Winter 2017 Update (3/2/17)
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. The section below may answer some questions about the process for admission to Casco Bay.
For students interested in transferring to Casco Bay for 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 2017-2018
As of 2/24/17, the length of the
waitlist for Portland residents for a spot in each grade is listed
Grade 9 (Class of 2020) - 24
Grade 10 (Class of 2019) - 35
Grade 11 (Class of 2018) - 2
Grade 12 (Class of 2017) - 0
feel free to call CBHS at any time to get a more precise sense of your
student's standing. 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.
The Lottery for the
Class of 2021
Thursday, March 2nd
held a lottery that included 153 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. The
results of the lottery are here, published by students’ PPS ID
numbers. Out of district students were assigned a number by our
registrar. Let us know if you are not sure what your number is.
Class of 2021 Lottery Results By Student Number
Students Who Have Been Offered a Spot in Class of 2021
You will be receiving an official letter and additional information
about courses soon. There
will also be
several events to help with the transition from middle school to high
school this spring and summer, including an Orientation and “Family
Crew Night” on Thursday, May 25th (from 5:30-8:00pm). More details
will be forthcoming, but please save this date. Parents and
guardians of students in the Class of 2021 are invited to get
involved even sooner. Our Parent Advisory Group meets monthly and is
open to any CBHS parent. This group advises the principal, promotes
parent involvement and helps with securing resources that will
improve teaching and learning. Our next meetings are Tuesday, March
and Tuesday, April 4th
from 5:30-7:00 (in CBHS Rm. “Somalia”). Students and parents can
keep informed by reading our periodic newsletters which you will now
begin to receive. Parents, if possible, please send us your e-mail
address (to firstname.lastname@example.org), so you can join the Class of
2021 e-mail group and receive more timely and frequent communications
(and we can save on time and money).
luck with the rest of your eighth grade year. In
order to confirm your spot at Casco Bay High School, please return
the “Letter of Commitment for High School Choice” to your middle
school guidance counselor – or directly to CBHS – as soon as
possible, but no later than March 10th.
2017-2018 PPS HS Commitment Form
you decide to attend another high school, please let us know promptly
as we do have a substantial wait list of students for the Class of
2021; if this is the case, 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. We have
had a remarkably successful first dozen years, but we know our school
is only going to get better – because of you.
Students on the Waitlist for the Class of 2021
for your interest in Casco Bay High School. You will be receiving a
letter soon with more particulars about the waitlist process and your
spot on the waitlist. We are sorry we can not offer you a spot at
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.
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 know, students
do not have to officially turn in the “Letter of Commitment for
High School Choice” until March 10th.
This year, for the first time, we are initially offering spots to
more students than we have in the past – 115 – knowing that
historically a cohort of students who are offered a spot in the
lottery choose to attend another high school. Still we anticipate
that some students will be admitted off the wait list between now and
the start of school.
If your contact
information changes over the summer from what is in Infinite Campus,
please let us know.
The lower your waitlist number, the better your chances. We also
have students who are admitted from the wait list in their sophomore
or junior years; we update the wait list annually. 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.
Still, 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.
a student or family would like an update on their position, feel free
to contact the CBHS registrar, Linda Pinard, or Principal Derek
Pierce at any time.
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, and good luck with the rest of your
eighth grade year.
9th Grade Admissions:
If you would like to join us as a 9th grader next fall, here is the process we used this year...
• On December 8th (6:30-8:30pm), CBHS held its Open House for 8th grade parents and families; here's the flyer: 8th Grade Parents' Night Flyer 12-8-16
If you can't make our Open House, but would like to meet or get a tour, just give us a call.
• During the week of January 30th 2017, all PPS 8th graders experienced a 2 hour immersion program at Casco Bay, Deering and Portland high schools.
• If you are an 8th grader who is interested in CBHS but who does not attend a PPS middle school, then you are encouraged to set up a "shadow day" to visit. Shadow days begin in November. You can set one up by completing and returning this form: Student Shadow Form 2016-17
Following the school shadow days in late January, PPS 8th graders still undecided about their school choice may set up a visit day by completing and returning the following form: Student Shadow Form 2016-17
• By no later than February 15 (2017), any student interested in a spot at Casco Bay turned in a CBHS Lottery Form. Here it is: 2017-2018 CBHS Lottery Form
• At CBHS, we are limited to taking 97 incoming 9th graders. If more than 97 students are interested, then we will have a lottery within 2 weeks of the Lottery Form deadline. Details about our current lottery policy are below. This policy is subject to review each year. Lottery Policy 2016-17
Following any CBHS lottery, 8th grade families will have to submit a Commitment Form indicating their final high school preference by March 10th, 2017. It does not matter how far in advance of the deadline that Commitment Forms are received - as long as they are received by the deadline. If there are students on any waitlist and spots open up after March 10th, then a student on the waitlist will be offered the opening as soon as possible. Download a commitment form here: 2017-2018 PPS HS Commitment Form for Class of 2021
Over the last several years, among the cohort of students who turned in their commitment forms on time, between 80% and 90% of interested students were offered a spot in our freshmen class before September.