Beginning and Lower School

Allowing them to be Little, Inspiring them to be Big

Our Beginning and Lower Schools are joyful places where students build understandings and develop academic skills. Let us show you what makes this learning experience extraordinary.

Beginning & Lower School Key Facts

267 Students

One preschool class of 20 students; two Kindergarten classes of 19 students; two homeroom classes in each grade 1-5

Specialist Teachers

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in woodshop, music, story craft, languages, science, art, PE & wellness, technology and library

Conferences

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Three parent/guardian & teacher conferences each year. Learning Celebrations at the end of the year.

Learning Spaces

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Large homerooms with distinct areas for varied learning activities, a kitchen, covered outdoor spaces, dedicated art studios, wood shop, music classroom, library

Before & After School Program

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Before school care begins at 7:15 a.m. daily (included in tuition). After school program goes until 6 p.m. each day. Enrichment classes offered for Lower School students throughout the year.

Support Staff

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A counselor, literacy specialist, math specialist, learning specialist, and an educational technology coordinator

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How to Apply

Please review the application items below for preschool-5th grade. All items are required unless otherwise noted.

Campus Tour

A tour of the campus including classroom observations and a conversation with an admission officer. To avoid disruption to our current students, we ask that these tours be attended by adults only. Registration available via the admission portal September through early February.

Tours are required for all applicants to preschool & kindergarten.

Tours are optional for applicants to grades 1-5 through the application deadline. If your child is then invited to participate in a student visit, a tour and conversation will be required.

Please note that tours offered in the fall, through December, will be limited to two families. Tours offered in January will be larger group tours. Please sign up early to secure a tour before the application deadline of January 21, 2020.

Online Application

  • Questions for Parents/Guardians
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • School Records (required for applicants to grades 1-5 only)

Student Visit

All applicants to preschool & kindergarten who have completed the application for admission by the deadline will be invited to participate in a student visit. 

Selected applicants to grades 1-5 who have completed the application for admission by the deadline will be invited to participate in a student visit.

Visit dates for all grades are listed below, please mark your calendars.

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Fee Waiver

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

Request A Waiver

*Re-applicants: Applicants who applied to the Lower School for 2019-20 and are reapplying to the Lower School for 2020-21, will have their application fee waived. Contact Zoë Edelen Hare: edelenharez@catlin.edu

Age Requirements

Please note that by September 1 of the school year to which you are applying:

  • Preschool applicants must be at least 4
  • Kindergarten applicants must be at least 5
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Beginning & Lower School Academics

Students are engaged in wondering, investigating, hypothesizing, building understandings, and developing academic skills in service to their intellectual endeavors.

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Have a Question?

Contact Zoë Edelen Hare, Director of Beginning and Lower School Enrollment

edelenharez@catlin.edu
(503) 297-1894 ext. 5056

KEY ADMISSION DATES
December 19, 2019: Last day for the Early Eagle Application Discount - apply by Dec 19 for a $25 discount off the $75 application fee
January 21, 2020: Application deadline
February 1, 2020: Visit day for all applicants to kindergarten
February 3, 2020: Visit day for selected applicants to grade 5
February 4, 2020: Visit day for selected applicants to grade 2
February 5, 2020: Visit day for selected applicants to grade 3
February 6, 2020: Visit day for selected applicants to grade 4
February 7, 2020: Visit day for selected applicants to grade 1
February 7, 2020: Financial assistance application deadline
February 8, 2020: Visit day for all applicants to preschool
March 6, 2020: Admission & financial assistance decisions delivered
March 18, 2020: Signed enrollment agreements & deposits due
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Early Eagle Application Discount

Apply by December 19, 2019 for a $25 discount off the $75 application fee.

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