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Education for Kids

There are many public, private, and independent educational options in Portland.

Education for Kids

Access Maine keeps a database of local special education, learning disability, and mental health resources for parents and youth.

About 5,000 Maine children are homeschooled each year. Start here for an overview of state requirements.

Maine Unschooling Network describes itself as a “a secular community of whole-life learners, autodidacts, and radical unschoolers of all ages, questioning and living free of institutional education.”

Math Affect is a private consultancy that uses “neuroscience based learning interventions” to help kids with math and other academic challenges on the full range of the educational spectrum. Contact Cristina Cumming at 207-233-2564.

Read, learn, grow, and play at Portland Public Library. PPL has a strong (and long) tradition of serving kids & families with great collections, programs, and services designed to build kids’ love of reading and discovery, as well as engaging with parents, teachers, and other child educators. Every PPL location has a dedicated area just for kids, for reading, exploring, and enjoying their programs.

Portland Public Schools is Maine’s largest and most diverse school district, serving nearly 7,000 students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, and more than 4,500 adult learners. There are ten elementary schools (two located on islands), three middle schools, and four high schools, including King Middle School and Casco Bay High School, which both operate on an expeditionary learning model. This quick fact sheet provides additional information about the district.

The city is also home to a number of private day schools that serve students from early childhood through grade twelve. For a comprehensive list, peruse these public and private schools on Wikipedia.