Middle School

Barbara Ostos

Welcome to the Middle School! 

Every day, students and teachers come through the doors of our Warren Middle School building with exuberance and a desire to learn from each another. The combination of dedicated middle school educators and adolescent students ready, willing, and wanting to learn creates magic like none you have ever seen.

This energy allows us to partner with families with the goal of nurturing independent, self-reliant, empathetic, and curious learners who know how to access their resources.

Students in our Middle School have a warm sense of belonging during these important, transitional years. Teachers are personally invested in the accomplishments of each student.

Our challenging program engages students through real-world issues and problem-solving. We have high expectations for students while providing ample support for young people grappling with big ideas.

Current families are always welcome to come see first hand why their children come home happy (on most days; let us remember they are preteens and teens).

I invite prospective families to come visit us and get to know who we are. Explore our Middle School web pages to learn about our program, and please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us if you have questions.

Barbara Ostos, Ed.D.
Head of the Middle School


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Quick Facts

Class size: approximately 56 (grade 6), 64 (grade 7), and 65 (grade 8)

16 students on average in each class

Parent conferences in November and written progress reports three times per year

Seven-day rotating schedule with five periods per day including snack, lunch, advisory groups, student-run assemblies, life skills, and service work on campus and in the community

Annual trips: 6th grade to the Oregon coast, 7th grade to Mt. St. Helens, 8th grade community engagement trip


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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