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

Sara Nordhoff Enrollment Management Director


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

773 students, grades preschool-12 representing 53 zip codes


spoken at home and 26 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 doctorate degrees; all participate in ongoing professional learning.

Application Process

Beginning & Lower School

Middle School

Upper School

Admission Dates and Resources

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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

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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. and returning to Catlin Gabel as a Trustee

You came to Catlin Gabel for high school and graduated when you were sixteen. How did you know, as a pre-teen, that this was the right school for you?

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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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