South Portland is a growing and dynamic schools system. It's five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school serve approximately 3,100 students in grades K-12. With the opening of the 2005-2006 school year, the city celebrated the completion of the renovation of all of the district's elementary schools.Beginning in 2012 a reconstruction project of the high school began, with a completion date set for 2013.
South Portland has an enormous volunteer program, with more than 800 community member volunteers involved in the schools, and a full time volunteer coordinator overseeing the program.
Community members sit on curriculum and building committees, on hiring committees and on the design and advisory teams for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. South Portland CASA works closely with the school system to provide education and programming for safe and drug free schools.
The South Portland school district consists of 9 schools and approximately 250 full-time teachers. The teacher to student ratio is 13.4 to 1 and the National Enrollment Ranking is in the 81st Percentile.
A complete list of public schools with accompanying enrollment statistics is also available for download.
South Portland Private Schools
South Portland private schools enrollment is 10.7% within the district. The area includes a wide arrary of private schools, including Greater Portland Christian, Casco Bay Montessori and Holy Cross High School.
A complete list of 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.