Prospective Students

January 2019 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 ( 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 if you would like to be considered for this school year: CBHS Transfer Form 2018-19.
Please return this form if you would like to be considered for a spot for the fall 2019: CBHS Transfer Request Form 2019-20

We are currently fully enrolled. And there may be a short waitlist of interested students, depending on your grade level. But circumstances 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 Student Shadow Request Form 2018-19

The Class of 2023 - The Current 8th Grade
If you are interested in possibly being a part of the CBHS Class of 2023 as a 9th grader in the fall of 2019, please complete and return this form as your first step.
CBHS Lottery and Commitment Form - Class of 2023

Events for 8th Grade Families and Students
CBHS held its annual 8th Grade Family Open House in December. Each PPS middle school will be visiting CBHS in late January for several hours: King MS (1/25), Lincoln MS (1/28) and Moore MS (1/29).

If you are not a current PPS 8th grader and would like to set up a shadow day, please complete and return the student shadow form in the section above.

If any prospective student or parent would like to meet to learn more about CBHS, please just give us a call or e-mail.

8th graders who are interested in a spot at Casco Bay should complete and return the CBHS lottery form (above) to either CBHS or their middle school guidance counselor by February 15th, 2019. Typically between 80% and 90% of students who turn in a commitment form by the deadline are offered a spot at CBHS before September.

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 by March 1st. This year, March 8th, 2019 is the date by which all PPS 8th graders have to commit to a PPS high school. A copy of the current lottery and waitlist policy is here.

Last Year: The Class of 2022 Lottery
On Thursday, March 1st, 2018
we held a lottery that included 128 in-district students. Several CBHS staff members assisted with the proceedings. We carefully followed the established 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. We aim to be a great small school for any Portland teen, so we want to have a student body that reflects Portland’s wonderful diversity. Our lottery process strives to promote that as best we can within the parameters of the law. Specifically, our lottery process strives to ensure that we are demographically representative of Portland in terms of the three categories that impact school staffing and funding: students who receive free or reduced lunch, students who receive special education services and students who are considered “English Language Learners.” Our lottery process also guarantees a spot to siblings of current 9th-11th grade students because we want to cultivate deep connections with families that are interested in having their high school-aged children attend the same school.