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        Gorham High School     Profile  2017 - 2018

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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.

School Population

Enrollment 2017-2018:

875

 

Faculty and Staff:

110

 

Class of 2018:

200

Grading System

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.

Graduation Requirements

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

Accreditation

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.

CURRICULUM

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)

Biology:  11

Calculus AB:  12

Chemistry:  9

Computer Science:  29

English Literature and Composition:  30

English Language and Composition:  71

Environmental Science:  22

European History:  16

Latin:  8

Music Theory:  4

Physics 1:  27

Physics 2:  5

Psychology (new 2016-2017):  23

Statistics:  25

United States History:  71

 

STANDARDIZED TESTING

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:

 

Section                                            Mean

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.

ACTIVITIES

Acoustic Guitar Club

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Book Club

Civil Rights Team

Curling Club

Dance Club

Debate Team

Drama Club/One Act/Musical

Dream Factory

Equestrian Club

Filmmakers Club

FIRST (Robotics Club)

Fishing Club

French Club

GHS Games Groups

GirlUP

Gorham GIRLS

Graphic Arts & Photography Club

Green Team

Interact

Intramural Basketball League

Key Club

LGBTQ-Rainbow League

Literary Magazine

Math Team

Model UN

National History Day

National Honor Society

Odyssey of the Mind

Pentatonix (PTX) Fan Club

Prom Committee

Rock Climbing/Outing Club

School Council

SCHOLA-Yearbook

Slam Poetry

Spanish Club

Student Council

Student Newspaper “The Voice”

Studio Club

Thespian Society

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Video Production Club

Writing Club

Youth in Government

 

PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS

Concert Band

Jazz Band

Instrumental Chamber Ensembles Chorus

Chamber Singers

Fall Drama

Spring Musical

Winter One-Act Play Competition

Treble Choir

SPORTS

*27 Varsity Athletic Programs

Baseball (Boys)

Basketball (Boys & Girls)

Cheering (Boys & Girls)

Cross Country (Boys & Girls)

Field Hockey (Girls)

Football (Boys)

Golf (Boys & Girls)

lce Hockey (Boys & Girls)

Indoor & Outdoor Track (Boys & Girls)

Lacrosse (Boys & Girls)

Soccer (Boys & Girls)

Softball (Girls)

Swim Team (Boys & Girls)

Tennis (Boys & Girls)

Volleyball (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%

Military: 1%

Employment: 4%

Other: 16%

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

Anna Maria

Arizona State

Bentley University

Bowdoin College

Bryant University

Central Maine Community College

Champlain College

Clark University

Coast Guard

Colby College

Columbia College Chicago

Concordia

Elon

Embry Riddle

Emmanuel

Endicott College

Franklin Pierce University

Genesee

Gettysburg

Goucher College

Husson College

Ithaca College

Keene State

Lafayette University

Lasalle College

Maine Maritime Academy

Maine School of Masonry

Mount Ida College

Providence College

Regis College

Rivier University

Roger Williams University

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

St. John’s - New York

Simmons College

Southern Maine Community College

Spa Tech

Springfield College

Stonehill College

Suffolk University

Thomas 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

Vassar

Villanova University

Washington County Community College

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Widener

Yale

STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE:

Phyllis Worthley

School Counselor

College and Post Secondary School

phyllis.worthley@gorhamschools.org

Kate Stevens,

School Counselor

Assessment, Placement, and Support Specialist

kate.stevens@gorhamschools.org

Betsy Anastasoff

School Counselor

Assessment, Placement, and Support Specialist

betsy.anastasoff@gorhamschools.org

Trisha Cherry,

School Counselor,

8-9 Transition Specialist

trisha.cherry@gorhamschools.org

Jen Hughes

Secretary

jennifer.hughes@gorhamschools.org

Jeannine Currier

Registrar

Jeannine.Currier@gorhamschools.org

ADMINISTRATION

Brian Jandreau- Principal

Christine Cifelli- Assistant Principal

Ryan Watts- Assistant Principal

AFFILIATIONS

American School Counselors' Association

College Board

Maine School Counselors' Association

Maine State Principals' Association

National Association of Secondary School

Principals

National Honor Society

New England Association of Colleges and

Secondary Schools

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.

Implementation Timeline

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

Proficiency Score

A,B,C Score

100-Pt. Score

Proficiency Description

4

A

100

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.

3.75

A

96.7

3.5

A

93.3

3.25

B

90

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.

3

B

86.7

2.75

C

83.3

2.5

C

80

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.

2.25

C

76.7

2

D

73.3

1.75

D

70

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.

1.5

D

66.7

1.25

F

63.3

1

F

60

IE

Insufficient Evidence

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.