PLACE Programs

PLACE gives you the opportunity to learn about how government, nonprofits, and the public operate to shape our communities while building writing, research, and leadership skills.

You will use Portland as a living laboratory to learn how you can be a leader for positive change in your community and beyond. This will help you stand out in a job interview or on a college application while giving the skills and confidence to be an engaged citizen.

The curriculum combines an experiential introduction to urban studies with the application of leadership techniques to projects that benefit the Portland region. This combination gives you hands-on experiences while creating a fun environment to learn civics • sustainability • leadership tools • economics • statistics • writing • sociology • urban planning and design concepts • qualitative research and analysis • environmental studies.

An independent preschool through 12th grade day school in Portland, Oregon
8825 SW Barnes Road,
Portland, Oregon 97225 |
503-297-1894 |

Explore why Catlin Gabel is a national leader in progressive education.

We welcome more than 100 new families annually to our inclusive community from the Portland area and beyond.


A demanding and engaging program in which each student is the unit of consideration

Playing sports involves life lessons in determination, grace, and resilience. We invite everyone to be part of a team.

Extensive support ensures our students are successful.

Learn about Catlin Gabel news and events on campus and beyond.

We foster a community that appreciates our differences and recognizes our essential unity

Every gift benefits our students. Every volunteer hour builds our community.

powered by finalsite