Comments for: Deer Isle-Stonington school makes dramatic turnaround

Posted May 14, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.

DEER ISLE | During the 2008-09 school year, Deer Isle-Stonington High School posted academic scores and statistics that weren’t just below state averages. They were below pretty much every other school in Maine. Just 57 percent of students graduated on time that year, the lowest rate of any school …

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  • Anonymous

    Congratulations may well be in order, but a two-year improvement when they were under the gun doesn’t necessarily translate to long-term success. Let’s wait a few years and accumulate some hard data (not “on track to”) to see how things work out.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.  Time will tell, but at least this a step forward instead of all the back-step motions we’ve been seeing.

  • Anonymous

    Every time I see the school listed in the newspapers, I tend to assume it will be something negative as they have been in the negative spotlight for quite some time, and rightfully so.  The school has had its share of issues and has not always been up to par when it comes to providing diversity of education to ALL of its students.  This article was very refreshing to read and I would love to say a big “KUDOS!” to Mr. West and the dedicated teachers at the school who have made this happen!  Keep up the good work!  

  • Anonymous

    Wow, see, it can be done. Nice to see this upbeat piece.

  • Karen Colburn

    three people in the photo. Student names?

  • Anonymous

    Ridiculous. This school system/this community has a long history of highly variable classes. Some years few students complete high school and many graduates do not go to college; other years, most graduate and the graduates attend the finest universities in the country. Neither the faculty nor the school curriculum has had much to do with this year-to-year variability.

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