Prospective Students

November 4, 2021 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 8th Grade Families:
Please review what follows carefully. Please note that the PPS 8th grade high school choice timeline is more compressed than in previous years and the deadline for a CBHS Lottery and Commitment form - and the timing of the lottery itself - is several weeks earlier than in previous years.

If you are interested in a spot in the Casco Bay High School Class of 2026, please complete and return this form to Ms. Kouame at CBHS or your PPS middle school guidance counselor any time before January 18th, 2022.
Turning in this form does not guarantee you a spot in the class, but it is the required first step.

All Casco Bay High School Lottery Forms received prior to the January 18, 2022 deadline will be considered equal.  Any remaining spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis, presuming demographic balance. If a lottery is necessary, it will be held by January 28th, 2022, and students will be notified of the results.  Please know that only students who complete and return the Lottery and Commitment form will be included in any lottery.  In a typical year, 60-90% of students who turn in a lottery form on time are offered a spot in the CBHS 9th grade class by September. You can learn more about the CBHS lottery process here:

Lottery protocol


8th Grade (Class of 2026) Family Timeline
December 6th - PPS High School Choice Night - 6:30 to 8:30pm
December 14th - CBHS 8th Grade Family Open House (virtual) - 6:30 to 8pm
January 13th - CBHS Webinar for PPS 8th Graders
January 18th - CBHS Lottery and Commitment Forms due
January 28th - likely date for CBHS lottery (if necessary)
February 4th - 8th graders confirm their PPS high school choice


For Students on the Waitlist

 

 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. A student may stay on the waitlist as long as they choose, even spanning multiple academic 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. If a student or family would like an update on their position, feel free to contact the CBHS registrar, Hermance Kouame (kouamh@portlandschools.org) at any time. Feel free to also contact Principal Derek Pierce with any questions or concerns: piercd@portlandschools.org. Thanks again.


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 (piercd@portlandschools.org) if you would like to set up a phone call or zoom call to learn more.

20-21 8th Grade Process

We held our 8th Grade Family Night (over zoom) on December 15th. Here's a recording of the event.

And here's a link to our January 22nd, 2021 webinar for PPS 8th Graders.