Our Founders

Ruth Catlin's Philosophy

Ruth Catlin

To maintain a school with the most enlightened ideals of education, content of work and methods of teaching, where each pupil is the unit of consideration, under conditions which will serve to develop his fullest powers as an individual and as a group member.

To contribute to the community and its schools an educational laboratory, free to utilize the knowledge and wisdom of leading educators.

As a means to these ends, an effort shall be made to have students of the school represent a cross-section of American life, having various economic backgrounds and religious beliefs, and chosen for their promise in qualities of character, intelligence, responsibility, and purpose, working with the best teachers available at adequate salaries in healthful, comfortable, cultural, simple and beautiful surroundings.

To maintain in the faculty and the Board a liberal attitude towards ideas and fields of knowledge, to the end that a recognition of the search for truth and wisdom may be kept alive in the school.

—Ruth Catlin, 1928

Priscilla Gabel's Statement of Purpose

Priscilla Gabel

A true education involves more than formal development of the mind alone--it must develop the whole nature of a young human being to the utmost of his individual capacity.

Concurrent with the disciplines necessary to acquiring skill in reading, writing, and arithmetic, we develop the child's powers to observe, to reason, to perceive relationship, to form judgments, to act, and to create.

It is essential constantly to cultivate in children not only intellectual curiosity but also attitudes of reverence and humility, obedience and respect.

Let him daily tell or write or sing or dance or act or paint all that he has seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted.

We aim to develop in each child an inquiring mind that wants to search out facts and truths about the world in which we live.

—Priscilla Gabel, circa 1946

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

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