Students complete minimum core requirements. In addition, they may choose elective courses. Students and their advisors plan as broad a program as possible, taking requirements into consideration. A diploma from Catlin Gabel indicates successful completion of four years of high school experience or its equivalent. For most students this means completion of a minimum of 18 academic credits. Students are expected to take a minimum of four academic courses at any time, not counting PE or Health.
Arts: Two years (four semesters) of coursework in the performing and/or visual arts
Computer Science: Optional
English: Four years, including English 9, English 10, English 11 or American Studies, and a year of senior electives ("Crime and Punishment" or "The Divided States of America" can count toward the spring term of Senior English. Seniors may take "Dialogue for Democracy" for either their fall or spring English class.)
Social Studies: Three years, including Human Crossroads, The Modern World, and United States History or American Studies
Modern Language: Three years of the same language beginning in ninth grade
Math: Successful completion of Geometry and Algebra II
Science: Three years, including Science I, Science II, and a year of electives (may include up to one semester of Global Online Academy science offering or the Palma Seminar "Climate Change")
Health: Health 9 and Health 10
Physical Education: Beginning Fall 2019, our requirement will change from a trimester system to a semester system. Trimester credits that have been completed for class years 2020, 2021, and 2022 will be converted to semester credits. Students will be notified of remaining credits needed during course forecasting in April, 2019. For class years 2023 and beyond, the requirement is two semesters of P.E. including Lifetime Fitness, to be completed by senior year.
Please note: Oregon School Activities Association rules require students to be enrolled in, and passing, five academic courses to play interscholastic sports, both while they are participating and in the prior semester.
Catlin Gabel offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. All seniors work beyond core requirements in two to four academic disciplines (English is required). Students may choose from a variety of elective offerings; the school does not offer standard AP or IB courses.
Honors classes are offered in the following areas: Honors Chinese Seminar, Honors French Seminar, Honors Spanish Seminar, Genres, CGS Productions, Honors Portfolio, Senior English Electives, Palma Seminars, Honors Social Studies Electives, Advanced Geometry, Advanced Algebra II, Advanced Precalculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Honors Statistics, Advanced Mathematics Seminar, Accelerated Science II, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Physics, Science Research, Honors Computer Science II, Honors Computer Science III, and Honors Computer Science Research.
Catlin Gabel's educational philosophy de-emphasizes letter grades, and student academic work is evaluated primarily through frequent conferences with faculty and through narrative reports. Letter grades (A+ through F) are given once per year in yearlong courses; courses lasting for one semester are graded at the semester's end. We do not rank our students, nor do we calculate and report a GPA on student transcripts.
Along with transcripts, colleges receive Catlin Gabel's profile, which illustrates the breadth and depth of our curriculum, students' SAT results and grade distributions, and the list of colleges where our students have been accepted in the past four years.