Students enjoy a special luncheon to celebrate the great choices they made!
Students enjoy a special luncheon to celebrate the great choices they made!

Welcome to the James H. Bean School. We are a Pre-K to grade 5 school.

Scroll to the lower half of the page to see School Newsletters, Monthly Breakfast and Lunch Menus, and how to connect with the Sidney Athletic Association.


2896 Middle Road
Sidney, Maine 04330
Office (207) 547-3395
Fax (207)-547-4438

Dr. Nancy Reynolds,

Mrs. Tracey Higgins,
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Dolly Bartley,
School Social Worker

James H. Bean School (JHB) is a Pre-K-5 school serving students in the rural town of Sidney, Maine. Sidney is one of Maine's fastest-growing towns with a population increase of 30% in the last ten years.  The town's growth is the result of its proximity to two major commerce centers, Waterville, five miles to the north, and Augusta, the State’s capital, four miles to the south. Additional appeal is due to an Interstate 95 interchange providing primary access to the town.

The town of Sidney is located in central Maine in Kennebec County. Bounded on the east by the Kennebec River and the west by Messalonskee Lake, it covers more than 42 square miles. The town has no defined commercial or settlement areas and 15 percent seasonal housing. The property mill rate is $10.00 at 100% market value. The median annual income is $42,000 with a county unemployment rate of 7.9%.

James H. Bean School, the elementary school serving the town of Sidney, is part of RSU 18. The school administrative district encompasses four towns: Belgrade, China, Oakland, Rome, and Sidney. RSU #18 provides administrative support for the district's four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school with a total student population of 282.  The district’s graduation rate is 95% with 80% of graduates accepted to a post secondary school. RSU #18's average per pupil operating cost is $5,700.00.

The James H. Bean School serves approximately 289 students of similar ethnicity, 98% white and 2% other ethnicity. 39% of JHB’s classroom teachers have master’s degrees. The teacher to student ratio is 1 to 17. JHB student performance on the Maine Educational Assessment test, a standardized exam administered annually to Maine students in grades 4, 8, and 11, exceeds the state average 57% of the time. The MEA’s are administered to measure student progress toward state learning standards.

If you are thinking of moving to our area you might find this link helpful. This is a link to a page on our state of Maine web site which provides detailed economic information about our area. Enjoy!

More on Economics in our Area

Parenting Resources

Keeping our Parent's Informed!

Sidney Athletic Association

Please contact the Sidney Town Office at 547-3340 to get in touch with the Sidney Athletic Association.

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Student Menus

Click "Read More" to view this months menus! If you have had a change in your family status or family income and would like to apply for free or reduced breakfast and lunch for your...

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School Newsletters

Each month we publish a school newsletter. Our newsletters contain a up to date calendar of events, a message from our Principal and are intended to highlight what has been happening at school and what...

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