The Community: A town of 9,000 residents, Cape Elizabeth is located five miles south of Portland, Maine's largest city. The community is comprised of people working predominantly in business and the professions. Ninety percent of our parents are college graduates and fifty percent hold an advanced degree. The community is strongly committed to education.
The School: Cape Elizabeth High School is a public four-year comprehensive high school of approximately 550 students. We were awarded the Blue Ribbon High School award by the US Dept of Education, Silver Medal Recognition in US News & World Report’s Best American High Schools and are ranked 129th in Newsweek’s America’s Top High Schools. There are 63 professional staff members; 74% percent have advanced degrees. Cape Elizabeth High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges and by the State of Maine.
Groupings: Honors and Advanced Placement courses are for students who have demonstrated high achievement in a particular subject area. There are thirteen Advanced Placement courses this year: English Language (Junior), English Literature (Senior), Statistics, Calculus AB & BC, French, Spanish, Government, US History, Macroeconomics, Biology, Physics and Environmental Science. Juniors are limited to taking four AP classes at a time; Seniors, five. College Preparatory courses are for students who have demonstrated the academic aptitude for admission to a four-year college.
Graduation Requirements and Grading System: Students are required to carry the equivalent of six courses each year and must earn a minimum of 23 Carnegie units to graduate.
Grade Point Average: At the end of Grade 11, a weighted GPA is calculated using an academic core which awards weighted points for grades in AP courses (1.35) and for grades in Honors courses (1.30). An unweighted GPA is also calculated which includes all grades in all courses. Both are reported on the transcript. In lieu of reporting a class rank, we provide GPA ranges.
Athletics 2000-Present: Seventy-nine percent of CEHS students participate in the athletic program, comprised of 50 teams (25 boys/25 girls), 28 of which are varsity. Activities include: FALL- Soccer, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Field Hockey and Girls’ Volleyball. WINTER – Basketball, Swimming and Diving, Indoor Track, Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing and Ice Hockey. SPRING – Outdoor Track, Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball and Tennis. Over the past 15 years CEHS has won 66 Conference Championships, 43 Regional Championships, 49 State Championships and 7 MPA Sportsmanship Awards
Extra Curricular Activities: A high percentage of our students participate in extracurricular activities: Art Club, Bartleby, BBQ Team, Book Talk, Civil Rights Team, Environmental Club, Fishing Club, Gay/Straight Alliance, Graduation Committee, Maroon Medal Society, Math Team, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, Natural Helpers, Peer Tutors, Prom Committee, Robotics Team, Safe Passage, Sailing Club, Science Team, Siddartha Project, Speech & Debate Team, Student Government, Student Rescue, Theatre Council, Volunteer Club, World Affairs Council
Arts: CEHS has an award-winning Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, 3 large Jazz Ensembles and 3 Jazz Combos. We participate in District, State and National competitions & festivals, and CEHS is a five-time winner of the Berklee College Jazz Festival. One-half of our students take a visual arts class. They have won National prizes in art competitions and work has been displayed at the Portland Museum of Art, the Maine College of Art and Federal buildings in Washington, DC. Our Theatre program typically produces three shows a year. Over a hundred students work in all aspects of production in a musical, the One Acts and the Spring Show. We enjoy wide community support and are recognized state-wide for our award-winning, innovative productions.
College Admissions 85% of last year’s graduates entered some form of post-secondary education. Members of the Class of 2016 are attending these colleges: