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School Code: 380-845

2012–13 School Profile Catlin Gabel is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian day school serving students from preschool through grade 12. Founded in 1859, the school has a total of 753 students. The student-teacher ratio in the Upper School is 8-to-1. This year, there are 309 Upper School students.

MISSION

CLASS OF 2012

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.

100% of the class of 2012 will attend four-year colleges or universities.

Standardized Test Scores SAT

ACCREDITATION Northwest Association of Schools & Colleges; Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools; The Northwest Accreditation Commission

ADMISSION Competitive, based on previous school record, entrance examinations, recommendations, personal qualifications, and interview. Approximately one-quarter of the Upper School students receive financial aid.

CURRICULUM AND GRADING POLICY

Mean

Mid-50% Range

655

600-710

Test Critical Reading

644

590-690

Math

644

600-700

Writing

Mean

Mid-50% Range

29

27-32

ACT

Test Composite

Independent Curriculum AP classes are not offered at Catlin Gabel. Students often opt to take the exams. In spring 2012, 56 students took 91 exams, and 96% scored 3 or higher.

National Merit Recognition

Catlin Gabel offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. All seniors work beyond core requirements in two to four academic disciplines (English is required). Students may choose from a variety of elective offerings in history, English, and the sciences; the school does not offer standard AP courses.

The class of 2012 included 12 National Merit commended students, 5 semifinalists, 5 finalists, and 3 National Merit Scholars.

Honors classes are offered in the following areas

Junior Grade Distribution

Chinese V

Genres

Accel. Precalc.

Adv. Biology

French V

Adv. Play Prod.

Calculus I

Adv. Chemistry

Japanese V

Adv. Film Prod.

Calculus II

Adv. Physics

Spanish V

Hon. Art Sem.

Statistics

Adv. Comp. Sci.

Senior History Electives

Accel. Alg. / Geom. I & II

Accel. Science I & II

Catlin Gabel’s educational philosophy de-emphasizes letter grades, and student academic work is evaluated primarily through frequent conferences with faculty and through narrative reports. Letter grades (A+ through F) are given once per year in yearlong courses; courses lasting for one semester are graded at semester’s end. We do not rank our students, nor do we calculate and report a GPA on student transcripts.

8825 SW Barnes Road Portland, OR 97225 www.catlin.edu phone: 503-297-1894 fax: 503-203-5123

Head of School Lark P. Palma Upper School Head Daniel Griffiths

CLASS OF 2013

Eng

Hist

Lang

Math

Sci

Arts

A+

1

5

5

5

7

15

Comp Sci 0

A

18

14

28

19

33

41

8

A-

19

11

19

17

25

7

0

B+

14

22

8

13

27

2

2

B

11

12

6

8

24

1

0

B-

7

6

1

2

10

0

0

C+

3

4

1

4

4

0

0

C

0

0

0

1

10

0

0

C-

1

1

1

4

2

0

0

D

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

F

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Director of College Counseling Kate Grant grantk@catlin.edu

Associate Director of College Counseling Blythe Butler butlerb@catlin.edu


DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF THE SCHOOL

COLLEGE ADMISSION, 2009-12

In addition to the challenging academic program, Catlin Gabel students participate in a full array of arts and athletic programs throughout the year. In addition, through a comprehensive laptop program, computer technology is accessible to every Upper School student.

Here is a partial list of colleges and universities that have offered admission to Catlin Gabel graduates during the last four years. Numbers in parentheses designate the number of students who matriculated to the college or university. Colleges attended by members of the class of 2012 appear in bold.

Senior Projects Every student is required to engage in a senior project (internship). Students complete 80 hours of work on their projects and make a presentation at the end of the internship period. The senior project is a natural extension of Catlin Gabel’s experientially based curriculum. Students have worked at nonprofits and for profit organizations in a variety of fields from alternative energy to advertising, medicine, research, commercial baking, performing arts, TV and radio broadcasting, construction, design, early childhood education, and veterinary care.

FIRST Robotics Team Robotics is an extracurricular program that gets students involved with real-world engineering, computer science, design, math, and applied physics. The team and project-management skills learned here last a lifetime. Participants in the Upper School program design robots for entry in FIRST robotics competitions. Catlin Gabel’s robotics team is one of the top teams in the state and is the only Oregon team to have qualified for the FIRST World Championships the last five out of six years.

Global Online Academy Catlin Gabel is a founding member of the Global Online Academy, a consortium of the world’s leading independent schools whose mission is to translate into online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are hallmarks of its member schools. Courses taken through the Global Online Academy will be noted on a student’s transcript.

PLACE Planning and Leadership Across City Environments is Catlin Gabel’s unique urban studies program. This interdisciplinary program, open to Catlin Gabel students and to students throughout the local area, is experiential, project-based, and progressive. Students collaborate with community leaders to explore a variety of topics focusing on how we relate to our urban environment through smart planning and effective leadership.

Knight Scholars The Knight Family Scholars Program launched in fall 2011. Funded by a multi-million dollar gift from Nike chairman Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, the innovative program’s goal is to bring a cadre of academically exceptional students with notable potential in leadership, athletics, and service to the Catlin Gabel Upper School. Students selected as Knight Family Scholars receive comprehensive financial aid based on merit to defray the cost of attendance. Students enrolled in the Knight Family Scholars Program engage in Catlin Gabel’s highly regarded coursework and an additional Knight Family Scholars Program seminar every semester. The focus of the seminar is to prepare leaders for the 21st century.

Experiential Learning We value experiential education, the idea that people learn by doing, not simply by being told. This means that students learn through real and direct exposure to places, events, and people. All students participate in the annual Winterim program, taking part in a variety of learning activities in Portland or further afield.

Community Service Community service is a key component of Catlin Gabel culture. Upper School students are required to undertake 15 hours a year of community service, and many exceed this requirement.

Akita International University American University (1) Arizona State University (1) The University of Arizona Babson College (1) Bard College Barnard College (2) Bates College (5) Beloit College (1) Bennington College (2) Boston College Boston University (3) Bowdoin College (1) Brandeis University University of British Columbia Brown University (3) Bryn Mawr College (4) Bucknell University University of California at Berkeley University of California at Los Angeles University of California at Santa Cruz California Institute of Technology (1) California Polytechnic State University (1) Carleton College (4) Carnegie Mellon University (1) Carroll College, Montana Case Western Reserve University Chapman University (5) University of Chicago (3) Claremont McKenna College (3) Clark University Colby College (1) Colgate University University of Colorado at Boulder (1) Colorado College (4) Columbia University (1) Connecticut College Cooper Union Cornell College Cornell University (1) Dartmouth College (3) Davidson College (2) Denison University (1) University of Denver (2) Drew University Duke University (3) Earlham College University of Edinburgh Emerson College Emory University (6) Eugene Lang College The Evergreen State College (4) Franklin College Switzerland (3) Furman University The George Washington University (1) Georgetown University (2) Gonzaga University (1) Goucher College (1) Grinnell College (4) Hamilton College (2) Hampshire College (1) Harvard University (2) Harvey Mudd College (1) Haverford College Hendrix College University of Idaho Illinois Institute of Technology (1) University of the Incarnate Word: Honors College (1) Ithaca College Johns Hopkins University (2) Kalamazoo College Kenyon College (1) University of La Verne Lafayette College (1) Lake Forest College (1) Lawrence University (1) Lewis & Clark College (3) Linfield College (1) Loyola Marymount University (1) Macalester College (2) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1)

McDaniel College (1) McGill University (1) Middlebury College Mills College Montana State University, Bozeman (4) The University of Montana, Missoula (1) Mount Holyoke College (2) New College of Florida New York University (2) University of North Carolina School of the Arts (1) Northeastern University (2) Northwestern University (2) University of Notre Dame Oberlin College (7) Occidental College (5) Oglethorpe University Ohio Wesleyan University Oregon Institute of Technology Oregon State University: Honors College (5) University of Oregon (11) University of Oregon: Honors College (2) University of Oxford (1) Pacific University (1) University of the Pacific University of Pennsylvania Pitzer College (1) Pomona College (3) Portland State University (6) University of Portland (1) Princeton University University of Puget Sound (3) Queen’s University (1) University of Redlands (5) Reed College (2) Regis University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (5) Rhode Island School of Design (3) Rice University (1) Rochester Institute of Technology (1) University of Rochester (1) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (1) Saint Anselm College University of San Diego University of San Francisco (1) Santa Clara University (3) Sarah Lawrence College (1) School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1) Scripps College (5) Seattle University Simmons College Skidmore College (1) Smith College (3) University of Southern California (12) Southern Oregon University (2) Spelman College University of St. Andrews, Scotland (2) St. Olaf College Stanford University (5) Swarthmore College (2) Syracuse University Trinity College Trinity University (1) Tufts University (2) Tulane University Vassar College (2) University of Vermont (2) University of Virginia Washington and Lee University (1) Washington State University (1) Washington University in St. Louis (7) University of Washington (2) Wellesley College (1) Wesleyan University (1) Wheaton College, Massachusetts Whitman College (12) Whittier College (3) Willamette University (4) Williams College (6) Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2) University of Wyoming Yale University

Catlin Gabel 2012-13 Profile  

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