A Top-Tier Education, and Lessons in Character and Integrity
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. Come see for yourself.
779 students, grades preschool-12 representing 55 zip codes
45% of students identify as people of color
5 miles west of downtown Portland
of the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics & Science
in financial assistance awarded to 28% of the student body
Awarded the OSAA All-Sports Award for 19 years, an award given to the school with the strongest record in all sports combined
The school’s values are not static concepts; they are fundamental beliefs that guide our actions and decisions, and by which others define and know us. They are what we hope to inculcate in every student and model as an institution.
As Athletics Director Kate Williams ’01 develops her long-range plans to build upon the excellence of the athletics program, her positive experiences as a Catlin Gabel student inform her approach.
I’m constantly trying to figure out what students are curious about in their own lives and bring it into the concepts that they need to learn to make the jump to the next grade level. A lot of that is knowing your students.
A powerful reflective moment emerged as we gathered to prepare for the start of the school year. At the conclusion of our all-employee meeting, we were asked to “embrace the imperfect.”