School Details

Biddeford Primary School

320 Hill St, Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 282-8285

(out of 10)

Public Grades 1-3 583 students 12 students/teacher (ME avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2011-2012 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Biddeford School Department average
  • Maine state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Biddeford Primary School is a public elementary school in Biddeford. 583 students go to Biddeford Primary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 60% of the 583 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Biddeford Primary School is 12:1. Biddeford Intermediate School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 86% 93%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 43%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This school doesn't challenge the advanced students at all. The primary concern is getting everyone to passing and once they are there the interest in educating the student is gone. The principal and vice principal last year had little to no concern for students welfare. Given the amount of money that goes into the schools I would expect more actual education.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great school and one of the major stepping stones to further education to our Biddeford kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    I would have to disagree with the previous statement that children who are at grade level or above grade level are 'filler kids' and left to fend for themselves. My daughter's 1st and 2nd grade teacher was right on top of recognizing her abilities and getting her involved with Ms. Stahl's class for further challenges. I'm sure as in any school not all teachers are this on top of things and can be overwhelmed but it is an unfair assessment to assume every single last teacher in Biddeford Primary School is irresponsible and overlooks any student who doesn't need more than the average amount of help. Of all the schools my children have attended (and as a military family it's been a few) I am most pleased with BPS so far.

  • (6 years ago)

    We've found the actual student to teacher ratio is more 20 1. BPS has lots of special needs classes& support for getting kids up to basic 'no-child left behind' standards but lacks much for kids who already meet the grade's standards or excel you'll have to keep on top of the teacher to keep your child challenged if they're more advanced otherwise your child's just becomes a 'filler kid' (one the teacher doesn't have to worry about rather teacher focuses on those who are not meeting the no-child left behind std.). You really have to be an active parent here.

  • (7 years ago)

    BPS is a wonderful school for all ages. It was a great place for my daughter she adjusted well moving here and knowing no one. She looks forward to everyday of school and my youngest is anxious to be a part of the school.

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Overall score

(based on 7 ratings & reviews)

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