Prospective Students

Thanks for your interest in Casco Bay High School! The principal and guidance counselors are happy to meet or talk by phone with prospective students and families. Just give us a call (874-8160) or e-mail ([email protected]). The section below may answer some questions about the process for admission to Casco Bay.

For Current 8th Grade Families:

Class of 2026 Lottery Results

Thank you so much for your interest in Casco Bay High School. On January 28th, 2022 we held a lottery that included 140 in-district students for 99 spots in the Class of 2026. Several CBHS staff members assisted the principal in the lottery proceedings. We carefully followed the established lottery protocol in an effort to have a process that was fair and transparent. We used a random number generator to determine the initial order, and the process was completed without us viewing any students' names (only student ID numbers and relevant demographics) to help ensure there was no unintentional bias.

The results of the lottery for spots in the Class of 2026 are here.

For Students Who’ve Been Offered a Spot

Welcome! There is nothing additional you need to do confirm your spot. If you decide to attend another high school, please let us know promptly as we do have a sizable wait list of students for the Class of 2026; if you choose to relinquish your spot, an eighth-grader's parent or guardian should please phone or e-mail Casco Bay High School directly. Otherwise, we look forward to having you as a member of our crew when we launch our four-year learning expedition next September. Watch for a mailing with additional information within the next week.

For Students on the Waitlist

Thanks for your interest in CBHS. We regret any anxiety or disappointment the waitlist may cause. Please know that all commitment forms received before the lottery were viewed equally. Your spot on the waitlist is a reflection of our particular process and chance. It has nothing to do with your merits or what you might contribute to Casco Bay.


We are grateful that all Portland residents have three great options for public high school within Portland Public Schools (four, including PATHS). Your spot on our waitlist is held indefinitely, unless you tell us you would like your name removed. Based on experience in previous years, we anticipate that some students will be admitted off the CBHS waitlist between now and the start of school. The precise number can vary year to year.  Please know that for us, whether a student is admitted today or in September, there is no difference in the services or courses this student would receive. We also have students who are admitted from the waitlist in their sophomore or junior years; we update the waitlist annually. If you are no longer interested in a spot at Casco Bay and would like your name removed from the waitlist, please let us know.


A student's waitlist number will change over time and can only improve. If a spot opens up, we will notify that family as soon as possible. If a student or family would like an update on their position, feel free to contact the CBHS registrar, Hermance Kouame ([email protected]) at any time. Feel free to also contact Principal Derek Pierce with any questions or concerns: [email protected]. Thanks again.

If you are interested in a spot in the Casco Bay High School Class of 2026 and you did NOT submit a form before the 2022 lottery, please complete and return
this lottery form to Ms. Kouame at CBHS or your PPS middle school guidance counselor and your name will be added to the end of the waitlist in the order in which it is received. 

For Current 9th-12th students Interested in Transferring to Casco Bay
If you are a current 9th-11th grader and are interested in a future spot at Casco Bay, please complete and return this transfer request form, for a spot for the fall 2022:  CBHS Transfer Form 2022-23

We are currently fully enrolled. As of 11/4/21, there is a waitlist of 57 for a spot in the Class of 2025, 13 for a spot in the Class of 2024 and 27 for a spot in the Class of 2023. Circumstances can change frequently (eg: families move), so openings may exist immediately. 

Please feel free to call CBHS at any time to get a more precise sense of your student's standing and/or chances for admission.  When in doubt, please inquire for more information or submit a transfer request form.  

Typically, if you would like to spend a day visiting Casco Bay High School, you would return the CBHS Shadow Form. During the pandemic, this is not possible. However, please contact Principal Derek Pierce ([email protected]) if you would like to set up a phone call or zoom call to learn more.

21-22 8th Grade Process

Here’s the link to the 2021 CBHS 8th Grade Family Night Webinar (December 14th, 2021, about 1 hour)


Here’s the link to the CBHS Webinar for PPS 8th graders (January 13, 2022, about 1 hour).