Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – Maine School of Science and Mathematics – Newsweek – 44/100

Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – Maine School of Science and Mathematics – Newsweek – 44/100


Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – Maine School of Science and Mathematics – Newsweek – 44/100

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Maine School of Science and Mathematics

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) is a residential magnet high school in Limestone, Maine.
MSSM serves students from all over the state of Maine, as well as youth from other states and international students. It is a high school for students in grades 9–12, and its summer program is for boys and girls from grades 5–9. The MSSM is a boarding school with a dormitory for up to 140 students.

95 High St, Limestone, ME 04750, United States

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After the announcement that Loring Air Force Base would be closed, funding from the Defense Reauthorization Bill provided for the creation of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics at the site of Limestone High School, which was going to lose many of its students upon the closure of the base. The town’s elementary school was eventually converted into dormitories for the school, as they are located on the same property.[1] Chartered and funded by the Maine State Legislature,[2] MSSM opened with a pioneer class in 1995. At that time, it was only the eleventh statewide residential magnet school specializing in mathematics and science education in the United States and the only school of its kind in New England. Both remain true today.
MSSM graduates attend leading colleges around the country. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked MSSM #13[3] on its list of “America’s Best High Schools," a ranking of public high schools in the United States. The school is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology[4] (NCSSSMST).

Mission

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) helps Maine’s most academically motivated high schools students become innovative, well-rounded scholars with the ability to develop, investigate, and communicate critical ideas that advance the human condition and benefit the State of Maine. MSSM extends its mission by fostering a statewide community of learners that includes Maine’s students, educators, and the general public.

History

MSSM is a public residential magnet school chartered and funded by the Maine State Legislature. A residential community committed to the pursuit of academic excellence, MSSM provides an extensive and challenging curriculum in science, mathematics, technology, and the arts and humanities.

MSSM was created by the 116th Maine Legislature in 1995 and is a member of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Science, Mathematics, and Technology.

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics opened with a pioneer class in 1995. At that time, it was only the eleventh statewide residential magnet school specializing in mathematics and science education in the United States and the only school of its kind in New England. Both remain true today.

While MSSM students come from diverse backgrounds, one common purpose prevails-the enthusiasm, desire, and motivation for, as well as the commitment to, learning. The challenging curriculum and stimulating environment create an ongoing learning experience with students working, studying, and socializing with classmates who share similar interests and goals.