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Casco Bay High School

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Casco Bay High School
Casco Bay High School and PATHS.jpg
Casco Bay High School in 2020
196 Allen Avenue (2nd floor)

North Deering


United States
Coordinates43°41′50″N 70°17′38″W / 43.6973°N 70.2940°W / 43.6973; -70.2940
School typePublic
School districtPortland Public Schools
CEEB code200804
PrincipalDerek Pierce
Teaching staff26.10 (FTE)[1]
Number of students390 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio14.94[1]
Hours in school day6.5
Color(s)Teal and Black   
AthleticsUltimate Frisbee

Casco Bay High School is a public high school in Portland, Maine, United States. Casco Bay High School describes itself as an Expeditionary Learning educational experience, which the school describes as being based on the Outward Bound learning system.[2]

Since the 2005–06 school year, the school has shared a facility with Portland Arts and Technology High School on Allen Avenue, in the city's North Deering neighborhood. Casco Bay is one of three public high schools within Portland Public Schools, the other two being Portland High School and Deering High School.[3]

Opening in 2005, Casco Bay High made Portland the first city in the United States to offer Expeditionary Learning from kindergarten to 12th grade.[4] Every year after, Casco Bay added a grade level, with 70 students per grade, and the school now has all grade levels attending (9-12) with 100 students per grade. The school has won numerous awards, and in 2012 was named the 8th best high school in Maine, and in 2018, it was named one of Maine’s top high schools by US News and World Report,[5] and the #5 high school in Maine by in 2019.[6] 98% of its graduates have been accepted to college.[7] It is also one of the few high schools in Maine to offer Independent Study courses to Junior and Senior students. These are student-designed courses that can range from a study of 19th-century Literature to an exploration of Quantum Mechanics[citation needed].


Every student at Casco Bay High School is assigned to peer groups known as crews designed to facilitate inclusivity and faculty mentor relationships. The students stay in the same crew for all four years (however, not necessarily retaining the same faculty advisor). A crew is a group of 10 to 15 students and one faculty member. Activities are held within the crew every day of the week.[2] Crews in the freshman and senior grades are sent on a 3-night, 4-day Rippleffect mini-expedition. For that week, students will kayak in Casco Bay in order to get to know their crew members. Many students feel that the experience is a very positive one. Active members on this trip receive 0.5 credits for physical education[citation needed].

Junior Journey

An integral part of a student's experience at Casco Bay High School is his or her Junior Journey. Each year, the entire junior class is given the opportunity to plan a class trip to a location where one can experience a new culture and service learning. To date, all Junior Journeys have been executed in association with Habitat for Humanity in Biloxi, Mississippi, Almost Heaven, West Virginia, and Rockaway, New York. During the trip, which is entirely funded by the students' own fundraising efforts, the junior class spends time volunteering, team building and bonding, and taking in local culture, history, and landmarks. Participation in Junior Journey bears 0.5 elective credit[citation needed]s.


Derek Pierce has been the school's principal since it opened in 2005.[8] In 2014, he won Nellie Mae's Larry O'Toole Award for exhibiting "great leadership through innovation or courage in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward". CBHS received $100,000 as a result.[9] Two years later in 2016, Pierce was named Maine Principal of the Year by the Maine Principal's Association.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Casco Bay High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "Schools". Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  4. ^ Canfield, Clark: "Outward Bound Schools Emphasize Learning By Doing", The Boston Globe, 2006.
  5. ^ "Maine High Schools". US News and World Report. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "2019 Best Public High Schools in Maine". Niche. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Casco Bay High School Home". Casco Bay High School. Archived from the original on November 22, 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  8. ^ Ellis, Colin (October 6, 2014). "Portland high school principal wins $100,000 for school in online contest". The Forecaster. Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  9. ^ Margolin, Alexis (September 30, 2014). "Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce Receives Nellie Mae Award". Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  10. ^ Gallagher, Noel K. (March 28, 2016). "Leader of Casco Bay High School named Maine's Principal of the Year". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved July 4, 2017.

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