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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
    B
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Portland High School is a highly rated, public school located in Portland, ME. It has 793 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.
Address
284 Cumberland Av
Portland, ME 04101
Telephone
(207) 874-8250

Portland High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1190
114 responses
Average ACT
30
6 responses
AP Enrollment
24%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Cost of Living
    C
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$48,259
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$969
National
$949
Median Home Value
$248,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 35 responses
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  • Pep rally
    29%
  • Spirit week
    23%
  • Football games
    14%
  • Shadow Days
    9%
  • Blood Drive
    6%
  • Soccer games
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
793
Free or Reduced Lunch
49%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$65,823
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.5%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$17,650/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.17 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.17 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.17 responses
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Portland High School Reviews

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My 4 years at Portland High have definitely been the best 4 years of my life. Portland students are very motivated, well-rounded, intelligent young adults who have endless pride for our school. The teachers truly care about each and every one of their students and take extra care in making sure that every student thrives. The student body is truly one big family and I couldn’t be more proud to call myself a Bulldog!
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Portland is a one of a kind place. If in the right classes, the academics are fantastic and the teachers are great and most are eager to build strong relationships with the students. The AP and honors classes are very separate from the college Prep classes which is strange at times. Overall, the best part about Portland high is the people, the diversity, and the school spirit. I learned more life lessons there then I ever could have at a prep school and will always be glad I chose Portland.
I transferred from abroad in the middle of freshman year. All my friends had opted to go to Deering while I’d chosen to stay true to family tradition and attend Portland; I can’t say I regret it. PHS has had nothing but a positive impact, whether it be our sports teams (which have absolutely incredible coaches and teammates) or the positivity in the air at the school. My only issue Ceuta the PHS is the student parking. It’s far from the school and you have to walk up the hop past a homeless shelter to get to the school. It’s especially nerve-wracking after sports practices when there’s no one around. Even at homecoming, there was no alternate parking, which all in all made students not want to attend. Those who did attend sprinted fearfully back to their vehicles after the dance. I wish we could have student discounted passes for the parking garage at the school; it’d be a lot safer.