It's not a total surprise, they've been here before.

Maybe I'm a bit biased, because I have a family member who teaches there. But over the years, I've heard lots of stories of what it's like to be a teacher at Fruit Street. And I've never really heard bad ones. Sure, you have occasional problem children over the years, or even problem parents for that matter, but generally I only hear positive things.

So it's not surprise that Fruit Street took the top spot this year among Maine elementary schools. They've received many accolades before, even at the national level. In 2019, they were recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. That's no small potatoes. And it's happening on the national level again, according to the BDN.

U.S. News & World Report thinks they're pretty spiffy too.

This year, after compiling standardized testing data in math and English, it was determined that Fruit Street has been leading the way for Maine school kids. This is an especially great feat as this was all accomplished during the pandemic. Proving the dedication of the faculty to keep educating kids, despite some major setbacks.

Last year, there were kids at home, kids in the classroom, and teachers trying their best to navigate both. Well, it would seem they did it just right. There's been a lot of talk in the last year or two about "essential workers". Teachers have been long before the pandemic, but now the proof is on their own report card.

Other Bangor schools also did well. Cohen School got third place in middle school rankings, and many of the other Bangor schools rounded out the top 20. At any rate, it's hard evidence that the Bangor school system has what it takes to crank out smart kids. And that always comes from the top down.

25 of Maine's Best Public High Schools Ranked

Is your nearby high school on the list? Here are 25 of Maine's best high schools based on niche.com's analytics of reviews and data collected from the U.S. Department of Education. Ratings of the schools were based on various data such as graduation rates, test scores, and more. Check to see if your local schools are on the list.

See How School Cafeteria Meals Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years

Using government and news reports, Stacker has traced the history of cafeteria meals from their inception to the present day, with data from news and government reports. Read on to see how various legal acts, food trends, and budget cuts have changed what kids are getting on their trays.

LOOK: Things from the year you were born that don't exist anymore

The iconic (and at times silly) toys, technologies, and electronics have been usurped since their grand entrance, either by advances in technology or breakthroughs in common sense. See how many things on this list trigger childhood memories—and which ones were here and gone so fast you missed them entirely.