Read the entire issue online - The Caller, Summer 2017

Educating for Democracy at Catlin Gabel

By Tim Bazemore, Head of School

Five-year old children sitting in a circle share ideas about classroom rules. Second graders present the division head with a proposal for a new student club. Eighth graders identify social issues in Portland and commit to sustained personal involvement. Upper Schoolers lobby the administration on academic policies and organize community dialogues in Portland.

At Catlin Gabel, one of our principles of progressive education is educating students for democracy. We believe that education is a powerful force for freedom and opportunity, and that a central purpose of education is to prepare students to take an active role in their communities. Our commitment to democratic principles has its roots in early 20th century progressive educational theory and the Black Mountain College ideals of the mid-20th century, and has been taught and modeled by Catlin Gabel teachers over the decades.

What do we mean by educating for democracy? Most schools in our more

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Helping Students Find Their Personal Path and 'Who They Want To Be In The World'

As she steps into the role of Head of Upper School, Aline Garcia Rubio brings to the task nearly two decades of professional experience at top-tier educational institutions, and the unique perspective of a Catlin Gabel student, teacher, department chair, administrator, and parent.

Her deep connection with the school began when Aline was a high school student in Mexico City and accepted a foreign exchange scholarship to study for a year at Catlin Gabel in 1991-92. “Suddenly I was here in a cohort of people who really wanted to be doing school,” she recalls. “And I loved it. I loved that stimulus. And the depth of engagement of teachers, and the expansion of school into the lives of students—that was new to me.” After returning to school in Mexico City, she more

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The School Search - Plan to visit!

Navigating the school search process can feel very overwhelming! Starting early allows time to explore many avenues to find the right fit for your child and family.

At Catlin Gabel, we believe that visiting campus during a regular school day is by far the best way to learn about any school. Catlin Gabel’s website and printed materials capture the school’s essence to a certain degree, but spending time on campus allows visitors to see firsthand how our community engages in lively discussions, how teachers and students collaborate with each other, how students “learn by doing,” and how our 67-acre campus enhances their experiences. Visitors will also have opportunities to witness some “aha” learning moments and feel the positive energy that permeates the campus.

Catlin Gabel provides a number of ways for prospective families to spend time on campus:

In addition, the Catlin Gabel admission team will be out in the community at the Portland-Area Independent & Private School Fair at OMSI.

Your school search process should help you imagine your child in a particular environment and address your core questions, such as: Would my child be nurtured and challenged here? Will my child fit in well with the other students? And ultimately, will they be happy here? We hope you will take the next step to investigate whether Catlin Gabel is right for your family.

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Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is not just for low-income families. Many families earning up to $150,000 or more per year qualify for tuition assistance at some level. For 2017-18, we allocated almost $4.4 million in financial assistance to families with annual household incomes ranging primarily from $19,930 to $276,000. Assistance grants ranged from $6,100 to $31,000 and averaged $20,470.

The Average Tuition tables show profiles for current Catlin Gabel families receiving financial assistance based on income and the number of children in tuition-charging schools/institutions.

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Applications open on October 2, 2017 at

September on Campus

Fall sports kick-off for all soccer, volleyball, and cross-country teams.

Middle School Discovery Days ease the transition into a whole new world.

Upper School class retreats help students reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Friday Sing provides an opportunity for Beginning School parents, students and teachers to come together and sing.

Back to School Nights allow parents in all grades to visit classrooms and experience their child's day.

Homecoming weekend brings together alumni and current families to reminisce, celebrate, and cheer on our Eagles!


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