Website: www.catlin.edu
Catlin Gabel has been at the vanguard of teaching what matters since the school's earliest days. What we do comes down to small class sizes and the relationships students have with their teachers. No one gets lost in the crowd. As we like to say, there is no back row.

Our teachers make a point of knowing about each student’s learning style, homework assignments, classroom projects, volunteer activities, achievements, and disappointments. Nobody sits alone, works in a vacuum, or goes unrecognized.

It is not unusual for teacher-student relationships to last a lifetime. There is nothing more gratifying to us than seeing our graduates and teachers reunite at Homecoming or catch up at reunions. Alumni are always excited to tell their former teachers about their post-Catlin Gabel lives. The relationships deepen this way because every child is known.

Our curriculum builds competence in our students, but even more, it builds a capacity for them to ask their own questions. Catlin Gabel graduates know how to think deeply and work effectively. By integrating disciplines such as math and science, history and English, we prepare students for the real world, where scientists must communicate persuasively and policy makers need to understand cultural differences. All this is accomplished through intellectual pursuit and hard work.

We look for students who are eager to learn, who will contribute to our community, and who will take advantage of all we have to offer. We offer placement to young people who want to be part of a creative and vibrant academic, social, and athletic community. We also seek diversity among our students. Every class is made up of a mix of introverts, extroverts, talkers, listeners, boys, girls, scientists, artists, athletes, and mathematicians. We honor ethnic, racial, and economic diversity as well as different learning and social styles.

Catlin Gabel is Portland’s nationally recognized progressive independent day school where teachers build transforming relationships with each student, honoring each child’s innate capacities, encouraging exploration, welcoming questions, and always presenting new intellectual and creative challenges to our young scientists, storytellers, artists, and athletes. This combination of rich content and catalytic method forms bold learners who become insightful questioners, responsible thinkers, and inspired action-takers for life.

Website: www.catlin.edu
Catlin Gabel has been at the vanguard of teaching what matters since the school's earliest days. What we do comes down to small class sizes and the relationships students have with their teachers. No one gets lost in the crowd. As we like to say, there is no back row.

Our teachers make a point of knowing about each student’s learning style, homework assignments, classroom projects, volunteer activities, achievements, and disappointments. Nobody sits alone, works in a vacuum, or goes unrecognized.

It is not unusual for teacher-student relationships to last a lifetime. There is nothing more gratifying to us than seeing our graduates and teachers reunite at Homecoming or catch up at reunions. Alumni are always excited to tell their former teachers about their post-Catlin Gabel lives. The relationships deepen this way because every child is known.

Our curriculum builds competence in our students, but even more, it builds a capacity for them to ask their own questions. Catlin Gabel graduates know how to think deeply and work effectively. By integrating disciplines such as math and science, history and English, we prepare students for the real world, where scientists must communicate persuasively and policy makers need to understand cultural differences. All this is accomplished through intellectual pursuit and hard work.

We look for students who are eager to learn, who will contribute to our community, and who will take advantage of all we have to offer. We offer placement to young people who want to be part of a creative and vibrant academic, social, and athletic community. We also seek diversity among our students. Every class is made up of a mix of introverts, extroverts, talkers, listeners, boys, girls, scientists, artists, athletes, and mathematicians. We honor ethnic, racial, and economic diversity as well as different learning and social styles.

Catlin Gabel is Portland’s nationally recognized progressive independent day school where teachers build transforming relationships with each student, honoring each child’s innate capacities, encouraging exploration, welcoming questions, and always presenting new intellectual and creative challenges to our young scientists, storytellers, artists, and athletes. This combination of rich content and catalytic method forms bold learners who become insightful questioners, responsible thinkers, and inspired action-takers for life.

Mission

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.

Students

  • Total school population: 756 (51% boys, 49% girls).
  • Beginning School 58, Lower School 203, Middle School 187, Upper School 308.
  • 31% of the students identify as people of color.
  • Many first-generation and second-generation immigrant families.
  • Students come from 54 different zip codes including all five sections of Portland, the suburbs, Washington State and beyond.

Teachers

  •  Overall student to teacher ratio: 7 to 1.
  • Lark P. Palma, Ph.D., has been head of Catlin Gabel since 1995. She earned a doctorate in twentieth-century British literature and women’s studies while teaching at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Her passion is in providing an exceptional learning environment by encouraging personal and academic connections between students and teachers.
  • 70% of faculty members hold advanced degrees; all participate in ongoing professional development.
  • Three-time recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science.

Curriculum

  • Students learn to think, write, and speak critically and independently. Enriched curriculum combines experiential learning with the arts, English, history and social studies, math, science, modern languages, physical education, computer science, and robotics. Each child is known and appreciated as an individual.
  • 13 specialists teach visual arts, theater, and music offering more than 30 arts classes.
  • Four years of advanced computer science courses.
  • Middle and Upper School robotics programs are among the most admired in the NW and winners of prestigious awards including frequent trips to the world championships.
  • Advanced honors courses in biology, chemistry, and physics, with 70% of seniors pursuing advanced science courses. 90% of seniors pursue advanced math, culminating in Calculus 2.
  • High school students serve on board of trustee committees. Opportunities are available for student leadership in community service, athletics, performing arts, robotics, publications (yearbook, literary magazine, student newspaper), Model U.N., mock trials, and others.
  • Language learning for all students begins in1st grade. Spanish and Mandarin are offered in 1st through 12th grades. French is offered in 6th through 12th grades.

College Placement

100% admitted to college.

  • Mean SAT scores for the class of 2013: 645 Critical Reading; 654 Math; 648 Writing.
  • Mean ACT composite score for the class of 2013: 28.4.
  • College Board identified Catlin Gabel as having one of the best student success rates in Advanced Placement math, science, and technology in Oregon.
  • 14% of students in the class of 2013 are National Merit semifinalists or commended scholars.

Campus

60-acre wooded campus with 4 soccer fields, a state-of-the-art track, 2 outdoor tennis courts, 2 indoor tennis courts, fully equipped gym and weight room. Each division has its own area, and common areas include the Cabell Center (theater), the Barn (cafeteria), the Paddock, an apple orchard, and a fir grove.

Five miles west of downtown Portland (next to Providence St. Vincent Hospital)

Athletics

Athletic teams include cross country, soccer, volleyball (girls), basketball, racquetball, baseball, golf, tennis, and track and field. Our teams have won numerous state championships and regularly compete in league, district, and state playoffs. The Catlin Gabel Eagles have been awarded the OSAA All-Sports Award for seven consecutive years, an award given to the school with the strongest record in all sports combined.

The athletics program is open to all Middle and Upper School students and features a "no cut" policy with the exception of varsity-level teams. Student athletes, teams, and coaches have been honored nationally and statewide as state champions, All-Americans, coaches of the year, and players of the year, and have received all-state and district honors.

History

1957 - Catlin Hillside School and Gabel Country Day School merged to become Catlin Gabel School. (Gabel Country Day's roots date back to 1859 and the Portland Academy. Catlin Hillside School originated as Miss Catlin's School in 1911.)

Pine Tree Logo

The pine tree was chosen to represent the tree of individual life growing upward and outward into the expanding circle of human fellowship.

School Policy

Catlin Gabel is independently governed by a board of trustees and is not supported by tax or church monies. Financing is solely through tuition and contributions.

Catlin Gabel does not discriminate on the basis of physical handicap, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or gender in the administration of its educational policies, admissions, financial aid, or other school programs. It affords all students the rights, privileges, and social, academic, and athletic opportunities that are available at the school.

International and Exchange Students

Catlin Gabel welcomes applications from international and exchange students through our global education program. Currently, more than 30 countries are represented in the student body. If you have questions about applying as an international or exchange student, please contact global education coordinator Dave Whitson.

Definitions

International students are those with parents or guardians residing outside the USA who apply to Catlin Gabel with the intent to graduate from Catlin Gabel. International students using an agency often find their own housing in Portland. However, we prefer arranging for host families from within the school community.

Exchange students attend CG for one year, one semester (usually first semester), or less. Exchange students frequently come to us through unique relationships with partner schools, or through organizations such as ASSIST.

Is Catlin Gabel the right fit for you?

Am I academically suited to attend Catlin Gabel?

Catlin Gabel is an academically demanding school. Very strong proficiency in written and spoken English is required. We do not have a formal English as a second language (ESL) program, but do have strong English language learners (ELL) and study skills support.

Ideal students possess:

  • strong time management and organizational skills
  • an understanding of our experiential learning approach and educational philosophy
  • excellent proficiency in written and spoken English
  • outgoing attitude toward making friends and integrating with homestay families (we are not a boarding school)
  • willingness to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, robotics, and student clubs.