Beginning School

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We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. We look forward to working with your family next fall for the 2015-16 academic year!


We are delighted you are interested in applying to the Beginning School at Catlin Gabel, which includes students in the preschool (Honeybees) and kindergarten (Eagles).  Please note:

Preschool applicants must be 4 years old by September 1 of the year they enter school.

Kindergarten applicants must be 5 years old by September 1 of the year they enter school.

The admission process is designed to help us get to know each other. We encourage you to read through these instructions and contact the admission office any time if you have questions. Our email address is and our phone number is 503-297-1894. Please visit the Affording Catlin Gabel webpage for more information on financial aid at Catlin Gabel.  

Request Information Please create an account in Orcas Mosaic, Catlin's admission management system.  This will allow us to stay in touch with you about important admission events and deadlines.  You will be able to schedule a tour, RSVP for an event, and apply to Catlin Gabel through your account.  After you create an account, be sure to click on "Explore Process and Calendar" and designate Catlin Gabel in the Schools section of the system.

Schedule a Parent Tour & Conversation

We encourage you to schedule your Parent Tour & Conversation, a required step in the admission process, in the fall.  For those interested in our Beginning School, parent tours are available September 2013-February 2014 and include an individual tour of the campus, classroom observations, and a conversation with an admission officer.  Please schedule this through your Orcas Mosaic account.

We ask that your Parent Tour & Conversation be attended by adults only to minimize any disruption to our current students as we move around their learning spaces.

Apply to Catlin Gabel 

Applying to Catlin Gabel is an online process via Orcas Mosaic.  If you have questions regarding the online application or an application fee waiver please contact Marabeth Passannante at 503-297-1894 ext. 347 or  

Beginning School Application Requirements

  • Application form (includes optional financial assistance application. Learn more about financial assistance here)
  • Question for parents
  • Teacher evaluation
  • If applicable, school transcripts or records (requested from the student's school by parents)
  • $75 non-refundable application fee ($50 if applying by December 16, 2013)
  • Student Visit

Student Visit

The one-hour student visit days for applicants to pre-kindergarten are on February 7 and 8.
The one-hour student visit days for applicants to kindergarten are on February 21 and 22.

Students visits are required for every applicant.  This one hour sampling of a school day provides an opportunity for applicants and teachers to get to know each other.  Current Catlin Gabel students will not be in school on these visit days.  No prior registration is required for the Beginning School student visits.  Applicants will be assigned a specific date and one hour time slot and parents will be notified shortly after the January 24th application deadline.

When to Apply

Beginning School reduced-fee Deadline:  December 16, 2013.
Regular Deadline: January 24, 2014.

The reduced-fee deadline is designed for families who are ready to submit their application materials before the holiday break.  There is no advantage to applying early in terms of receiving an admission decision earlier.  It is not an "early decision" deadline similar to college admissions.  All admission decisions are rendered at the same time by the same admission committee. The two application deadlines simply provide families with options and assist the admission staff with spreading out the application review process.

The final deadline for submitting your application materials is January 24, 2014.   Please note the teacher evaluations do not need to be received by Catlin Gabel in order for you to finalize and submit your portion of the application, but ALL materials must be received by the admission office by this date.

All admission decisions will be distributed via email on March 7, 2014.  Early application does not affect the timing of the decisions.