Oregon Episcopal School

6300 SW Nicol Road
Portland, OR 97223
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #1 - Since 1869, our mission has been to inspire intellectual, physical, social, emotional, artistic, and spiritual growth so that students realize their power for good as citizens of local and world communities.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #1 - Since 1869, our mission has been to inspire intellectual, physical, social, emotional, artistic, and spiritual growth so that students realize their power for good as citizens of local and world communities.
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.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo #10 - 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.
Since 1869, Oregon Episcopal School (OES) has been preparing students for higher education, 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 recognized at the Regeneron 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 one hour to mountains and Pacific Ocean.

School News

  • New Athletic Center Unveiled! - 11/29/2021 - Oregon Episcopal School unveiled in September of 2021 its newly expanded and renovated Athletic Center! The nearly 42,000 square foot space almost doubles the school`s indoor physical education and athletics ...morecapabilities, enhances the already successful and inclusive athletics programs, and creates a new hub that meaningfully connects the entire school community. hide
  • OES Students are World Rocketry Champions - 11/29/2021 - Oregon Episcopal School was the grand prize winner in June 2021 of Team American Rocketry Challenge! The school`s 10-student squad beat 614 teams across the nation to bring home more ...morethan $25,000 in scholarships. It was the Aardvarks` first time qualifying for the competition. hide
  • Winterim a Go for Spring 2022 - 11/29/2021 - Winterim at OES is the week before spring break and engages students in experiential pursuits. Students and faculty work together each year to develop a diverse offering of courses, varying ...morefrom international and domestic trips to local exploration and service. Winterim provides students opportunities to follow their passions and to immerse themselves in new skills, places, cultures, and ideas. hide

Top Rankings

Oregon Episcopal School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 303 schools) for:

Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Oregon EpiscopalBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-12, PG5-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-12, PGPre-K-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationEpiscopalNon-denominational
Year Founded18691907
Campus Size59 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment877 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1400* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1335 - 1485-
Average ACT score29*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size14 students12
*National School Avg. » 18
Student : Teacher Ratio7:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered518
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$23 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
((includes meal plan, ELS, most athletics etc.))
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$18,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 28Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsSusan Gundle

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered518
CoursesCalculus AB, Calculus BC, French Language, Spanish Language, Statistics


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1016
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations2423
ExtracurricularsClub 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

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 201410 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Southern California12
University of Washington10
Stanford University9
Santa Clara University8
Chapman University7
New York University7
Occidental College7
University of Oregon6
Middlebury College5
University of Puget Sound5
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Established in 1869, OES is a co-ed, pre-kindergarten to grade 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 power 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, more than 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 six dorm students. 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 typically start each school year with grade level trips to local outdoor venues. During exam time, we have snacks and tea, meditation and yoga sessions, and even bunny petting to minimize stress for students.
  • High school should also be a joyful time when students have opportunities to try new activities and explore their passions. OES has a no-cut policy for sports. With more than 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 more than 30 activities every year, and they 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's location is ideal. We are approximately one hour from the mountains and from the ocean. We have stores and restaurants within walking distance of campus, and it is only an eight minute drive to the mall, a 15 minute drive to downtown, and a 25 minute 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 '55 - Writer
    • John Robinson '05 - Actor
    • Ben Westlund '67 - Public servant
    • Tianhui Michael Li '03 - Data scientist/tech entrepreneur
    • Clara Munson, 1880 - First Oregon woman mayor
    • Vivian Marshall '09 - Vaudeville and film actress
    • Peter Holstrom '87 - Musician, The Dandy Warhols
    • Betsy Johnson '69 - Public servant
    • Marion Eugenie Bauer, 1898 - Composer

Profile last updated: 11/30/2021

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