Here is a description of some of the top private schools in Portland, Oregon. Please let me know if I’ve left any schools out.
Catlin Gabel is a progressive day school with over 700 students in grades Pre-k through 12. The school has a student-to-teacher ratio of 7:1, and it offers college-prepatory classes, including Spanish or Chinese starting in first grade and French and Japanese in later grades. The school’s students tend to score well on Advanced Placement tests, particularly in math and science, and the school has an award-winning robotics program and offers four years of computer science. About 27% of the students identify themselves as people of color, and 26% of the student body receives need-based financial aid. Gabel Country Day was founded in 1859 as the Portland Academy, and the Catlin Hillside School was founded in 1911 as Miss Catlin’s School. The schools merged in 1957. The school is located on 60 acres five miles west of downtown Portland.
The International School, founded in 1990, is the city’s first International Baccalaureate elementary school. It offers immersion programs in Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese for 460 students ages 3 through fifth grade. Students spend most of their day using their target language to develop fluency in that language. The school uses the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program that encourages students to help direct their learning through asking questions related to the curriculum. The teachers also help students develop their knowledge of foreign cultures.
Jesuit High School offers a college preparatory program for boys and girls of all faiths. The students are in grades 9-12. The school, founded in 1956 by the Society of Jesus, follows Jesuit traditions. The school has been co-educational since 1993. Twenty-three percent of its students are people of color, and over 25% of its students receive need-based financial aid. Ninety-nine percent of the students go on to attend four-year colleges, and the school has a nationally ranked athletics program that draws 73% of the student body.
Northwest Academy is a co-ed private school for students in grades 6-12. Based on the research of Howard Gardner and his study of multiple intelligences, the school offers a strong academic and arts program. The school is located in Portland’s cultural district, and the school’s Arts After Hours program offers courses in visual, media, and performing arts taught by professionals in their fields. Students attend strong academic and arts colleges.
Oregon Episcopal School has a day and boarding program for students in pre-K through 12th grade. Its over 800 students come from all over the Northwest and the world, and the school offers a strong traditional college-preparatory program and global learning opportunities on six continents. About 17% of its students receive need-based financial aid.
Portland Lutheran High School is an independent Lutheran school for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. It was founded in 1905. Forty-five percent of its students receive need-based financial aid. Its college-preparatory high school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1.
Portland Waldorf School educates over 300 students in Pre-K through 12th grade. The school is a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and educates students according to Rudolf Steiner’s methods. Ninety-five percent of its students go on to complete at least a bachelor’s degree.
St. Mary’s Academy, a Catholic girls’ high school founded in 1859, is Oregon’s oldest continuously operating secondary school. Forty percent of its over 600 students receive financial aid, and 48% of its families are Catholic. Ninety-nine percent of its graduates attend college.