Catlin Gabel is recognized as one of the finest schools in the nation, known for providing an education that is a catalyst for lifelong learning.
Because our approach is grounded in the principles of progressive education, students of every age, from preschool to high school, can harness their true potential.
They learn through discovery and conversation, which take place in our classrooms, in our forests, and beyond the confines of campus. Teachers encourage students to ask questions and search for answers, to advocate for themselves and others, and to keep trying when they don`t succeed the first time.This is all possible in a community of just over 770 students.
Here, we want to fuel curiosity with courage so that every student will have the confidence and ability to rise to the challenges of life, becoming global citizens who can change the world for good.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 779 students
  • Acceptance rate: 26%
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 21 / rolling

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Catlin Gabel School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Oregon for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
779 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Catlin Gabel School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
17 students
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Sciences, English, French, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish, Statistics
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 21 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Varies by division: $29,700-37,005
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Sara Nordhoff


School Notes

  • Catlin Gabel is Portland`s nationally recognized progressive independent day school where students learn by doing. We're known for our talented faculty, for the breadth of our academic and co-curricular programs in our Beginning and Lower School (preschool to 5th grade); Middle School (6th-8th grade) and Upper School (9th-12th grade), and for the success of our graduates. When students step onto our 67-acre campus, which is located minutes from downtown Portland, they find themselves at the center of the education experience. Students engage in learning in classes, in our woods and stream, in the wider Portland community, and beyond. In addition to our rigorous academic programs, students starting from the earliest years explore world languages, music, art, health, and wellness. We're also recognized for our sense of community; we strive to be inclusive and empathetic, and recognize that there's always more work to be done. We're committed to creating a culture of kindness, where we treat one another with the respect and dignity that we each deserve, as well as the environment in which we live. We invite you to learn more about the Catlin Gabel experience by connecting with our enrollment team who can provide further information about grade-level specific programs and introduce you to our state-of-the-art facilities, our wooded campus, as well as our teachers, students, and parents.
Profile last updated: 07/14/2021

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 779 students
  • Acceptance rate: 26%
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 21 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Portland, OR is $10,979 for elementary schools and $14,720 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Portland, OR is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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