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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Massabesic High School is a public school located in Waterboro, ME. It has 1,019 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 29% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.
Address
88 West Road
Waterboro, ME 04087
Telephone
(207) 247-3141
Website

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
29%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1120
123 responses
Average ACT
25
14 responses
AP Enrollment
18%

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Living in the Area
C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$62,635
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,029
National
$949
Median Home Value
$191,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
50%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
56%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    30%
  • Homecoming/Bonfire
    16%
  • Our send off for our Special Olympians
    16%
  • Pep Rallies
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Chili Challenge
    5%
  • Soccer Games
    5%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,019
Free or Reduced Lunch
39%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,100
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.29 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.29 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.29 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,242/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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Massabesic High School Reviews

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I like the sportsmanship and closeness that exists between students and most teachers at the school. Teachers and coaches here are above average in experience, knowledge, and personality. They are willing to give their ALL to support their students and athletes. They work hard to get kids to learn and understand the task at hand.
Something I would like to see is an increase in the difficulty and strictness of college prep/honors/AP classes. Examples: set strict deadlines, bring the minimum passing grade back up to a 3 instead of a 2.5, set specific academic guidelines and requirements for honors and AP classes (versus college prep), so students will know what they are getting into before enrolling in their chosen classes. I feel that many students don’t take their classes seriously, no matter the level of class they are in (integrated, CP, honors, etc). As someone enrolled in 3/4 honors classes, I can say that there are a lot of other students that do not take the course seriously.
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Many of my peers look at Massabesic and don't see a good school. Underneath the surface, however, is a web of people eager to see you succeed. There is a plethora of opportunities and resources that can be sought out, and many personal connections to be made. Massabesic is not a large school. That of course comes with both advantages and disadvantages. There are not as much academic diversity as you might see at a larger high school, but there is a much larger emphasis on personal connections. The teachers are a great deal of fun, and serve to make the school day much more fun.
My experience at Massabesic hasn't been terrible, but it hasn't been the best. The greatest part about Massabesic are the teachers that are there to help you every step of the way. They truly care about the quality of education you are receiving and are phenomenal at what they do. The part that "ruined", per se, my experience is the muddling of the grading system. Over the past few years, RSU 57 has committed to making 2019 the first class to graduate with a 1-4 grading system. Our class graduates next year and they have only just begun to work out how this is going to work. Overall, Massabesic is a fairly average rural school that gets the job done and teaches what needs to be taught.