Academics

Diploma Requirements and Our Schedule

The following 41 credits are required: English 8, Mathematics 6, Social Studies 6, Sciences 6, Fine Arts 2, Physical Education 2, Health 1, Electives 10. Each semester course is worth two credits (1 Carnegie Unit). Deering High School operates on a four by four block schedule. Due to COVID-19, 10-12 graders’ courses meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for a forty-minute block. Students may enroll in a maximum of four two-credit courses each semester and earn a maximum of sixteen credits per year within the regular curriculum.

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Deering adopted a grade scale with eight cut points aligned with rigorous learning standards. The grade scale is detailed below. Portland Public Schools will not evaluate/interpret international transcripts beyond recognition of credit awarded.For a complete review of our building schedule and courses, please consult the Deering Course Selection Guide on the Deering School website: http://dhs.portlandschools.org/for_students/guidance_website/course_catalog

Honors and Advanced Placement Curriculum

Thirty Honors courses are available including: English 9 and 10; Early U.S. History; US & the Modern World History; Pre-AP French; Pre-AP Spanish; Algebra I; Algebra II; Geometry; Accelerated Math 9 and 10; Pre-Calculus; Calculus; Earth Science; Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Advanced Physics; Anatomy & Physiology; Band; Studio Art; Chamber Choir; and Orchestra. Sixteen Advanced Placement courses are available including: Comparative Government & Politics, Human Geography, United States History, English Literature & Composition, English Language & Composition, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics, Psychology, Spanish, French, Music Theory and Studio Art.

Early College and Dual Enrollment Opportunities

Deering offers four dual enrollment courses: Calculus A, African American History to 1865, African American History Since 1865 with the University of Southern Maine, and Quantitative Reasoning with Southern Maine Community College. Students with an 85 or better cumulative average may participate in Early Studies Programs at the University of Southern Maine, Southern Maine Community College and St. Joseph’s College or online through the University of Maine. All students are able to take online Advanced Placement courses through Maine’s AP4ALL program.

Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to students who have demonstrated proficiency in English and another world language. Proficiency in English is typically met through the completion of high school graduation requirements. Proficiency in another language is demonstrated by scoring at an Intermediate Level 1 or higher in all domains on the ACTFL standards. For Arabic and Chinese, a score of Novice Level 4 or higher is required. The Seal of Biliteracy was offered at Deering for the first time in 2018.

STEM Endorsement

The STEM endorsement honors students who have deeply explored the field during their high school years. This endorsement is awarded when a student has earned 20 credits in STEM courses including Pre-Calculus and a college or Advanced Placement course. They must also complete 50 hours of work in at least two of the following three categories: Extended Learning Opportunities (minimum 30 hours), Internship(s) (minimum 10 hours), Senior Capstone Project (minimum 20 hours).