Palma Scholars Program Application

Applicants should designate their interest in being considered for the Palma Scholars Program when they start their online application. Only students applying to 9th grade will be considered. To learn more about the Palma Scholars Program please visit our program overview page.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the program is based on both demonstrated achievement in, and potential for future development of, the program’s four key characteristics as noted above. In keeping with the spirit of the program, no current or former Catlin Gabel students are eligible to be Palma Scholars as we attempt to broaden the reach of the school.

Finalist Process

Approximately a dozen applicants are selected as finalists for the program and are asked to return to campus for a full day of activities with current Palma Scholars, the Palma Scholars Program Director, and Catlin Gabel faculty and staff.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2021-22 school year are closed for all grades.

We will start taking applications for the 2022-23 school year in the fall of 2021.  

November 18, 2020: Palma Scholars Program Alumni Panel, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
December 8, 2020: Palma Scholars Program Information Session, 8-9:30 a.m.
January 7, 2021: Palma Scholars Program application deadline
January 21, 2021: Financial assistance application deadline
January 22, 2021: Palma Scholars Program finalists notified
February 5, 2021: Palma Scholars Program finalists day
February 12, 2021: Palma Scholars Program decisions and financial assistance decisions delivered
March 4, 2021: Palma Scholars Program enrollment deadline
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

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

All of the below application steps 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
  • Palma Scholars Addendum

Upload Student Writing Sample*

Send Teacher Evaluation Forms*

To current math and English teachers (after November 1)

Send Coach Evaluation Form*

to your coach for each sport you play at a competitive (non-recreational) level

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 student visit 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)*

  • Admission testing is not required for applicants to the 2021-22 school year. Read More

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