Prospective Students

February 28, 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

Lottery Results for the Class of 2023 (the Current 8th Grade)

On February 28th, 2019 we held a lottery that included 197 in-district students for 97 spots in our freshman class. We are offering spots to 115 students at this time, 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 me 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. A full copy of our Lottery Policy and Waitlist Procedures are here.

The Results of the Class of 2023 Lottery, by Student ID Number, are Here. (Students with ID numbers in the left-hand column are offered a spot. Students with ID numbers in the right-hand column have a spot on the waitlist.) Each student offered a spot and each student on the waitlist will receive a letter with additional information within a week.

Additional Information For Students Offered A Spot in the CBHS Class of 2023
We are thrilled to officially invite you to become a member of the Casco Bay High School Class of 2023! Welcome and congratulations. Thank you so much for your interest in our school. 

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 2023; 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.

Additional Information For Students on the Waitlist

Thank you so much for your interest in Casco Bay High School.  Unfortunately, at this time, we can not offer you a spot in the Class of 2023. Your name is among the students on our wait list. You still have a chance, however, of being offered a spot at CBHS before school starts September. 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 wait list 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 wait list is held indefinitely, unless you tell us you would like your name removed. As you likely know, students do not have to officially turn in the “Letter of Commitment for High School Choice” for DHS and PHS until March 8th , We anticipate that some students will be admitted off the CBHS wait list between March 8th and the start of school. 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 wait list in their sophomore or junior years; we update the wait list annually. If you are no longer interested in a spot at Casco Bay and would like your name removed from the wait list, please let us know.

Your particular place on the wait list has been determined by the lottery.  Because of our commitment to maintain a student body that looks like Portland, the next student admitted can depend on the demographics of the overall class and/or the person deciding to leave. This means that, in certain circumstances, students with higher numbers on the wait list may still be admitted before students with lower numbers.  (A full version of our lottery and waitlist procedures may be downloaded above.)  Portland students submitting a commitment form henceforward will be added to the end of the wait list in the order in which their commitment letter is received. A student's wait list 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, Azadeh Mashhadi, or Principal Derek Pierce at any time.

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

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.

There is currently a sizable waitlist to be a part of the CBHS Class of 2023.

Events for 8th Grade Families and Students
CBHS holds its annual 8th Grade Family Open House in December. Each PPS middle school visits CBHS in late January 2019 for several hours.

If you 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 mid-February. Typically between 70% 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 early.. 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.