Palma Scholars Program Application

Applicants to the Palma Scholars Program should formally designate their interest in the program when completing the online application. Please note that only students applying to 9th grade are 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 and potential in the program’s four key characteristics: academics, athletics, leadership, and service. In keeping with the spirit of the program, no current or former Catlin Gabel students are eligible to be Palma Scholars.

Finalist Process

Approximately a dozen applicants are selected as program finalists 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.

key dates for palma scholar Applicants
December 1, 2022: Palma Scholars Program Information Session
January 17, 2023: Palma Scholars Program application deadline for 2023-24 academic year.
January 17, 2023: Financial assistance application deadline. If a family has children in different divisions, financial assistance applications should be submitted with the earliest admission application deadline. 
February 16, 2023: Palma Scholars Program finalists day
February 24, 2023: Palma Scholars Program decisions and financial assistance decisions delivered.
March 9, 2023: Palma Scholars Program enrollment deadline

Application Checklist

We’ve put together a checklist to help you with the application process. All items marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Get To Know Us

Create an admission portal account*

Register for events

  • Open House: October 30, 2022
  • Palma Scholars Program Information Session: December 1, 2022 8-10 a.m.
  • Upper School Information Session: January 11, 2023 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Explore campus through a guided tour

Application Process

 Pay $75 Application Fee*

Submit Online Forms*

  • Family Information Forms
  • Applicant Profile
  • Questions for Parents/Guardians
  • Questions for Students
  • Palma Scholars Addendum

Upload Student Writing Sample*

Send Teacher Evaluation Forms to Current Teachers*

Send Coach Evaluation Form*

  • To the coach of each sport you place at a competitive (non-recreational) level

Submit School Records*

 Register for a Shadow Day*

  • Complete the two checklist items (Pre-Shadow Day Form, Interests Form) found under the Shadow Day section in the admission portal at least a week prior to your scheduled visit day
  • As of January 2023, we are no longer requiring prospective student visitors to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test. More information is available in the admission portal.
  • Schedule a day to observe classes, enjoy lunch and breaks, and participate in a demo-class and team challenge activity

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Have Questions?

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