Desert Elementary School has consistently outperformed the state of Maine in the percentage of students proficient or above on state tests, and was awarded National Blue Ribbon Schools Program status for academic excellence in 2008.

Research: How SEL Classroom Management Techniques Build Academic Success

By Vanessa Vega and Youki Terada

Mount Desert Elementary School is a small, K-8 public school in Northeast Harbor, Maine, that has successfully created a strong learning community that is the basis of the school’s academic success. Since 2006, this elementary school has consistently outperformed the state of Maine in the percentage of students at “Proficient with Distinction” or above on state tests, and has been awarded National Blue Ribbon Schools Program status for academic excellence in 2008. While the teachers and principal of Mount Desert are hesitant to attribute their school’s success to any particular recipe or approach, several key practices seem crucial to the school’s success:

  • Responsive Classroom
  • Tailoring instruction to student’s learning needs and interests
  • A community-based learning atmosphere

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