About Us

Gerald E. Talbot Community School is a Pre-K through Grade 5 school located off outer Forest Avenue in Portland, Maine. Recently, our school was renamed in honor of Gerald E. Talbot. Mr. Talbot is one of Portland’s most cherished and respected community leaders. He is an educator, author, historian, military veteran, civil and human rights activist, founding president of the Portland branch of the NAACP and is the first African American to be elected to Maine’s Legislature and to chair the Maine State Board of Education. Among his accomplishments were the successful passage of the Maine Fair Housing Bill and the Maine Human Rights Act and the establishment of the Maine Human Rights Commission.

We our proud of our diverse population of learners from around the world, who speak a total of eleven different languages. Our school is in a community building which also houses a branch of the Portland Public Library, a Greater Portland Health dental office, and space for the Recreation Department of Portland Parks and Recreation, including a community a swimming pool. 
Our grounds include tennis courts, a basketball court, an accessible playscape for children of all abilities, and multiple ball fields. Gardens planted by students dot the area and a community garden has been established.   

If you need help translating this information into another language, please call the Office of Multilingual and Multicultural Programs at 874-8135.

For more specific information about our school and procedures, please see our Family Handbook.

Be Prepared for School Cancellations
The Portland Public Schools close when it is unsafe for children to get to school due to the conditions of roads and sidewalks.   

School closing decisions generally are made by 5:30 a.m.  They are announced on the school district’s website (, Facebook page (Portland ME Public Schools) and on local radio and television stations, including TV3. 

If schools are closed for the day, extracurricular activities usually are cancelled, too.  However, Portland Recreation may be open for participants of their before- and after-school program.  Please call the Recreation Information Hotline at 756-8130 for updates or check the Portland Recreation page on Facebook. 

The district may delay the start of school or dismiss students early due to inclement weather or specific issues in one or more buildings.  Notifications will occur in the same way as full-day cancellations.  Parents also will be notified of unexpected early releases through the district's automated calling system, so that parents can plan for picking up their children or arranging for them to have access to other care arrangements. 

Every family needs a back-up plan for school cancellations.  Please arrange for a neighbor, family member, friend or child-care provider to care for your child.  Be sure that your child’s school has a current phone number to reach you in case of emergency.   

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