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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Deering High School is a highly rated, public school located in Portland, ME. It has 908 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 28% of students are at least proficient in math and 50% in reading.
Address
370 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
Telephone
(207) 874-8260

Deering High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
50%
Percent Proficient - Math
28%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1130
140 responses
Average ACT
26
8 responses
AP Enrollment
15%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$77,054
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,280
National
$949
Median Home Value
$297,920
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Pep rally, homecoming, proms
    42%
  • Sports events
    25%
  • International day
    17%
  • Pep rallies
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    8%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
908
Free or Reduced Lunch
61%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,470
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.5%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$15,828/ year
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses
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Deering High School Reviews

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DHS proves that in a world of division, that we can all learn simultaneously. I have learned so much at Deering that I wouldn't have learned at a suburban high school, both in and out of the classroom. Teachers and coaches all care about your well being, and the student body is on your side too. My only reservations are the administration and lack of funding. Having kids from all different backgrounds, including socio-economically speaking, doesn't leave copious resources for extracurriculars. However, this doesn't stop us from competing at the highest levels. It only means we have to do a little more fundraising!
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Honestly, my experience at Deering hasn't been that bad, but there are a lot of annoying issues that they need to get under control. The main issue at Deering is organization - they just cannot get it together. Almost constantly, no one, or maybe like half the students, will know the details about school-related events or important information. To put it simply, they do not distribute important information to students well at all. I am excited to graduate because this drives me insane and I'm just ready to be done with it. However, even though I have been frustrated at Deering for a lot of the time, I am thankful that I felt safe there most of the time. Of course Deering has fights and vaping and other problems to fix, but somehow, I was never caught up in any of it and as a result, felt separated from it. Also, I have had a lot of great teachers here - a lot of not-so-great ones too, but my positive experiences with good teachers makes it worth it.
Deering really promoted individuality and student activism. There is isn't a pressure to act a certain way or to be something you're not. It's a judgment-free school. If you care about a certain issue then you are encouraged to speak up about it. The administration really goes out of its way to promote dialogues within the student body about important issues. The food could be better but everything else is great!