Your Journey Starts Here

Welcome to Catlin Gabel


Your Journey Starts Here

Welcome to Catlin Gabel

Your Journey Starts Here

Welcome to Catlin Gabel

Two students seated outdoors in front of the barn eating lunch and chatting
Your Journey Starts Here
Welcome to Catlin Gabel

An Inclusive Community Where Kindness is the Norm

Our goal in admission is to personally connect you with our school and support your family through the admission process. We understand it can feel daunting and mysterious, and we work to make it transparent and supportive. Exploring the website is a great first step. Then we hope you will take the next important step, which is to visit us. We look forward to getting to know you, and would love to introduce you to the Catlin Gabel community


Please contact me or my team any time if you have questions at or 503-297-1894. We look forward to getting to know you, and would love to introduce you to the Catlin Gabel community.

-Sara Nordhoff
Director of Enrollment Management


Meet the Admission Team

Key Facts

Student Body

770 students, grades preschool-12 representing 57 zip codes


spoken at home and 22 countries of citizenship represented

Student Diversity

44% of students identify as people of color

New Students


Approximately 100-120 new students enroll annually into most grades



in financial assistance awarded to 27% of the student body



hold advanced degrees; all participate in ongoing professional learning.

Application Process

Beginning & Lower School

Middle School

Upper School

Admission Dates and Resources

Admission Events

Portland Independent and Private School Fair at OMSI
OMSI - 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Free and open to the public. See what independent schools have to offer by talking with admission directors, principals and staff about curriculum, philosophy, financial aid, extra-curricular activities, transportation, what happens in the classroom and more.

Open House for Preschool-12th Grade

All grades from preschool through 12 open their doors to parents/guardians and families. Talk with teachers and students, meet parents/guardians and alumni, and see what our community is all about.We welcome both students and parents considering grades 6-12 to attend. For those considering grades preschool-grade 5, please note that the presentation-style format is not suitable for young children, so we must limit attendance for these grades to adults only.

For more details and registration information see our Open House page

Affording Catlin Gabel

We are committed to making our education accessible and affordable for all families. We encourage you to consider Catlin Gabel regardless of cost.

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Fee Waiver

To request an application fee waiver, please complete the fee waiver request form

Complete Form

Student & Teacher Stories


jasmine love director of diversity and inclusion pride parade 2019

“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

upper school class students laughing

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. 

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Responsible Action

Nkenge Harmon-Johnson commencement speaker 2019

Nkenge Harmon Johnson ’93

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.

Spirit of Inquiry

Tree House

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

Middle School Students

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.

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Responsible Action

lower school community gardening

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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