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Prospective Students

February 28, 2020 Update

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 (piercd@portlandschools.org). The section below may answer some questions about the process for admission to Casco Bay.

For Current 9th-12th students Interested in Transferring to Casco Bay
If you are a current 9th-12th 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 2020: CBHS Transfer Form 20-21

We are currently fully enrolled. As of 2/29/20, there is a waitlist of about 60 for a spot in the Class of 2023. Other grades have a short waitlist, and the Class of 2020 has no waitlist. 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 admissions.  A student's number on the waitlist can only improve, and a student may stay on the waitlist as long as they choose, even spanning multiple academic years. When in doubt, please inquire for more information or submit a transfer request form.  

If you are a current high school student and you would like to shadow at Casco Bay, please complete and return the CBHS Shadow Form.

For the Class of 2024 (the Current 8th Grade)

On February 28th, 2020 we held a lottery that included 182 in-district students for 97 spots in our freshman class. We are initially offering spots to 115 students, recognizing from past history that some students in the lottery are undecided about their high school choice and will ultimately choose to attend elsewhere. Several CBHS staff members assisted 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 are here.

All students in the Class of 2024 Lottery will receive a letter in early March with more details.

For Students who are Offered a Spot in the CBHS Class of 2024
Congratulations! 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 2024; 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.

For Students on the Waitlist

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 lower your number, the better your chance. 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.

Last year, we were able to offer spots to students with waitlist numbers in the mid-20s, but each year can vary. If your contact information changes over the summer from what is in Infinite Campus, please let us know.  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.

 
Please contact us if you would like further clarification. We regret any anxiety or disappointment the waitlist may cause. Thank you again for your interest in Casco Bay.



If You Are A Current 8th Grader And You Are Interested in a Spot in the Class of 2024, But You Did Not Submit a Form By February 14th, 2020

Please submit this CBHS form to Gloria Leberman (leberg@portlandschools.org). Forms received after this date will be added to the end of the Class of 2024 waitlist in the order in which they are received. 

Typical 8th Grade Timeline
1) CBHS Open House for 8th Grade Families - Mid-December
2) 8th Grade Visit Days for PPS Middle Schools* - January
3) Lottery Commitment Form Due - Mid-February
4) Lottery Held (if Necessary**) - End of February/Early March

*Non-PPS 8th graders may submit a shadow form (above).

**All lottery forms are viewed equally as long as they are received before or on the February deadline. In the event that more than 97 students are interested in spot in CBHS's incoming 9th grade, a lottery will be held. A copy of the current lottery and waitlist policy is here.
   
If any prospective student or parent would like to meet to learn more about CBHS, please just give us a call or e-mail.

Typically between 70% and 90% of students who turn in a commitment form by the deadline are offered a spot at CBHS before September.