Upper School

Learn, Discover, Be You

The Upper School helps students develop as critical thinkers who communicate effectively, have agency, and know how to learn. Students thrive in this environment, and we’d love to show you why. Plan to visit our wooded campus, see our state-of-the-art learning spaces, and talk with our dedicated teachers.

The deadline for Upper School applications for fall 2020 admission has passed.

Thank you for your interest in Catlin Gabel! We are currently fully enrolled for the fall of 2020, however, we welcome applications to the wait pool. Please reach out to Mary Braun, Director of Middle and Upper School Enrollment, at braunm@catlin.edu for more information. Thank you!

Upper School Key Facts

Student body

315 students in grades 9-12



offered through Catlin Gabel and Global Online Academy

Competitive sports

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Students compete in 10 sports including soccer, basketball, track & field, and more

Leadership Opportunities

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in over 50 clubs and activities

Class Size

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15 students on average in each class

College Bound

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Graduates attend Ivy League, liberal arts, and state universites

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How to Apply

Please review the application items below for grades 9-12. All items are required unless otherwise noted.

Student Visit

Visits for all applicants include attending classes with your host and participating in group assessment activities. Registration is available via the admission portal September through early February. 

Online Application

  • Student Information Form
  • Family Information Form
  • Questions for Parents/Guardians
  • Questions for Students
  • Writing Sample
  • Math Teacher Evaluation
  • English Teacher Evaluation
  • School Records

Admission Testing

Please visit our Admission Testing page for more information.

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KEY Application DATES
Dec 19, 2019: Last day for the Early Eagle Application Discount - apply by Dec 19 for a $25 discount off the $75 application fee
Feb 3, 2020: Application deadline
Feb 7, 2020: Financial assistance application deadline
Mar 6, 2020: Admission & financial assistance decisions delivered
Mar 18, 2020: Signed enrollment agreements & deposits due

Character Skills Snapshot

You have the option of including the results from the Character Skills Snapshot in your application.

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Fee Waiver

To request a need-based application or admission test fee waiver, please complete the fee waiver request form.

Request A Waiver

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Upper School Academics

Catlin Gabel Upper School is a place of healthy stimulus, filled with creative, interesting, and curious people driven to continuously learn from, with, and about each other.

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Have a Question?

Contact Mary Braun, Director of Middle and Upper School Enrollment

(503) 297-1894 ext. 5052

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Applying to the Palma Scholars Program?

View the program page for more information including requirements and deadlines

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Come Visit Us

We encourage you to visit campus early in your exploration process. Tours are highly recommended but not required. Students are welcome to attend with their parents/guardians. Registration is available through the admission portal September through early February.

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