Orono, Bangor Make List Of 20 Best School Districts In Maine In 2016
The Orono and Bangor school departments ranked among the best school districts in Maine for 2016.
Regional School Unit No. 26 (MSAD 26), which includes the Orono schools, ranked fifth and Bangor ranked 11th in the survey released Monday by Niche, a company which uses government data and opinion-based surveys from students, alumni and parents to determine its rankings.
The survey measured each school district in eight categories, with academics accounting for 50 percent of the grade. Other categories included health and safety, teachers, facilities, and student culture and diversity.
Orono received all As in the ranking except for one A- in the "health and safety" category and a C+ in "student and cultural diversity." Bangor received an A in the "teachers" category and no grade below a B- (student culture and diversity.)
Brewer ranked 40th in the survey, Hermon ranked 44th and Old Town ranked 45th.
Below are the Top 20 school districts in Maine
- Falmouth School Department
- Yarmouth Schools
- Cape Elizabeth School Department
- Regional School Unit No. 51 (MSAD 51) Cumberland Center
- Regional School Unit No. 26 (MSAD 26) Orono
- Scarborough School Department
- Islesboro School Department
- Brunswick School Department
- Regional School Unit No. 38 (MSAD 38) Readfield
- Portland Public Schools
- Bangor School Department
- York School Department
- Greenville School Department
- Regional School Unit No. 35 (MSAD 35) Eliot
- Regional School Unit No. 21 (MSAD 21) Kennebunk
- Regional School Unit No. 08 (MSAD 08) Vinalhaven
- South Portland School Department
- Gorham School Department
- Wells-Ogunquit Central School District
- Boothbay-Boothbay Harbor Central School District
In a separate ranking, Bangor High School was found to be the 13th best public high school in Maine. Brewer High School ranked 32nd on that list. Yarmouth High School was the best high school in Maine, according to the study.
The company also released a list of the best private high schools in Maine, on which John Bapst Memorial High School ranked ninth.