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Small Class Sizes and Exceptional Educators

Imagine reading Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at the foot of a crimson leafed maple tree in fall. Or delving into WWII history at the very spot where German UBoats sank a US Navy warship. Or sharing in your 5th grader’s excitement after a field trip to a state-of-the-art learning laboratory (Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s LabVenture program), exploring the complex ecosystem of the Gulf of Maine. Students in Maine learn from the best and are well-positioned to become tomorrow’s leaders.

With its small class sizes (12:1 student/teacher ratio), exceptional educators, and unique learning opportunities state-wide, Maine’s public education system is often lauded for its high academic rigor. The state offers universal Pre-K in most communities, with resources for students with special needs an integral component of district offerings.

Almost 80% of Maine school districts offer at least one public preschool classroom and approximately 40% of all eligible children are enrolled in Pre-K statewide.

Belive it or not, the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) is rated the second-best high school in the United States and it’s situated in a quiet town in rural Aroostook County. With three other Maine public high schools ranking in the top 5% in the country, Maine’s exceptional public education system clearly belies its small size!

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Inspiring Alternatives

Because not all students learn in the same way or excel in a traditional public school setting, Maine’s public charter schools offer families inspiring alternatives, with speciality schools across the state focused on science and technology, performing and visual arts, natural sciences and agriculture, and more. Enrolment is on a first-come-first-serve basis, with no criteria for admission. For families more inclined toward private education, Maine has some of the finest college preparatory and K-12 classrooms in New England.

Maine’s public university system, technical institutions, and private liberal arts colleges (Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin) provide multiple entry-points to meet every student’s higher education goals. Students from across the globe come to Maine to study law, medicine, engineering, and business, with short commutes and first rate faculty. The state also offers reimbursement for student loans through its Opportunity Maine Tax Credit initiative.

If you’re looking for a place to settle down and raise your family, go to college, or refine your technical expertise, you can’t do much better than Maine. Our waters are clear, our skies are bright, and our inspiration is contagious.


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