THOMASTON, Maine — Georges Valley High School has been put on the 10 lowest-performing schools list by the Maine Department of Education.
According to a press release issued Monday by Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent Judith Lucarelli, “This should not be interpreted as a message that these 10 schools are the 10 worst performing schools in the state.”
The schools were identified using the average of reading and math SAT scores for the last three years, among other data.
“This designation comes at a time when improvement efforts are already under way in RSU 13,” Lucarelli wrote Monday.
The RSU recently instituted an entirely new curriculum for its new high school next year, after Georges Valley High is transformed into an eighth- and ninth-grade-only school.
The transformation into a new high school was spurred by concerns about low test scores, Lucarelli wrote.
Georges Valley, which is currently a grade nine through 12 school, will merge with Rockland District High School next fall to create an eighth- and ninth-grade campus in Thomaston and a 10th- through 12th-grade campus in Rockland. Together, they will be called Oceanside High School. The idea is to combine and strengthen program offerings and help younger students transition into high school.