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What Education Can Be
Integrating academic knowledge with real-world experience
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What Education Can Be
Integrating academic knowledge with real-world experience

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.

Student Body

779 students, grades preschool-12 representing 55 zip codes

Student Diversity

45% of students identify as people of color

67 Acre Campus

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5 miles west of downtown Portland


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of the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics & Science



in financial assistance awarded to 28% of the student body

OSAA All-Sports

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Awarded the OSAA All-Sports Award for 19 years, an award given to the school with the strongest record in all sports combined


Two Students Gardening

Integrity Is a Behavior That Can and Should Be Taught

by Tim Bazemore, Head of School

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.

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Students Playing Basketball

Coming Full Circle

by Ken DuBois, Director of Public Relations and Publications

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.

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Spirit of Inquiry

Olivia Poirier, 4th Grade Homeroom Teacher Helping a Student

Using Students’ Interests to Fuel Academic Learning

by Olivia Poirier, 4th Grade Homeroom Teacher

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.

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Critical Thinking

John Harnetiaux, Upper School Dean of Students

Embrace the Imperfect

by John Harnetiaux, Upper School Dean of 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.”

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