What Education Can Be
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.
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.
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Total school population: 756 (51% boys, 49% girls).
Beginning School - 58 students; Lower School - 203 students; Middle School - 187 students; Upper School - 308 students.
34% 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.
Community service is a key component of Catlin Gabel's culture. An important goal of our program is to support student awareness of the value of community involvement and service. Accordingly, we ask that students in all grades participate in class service projects.
Overall student to teacher ratio: 7 to 1.
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.
100% admitted to college. » Link to college acceptance listMean 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.
The 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.
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.
Thirteen 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 region 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 in 1st grade. Spanish and Mandarin are offered in 1st through 12th grades. French is offered in 6th through 12th grades.
Athletic teams include cross country, soccer, volleyball (girls), basketball, swimming, 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.
63-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 Creative Arts Center, the Paddock, an apple orchard, and a fir grove.
Catlin Gabel commits to becoming a sustainable school by educating students to develop the wisdom, vision, and drive to create a sustainable society; modeling sustainable practices throughout the school; and inspiring others to join with us in our commitment to sustainability.