Prospective Students

Fall 2017 Update (9/22/17)

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. 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: 2017-2018 CBHS Transfer Form
or  CBHS Transfer Form 2018-19

As of 9/29/17, the length of the waitlist for Portland residents for a spot in each grade is listed below:
Grade 9 (Class of 2021) - 13
Grade 10 (Class of 2020) - 4
Grade 11 (Class of 2019) -5
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
8th Graders and their families are invited to the CBHS 8th Grade Family Open House, December 7th: 6:30-8:30pm (December 14th, snow date). Check out a flyer for the event HERE

PPS 8th graders will also have an opportunity to experience 1/2 a day at Casco Bay (as well as Portland and Deering) February 1st (Lincoln), February 2nd (Moore) or February 5th (King).

8th graders who are interested in a spot at Casco Bay should complete and return the following form to either CBHS or their middle school guidance counselor by February 14th, 2018:  CBHS Lottery Form - Class of 2022

It does not matter if we receive the CBHS Lottery Form tomorrow or February 14th; all of these forms are viewed equally as long as they are received before or on the deadline, February 14th. In the event that more than 97 students are interested in spot in CBHS's Class of 2022, a lottery will be held no later than March 2nd. A week after the lottery, March 9th, 2018 is the date by which all PPS 8th graders have to commit to a PPS high school.

Last Year's Lottery
On Thursday, March 2
nd 2017 we 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.

For more on our lottery policy, please read here: Lottery Policy 2016-17