Welcome to Catlin Gabel

Congratulations on your child's admission!

We look forward to your family becoming part of our community.

We have compiled helpful information for new families. Be sure to contact the admission team or your host family with questions or issues that arise as you make the transition.

Stay in the know with e-newsletters

To make sure you have all the latest news, in mid-July you will be added to the 2017-18 mailing lists for your division's e-newsletter. The links below provide an up-to-date archive of past newsletters.

Important Contact Numbers

Catlin Gabel

After School Program: ext.1058
Beginning School office: ext. 1000
Lower School office: ext. 2000
Middle School office: ext. 3000
Upper School office: ext 4000

Connect with your host family

This spring, all newly enrolled families will receive information about our host family program. We'll match you with a current family as an initial connection for both parents and students. Your host family will reach out to you by phone or email to welcome you and chat about the school. We encourage you to use your hosts as a valuable resource.

The Parent-Faculty Association will also be providing multiple opportunities for both parents and students to meet and socialize before school starts in September, so watch for details.

Access the parent portal

In mid-July, you will receive an email with your login and password for the parent portal section of our website. To be sure you receive your notifications, please add catlingabel@catlingabel.myenotice.com and billing@catlin.edu to your list of approved recipients within your email application.

In this secure section of our website, you'll have access to a school-wide directory with contact information for students, parents, and faculty; forms to update your contact information, emergency contacts, and student medical information; our carpool map; classroom blogs; and many other community resources.

If you need to update your contact information prior to gaining access to the forms in the parent portal, please email changes to familyupdates@catlin.edu.


Learn more about life on campus

We encourage you to explore your division's website to learn more about life on campus. On these pages you'll find schedules, curriculum, course catalogs, information on clubs and co-curricular programs, and much more!

Hear more about Catlin Gabel from the people who know it best: our school head Tim Bazemore, students, teachers, parents, and staff.

Get ready for fall

  • Beginning & Lower School: The Parent-Faculty Association will be providing multiple opportunities for both parents and students to meet and socialize before school starts in September. You'll also receive information about welcome activities this summer.
  • Middle School: Antoinette Forté, MS Administrative Assistant, will be in touch to provide information about orientation activities for all Middle School students coming up this August.
  • Upper School: Robyn Washburn, US Registrar, will be in touch about upcoming placement testing dates and course selection. You will also be receiving email communications about orientations, book and laptop purchases, fall retreats, and other important details.

Preseason schedule for fall sports

Preseason schedule for fall sports including soccer, cross country, and volleyball.

Key dates for the 2017-18 school year

>>Lower School: Parent calendar dates

>>Middle School: Calendar

>>Upper School: Start-of-year dates

All School Key Dates:

  • Monday, August 28 - Tuesday, August 29
    • Upper School overnight rafting trip for all new students
  • Thursday, August 31
    • Upper School 101 for students and parents
  • Tuesday, September 5
    • Lower School open house
    • Middle School classes begin
    • Upper School classes begin
  • Wednesday, September 6
    • Kindergarten orientation
    • Preschool classes begin for half the class
    • Lower School classes begin
  • Wednesday, September 6 - Friday, September 8
    • Freshman class trip
  • Thursday, September 7
    • Preschool classes begin for half the class
    • Kindergarten classes begin
  • Tuesday, September 12
    • Upper School Back to School night for parents
  • School holidays
    • Labor Day: Monday, September 4
    • Thanksgiving Break: Saturday, November 18-Sunday, November 26
    • Winter Break: Saturday, December 16-Monday, January 1
    • Martin Luther King Jr Day: Monday, January 15
    • Presidents' Day: Monday, February 19
    • Spring Break: Friday, March 23-Sunday, April 1
    • Memorial Day: Monday, May 28
    • Note: Classes are in session on Columbus Day & Veteran's Day
  • Friday, June 15: Last day of classes


Summer Camps

Registration is currently open! We have a wide variety of day camps and programs in the arts, music, technology, robotics, writing, sports, outdoor adventures, and more!

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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 |

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