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Portland Maine Schools

Schools and Educational Services

Maine's largest and most diverse school district dedicates itself to assuring that all students are learning for their future. The Portland Public Schools educates approximately 7,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and about 6,000 adult learners.

Maine Educational ResourcesFacilities range from a one-room schoolhouse on an island in Casco Bay to the nation's second-oldest public high school and a state-of-the-art elementary school now under construction on the downtown peninsula.

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.

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K-12 Statewide School Profiles
Education Statistics   Portland   National Avg
 School Expenditures   $11,559   $10,495
 Pupil Teacher Ratio   11.6   15.3
 Students per Librarian   278   803
 Students per Counselor   397   513
 2 Year College Graduates   7.9%   7.7%
 4 Year College Graduates   28.1%   17.9%
 Graduate Degrees   11.2%   7.4%
 High School Graduates   88.1%   80.8%

 Portland Schools Documents

Download   Current (2016) Portland School Budget
Download   Portland Schoold District - Fast Facts
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Portland Public Schools


The Portland school district consists of 18 schools - 11 elementary, 3 middle schools and 4 high schools. There are approximately 755 full-time teachers.

A complete list of public schools with accompanying enrollment statistics is also available for download.

Portland Private Schools


Portland private school enrollment is 11.2% within the district. The area includes a wide arrary of private schools, including Cheverus, Wayneflete, McAuley, Breakwater.

A complete list of private schools with accompanying enrollment statistics also available for download.


Continuing Education

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.


University of Southern Maine 
University of Maine 
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