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PHS Earns GreatSchools' 2022 College Success Award!

The Portland Public Schools is proud to announce that Portland High School (PHS) has been named one of the top schools in the state for “College Success,” according to GreatSchools, a nonprofit providing school information to parents and families across the nation. This recognition honors schools that excel at preparing students to enroll and succeed in college, as determined by available data in each state.

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Fill Out a School Meal Application Today!

Thanks to a new Maine law, school meals are free for all Maine students, but it’s still very important to fill out a free-or-reduced school-meal application. Completing the applications provides the Portland Public Schools with family income data that helps the district receive the federal and state funding we need.

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At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously to approve a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Portland Education Association, The new contract shows trust and collaboration on both sides, with educators and the district working towards a common goal of student success. The contract begins this school year and runs through the 2024-2025 school year.

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Changes in High School Preference Process

At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education approved changing the district’s high school preference process. The change will begin with this year’s eighth-graders, the Class of 2027. The new high school preference plan will result in most students getting their first choice of school, but some will not because the plan is to limit the difference in enrollment between Deering and Portland high schools to about 30 students and reduce demographic disparity between the schools.

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Four PPS Educators Win Education for the Common Good Award

At a ceremony in Brunswick Sept. 15, four Portland Public Schools educators were presented with the 2022 Education for the Common Good Award by Bowdoin College. The four recipients of this year’s award are Superintendent Xavier Botana; PPS Director of BIPOC Career Pathways and Leadership Development Julia Hazel; Portland High School Assistant Principal Alberto Morales, and Executive Director of Human Resources Barbara Stoddard. They were recognized for their work to transform conditions for educators of color in the district

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PPS Gets Donation of 1,200 ‘I’m Your Neighbor’ Books

To kick off the NEA Big Read: Portland, ME, a city-wide discussion of immigration using the adult novel INFINITE COUNTRY that is taking place this fall, the Portland nonprofit I’m Your Neighbor Books and USM’s Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture delivered 1,200 children’s books to the Portland Public Schools – texts that will extend the conversation from kindergarten to grade 12. I'm Your Neighbor uses children’s books and stories to welcome immigrants, sharing books that help all students to better understand the perspectives of others and learn to value diversity.

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Rippleffect New Outdoor Center Adjacent to Rowe School

Rippleffect, a nonprofit that promotes youth development and leadership through adventure, on Sept. 13 officially announced the Rippleffect Outdoor Center (“ROC”), a central piece in Rippleffect's vision to provide equitable access for all Maine youth, starting in Portland’s backyard. 

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New Assistant Director of Special Services

The district has a new assistant director of student support services for secondary schools: Sharlee Mahoney. Shar, who started work on Aug. 22, will be introduced to the Portland Board of Public Education in September. She is joining our district from the Falmouth Public Schools, where she was a special education coordinator and instructional strategist across all grade spans.

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June 10, 2022 PPS Weekly COVID update

This Portland Public Schools’ COVID-19 advisory reports numbers from the past six weeks, from mid-April through today, Friday, June 10. These weekly advisories have been an effort throughout the pandemic to keep the broader PPS community informed about the number of positive cases by school.

With the school year ending (June 14 is the last day for students and June 15 for teachers) and with a lower COVID prevalence in our community and schools, this will be our final weekly COVID report. We will not do weekly updates during summer school and, if current conditions hold, will not resume those reports for the 2022-2023 school year. Of course, should conditions change, we will resume appropriate communication to ensure that staff, students, families and the general public have the necessary information.

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Testimonials

What people have to say about PATHS.

"Within the first day in the program I knew this is exactly what I wanted to do. Every program PATHS offers is very hands-on and will teach you viable skills you won’t be able to learn in a regular school classroom."

  • Nina
  • Careers in Education
  • South Portland High School

"As an educator and parent of those who do not fit in the traditional box of education, Portland Arts Technology High School is a gift to us all.  Students can “thrive” not just “survive” in schools."

  • Terri
  • GNG High School Teacher & PATHS Parent

"From being a Freshman who didn't know what he wanted to do with his future to now being so sure that I want to be a filmmaker and going to film school. If I had never come to PATHS, I would never have that dream."

  • Daniel
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  • Casco Bay High School

Portland Arts and Technology High School at a Glance

Facts About Our School

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100%

of students gain useful skills

CTE students are significantly more likely to develop problem-solving, project completion, research, communication, time management and critical thinking skills that are necessary for post-secondary success during high school than non-CTE students.

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of students meet college and career readiness goals

80% CTE students meet college and career readiness goals, versus 63% of non-CTE students

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3X

more likely to be "very satisfied" with their education

CTE students and their parents are 3x more likely to report being “very satisfied” with the real-world learning component of their education than non-CTE students and parents.

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