Discover the CG Difference

Catlin Gabel has always been the preeminent progressive school in Oregon. But it’s about more than academics. It’s about empowering students to think for themselves, to be curious about the world in which they live. To help them to speak up and speak out. To advocate—for others and for their own learning—with a curiosity and empathy that’s tirelessly inspired and fostered by our teachers. In doing so they become scholars of life and for life.

Key Facts



from 55 ZIP codes

of students


identify as people of color

4 presidential scholars

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in 4 consecutive years (2017-2020)

avg. amount


of financial assistance per eligible student


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spoken at home


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the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association All Sport Champion Award

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Beginning & Lower School

A joyful place where students in preschool-5th grades build new understandings and develop academic skills.

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Middle School

Students who are in 6th-8th grade become empowered in their own learning process and understanding of themselves.

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Upper School

The Upper School encourages all 9th-12th grade students to be critical thinkers who advocate for themselves and others.

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Admission Resources

Affording Catlin Gabel

We are committed to making our education accessible and affordable for all families.

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Enrollment FAQs

We have put together a list of the most commonly asked questions related specifically to our admission process and wait pool.

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Explore Campus & 360 Views

Take a closer look at our 67-acre campus, which is conveniently located only five miles from downtown Portland.

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Meet the Enrollment Team

We are here to answer any questions you have about the enrollment process or the school.

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Stories about the Catlin Gabel Community


Jasmine Love Director of Inclusion and Outreach

“Every Single Child is a Child of Diversity”

A conversation with Jasmine Love, Catlin Gabel’s Director of Inclusion 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

crime and punishment

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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Spirit of Inquiry

Jennifer Marcus working with 1st graders on the garden shed project

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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Responsible Action

Ngkenge Harmon Johnson '93

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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Experiential Learning

middle school surgery day 2019

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 garden project

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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