Catlin Gabel School

8825 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225

This well-regarded school was founded by Ruth Catlin. She and her assistant and successor, Jessie Thain Powers, directed the school for many years, merging with the Cady School of Music Education to form the Hillside School for Boys and Girls. Both retired in 1942. In 1957, the Catlin-Hillside School merged with the Gabel Country Day School (derived from the old Portland Academy, founded in 1851). The following year, the upper school (grades 9-12) moved from the urban campus to the 60-acre Honey Hollow Farm site, where all four divisions have been located since 1967. Catlin Gabel offers a diverse, progressive curriculum that emphasizes the mastery of reading, writing and analytical skills. The academic program also includes training in fundamental mathematical and scientific techniques. Students may take advantage of an extensive arts program. While no courses carry the Advanced Placement designation, many honors courses are available for advanced study, and pupils prepare for AP exams in certain subjects. For four days each March, grades 1-12 suspend regular classes and offer various experiential learning opportunities outside of the regular curriculum. Students generate ideas and collaborate with faculty and alumni to create Experiential Week offerings. Faculty and other school personnel and community members (assisted by faculty advisors) conduct these courses. Boys and girls complete class community service projects at all grade levels, and older pupils satisfy the following requirements: monthly service program participation in grades 6-8 and 15 hours of annual service in grades 9-12.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 4)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address8825 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225
Year Established1911
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorLark P. Palma
Total Enrollment750
Day Students750
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