Award Year: 2017
The Bangor School Department will offer high quality instruction and comprehensive programs to provide academic excellence for all students.
- Black/African American: 3%
- White: 85%
- Hispanic: 3%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 8%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 44%
Grade 1 students performing water filtration experiment during STEM class.
Fourteenth Street School is one of five Pre-K to Grade 3 schools in Bangor, Maine, a small city of 33,000 that serves as a regional service area for Eastern Maine. Serving 144 students, Fourteenth Street School follows the Bangor School Department's vision that "a high quality education is attainable by all of our students who will receive the encouragement and opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare them for citizenship in a global society."
At Fourteenth Street, teachers use assessment data to meet students where they are. Utilizing the workshop model in all classrooms allows real-time acceleration or intervention so that all students are challenged at their individual level and can develop to their full potential.
The small school population provides unique opportunities. The whole school eats lunch together daily, and teachers, staff, and the principal are able to get to know every student and family by name. Effective communication between staff and families is a priority, resulting in strong parent involvement and an active Parent Teacher Organization.
At Fourteenth Street, we strive to use every moment to support student learning. Whether in the classroom, preparing for recess or standing in the lunchroom, students may be participating in a math game, reciting a rhyme, or singing.
It is evident that students love coming to school: over the last five years, average attendance exceeded 95%, and 100% of students participated in at least one after school activity.