Oregon Episcopal School
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #2 - OES supports artistic vision and expression. Our students have access to a music recording studio, media lab, woodshop, darkroom, ceramics studio, apparel construction area, 3D printers, and multiple creative spaces.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #3 - Our Residential Life Program attracts boarding students from across the US and from all over the world who share their unique cultures and perspectives. Our Residential Life community is led by an incredibly caring group of faculty dorm parents who ensure that students feel loved and supported.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #4 - When it comes to advanced scientific research, our students are determined, regularly representing OES at competitive expos like the International Science and Engineering Fair. Students dive into an annual science research project based on their specific areas of interest.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #5 - Our average class size of 14 enables students to develop meaningful connections with our knowledgeable, passionate, and approachable faculty. Also, each student becomes part of a small advisory group that they stay in until they graduate.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #6 - Our no-cut sports policy ensures that every student who wants to play, gets to play, whatever the sport, and feels the joy of being part of a team. Our athletics program offers countless opportunities for self-confidence and leadership. Sports include: soccer, lacrosse, tennis, basketball, skiing, cross country, track, golf, volleyball and fencing.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #7 - Our college counselors help students navigate high school with an eye toward what comes next, and partner with students and parents to identify colleges that pique students' interests and support their goals. Students are front and center in the process. Wherever they go, our alumni build the kind of lives only open minds can imagine.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #8 - Three works per year are staged in the Upper School, including the student-written dramas and musicals. Students also play in the pit orchestra and participate in the sound and stage crews.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #9 - Upper School students and faculty work together to develop classes and experiences that take them anywhere from dogsledding in Minnesota to practicing conversational French in Paris. Winterim is a chance for students to follow their passions, learn new skills, and work with peers and teachers in unique situations.
Since 1869, Oregon Episcopal School (OES) has been preparing students for excellent colleges, while supporting them in their journeys of self-discovery, leadership, and service. At OES, students engage in a world class liberal arts education focused on experiential learning. Students also have access to an acclaimed math, science and technology program, with students regularly representing OES at competitive expos like the International Science and Engineering Fair. We celebrate a diverse, inclusive community where students can form lifelong friendships. OES is located in Portland, Oregon, and sits on an idyllic 59 acre campus just 15 minutes from downtown and 25 minutes from Portland International Airport. Highlights: 870 population, day/boarding, 7:1 Student Teacher Ratio, 26 sports teams, 30+ activities, home of Nike World Headquarters and Adidas North American Headquarters, and about 1 hour to mountains and Pacific Ocean.
|Definition of Terms|
| 2020 School Data
|Oregon Episcopal||Boarding School Avg.|
|School Focus||College Prep||College Preparatory|
|Grades Offered (Boarding)||9-12, PG||9-12|
|Grades Offered (Day)||Pre-K-12, PG||9-12|
|Campus Size||59 acres||125 acres|
|Enrollment||877 students||306 students|
|% Students of Color|
|% International Students|
|% Students Boarding|
|Average SAT Score||1400||* National Avg. »View|
|SAT range (25th-75th percentile)||1335 - 1485||-|
|Average ACT score||29||*National Avg. » View|
|Offers Post-Grad Year||Yes||No|
Academics and Faculty
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual||Casual|
|Average Class Size||14 students||12|
*National School Avg. » 20
|Student : Teacher Ratio||7:1||7:1|
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||5||18|
|ESL Courses Offered||Yes||Yes|
|% Faculty with Advanced Degree|
|Summer Program Offered||Yes||Yes|
|Summer Program Details||Link to Summer Program Details|
|Endowment Size||$23 million||$23 million|
((includes meal plan, ELS, most athletics etc.))
|% Students on Financial Aid|
|Merit Scholarships Offered||No||No|
|Application Deadline||Jan. 28||Jan. 15|
|Accepts Standardized Application||Yes||No|
|Director of Admissions||Susan Gundle|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
AP / Advanced Courses
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||5||18|
|Courses||Calculus AB, Calculus BC, French Language, Spanish Language, Statistics|
|# Interscholastic Sports Offered||10||16|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball|
|Total Extracurricular Organizations||24||24|
|Extracurriculars||Club or Organization:|
Business Club, Challenge Course, Coding & Arduinos, Creative Collective, Economics Club, Greenhouse, International Student Club, Investment Club, Junior State of America, Midwinter Madness, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Newspaper, OES Stories, Peer Writing Center, Rocketry, Service Learning, Speech and Debate, Stagecraft, Student Government
Arts and Music Programs:
Accapella and Concert Choir, Drama Club, Photography, Studio Art
|Year: 2011 - 2014||10 Most Popular College Choices (# Enrolled)|
|University of Southern California||12|
|University of Washington||10|
|Santa Clara University||8|
|New York University||7|
|University of Oregon||6|
|University of Puget Sound||5|
|Link to Matriculation Data|
- Established in 1869, OES is a co-ed, Pre-K - 12, independent, day and boarding school located on a 59-acre wooded campus just 15 minutes from downtown Portland on the West Coast. We celebrate exploration and discovery, experiential learning, the cultivation of meaningful relationships, and being a presence of good in the world. Service learning is an essential part of our school`s philosophy.
- OES is a college preparatory school and our students move on to select colleges. In a typical year, over 130 colleges visit OES to recruit our students. Our average class size of 14 students enables discussion based learning. Our students become strong and versatile writers, critical thinkers, designers, performers, and they engage in hands-on, project oriented work. For example, through our annual science research project, our students have reached great heights in research, and national and international recognition.
- Our dorm students are incredibly supported. We have one faculty dorm parent for approximately every 6 dorm students. Furthermore, our Dorm Academic Resource Team of faculty members offers additional academic support. Being a smaller dorm program of 55 students, our students build close relationships with each other, and adults, and they have more opportunities for leadership. Our dorm students are supported and known by our community.
- At OES, our rigorous, college preparatory program is balanced by student wellness. We have no uniforms in the Upper School, and our teachers asks students to call them by their first name. In a typical school year, we start school year with grade level trips, with our 9th graders going to the beach for 3 days. During exam time, we have snacks and tea, meditation and yoga sessions, and even bunny petting areas to reduce stress for our students.
- High school should also be a joyful time when students have opportunities to try new things and explore their passions. OES has a no cut policy for sports. With over 27 sports teams, any student who wants to play a sport will be on a team, and have a chance to play. We have offered over 30 activities every year, and activities are worked into the class schedule for students. We offer free outdoor trips throughout the school year: hiking, rafting, snowboarding, surfing, rock climbing etc.
- OES` location is ideal. We are approximately one hour from the mountains and from the ocean. We have stores and restaurants within walking distance of the campus, and it is only an 8 min. drive to the mall, a 15 min. drive to downtown, and a 25 min. drive to the airport. Portland is a city known for its art, music, food, sports (NBA & MLS teams), and entrepreneurship (Nike World Headquarters, Adidas North American Headquarters, Columbia World Headquarters, and Intel Campuses).
- Oregon Episcopal School accreditations: Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Northwest Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
- Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
- Virginia Euwer Wolff - Author of books for young adults
- Jon Robinson - Actor
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