Welcome to Beals Island, Maine

Beals is a small town of 443 (2020 US Census). Most of the people make their living by lobster fishing or other activities that do with the sea.
Many family names have been on Beals since it was originally settled in the 1700s.Most common last names include Alley, Beal, Carver, and Crowley.
The island has no stores or restaurants. It has a state of the art marine research institute and a place that process many different kinds of seafood 
for market. It also has a beautiful coastline and a nature preserve for hiking. Beals is a very beautiful place.
We live near the Bay of Fundy with the highest and lowest tides in the world. We have cool to warm summers and cold winters. 

Beals is approximately 60 miles east of Bar Harbor and Ellsworth, Maine. It is connected with a bridge to Jonesport, Maine.

The Beals Elementary School is a school of approximately 40 students that serves children in Grades Pre-K to 8th Grade. Beals Elementary School offers it students an educational experience that is enhanced through collaboration with the Downeast Institute for Marine Research and Education (DEI) of the University of Maine at Machias and also Island Readers and Writers (IRW). Students also have opportunities through hands on and collaborative learning in art, drama, science, history, and other subjects. Students in Grades 1-8 also have their own school issued laptops. Beals is a part of Maine School Union 103. High School students attend Jonesport-Beals High School in Jonesport, Maine.

Mission Statement
At Beals Elementary School, our goal is to create an environment that fosters a love of learning. Through collaboration, hard work, creativity, and fun, every student will achieve his of her full potential.

Our Core Beliefs and Values:

  • All children deserve a caring, nurturing learning experience in a safe, healthy environment.
  • Children's lives are influenced by many factors; therefore, it is essential that a variety of people be a part of their education: families, communities, teacher, and most importantly, the students themselves.
  • Each child has a different background and set of learning capabilities; schools need to keep in mind and give every child the opportunity to learn to his/her potential.
  • School is an important part of a life-long learning process.
  • Education should be an interesting and stimulating experience for all children.
  • Schools play an important part in the development and enhancement of student self-esteem.
  • Respect and accountability should be among chief lessons we teach children.
  • Schools should be places where teachers and students, alike, have high expectations for themselves and each other.
  • Open, honest communication is the lifeblood of any good school.
  • All children should leave school prepared to be productive, responsible members of a global society

Student Assessment
The ­­­­­­­­Beals School Department utilizes all assessment data to help inform our practices at the district, school, classroom and individual levels for our students.  Although we encourage students and parents to participate fully in our assessment program, it is important to note that parents/guardians may opt their child out of state testing.  If you are interested in doing so, please reach out to your child's principal to make this request in writing.

Last Updated August 21, 2023