Our Schools

The Cape Elizabeth School District serves roughly 1,600 students and is composed of three schools (elementary, middle, high) located on one campus in Cape Elizabeth Town Center.

Cape Elizabeth is considered a “high performing” district (students consistently achieve some of the top scores in the state on standardized tests), and over 90 percent of high school seniors are college bound. Many residents move to Cape Elizabeth because of the fine reputation of the educational system, and a vast majority of families choose to send their children to the public Cape School system.  Our strengths include:

  • Fresh, relevant vision, mission statement, and strategic plan which gives our district a guiding philosophy and goals
  • Several years into a 10 year capital improvement plan – Prudent, thoughtful budgeting and planning for the maintenance and improvement of our buildings and grounds.
  • Strong Instructional Support (Special Education) Department
  • Substantial K-12 professional development
  • Open Doors Studio, a lively K-12 summer program for students struggling with math and language arts
  • Supportive community, including the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation (CEEF), Parents Associations, and booster groups

Visit our district website
Read our vision, mission, values and strategic plan


The Cape Elizabeth School Budget is approximately $24 million, with a great majority of that money coming from local funds (property tax). By state law, all local school budgets must be passed by a simple majority of voters in the Spring of each year. Cape Elizabeth citizens are historically supportive of the local schools. Since 2008 when that law was enacted, two-thirds or more of Cape Elizabeth voters resoundingly approve the school budget annually.  To view current and past budgets, visit:  https://sites.google.com/a/capeelizabethschools.org/budget/

Additional Financial Support

Cape Elizabeth residents have a long history of supporting the schools not only with their tax dollars and at the polls, but with their time and their fundraising efforts. Each year, groups raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support innovation in the schools, enrich their educational experience, and to maintain high levels of excellence in existing programs.

Notable characteristics of

Notable characteristics of:

Pond Cove Elementary School
  • Grade level teacher organizational and curriculum leaders who work cooperatively to assure improved teaching and learning.
  • Maine’s 2016 Teacher of the Year.
  • Opportunities for experiential learning via local resources including the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, an outdoor classroom, beaches, and local farms.
  • Strong Allied Arts program, including visual arts, music, health, physical education, and an Early World Language Program that provides opportunity for students to study either French or Spanish starting in 1st grade.
  • Age-appropriate class sizes that more than meet state guidelines.
  • Focus on positive behavior and culture with Peaceful Pond Cove initiative and work with Stan Davis.
  • Weekly guidance lessons to foster positive interactions and citizenship.
  • Classroom-integrated technology with a dedicated technology integrator.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.cape.k12.me.us/sElem.html

Cape Elizabeth Middle School
  • 1:1 technology for students in grades 7 and 8.
  • Week-long experiential learning opportunity for the entire 6th grade class at Chewonki.
  • Strong focus on positive climate and culture, based on work with Steve Wessler.
  • Outstanding Foreign Language program.
  • Modern Library Learning Commons staffed by Library and Information Technology Specialists.
  • Flourishing instrumental and vocal music programs, including chorus, concert band, and jazz band.
  • WIN block (What I Need) in student schedules for academic enrichment and support.
  • Daily advisory in grades 7 and 8 to further community building and climate.
  • Thriving and varied extra-curricular programs, including sports, drama, writing and publishing clubs, coding club and robotics.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.cape.k12.me.us/sMiddrss.php.

Cape Elizabeth High School
  • Small, comprehensive public high school with private-school feel.
  • Recipient of a multitude of awards, including being named a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, named to US News and World Report’s/Newsweek’s lists of top high schools for the last eight consecutive years.
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges and by the State of Maine, and upwards of 70% of the teaching staff have been awarded advanced degrees.
  • Thriving  Achievement Center that offers tutoring and academic support from staff and volunteer students.
  • Advisory period for all students to build community and connectedness.
  • Average class size of roughly 22 students.
  • Dynamic Visual and Performing Arts Department including an award-winning Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, multiple large Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos, multiple visual arts classes, various Theater classes and productions.
  • Wide range of school-sponsored athletics with high student participation.  Nearly 75% of CEHS students participate in athletic programs.
  • Physical education and sports facilities include a large gymnasium, a six-lane, 25-yard pool, six outdoor tennis courts, baseball, softball and multi-purpose fields, a six-lane track surrounding a soccer field, and Hannaford Field, a turf field with bleachers that seat 1,400 fans.
  • Diverse extracurricular offerings. Nearly 80% of the student body participate in at least one extracurricular activity.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.cape.k12.me.us/sHigh.html