Oregon Episcopal School

6300 SW Nicol Road
Portland, OR 97223
Tel: 503-768-3115
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.
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.
The boarding program (grades 9-12) 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.
OES offers an inquiry-based education that prepares students for higher education and lifelong learning.
The OES science program challenges students through independent research, professional mentoring, and national and international competition.
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.
Starting in 9th grade, our college counselors are available to meet with students and parents. The goal is to teach students how to find colleges that best fit and support their interests and goals. OES graduates attend an array of excellent colleges.
Athletics offers all students the option to participate on a team. The program promotes the health and safety of the athletes and provides opportunity for growth through participation. 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 play in the games.
The OES campus includes a fencing salon and is the home of Oregon Fencing Alliance. OFA coaches the Olympic sport of saber fencing in a fun, engaging environment. Nearby facilities offer training in foil and epee.
The OES Arts & Music program seeks to expose students to the aesthetic and creative joy of making art and music and instill in our students a life-long appreciation of artistic expression.  Upper School, students produce sophisticated work in painting, printmaking, photography, and other media.
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.
  • Since 1869, OES has been helping children develop solid academic skills, sound character, strong leadership abilities, and an appreciation for the value of hard work and giving back to the community. At OES, academics are a blend of traditional, research-based, cross-disciplinary, and experiential coursework. The OES science program challenge students through independent research, professional mentoring, and national and international competition.
  • Our research-based humanities programs lead students to create truly impressive works like the Literary Journalism Project.
  • Upper School students also take on leadership responsibilities through student government, clubs and organizations, athletic teams, and performing arts.

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Definition of Terms 
2016 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
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Episcopal Non-denominational
Year Founded 1869 1910
Campus Size 59 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 868 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1990 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1976 - 2140 -
Average ACT score 30 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 16 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 7 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $20 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$58,600 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$30,700 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $19,000 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 26 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsSusan Gundle
Associate Director of AdmissionsJen Bash

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 7 16
CoursesCalculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science, French Language, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 10 14
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 22 23
ExtracurricularsAccapella and Concert Choir, Aikido, Band & Orchestra, BPA Science Bowl, Ceramics Club, Digital Art, Drama Club, Drawing, Film Making Club, Greenhouse, International Student Club, Junior State of America, Model United Nations, Newspaper, Painting, Photography, Robotics, Speech and Debate, Spirit Squad, Student Government, Studio Art, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Southern California 12
University of Washington 10
Stanford University 9
Santa Clara University 8
Chapman University 7
New York University 7
Occidental College 7
University of Oregon 6
Middlebury College 5
University of Puget Sound 5
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Research-based science program helps students become finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search and Siemens Competition.
  • On-campus fencing salon led by Ed Korfanty trains Olympic fencers, including two-time gold-medalist Mariel Zagunis.
  • Outdoor program provides experienced leadership for a cornucopia of activities geared for levels of expertise from beginner to expert.
  • Boys and Girls Varsity soccer teams have played in the state championship for the past 3 years.
  • Lacrosse program is one of pre-eminent programs in the state of Oregon, with the team playing in the state championship match most years.
  • Winterim program includes international trips for service or language immersion as well as domestic adventures, art workshops, and cultural experiences in the Portland area.
  • Rooted in the Episcopal tradition, the school emphasizes respect for all faiths and each student`s efforts to develop spiritually to realize his or her power for good in the world.
  • International program stresses cultural awareness and understanding among students from many nations. 
  • 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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