Cape Elizabeth Schools are organized into three schools located on one campus: Pond Cove Elementary School (K-4); Middle School (5-8); and High School (9-12). These schools are administered by the superintendent and a principal for each school. Total enrollment is just under 1,700 students. Setting policy is the responsibility of an elected School Board composed of seven members serving three-year terms.
In the most recent report from US News & World Reports, Cape Elizabeth High School was ranked #471 nationally and #5 in the state of Maine.
The school budget accounts for approximately 68 percent of the town's total budget. With the emphasis on academics, more than 90 percent of graduates go on to post-secondary education. In addition to strong academic programs throughout the system, about 80 percent of middle and high school students participate in extra-curricular activities ranging from sports to debating to the arts.
Cape Elizabeth can reflect with pride upon its services to learners with disabilities. Each school provides a full range of support programs to assist any child identified as needing special education.
Included in the continuum of services are resource room instruction, occupational and physical therapy, speech and language treatment, counseling services, psychological evaluations, and intensive programming for children with behavioral disorders and developmental disabilities.
The district offers a challenging academic curriculum and a rich array of educational choices including expeditionary learning, vocational training and a thriving adult education program.
The Cape Elizabeth school district consists of 3 schools and includes approximately 129 teachers with a student to teacher ratio of 12.6 to 1. The National Enrollment Ranking is in the 66th percentile.
A complete list of public schools with accompanying enrollment statistics is also available for download.
Cape Elizabeth Private Schools
Private school enrollment is 14.9% within the district. Many Cape Elizabeth students interested in private school attend local area institutions such Wayneflete, or North Yarmouth Academy.
A complete list of area private schools with accompanying enrollment statisticsis also available for download.
There are many opportunities for continuing education, including many excellent adult ed programs.
University of Maine
Located in Orono, the University of Maine offers a strong traditional education at an affordable price.
Founded in 1865, the university offers 88 bachelor's degree programs, 64 master's degree programs, and 25 doctoral programs. Since 1923 graduate work has been a separate division of the University. Today the master's degree is offered in over 60 areas of study and the doctorate in 26 areas.
The University of Southern Maine is the largest of the seven campuses of the University of Maine System, as well as one of the oldest, with its founding in Gorham in 1878. USM is a major educational force in the overall growth and improvement of the economic, civic, social, and cultural fabric of southern Maine.
From its campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston, USM offers baccalaureate, master's, and Ph.D. degree programs, providing students with rich learning opportunities in the arts, humanities, politics, health sciences, business, mass communications, science, engineering, and technology.
Colleges & Universities
Despite its small population, Maine is home to over 20 colleges and universities. From community colleges to four-year institutions, there are many opportunities for continuing education.