What Education Can Be

We are delighted you are interested in Catlin Gabel.

My first impressions of Catlin Gabel were established by the seniors. During my long career in college admissions, I encountered many of them, and I was struck by their incredible academic preparation and their generous spirit. There are a few schools that produce graduates who really stand out among the crowd - Catlin Gabel is among the few.

Our goal in admission is to personally connect you with our school and support your family through the admission process. We understand the process can feel daunting and mysterious, and we work to make it transparent and supportive. Exploring the website is a great first step. Then I hope you will take the next important step, which is to visit us. Creating an account in our online admission system will enable you to schedule a visit. 

We are committed to making our education accessible and affordable for all families. We encourage you to consider Catlin Gabel regardless of cost. Visit Affording Catlin Gabel for more information.

Please contact me or my team any time if you have questions at admission@catlin.edu or 503-297-1894. We look forward to getting to know you, and would love to introduce you to the Catlin Gabel community.

Sara Nordhoff
Director of Admission and Financial Assistance


Beginning School

Lower School 

Middle School

Upper School 

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for grades PS-9 for the 2017-18 school year have passed.

Applications for 2018-19 will begin in September.

We are still accepting applications for 2017-18 for grades 10-12. Please contact Sara Nordhoff before beginning your application.

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Financial Assistance

We are committed to making our education accessible for all families.

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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.

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