Head of School Welcome

Welcome to Catlin Gabel!

Tim BazemoreChildren who are eager to understand the world around them and master new skills. Enthusiastic teachers who know and value every student. Engaged parents who share educational goals and want to participate. A community that values healthy relationships and personal integrity. Every child deserves to learn and grow in a school like this, which is what we have created here at Catlin Gabel.

The world around us is more complex and challenging than ever. At Catlin Gabel, we prepare children with the knowledge and character that colleges seek and the world needs. Students here are on a transformational journey inspired at every grade level by meaningful work, high academic standards, and leadership opportunities. They learn how to think critically and creatively and exercise good judgment. They learn how to relate to all kinds of people with interest and respect. They learn the value of being curious and resilient.

As a result, Catlin Gabel alumni are a diverse group of successful and talented citizens. They are applying innovative and disciplined thinking to achieve their goals and to improve their college, professional, and local communities. They are the adults we hope our children will become.

We are a progressive school by history and philosophy. That means that we understand the children in our classrooms: their strengths, interests, and experiences. We believe that children learn by doing, so we challenge them to apply what they are learning to answer real and relevant questions. We engage their intellect and their emotional, social and physical selves in the learning process. We foster a climate of open inquiry, in which students from a wide range of backgrounds speak up and take risks. Our progressive approach inspires and motivates children to believe in themselves and to understand what they have to offer.

We appreciate your interest in our school and invite you to learn more. This website provides you with information on the impressive breadth and depth of opportunities and programs we offer at Catlin Gabel. Even the best website, however, is no substitute for visiting us on our remarkable 67-acre campus home in SW Portland. Here you will see and hear what education can be. I look forward to your visit.

Tim Bazemore
Head of School




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

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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.

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