CascoBay High School

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Basic Information

Address: 196 Allen Avenue Portland, Maine
County: Cumberland
District: Portland Public Schools
Phone Number: 207-874-8160
Fax Number: 207-797-5437
Principal: Derek Pierce

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Additional Information

School Type: Public High School
District ID: 320
School ID: 1904
State District ID: 1134
Grade Level: 9-12
Founded: 2005
School Setting:

Casco Bay High School (CBHS) is a small and rigorous public high school that reflects the
increasing diversity of Portland, Maine (population: 64,000).

School Schedule (Hours in Day): 8:00-2:10
School Days in Calendar Year: 180
School Holidays: Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving break, Winter Break, Martin Luther King Day, February Break, April Break, Memorial Day
School Colors: Teal and Black
School Mascot: Cougar
School Size: 275
Classroom Size: 16-20
Classroom Teachers: 18
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16-1
Support Services:

We have a guidance counselor, social worker and nurse on staff. We also offer special ed services and English Language Learner support

After School Programs: Yes
Summer School: Yes
PTA Organization: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Each student has a school owned Netbook and as well as access to computers in the library and our common area

School Clubs:

Model UN, Odyssey of the Mind, Ultimate Frisbee, One Act Play group, Math Team, Musical Theater, Gay Straight Alliance, Yearbook, Science Bowl, White Water Rafting, Natural Helpers. Students can propose a new club if there is significant interest and it meets the guidelines.

Lunch Availability: school lunch is offered on site daily
Parking Spaces/Availability:

we have student staff parking available

Uniform Guidelines:


Mission Statement:

A community of learners where the wonderful in each child is known and nurtured, where learning is catalyzed by student inquiry and academic adventure and where every graduate is ready for college, career and citizenship.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

CBHS is intentionally small so that we can get to know each student deeply, and so we can better personalize
instruction that will help students become their best selves. Our instruction is driven by Learning Expeditions
that result in quality work about genuine problems for a real audience. Learning Expeditions are long-term, in-depth
studies of a single topic that explore compelling social-justice questions, incorporate vital standards, involve fieldwork,
and culminate in an authentic project, product or performance.

Enrollment Characteristics: The school can currently only house 275 students so their is a lottery system in place for Portland Public School district students.
School History:

Founded in 2005, the school began with a small class of Freshaman and now CBHS is a school
of choice for about 275 students (9-12) with a waiting list. The Class of 2009 was our first graduating class, and
99% of our graduates have been accepted to college so far. At Casco Bay, we challenge and support our
students to become college-ready through our 3Rs: Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.
Casco Bay High School is part of a national cohort of high-achieving, progressive and urban high
schools in the Expeditionary Learning network ( Casco Bay students have consistently
exceeded city and state averages on the MHSA and SATs. Last spring, Casco Bay was chosen as a
"Model School" by the International Center for Leadership in Education, and was featured by Edutopia
( as part of their "Schools that Work" series.

Notable Graduates:

The 51 graduates of the class of 2010 were accepted to 83 different post secondary institutions and opted to attend institutions such as Brown, Bates, Smith and Yale as well as state colleges and universities. 81% of the class were accepted to 4-year universities.

Notes/School Information:

Casco Bay High School is located at 196 Allen Avenue, Portland, Maine and is housed in a building that also houses the Central Office for Portland Public Schools and Portland Arts and Technology High School.  The first day of school is September 7, 2010 and the last day of school is June 10th, 2011.