School Details

James Otis Kaler Elementary School

165 Kelsey St, South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 799-3214
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 181 students 13 students/teacher (ME avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

37%
64%
62%
34%
74%
68%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2012-2013 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
  • South Portland School Department average
  • Maine state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

45%
67%
66%
40%
70%
69%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2012-2013 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
  • South Portland School Department average
  • Maine state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

40%
66%
62%
52%
73%
71%
20%
49%
45%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2012-2013 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.
54%
77%
70%

Maine Education Assessment (MEA)

In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MEA 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
  • South Portland School Department average
  • Maine state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James Otis Kaler Elementary School is a public elementary school in South Portland. 181 students go to James Otis Kaler Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 50% of the 181 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at James Otis Kaler Elementary School is 13:1. Dyer Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 78% 83%
Multiracial 7% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Kaler School is a wonderful school to teach at! Project based learning model has been a great change for students in that learning becomes more hands on and relevant for the students. The students become problem solvers for real life relevant problems. The students seem to feel the strong sense of community which our mentoring breakfast has been a huge benefit for. Kaler is a great place to work and to send your student.

  • (3 years ago)

    Kaler Elementary School is the first elementary school in South Portland that is trying a Project Based Learning approach. This has been a wonderful way to have students lead the learning. The final products students have created really reflect the use of 21 Century Skills. Students and teachers also begin each day with breakfast mentor groups. These groups have centered students in being ready to learn and prepare teachers for the needs of their students that day. Absent & tardy numbers are beginning to be impacted in a positive way!

  • (3 years ago)

    I love teaching at Kaler! The Project Based Learning model is perfect for making learning relevant and interesting for students.

  • (3 years ago)

    Bottom of 5 public elementary schools in South Portland. Working on improving this through some experiment teaching and educational programs.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's a mixed bag as to what you get at Kaler. Some teachers are fabulous and others should find a new profession.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school full of wonderful teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    Wonderful school wonderful teachers and staff.

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Overall score

(based on 7 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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