Catlin Gabel Mission Statement
Catlin Gabel supports inspired learning leading to responsible action through dedicated teaching, caring relationships, a challenging curriculum, and community service. We value each person’s effort, imagination, and positive contributions to the community. We celebrate being inclusive and the partnership between family and school.
What Education Can Be
Catlin Gabel is Portland’s nationally recognized progressive independent preschool through 12th grade where teachers build transforming relationships with each student while honoring each child’s innate capacities. Teachers encourage exploration, welcome questions, and always present new intellectual and creative challenges to our young scientists, storytellers, artists, and athletes.
Inspiring & Passionate Teachers
Diverse, Inclusive, Dynamic Community
Students Who Love To Be Here
Applying to Catlin Gabel
|Reduced-Fee ($50) for all grades||December 14, 2017|
|Palma Scholars Program||January 8, 2018|
|Preschool||February 6, 2018|
|Kindergarten||January 23, 2018|
|Lower School (1st through 5th)||January 16, 2018|
|Middle School (6th through 8th)||February 1, 2018|
|Upper School (9th through 12th)||February 1, 2018|
Campus tours and student visits are available September through early February and can be scheduled through our website at catlin.edu/visit.
- Open House on Sunday, October, 29. Registration is now open.
- Here you will find a listing of all our on- and off-campus events.
Please contact the admission office at any time if you have questions.
Financial Assistance and Scholarship Opportunities
Catlin Gabel is committed to making its education affordable. More than one-quarter of the student body received financial assistance through need-based grants and special scholarships. Grant and scholarship awards are not loans and do not have to be paid back. For the 2017-18 school year, we allocated nearly $4.4 million in financial assistance to families with annual household incomes primarily within the range of $19,930 to $276,000. Grants ranged from $6,100 to $31,000 and averaged $20,470.
We encourage families to apply for admission regardless of financial circumstances. Catlin Gabel believes socio-economic diversity enriches the educational experience for all of its students and is committed to offering a robust need-based financial assistance program. Every family is expected to contribute to the cost of their child’s education to the extent they are able. Need-based grants are available to help bridge the gap and offset the cost of tuition as well as books, laptops, school trips, bus service, and activities. Visit catlin.edu/affording to apply. Deadline to submit application is February 2, 2018.
Palma Scholars Program
This unique program’s goals are to bring a cadre of academically exceptional 9th grade students with notable potential in leadership, athletics, and service to the Catlin Gabel Upper School while also spurring educational innovation within the school. Watch the video below and visit the Palma Scholars webpage for more information. Deadline to submit application is January 8, 2018 as part of your Upper School application for admission.
Visit Tuition and Financial Assistance page to learn more.
- 763 students representing 62 different zip codes.
- 42% of the students identify as people of color.
- $4.36 million in financial aid awarded to 28% of the student body.
- SAT scores are 31% higher than the national average.
- Three-time recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science.
- Awarded the OSAA All-Sports Award 17 times since 1992, an award given to the school with the strongest record in all sports combined.
- 6 Catlin Gabel bus routes reaching all quadrants of Portland and the greater metro area.
We invite you to visit our beautiful 67-acre campus in Southwest Portland.