Catlin Gabel School

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Catlin Gabel Mission Statement
Catlin Gabel supports inspired learning leading to responsible action through dedicated teaching, caring relationships, a challenging curriculum, and community service. We value each person's effort, imagination, and positive contributions to the community. We celebrate being inclusive and the partnership between family and school.

What Education Can Be

Catlin Gabel is Portland's nationally recognized progressive independent preschool through 12th grade where teachers build transforming relationships with each student while honoring each child's innate capacities. Teachers encourage exploration, welcome questions, and always present new intellectual and creative challenges to our young scientists, storytellers, artists, and athletes.

Inspiring & Passionate Teachers

Diverse, Inclusive, Dynamic Community

Students Who Love To Be Here

Applying to Catlin Gabel
Visit the admission section of the website at for details about the admission process, timeline, financial assistance, and to apply online.

Application Deadlines:
Reduced-Fee ($50) for all grades December 20, 2018
Palma Scholars Program January 8, 2019
Preschool February 5, 2019
Kindergarten January 22, 2019
Lower School (1st through 5th) January 15, 2019
Middle School (6th through 8th) February 4, 2019
Upper School (9th through 12th) February 4, 2019

Campus tours and student visits are available September through early February and can be scheduled through our website at

Upcoming events:

Please contact the admission office at any time if you have questions.

Financial Assistance and Scholarship Opportunities
Catlin Gabel is committed to making its education affordable. More than one-quarter of the student body received financial assistance through need-based grants and special scholarships. Grant and scholarship awards are not loans and do not have to be paid back. For the 2018-19 school year, we allocated nearly $4.5 million in financial assistance to families with annual household incomes primarily within the range of $15,140 to $285,355. Grants ranged from $7,200 to $32,250 and averaged $21,700.

Need-based Grants
We encourage families to apply for admission regardless of financial circumstances. Catlin Gabel believes socio-economic diversity enriches the educational experience for all of its students and is committed to offering a robust need-based financial assistance program. Every family is expected to contribute to the cost of their child's education to the extent they are able. Need-based grants are available to help bridge the gap and offset the cost of tuition as well as books, laptops, school trips, bus service, and activities. Visit to apply. Deadline to submit application:

  • January 31, 2019 for Palma Scholars Program applicants needing assistance beyond the partial scholarship.
  • February 8, 2019 for all other applicants

Palma Scholars Program
This unique program's goals are to bring a cadre of academically exceptional 9th grade students with notable potential in leadership, athletics, and service to the Catlin Gabel Upper School while also spurring educational innovation within the school. Watch the video below and visit the Palma Scholars webpage for more information. Deadline to submit application is January 8, 2019 as part of your Upper School application for admission.

Visit Tuition and Financial Assistance page to learn more.

  • 770 students representing 57 different zip codes.
  • 43% of the students identify as people of color.
  • $4.47 million in financial aid awarded to 27% of the student body.
  • Three-time recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science.
  • Awarded the OSAA All-Sports Award 17 times since 1992, an award given to the school with the strongest record in all sports combined.
  • 5 Catlin Gabel bus routes reaching all quadrants of Portland and the greater metro area.

Our Campus
We invite you to visit our beautiful 67-acre campus in Southwest Portland.

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