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


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“Every Single Child is a Child of Diversity”

A conversation with Jasmine Love, Catlin Gabel’s Director of Equity and Outreach

An experienced educator and inclusivity practitioner, Jasmine Love has devoted her career to fostering communities in which all children can pursue educational excellence.

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Palma Scholars Program

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The Community as a Classroom

By Dave Whitson, Upper School History Faculty and Palma Scholars Program Director

Last fall, as Catlin Gabel’s faculty gathered to spend a professional development day thinking about experiential learning, a group of my students were in prison. I couldn’t have been more pleased.

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Responsible Action

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Nkenge Harmon Johnson ’93

A conversation with Nkenge Harmon Johnson ’93, head of the Urban League of Portland

The head of the Urban League of Portland talks about keeping her perspective in Washington, D.C., returning to Catlin Gabel as a Trustee, and why it’s best to stop when the President is walking by.

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Spirit of Inquiry

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Building on what they’ve Learned

by Jennifer Marcus ’73, Beginning School Woodshop Teacher

Henry, a five-year-old kindergartener, walked up to me and, with his hands in his pockets, declared, “I know what we should build next.”

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Experiential Learning

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Students in Scrubs: the Surgery Day Tradition

by Larry Hurst, 6th Grade Science Teacher

For one school day each year, we toss out our normal routine of individual classes and instead immerse ourselves in a parent-led exploration of select state-of-the-art medical technologies. It’s a wonderful and time-tested experiential activity in the 6th grade: Surgery Day.

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Responsible Action

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Making Community Connections

by Ken Dubois, Director of Public Relations and Publications

Six stories of how Catlin Gabel students identify issues and find ways to make a difference.

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