School Details

Wells High School

200 Sanford Rd, Wells, ME 04090
(207) 646-7011

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 434 students 12 students/teacher (ME avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


Maine High School Assessment (MHSA)

In 2011-2012 Maine used the Maine High School Assessment (MHSA) to test students in grade 11 in 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
  • Wells-Ogunquit Community School District average
  • Maine state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Wells High School is a public high school in Wells. 434 students go to Wells High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 8% of the 434 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Wells High School is 12:1. Veritas Academy 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
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 94% 96%
Multiracial 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 1%
Asian 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 1%
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 8% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    My child is entering his third year at WHS he has had a tremendous experience! The teachers coaches and staff are fantastic. The administration is proactive and involved. The principal has done a great job involving all students he truly cares about them all!

  • (5 years ago)

    If you want to find out how good or how bad a school just survey the teachers. I taught there for over thirty years. Twenty years or so ago ubder the leadership of Valjeane Olenn the faculty worked hard both to improve the curriculum and to raise standards. We managed to create a school that was one of the best in the state. Then came a new administration and a new curriculum coordinator. This produced two results lowering standards and "dumbing down" the curriculum. Hopefully there have been positive changes in the years since I retired. However I wouldn't hold my breath. At least the top administrator who I feel was in large part responsible for lowering standards to the point where the school had beecome pretty much of an academic bad joke has gone elsewhere; same is true of a particularly inept curriculum coordinator. Just ask the teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    The faculty have developed some effective and creative ways to reach students.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love snapGrades it really keeps the parents informed. Our new Principal is awesome! He really cares about all the students not only the top 10.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have to disagree with the ratings in principal leadership safety and parent involvement. With the new pricipal this year I think it rates at least four stars and I think I would raise safety to four also. He has a great vision of where he wants to take the school and there is no question that if something in the area of safety or discipline needs to be addressed it is address firmly and quickly. As far as parent involvement I can't see how anyone who has ever been to an open house teacher conference or school activities could say that parent involvement is lacking at WHS. Every event is mobbed.

  • (7 years ago)

    Progress not perfection as the target changes so does WHS. We offer 12 AP level courses. Over 20% of our present juniors and seniors are earning college credit at York County Community College in the Dual Enrollment Program. Some our graduates earn a full semester's worth of credits before they graduate. Last year 84% of our graduates went on to college.

  • (8 years ago)

    High School has many talented teachers. unfortunately there seems to be very little in the way of positive support between staff and administration. Teachers are also forced to teach low mid and high level students all in same class which seriously hinders their effectiveness and student's quality of learning.

  • (8 years ago)

    Wells High School is among the best schools in the area. The school is rising above most schools in the county. We carry a wide range in abilities and we offer many different programs for those less fortunate. The students at Wells feel that if they tried hard enough they could really learn a lot while at Wells. Most students here have their own priorities whether its school or not they are influenced badly by their lonesome parents who are horrible examples for their children I would reccommend Wells because you can apart of something that most schools cannot offer.

  • (9 years ago)

    this school is not the best school around. like most its focus is on how it looks rather then how students come out. it caters more to the 'A students' and students involved with sports rather then all the students like it should. its focus and AP(advanced placment) classes. and less focus on the kids that really need the help in school. its focus is on grades and not if that student is actually aquirering the knowledge or not does not make your school better but actually worse. a good school can teach any kid with any learning style. but not every kid who walks through that door gets what they deserve to be getting and that is a fair and good edduacation. former wells high school student

  • (10 years ago)

    I have children in this school system for the past 4 years. This is the worse it has ever been. Too many changes and not enough research.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is an amazing school. Many incredibly talented teachers - Bates and Brown graduates come to mind. Also a warm and welcoming enviroment for all sexual preferences which is not the case everywhere you go. The school is just large enough to offer decent oppurtunities and interesting classes yet small enough to encourage a close community.

  • (10 years ago)

    like most rural high school the focus is much more on grades than the importance of understanding. nothing innovative about this school you get more privileges if you play sports no recognition for individuality my oldest graduated from this school with excellent grade average and went on to reputable technology school and was found to be so deficient in english she had to take a special class with immigrants who have english has a second language. appearances are very important in this school i recommend putting your kids in private school rather then send them to this school system though i didn't have the money to do so and my third child is currently enroll at this high school it's been very disapointing i should have stayed in the city. the principal is all about himself doesn't make much of an effort to remember parents unless your kids play sports or

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