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Oregon Episcopal School Photo #1 - Our beautiful 59-acre campus provides the perfect setting for open minds to inquire, explore, and grow in order to succeed in an ever-changing global community.
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Oregon Episcopal School Photo #1 - Our beautiful 59-acre campus provides the perfect setting for open minds to inquire, explore, and grow in order to succeed in an ever-changing global community.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #2 - Students engage in experiential education from their first days at OES. From the pond and wetlands on campus, to full days spent in the woods, to hiking the trails the Pacific Northwest has to offer, culminating in a four-night backpacking trip into true wilderness, intrigue in and stewardship of nature is part of the OES experience.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #3 - We are a community of learners in which excellent faculty engage small groups of students to foster their curiosity and inspire them to cultivate their power to do good work in the world.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #4 - OES offers an inquiry-based education that prepares students for higher education and lifelong learning.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #5 - The OES science program challenges students through independent research, professional mentoring, and national and international competition.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #6 - Our athletic program offers all students the chance to participate on a team. The program promotes the health and safety of the athletes and provides opportunity for growth through participation. Our new state-of-the-art, 42,000 square foot athletic facility offers additional space for practice and events.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #7 - OES has a no-cut policy - there is a team for every level of experience and skill. Any student choosing to participate can be on a team and participate in soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, track & field, skiing and more.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #8 - Our Lower School building features spacious, light-filled classrooms with lots of room for exploration and hands-on learning.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #9 - In the lower grades, small classes are supplemented by teachers with specialized training in art, music, physical education, and Spanish.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #10 - OES faculty members are among the finest in their fields and are recruited nationwide. The faculty at OES are committed to an intensely personal style of education, aided by a student teacher ratio of 7:1. Teachers focus on the academic and emotional well being of each student, creating an atmosphere of positive student/teacher relationships.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #11 - The boarding program (grades 9 to 12) at OES allows students from around the world to study in an atmosphere of academic excellence while experiencing exciting outdoor pursuits in the Pacific Northwest and enjoying the vibrant cultural scene of Portland, Oregon. Students work together to create a community conducive to learning and personal growth.
Since 1869, Oregon Episcopal School (OES) has been preparing students for higher education and lifelong learning by inspiring intellectual, physical, social, emotional, artistic, and spiritual growth so that they may realize their power for good as citizens of local and world communities.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 869 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $30,000
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 18 / Feb. 6
  • Source: Verified school update

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Top Rankings

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

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
Year Founded
1869
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
869 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
46%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Oregon Episcopal School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
109 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
89%
Average Class Size
16 students
Number of AP Courses
5 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science, AP French Language, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics
Average SAT score
1400
(Out of 1600)
Average ACT score
29
(Out of 36)
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 18 / Feb. 6
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by grade; and families may apply for Flexible Tuition: www.oes.edu/tuition
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer camp cost varies by course, please visit our website summer.oes.edu for camp costs.
% on Financial Aid
20%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$18,000
Admissions Director
Susan Gundle
Admissions Associate
Heather Humphrey

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
24 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
A Cappella & Concert Choirs, Business Club, Challenge Course, Coding, Environmental Awareness Club, Greenhouse activity, Junior State of America, Maker Studio, Mock Trial, Model UN, Robotics, School Newspaper, Speech & Debate, Student government, Ukulele & Other Acoustics, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Ceramics, Filmmaking, Stagecraft, String Orchestra, Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Athletic training, Outdoor Program

School Notes

  • Nestled within 59 wooded acres of natural wetlands, nature trails, ropes courses, and gardens in southwest Portland, OES is a college preparatory, independent, pre-kindergarten to grade 12 day school, and grade 9-12 boarding school.
  • The OES curriculum is rooted in inquiry and exploration, with students engaging deeply to absorb information and take an active, empowered role in their education. Hands-on, discussion-based, project-oriented learning happens inside and outside the classroom, and each discovery leads to the next, driven primarily by the curiosity of OES students.
  • With an average enrollment of 870 students, OES has an average class size of 16, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 7:1, so everyone is known and appreciated as an individual and supported on their path of ife with patience, kindness, and love.
  • Learning and leadership opportunities abound in academics, music, art, world languages, and athletics (no-cut), and students can pursue the subjects that intrigue them. Unique among the school's offerings is a domestic and international boarding program averaging 60 students who add cultural richness and diverse perspectives to the entire community.
  • Gathering at OES is a lived expression of our supportive community and how much we respect and make space for each other's similarities and differences. We intentionally create time to regularly gather and reflect as part of educating toward a larger purpose: inclusion and respect, understanding and compassion, service and social justice, and meaning and commitment beyond oneself.
  • OES is an educational home for the student ready to practice critical thinking. It's a place for students to feel safe in making mistakes as they ask questions and explore, developing a growth mindset to set them up for higher education and the 21st century workforce.
  • "OES is almost like another family to me," said eighth grader Jacob. "I have all my friends here, and then there are all the great teachers."
  • Oregon Episcopal School recently unveiled its newly expanded and renovated Athletic Center! The nearly 42,000 square foot space nearly doubles the school`s indoor physical education and athletics capabilities, enhances the already successful and inclusive athletics programs, and creates a new hub that meaningfully connects the entire school community. Team rooms are replacing traditional locker rooms for meetings, game reviews, classes, and more.
  • The Oregon Episcopal School was the grand prize winner in June 2021 of Team American Rocketry Challenge! The school`s 10-student squad beat 614 teams across the nation to bring home more than $25,000 in scholarships. It was the Aardvarks` first time qualifying for the competition.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Virginia Euwer Wolff '55 - Writer
    • John Robinson '05 - Actor
    • Ben Westlund '67 - Public servant
    • Tianhui Michael Li '03 - Data scientist/tech entrepreneur
    • Clara Munson, 1880 - First Oregon woman mayor
    • Vivian Marshall '09 - Vaudeville and film actress
    • Peter Holstrom '87 - Musician, The Dandy Warhols
    • Betsy Johnson '69 - Public servant
    • Marion Eugenie Bauer, 1898 - Composer
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Oregon Episcopal School cost?
Oregon Episcopal School's tuition is approximately $30,000 for private students.
Who are famous alumni from Oregon Episcopal School?
Oregon Episcopal School famous alumni include: Virginia Euwer Wolff '55, John Robinson '05, Ben Westlund '67, Tianhui Michael Li '03, Clara Munson, 1880, Vivian Marshall '09, Peter Holstrom '87, Betsy Johnson '69 and Marion Eugenie Bauer, 1898.
Does Oregon Episcopal School offer a summer program?
Yes, Oregon Episcopal School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Oregon Episcopal School offer?
Oregon Episcopal School offers 10 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball. Oregon Episcopal School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Oregon for most sports offered.
What is Oregon Episcopal School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Oregon Episcopal School?
The application deadline for Oregon Episcopal School is Jan. 18 / Feb. 6.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  
My kids attend OES Lower School, so my only experience beyond 5th grade is judging at the science fair, where the upper school students create quality projects that demonstrate the excellent science education throughout the school. The Lower School has small class sizes, which allows for individual attention to each student's particular learning needs. There is excellent food (according to the toughest of judges - my kids), great spaces to play and do sports (including a brand new Athletic Center), and experiential education that scales from visits to the campus wetlands and forest (in the beginning grades) to overnight camps in the Pacific Northwest (in 4th and 5th grades).
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5  
My child attended OES from Pre-K to 12th grade. Overall, I am super impressed with how OES creates a sense of community and belonging for everyone on campus. Teachers are experts in their subject areas, but more importantly, they are experts in knowing their students. It was easy for my child to form strong connections with her teachers and she always felt comfortable asking for help when she needed it. The small class sizes at OES and the school`s dedication to gathering together really allowed my child to feel safe and known at the school. I credit OES for giving her a desire to try new things, ask questions, and step out of her comfort zone. Thank you, OES!
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5  
OES is a fantastic school. A large and amazing campus with a wonderful new Lower School and Athletic Center with plans to invest further in the coming years into additional facilities. The school invests heavily into creating community across faculty, parents, and students and is supported by a well-organized and substantial parent volunteer system. No cut sports which is great. OES invests heavily in its teachers ensuring a low teacher-to-student ratio. We're in the Lower School and we've been impressed with the quality of the curriculum, the experiences, and the specialty classes our girls take. It's a nationally recognized school with an amazing reputation.
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5  
OES is a very good school--both academically and in terms of its culture. The students are bright, and they are given significant agency in their learning. Rather than stressing APs or other standardized tests, OES focuses on true inquiry-based learning. In doing so, the school cultivates curiosity, helps students pose questions and design solutions, and allows them to create new understandings. The students are independent and have a voice--exactly what we are looking for as parents. They are also very well prepared for college. (For example, the "average" SAT score is around 1370; OES students also write a TON and do a lot of independent research, especially in science, which gives them experience in what they will do in college.) The sports are good, and they just opened a BEAUTIFUL new Athletic Center. All in all, we are really happy at OES. No school is perfect, and I would love to see them improve their art facilities (though word on the street is that a new Arts, Design, and Innovation Center is in the works), but our child is happy, balanced, and pushed to reach her potential. That's a pretty good combination!
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 869 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $30,000
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 18 / Feb. 6
  • Source: Verified school update

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