South Portland High School

637 Highland Ave, South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 767-3266

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 871 students 11 students/teacher (ME avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


Maine High School Assessment (MHSA)

In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine High School Assessment (MHSA) to test students in grade 11 in critical reading, math, writing and science. The results reported show how well students are mastering state standards, specific skills defined 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

South Portland High School is a public high school in South Portland. 871 students attend South Portland High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 4% of the 871 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Portland High School is 11:1. Spurwink School--S Portland is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 85% 83%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Asian 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is awful. Teachers are terrible no one seems interested at all. Math has gone way down hill. I used to be In advanced math now I can barley pass the normal math required for my grade. A lot of math teachers are moving away from traditional math and teaching things parents and students don't know. How the school also handles things is not that great. The school gets their nose in stuff that doesn't involve them. They try and help stop fights by making them worse. It's just gone way down hill. The city also wasted a ton of money on the new school. They complain we don't have money yet they buy teachers 70 inch flat screens and put heated floors. We live in Maine. Why do we need heated floors? Most people have boots in the winter. If not that's their fault for wearing proper footwear. I see a lot of kids who say this school is terrible. 9/10 kids would say that they would like to move schools. The principle and vice principles are also very unprepared and lack of much work that is suppose to be done.

  • (4 years ago)

    Some terrific teachers (social studies and science departments especially) and some very weak programs (math has gone dramatically down hill in recent years). All coursework is now "non-leveled " which means star students and troubled kids sit side by side. Nothing wrong with that theoretically but in practice it lops the top off of high achievers. At this point most of the city's highest-end kids opt for private school; I know that's where I sent my youngest after a year at SPHS. Great athletics though! It's terrific to see the girls shine and to watch the (relatively) new hockey program take off with a great coach.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a grandmother of one of the students at SPHS she is an ho[n]or student and has gone 2 years at this school and loves it. she has excelled in everything. She is in marching band chorus track drama. She moved there from another state and it has been a wonderful experience for her. I am telling her about these reviews and having her write one about her experiences.

  • (6 years ago)

    If I had known what I was getting into before attending South Portland High School I would have moved to another school district. The school nearly killed my interest in education entirely. The teachers are apathetic and many seem unhappy to be teaching. Creativity and educational exploration beyond the school's curriculum are discouraged. My attempt to start a Political Awareness club was met with strong resistance by the principal. My fellow SPHS alumni and I joke that it was more like four years of prison than high school - and this is not an uncommon attitude among those that attended the school. My mother claims her biggest parenting mistake was sending her children to SPHS. I would never recommend South Portland High to any student or parent.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a proud Red Riot I have to applaud the administration for making student involvement at South Portland leaps and bounds ahead of student involvement at any surrounding schools. There are two students who serve on the school board. There is a Student Judicial Court which has the power to increase or decrease or keep the same the consequences given by the administration to a student accused of wrongdoing. The student government has implemented many programs like mentoring systems for the underclassmen a school-wide honor code and overhaul of the electronics policy. Kudos to the students and staff at SPHS. I'll be sad to leave!

  • (9 years ago)

    There are some very good teachers at SPHS but talk to parents and former students and check them out for yourself. There are some very poor teachers who don't even know the subject matter. A very few teachers will share with you if you get them out of listening range. The administration is only parent friendly on the surface but not when it comes to parent concerns about teacher behavior or remarks or performance. Some of us have been told that in their opinion when the student enters the building they have no rights and there are no parent rights. It goes on from there. The school board doesn't respond when parents contact them regarding problems. As I said there are some really good teachers who engage the students. Don't be afraid of being choosy or asking pointed questions. It's your kid and you should get the best teachers.

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