Breakaway

Breakaway is a four-day, mixed-grade teacher-student experience when we "break away" from conventional aspects of daily school life. The learning continues, just in a variety of different ways and places.

Breakaway is the Middle School equivalent of Beginning School Wonder Week, Lower School Experiential Days, and Upper School Winterim. Teachers offer a range of experiences from learning about glass fusion to visiting Washington, D.C.

Teachers keep these goals in mind when developing Breakaway offerings

  • Experiences should appeal to students in all three grade levels. We try to ensure a mix of students when we form Breakaway groups.
  • Affordability is a priority. Sleeping on gym floors, in hostels, or in donated homes helps keep costs down for Breakaway trips.
  • Students should learn something new, go somewhere they've never been, take a new risk, or hone a new skill. We want students to try different things, so they are not allowed to repeat Breakaways they have done in the past.

The 2015 catalogue can be downloaded here.

Breakaway’s Importance

Breakaway is an exciting part of the Middle School program. Students are trying new things and meeting new people.

Please do not plan family trips or vacations during Breakaway. A critical piece of the student Breakaway experience is students working, doing, and learning with each other.

Breakaway Dates

Middle School Breakaway is the week before Spring Break. Please note that some of these experiences involve overnights and others are in-town experiences where students travel to and from school. Schedules may vary for these local Breakaways.

If there is a special reason for your child to remain in-town, versus an overnight trip, please indicate this on the sign-up sheet or contact Len directly.

Breakaway Experiences

The Breakaway brochure includes a listing of all of the offerings in full detail. The Breakaway catalog will be posted online. Please discuss the offerings as a family and return choices to C&C advisors by the deadline. Note that the selection sheet includes a place for student choices, as well as a line for parents to sign. Students must make more than one selection. While we do not guarantee a student's first pick of Breakaway experiences, we work to ensure that they receive one of their choices. We tell the students that their selections should be about the experience, not about what their friends are choosing. We challenge them to make selections based on their interests. We are not able to switch students out of their assigned Breakaway groups. If there is disappointment, please let us know and we can help your child sort through it.

Financial Aid for Breakaway

If your child wishes to choose an activity for Breakaway that stretches beyond your family's resources, we invite you to apply for financial aid. All families will know what level of aid the school can provide before the Breakaway sign up deadline.

Please complete and submit the Financial Aid form attached to the Breakaway brochure. Since financial aid forms are due before activities are assigned, please use the highest cost option on the form. The financial aid committee will give your request careful consideration. Note that limited funds are available and we would like to assist as many families as possible.

Contact Information

Len Carr
8825 SW Barnes Road
Portland OR 97225
503-297-1894 ext. 406
e-mail: carrl@catlin.edu
An independent pre-K through 12th grade day school in Portland, Oregon
8825 SW Barnes Road,  
Portland, Oregon 97225   |  
503-297-1894   |  
info@catlin.edu

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