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Casco Bay High School
196 Allen Avenue (2nd floor)
North Deering
Portland, Maine, Cumberland, 04103
 United States
Coordinates 43°41′50″N 70°17′38″W / 43.6973°N 70.2940°W / 43.6973; -70.2940Coordinates: 43°41′50″N 70°17′38″W / 43.6973°N 70.2940°W / 43.6973; -70.2940
School type Public
Founded 2005
Opened September 2005
MOE Code 200804
Principal Derek Pierce
Gender Male/female
Age 14 to 19
Number of students 240
Language English
Hours in school day 6 hours 10 minutes
Color(s) Teal and black
Mascot Cougar

Casco Bay High School is a public Expeditionary Learning school in Portland, Maine, USA. Since the 2005–06 school year, the school has been housed on the site of the 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 the City of Portland.

Opening in 2005, Casco Bay High made Portland the first city in the United States to offer Expeditionary Learning for grades kindergarten to 12th.[1] Every year, Casco Bay plans to add a grade level, with 50–60 students per grade, for a maximum capacity of 300 students.



Every student at Casco Bay High School is assigned to a "crew". The students stay in a crew for all four years (not necessarily the same crew). A crew is a group of 10 to 15 students and one faculty member. Activities are held within the crew four days a week. Freshmen and Senior students and their crews are sent on a one-week-long Ripple Effect mini-expedition. For that week students will hike or sail in order to get to know their crew members. Active members on this trip will receive 0.5 credits for special education.

Junior Journey

A week long trip to a place of the Junior Classes choosing. Typically to a place where aid is needed. Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.


Students grades are based on a list of standards instead of most traditional scores. These standards range from 1-4, 1 being does not meet, 2 being almost meets, 3 meets, and 4 exceeds. Generally, a 3 standard is a B average. CBHS also has Habits of Work grades that do not count towards a students overall grade. Instead, if the student receives a 2 or lower in these standards, they are not eligible to make up work after the due date, therefore possibly failing a class. The HOW grades are based on a students overall work effort. As with the class grade, these grades range on a 1-4 scale, 3+ being a meets. Each class passed in a trimester equals .667 of a credit. Students need 32 credits to graduate from Maine state schools.


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