North Berwick, ME
The acronym NOBLE reflects the three towns that form Maine School Administrative District #60: North Berwick, Berwick, and Lebanon. The district is located in rural, southern Maine nestled between the Maine Coast and the New Hampshire state line. Noble High School is a public high school, serving approximately 1,200 students in grades 8-12. 21% of students are eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch. Noble is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Maine Department of Education and Cultural Services. The school is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, and the New England League of Innovative Schools. Noble launched an innovative school improvement plan in the early 1990s and since then has been working to increase student engagement and success. The creation of a unit stipend program, which includes a mechanism to validate and calibrate scoring of teacher curriculum and student work, has shaped many of the instructional practices used within the classroom. Prior to graduation, all students complete a comprehensive final exhibition involving research, writing and an oral presentation before a panel of students and adults.
As a result of participating in the i3 New England Network, the greatest accomplishment has been the opportunity to ensure practices of personalization, inquiry, agency, and performance assessment are employed in all quadrants of the learning community. Educators now seek greater efficiency and efficacy in the manner in which they approach instruction and assessment.
“We are a better school and we are better educators because of the expertise of our twelve fellow cohort schools and the amazing coaches from the Center for Secondary School Redesign.”
Josh Gould, Site Coordinator, fifteen-year veteran educator