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Transitioning to High School

Portland’s high schools have many wonderful features. We are rightly proud of what our schools are able to offer our diverse student body. Enrollment in grades 9-12 (high school) is not assigned by the neighborhood where students live. Instead, students have the opportunity to tell us which high school in our city that they would prefer to attend. We have three high schools to choose from: Casco Bay High School, Deering High School, and Portland High School.All three of these high schools have a rich set of traditions and unique characteristics. We invite you to learn more about what each school has to offer by viewing their school profiles.

Deputy Superintendent's Letter to 8th Grade Families

Dear Class of 2028 Students and Families,

I hope that you have had a great start to your eighth-grade year and that you are becoming prepared and empowered for high school! We are fortunate in Portland to have three great high schools to attend: Casco Bay High School, Deering High School, and Portland High School. It is already the time of year to let us know which high school you would like to attend next fall. This letter shares information about the process and timeline for you to do that. 

Each student will be required to rank their preferences for a high school for next year. Students will be assigned to a high school based on the priorities outlined in the Educational Options Policy and the lottery rules. This procedure is designed to ensure that as many students as possible get their first preference while balancing enrollment at our high schools and ensuring their demographic makeup is representative of the overall district. Please see below for the steps and timelines associated with this process. 

High School Profiles

Learn more about what each of our high schools has to offer:

High School Comparison

2023-2024 PPS High School Options 

The Portland Public Schools are responsible for ensuring a challenging, relevant, and joyful education that empowers every learner to make a difference in the world. We build relationships among families, educators, and the community to promote the healthy development and academic achievement of every learner.

Casco Bay High School

School Profile

Deering High School

School Profile

Portland High School

School Profile