Nestled within 59 wooded cares of natural wetland, nature trails, ropes courses and gardens in southwest Portland, OES is a college preparatory, independent, pre-kindergarten to grade 12 day school, and 9-12 boarding school.

Since 1869, Oregon Episcopal School has prepared students for higher education and lifelong learning by inspiring intellectual, physical, social, emotional, artistic, and spiritual growth so student may realize their power for good as citizens of local and world communities.

Inquiry = Knowledge

Grounded in the belief that knowledge evolves from open and rigorous inquiry, we cultivate the mind and the whole person by connecting questions with exploration and discovery. theories with scrutiny, understanding through collaboration and expression with art.

The OES curriculum is rooted in inquiry and exploration, with students engaging deeply to absorb information and take an active empowered role in the advancement of their education.  Hands-on, discussion-based, project oriented learning happens inside and outside the classroom, and each discovery leads to the next, driven primarily by the curiosity of OES students.

Education with a larger purpose

With an average enrollment of 870 students, OES has an average class size of 16, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 7:1.  Learning and leadership opportunities abound in academics, music, art, world languages, and athletics, and students can pursue the subjects that intrigue them.  Unique among the school’s offerings, and to the Portland area, is a boarding program with about 60 domestic and international students who add cultural richness and diverse perspectives to the entire community.

At OES time is intentionally set aide for regular gathering and reflection as part of educating to a larger purpose: inclusion and respect, understanding and compassion, service and social justice, and meaning and commitment beyond oneself.  Gathering is a lived expression of the supportive community and the respect for people’s similarities and differences.

I think OES is the best school in the United States!  The people are so kind and there are so many opportunities, whatever your passions and interests.  If you’re up for adventure and learning, I think OES is the perfect place.

-Mimi, a junior at OES