Prospective Students

March 1, 2018 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 students interested in transferring to Casco Bay in the short term or in the fall of 2018:
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: CBHS Transfer Form 2018-19

As of 3/1/2018, the length of the waitlist for Portland residents for a spot in each grade is listed below:
Current Grade 9 (Class of 2021) - 10
Current Grade 10 (Class of 2020) - 6
Current Grade 11 (Class of 2019) -4
Current Grade 12 (Class of 2018) - 0

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.  Your chances of admission off the waitlist may be better than you think. Circumstances can change on a daily basis, especially in the weeks before school.  If you are a current high school student and you would like to shadow at Casco Bay, please complete and return the Student Shadow Form 2017-18

The Class of 2022 - The Current 8th Grade
A lottery for admission to the Class of 2022 was held on March 1, 2018 and resulted in a waitlist.

The results for the Class of 2022 lottery are here, listed by student ID number. Students on the waitlist at this point still have a reasonable chance of being offered a spot before September (or thereafter). Thanks!

If you were not in the lottery and would like to be considered for admission in the Class of 2022, please complete and return this form.

Events for 8th Grade Families.
8th Graders and their families are invited each December to the CBHS 8th Grade Family Open House. Check out a flyer for last year's event HERE

PPS 8th graders also have an opportunity to experience 1/2 a day at Casco Bay in February.

8th graders who are interested in a spot at Casco Bay complete and return a form to either CBHS or their middle school guidance counselor by mid-February. Here is the lottery form used for the Class of 2022  CBHS Lottery Form - Class of 2022

All lottery forms are viewed equally as long as they are received before or on th 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 March. This year, March 9th, 2018 is the date by which all PPS 8th graders have to commit to a PPS high school.

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.

Class of 2022 HS Commitment Form - Due March 9th

For more on our lottery policy, please read here: 2017-18 CBHS Lottery and Waitlist Procedure