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About our Catholic Schools

"Be it known to all who enter here that Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever-present teacher in its classes, the model of its faculty, the inspiration of its students."

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Portland are vibrant learning communities serving more than 2,500 students in Pre-K through 12th grade, at 10 elementary/middle schools and two high schools.

Our highly qualified faculty and staff are dedicated to nourishing young people by helping them achieve more in school and life. Our schools inspire students to feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts as they become faith-filled Christians, creative and critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and contribute confidently to our Church and communities.

Students at our schools receive a total education. We address not only the educational, physical and emotional needs of our students but also their spiritual needs, developing the whole person, created by God to know him, love him, and serve him.     

Consider a Catholic Education for Your Child

Dear Friends in Christ,

Although our schools offer many different benefits—academic excellence, arts education, enrichment activities, athletics and more—the true value of a Catholic education is that it is a total education. Our schools pursue more than achievements; they strive to reach the whole person, including each student’s soul.

At Maine Catholic Schools, our attention to both knowledge and faith make a Catholic education one of the best gifts you could ever give your children. From preschool through graduation, students in our Catholic schools grow in faith, knowledge, character, and grace, thriving in an atmosphere where they feel respected and loved by their teachers and peers.  

Our families also feel supported as they work to educate their children and instill in them the truth of the Catholic faith.  

We invite you and your family to join us, and prayerfully consider enrolling your child at a Catholic school near you. Scholarships and tuition assistance are available to help make a Catholic school education possible for every family. As a parent, you are the primary educator responsible for your children’s faith. We look forward to partnering with you and invite you to learn more.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Robert Deeley, J.C.D.
Bishop, Diocese of Portland
Jim King
Superintendent

 

 


Curriculum

The Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Portland adopted the Archdiocese of Hartford Curriculum Standards which uphold the values, morals and teachings of the Catholic Church and defines the academic outcomes expected of our students.

Explore our curriculum standards by visiting this link

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Open House Events and Tours

Experience what it’s like to be a student at one of our Catholic schools
when you attend one of our open house events or schedule a school tour.

 


Help Share the Benefits of Catholic Education

Help even more families receive the rich benefits of Catholic education. Research shows our students are more likely to attend Mass, practice their faith, and be civically involved and more generous during their lifetime. Consider helping us invite your friends and family to share in this amazing opportunity.

Just fill out a referral form at this link and we will do the rest.

Scholarships

The Diocese of Portland believes a Catholic education should be available, accessible and affordable to any family that wants to provide their child with a quality education in a strong Catholic environment.

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Portland deliver an exceptional education at low and affordable rates. The decision to enroll your child in a Catholic school, however, often also involves sacrifices on the part of every family. Ultimately, families who commit to Catholic education for their child do so because it is their priority to provide a learning community that supports the faith and values taught at home.

A variety of scholarship opportunities exist for families choosing a Maine Catholic school education for their child. In addition to diocesan scholarships, other types of scholarships and grants also are available, depending on the school or parish. Contact your Catholic elementary school and/or Catholic high school for details about the scholarships they may have available to you. In addition, a parish may support a student with a parishioner rate of tuition or parish support.

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Maine Catholic School News

St. Michael Students held a walk-a-thon to raise money for the school and the Travis Mills Foundation.

Students participate in the Catholic Children's Choir Festival, learning about chorale technique and the beauty of sacred music.  

Bishop Robert P. Deeley made a special Lenten visit to Mount Merici Academy in Waterville to visit the students and staff.

Students at St. Dominic Academy used art and words to convey their thoughts on the overuse of natural resources.