The Palma Scholars Program is a chance for incoming 9th graders to be part of a highly talented and motivated group of peers. Students chosen for the program demonstrate achievement and potential in four key areas: academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
Students selected as Palma Scholars receive a partial scholarship to defray a portion of the cost of attendance at Catlin Gabel and need-based assistance is available for Palma Scholars who require further financial support. Learn more. Watch the video above, "Making Impact"
Socioeconomic Diversity at Catlin Gabel
Financial assistance at Catlin Gabel is not incidental – it’s central to our academic culture and to the makeup of our student body. We have had a long standing commitment to a robust financial assistance program.
At Catlin Gabel, more than one quarter of our students receive financial assistance – far above the national average for private and independent schools. For the 2018-19 school year Catlin Gabel awarded nearly $4.5 million in financial assistance – a substantial investment, and one that contributes greatly to the excellence of the school.
The reason financial support is so integral to Catlin Gabel is summed up in our Statement of Values:
“A community of diverse learners with different perspectives and life experiences is essential for deep learning and real-world preparation.”
The experience at Catlin Gabel, as with any good education, is meant to prepare young people for life as productive adults with enriching lives and pursuits. And diversity within the educational realm is a powerful way to prepare them for these pursuits. Students learn to listen to and consider points of view that are often very different from their own. They hone their skills at compromise and communication. And, along the way they grow to become well-rounded, culturally aware citizens of the world.
Financial assistance at Catlin Gabel makes that possible. Recognizing that ambitious, engaged young learners come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, Catlin Gabel strives to build a student body that reflects the diversity in Portland and beyond. In this way we bring every student closer to the world they will encounter in the years to come.
Catlin Gabel is committed to maintaining a financial assistance program that opens the doors for many who otherwise would not have the means to attend, and we do this because it's integral to maintaining a relevant, future-focused school.
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New Leadership Roles
Dawn Isaacs is Catlin Gabel's new Head of Beginning & Lower Schools. In this new position she will create a seamless transition for students, and she's uniquely qualified. Read more
Dr. Derek Kanarek joined the Upper School this year as our Academic Dean. He comes to Catlin Gabel from a leadership position at Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey. Read more
From Your Admission Team
Questions to ask when visiting schools
Hopefully you've registered to attend Catlin Gabel's Open House on Sunday afternoon, October 28 when you will have the opportunity to see our beautiful campus and speak directly with teachers, administrators, as well as volunteer students and parents/guardians. If you are not able to attend, don't fret! There are other opportunities to visit.
While it's important to do your due diligence, and check out a number of school options for your child, after a while the information you receive from various schools may start to run together, so consider taking a few notes during or immediately after each visit. It also makes sense to make the most of each visit by preparing a list of questions. This will allow you to do side by side comparisons. Review each school’s website and call the admission office with questions, even if you’re not sure whether you plan to apply. You may discover new information that will inspire you to visit and take a tour!
On each school visit you'll most likely see various classroom settings and hear information about class size, student/teacher ratio, and transportation options. We encourage you to take the opportunity to delve a little deeper. Consider asking:
- How does the curriculum prepare students for a world that will look very different by the time they become adults?
- What is the school’s mission or educational philosophy?
- How often do students spend time out of doors?
- What professional development opportunities are available to faculty and staff?
- What is the school's philosophy on using technology?
- What methods are employed to make sure each child is appropriately challenged?
- What types of learning experiences are available – in class, on the athletic field, in co-curricular activities, in leadership roles, and community engagement?
You may even want to go so far as to inquire about the issues the school is currently wrestling with, or about school-wide goals and initiatives. No matter, make sure to take advantage of your visit by asking questions that are important to you and your family. If questions still linger after the visit, a follow-up phone call or email is always welcome. Keep notes on every conversation you have, and look for consistency in the answers. This information should help you narrow your list of possible schools. It is always key to visit the schools on your list and see for yourself whether they are a good fit for your child.