Upper School

Our 9th-12th grade students are critical thinkers who advocate for themselves and others. Our dedicated teachers and state-of-the-art learning spaces help students discover what matters to them.

Application Deadline

Upper School applications for 2021-22 are due February 1, 2021. To request a need-based application fee waiver, please complete this form.

Other Key Admission Dates
December 17, 2020: Last day for 50% off $75 application fee (Early Eagle Discount)
January 7, 2021: Palma Scholar application deadline
January 21, 2021: Financial assistance application deadline
March 5, 2021: Admission & financial assistance decisions delivered
March 17, 2021: Signed enrollment agreement & deposit due
November 13, 2020

Important Admission Test Update

Admission Testing is not required for applicants to the 2021-22 school year.

Application Checklist

We’ve put together a checklist to help you with the application process.

Get to Know Us

Create an admission account by filling out an inquiry form*

Register for a Virtual Event

  • Open House Virtual Events: October 5-29, 2020 (see event recordings)
  • SSAT Information Session: Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
  • Palma Scholars Program Alumni Panel: Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Upper School Information Session: Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6-7:15 p.m.
  • Palma Scholars Program Information Session: Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Upper School Information Session: Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 8:15-9:30 a.m.

Explore Campus

  • Take a self-guided tour using our campus map
  • Register for a guided virtual tour (on select dates; advance registration required).

Application Process

Except for registering for an admission test, all of the application steps below are completed through your admission portal account.

Pay Application Fee*

  • $75 application fee; 50% discount if application is received on or before December 17, 2020 (non-refundable).
  • We will waive the application fee for those who applied to Catlin Gabel for ’20-21 and who re-apply for ’21-22 by the Early Eagle deadline of Dec. 17, 2020. Visit the Admission Portal to start your ’21-22 application

Submit Online Forms*

  • Family Information Forms
  • Questions for Parents/Guardians
  • Questions for Students

Upload Student Writing Sample*

 Send Teacher Evaluation Forms*

to current math and English teachers (after November 1)

Request School Records*

  • Current school year (2020-21)
  • Previous two years (2019-20, 2018-19)

 Student Visit*

  • Complete required items in Candidate Profile section of application (at least one week prior to classroom observations and demo-class/team challenge activities)
  • Register for half-day (virtual) classroom observations
  • Register for 2-hour (virtual) demo-class and team challenge activities

Register for an Admission Test (SSAT or alternative admission test)*

  • PLEASE NOTE: Admission testing is not required for applicants to the 2021-22 school year.
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All required items are marked with an asterisk (*).

Application Checklist (PDF)


For More Information

Mary Braun
Director of Middle and Upper School Enrollment
(503) 297-1894 ext.5052

Upper School Quick Facts

Quick Facts (PDF)