Gorham High School Profile 2017 - 2018
CEEB Code 200400 www.goghs.org
The mission of Gorham High School is to provide a variety of educational opportunities in a safe, positive environment. Our aim is that each graduate thinks critically and creatively, communicates effectively, reads and listens for understanding, solves problems, acts as a responsible citizen, and aspires to and realizes individual goals.
Recognized by US News & World Report Top 10 High Schools in Maine
School and Community
Gorham High School (GHS) is a four-year public school that serves the town of Gorham, Maine. GHS is situated in a suburban community of 16, 381 residents (2010 census). The town has a diversified economy and is located six miles from the city of Portland.
Faculty and Staff:
Class of 2018:
Gorham High School does not report class rank. Courses are not weighted. All final grades are included in the GPA, which is compiled at the end of each semester.
*See attachment for changes in the grade scales starting 2017-2018.
Students must complete a minimum of 22 credits. The following core requirements must be met:
English: 4.0 credits
Math: 3.0 credits
Science (labs): 3.0 credits
Social Studies: 3.0 credits
Fine Arts: 1.0 credit
Physical Education: 1.0 credit
Technology: 1.0 credit
Health Education: 0.5 credit
Electives: 5.5 credits
Gorham High School is a public secondary school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and by the Maine Department of Education.
Honors courses are denoted as Advanced at GHS. Advanced courses offered at GHS:
American Literature Advanced, English 11 Advanced, English 12 Advanced, Advanced Algebra 1, Geometry Advanced, Algebra 2 Advanced, Financial Algebra Advanced, Pre-Calculus Advanced, Calculus, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Physics
American Studies is an interdisciplinary sophomore course that explores the American experience through the lense of both History and English.
Humanities is also an interdisciplinary course, incorporating History & English.
Gorham High School is associated with two vocational centers: Westbrook Regional Vocational Center (WRVC) and Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS). Courses are sequential and are two years in length.
2016-2017 was the first school year that GHS moved entirely to a block schedule, allowing students to have 8 periods of classes each of the two semesters.
AP COURSES AND ENROLLMENT (2016-2017)
Calculus AB: 12
Computer Science: 29
English Literature and Composition: 30
English Language and Composition: 71
Environmental Science: 22
European History: 16
Music Theory: 4
Physics 1: 27
Physics 2: 5
Psychology (new 2016-2017): 23
United States History: 71
All Maine high school juniors, including all students in their third year of high school are required to take the SAT. SAT Ranges for Class of 2017:
Mathematics (M) 516
English Reading Writing (ERW) 540
Average total: combined M/ERW: 1056
*All sophomores take the PSAT.
EARLY COLLEGE, ONLINE, AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Students at Gorham High School have opportunities to take college courses at the University of Southern Maine, Southern Maine Community College, St. Joseph’s College, University of New England, Husson University, and the University of Maine.
Online courses are also offered to enrich and expand the course offerings and opportunities at Gorham High School. Currently, students take classes through Virtual High School, and PLATO.
Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG). JMG at Gorham High School connects with public education and private businesses to offer results-driven solutions to ensure all Maine students graduate, attain postsecondary credentials & pursue meaningful careers.
Gorham students can participate in the Bridge Year Program. GHS & WRVC have partnered in this program to allow students to earn college credit in high school and experience an integrated technical skill-based education.
Acoustic Guitar Club
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Civil Rights Team
Drama Club/One Act/Musical
FIRST (Robotics Club)
GHS Games Groups
Graphic Arts & Photography Club
Intramural Basketball League
National History Day
National Honor Society
Odyssey of the Mind
Pentatonix (PTX) Fan Club
Rock Climbing/Outing Club
Student Newspaper “The Voice”
Ultimate Frisbee Club
Video Production Club
Youth in Government
Instrumental Chamber Ensembles Chorus
Winter One-Act Play Competition
*27 Varsity Athletic Programs
Basketball (Boys & Girls)
Cheering (Boys & Girls)
Cross Country (Boys & Girls)
Field Hockey (Girls)
Golf (Boys & Girls)
lce Hockey (Boys & Girls)
Indoor & Outdoor Track (Boys & Girls)
Lacrosse (Boys & Girls)
Soccer (Boys & Girls)
Swim Team (Boys & Girls)
Tennis (Boys & Girls)
CLASS OF 2017 INTENDED
POST GRADUATE PLANS
Total graduates: 208
Four year post secondary plan: 61%
Two year post secondary plan: 24%
Career Education/Program: 2%
Other Includes but is not limited to: Junior Hockey, Strive U, Japanese Cultural Program, Gap Year, Defer, travel, and other Post Graduate programs.
COLLEGES AND POSTSECONDARY PLANS 2016-17
Air National Guard
Central Maine Community College
Columbia College Chicago
Franklin Pierce University
Maine Maritime Academy
Maine School of Masonry
Mount Ida College
Roger Williams University
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
St. John’s - New York
Southern Maine Community College
United States Army
University of Bridgeport
University of Maine Farmington
University of Maine Machias
University of Maine
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of Rhode Island
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
Washington County Community College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE:
College and Post Secondary School
Assessment, Placement, and Support Specialist
Assessment, Placement, and Support Specialist
8-9 Transition Specialist
Brian Jandreau- Principal
Christine Cifelli- Assistant Principal
Ryan Watts- Assistant Principal
American School Counselors' Association
Maine School Counselors' Association
Maine State Principals' Association
National Association of Secondary School
National Honor Society
New England Association of Colleges and
New England School Counselors' Association
GHS Transition to Proficiency Based Learning (PBL) and Grading Language, Scales, & Implementation Timeline.
Gorham is in the process of transitioning to a PBL system for grading and reporting. Below you will see two different grading scales. The first is the 1-4 grading scale that will ultimately be implemented across grades 6-12. We understand that this is a large shift in how we report grades to students, colleges and parents. We plan to use this “blended” scale as an interim measure while we work to bring our traditional grading system into full alignment with our PBL plan and overall vision.
For the 2017-18, 18-19, 19-20 School Years, 9-12 will utilize the “blended” grading scale.
Starting 2020-21 School Year, 9-12 will use a 1-4 grading scale.
GHS Blended Scale
Distinguished - The student consistently exceeds the proficiency requirements for the course level. Performance indicators show that the student grasps, applies, generalizes, and extends key concepts, processes, and skills independently.
Proficient - The student consistently meets the proficiency requirements for the course level. Performance indicators show that the student, with limited errors, grasps key concepts, processes, and skills for the course/grade level and understands and applies them.
Developing - The student is progressing toward the proficiency requirements for the course/grade level. Performance indicators show that the student is beginning to grasp key concepts, processes, and skills for the course/grade level, but demonstrates inconsistent understanding and application of concepts.
Emerging - The student is making some progress toward meeting the competency requirements. Performance indicators show that the student is not demonstrating understanding of course-level concepts, processes and skills and requires additional time and support.
The student did not turn in enough work to determine his/her level of proficiency.
* Note: Scores lower than a 60 will not be given to students using this grading scale.