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C
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Sanford High School is a public school located in Sanford, ME. It has 1,000 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 26% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.
Address
52 Sanford High School Blvd
Sanford, ME 04073
Telephone
(207) 324-4050
Website
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Sanford High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
26%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1110
150 responses
Average ACT
24
15 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
    D
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$38,889
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$871
National
$949
Median Home Value
$170,900
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
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 76 responses
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  • Homecoming dance
    17%
  • Pep rally
    16%
  • Winter Ball
    12%
  • Football Games
    12%
  • Basketball games
    11%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Mr. SHS
    11%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,000
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,733
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.6%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$15,281/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
31%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
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My experience with Sanford High School had its ups and downs. I participated in cheerleading which kept me busy and I had so much fun participating in it for all four years of high school. The majority of the teachers at this school was pretty average, but some stood out and helped me prepare for adult life. Without them, I would struggle not knowing what to do and have a hard time getting through college. The only thing I would want to change about this school is the administration and food. I feel like the admin should have handled situations better. Also with the food at the school, it didn't taste very well but I appreciate how hard the lunch ladies work. Even though Sanford was not as good as other schools I overall enjoyed my experience at Sanford High and I hope others did too.
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The best and worst parts of the Sanford High are the teachers. Some teachers, like the various AP are passionate and ready to teach. Other teachers don’t care about their students, and so it’s hard to get a valuable education. Many students here are also unappreciative of the new school built this year. As much as the school is going forward, we are also taking steps back. There are lots of opportunities here in Sanford, it just takes a special kid to go after them.
There are so many after school activities at this school. Sanford High School also allows students to start their own after-school organizations if there is enough interest. For starters, there are many sports teams. We have swim, football, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, tennis, soccer, softball, baseball, and wrestling. Sports are a major part of this school! But we also have educational organizations too. For example, I was in the French club and we took a trip to Montreal over April vacation. It was one the most amazing experiences ever! Some students started a dance club where they make up their own dance routines and perform for people. I'd say the arts clubs are the most popular after sports. For example, there are about 50 kids in art club and 30 in the photography club. There is also an amazing program called Odyssey of the Mind, which I was involved in. Our team won at states and got to go to World Finals in Iowa! It was so amazing! Other after school organizations include the math club, mock trial club, chess club, and Key Club. I joined Key Club for a while and it was great. We helped lots of people and even went to the Boston Children's Hospital to deliver blankets for kids!