Oregon Episcopal School

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Basic Information

Address: 6300 SW Nicol Road, Portland, OR 97223
County: Washington
Phone Number: 503-246-7771
Principal: Mo Copeland, Head of School
School Type: Private, independent, co-ed, boarding

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Additional Information

Accreditation: Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Founded: 1869
Organization Affiliation: Episcopal
Ages/Grades: Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12; Grades 9 to 12 (boarding)
School Setting:

Nestled within 59 wooded acres that include natural wetlands, nature trails, ropes courses, and gardens in southwest Portland, Oregon.

School Size: 870
Classroom Size: 16 students
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1
Financial Aid:

Yes, available


We have three divisions, Upper School, Middle School, and Lower School


Inquiry-based, Experiential

Percentage of Graduating Class: 99% attend four-year colleges
Support Services:

College Counseling and Academic Support, wellness

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
School Championships:

2020 Boys’ Basketball 3A State Champions
2020 Girls’ Basketball League and District Champions
2019 Boys’ Golf District State Champions
2019 Boys’ Skiing Metro Champions
2019 Boys’ Lacrosse Columbia League Champions
2018 Girls’ Tennis 3A State Champions
2018 Boys’ Tennis District and 3A State Champions
2018 Girls’ Soccer 3A State Champions
2018 Boys’ Soccer District Champions
2018 Boys’ Skiing Metro League Champions
2018 Girls’ Skiing Metro League Champions
2018 Boys’ Lacrosse State Champions
2018 Girls’ Cross Country District Champions
2018 Boys’ and Girls’ Speech and Debate 4A/3A/2A/1A State Champions

School Clubs:

We have clubs (Black Student Union, Book Club, Computer Science Club, Environment Club, Philosophy Club, Women’s Rights Club, Aeronautics Club) and multiple team activities (a capella, aerospace team, coding for girls, fitness exploration, Honor Council, Intercultural Student Association, Mock Trial, Model Aeronautics, Model United Nations, OES Broadcasting Network, Speech and Debate, Sports Leadership, Stagecraft, the Aardvark Dig, Yearbook)

Notable Graduates/Alumni:

Peter Holmstrom, 1987 — Musician, The Dandy Warhols
Marion Eugenie Bauer, 1882 - Composer
Nan Wood Honeyman, 1881 - Politician
Alma Francis — Broadway and silent film actress
Vivian Marshall, c. 1909 — Vaudeville and film actress
Clara C. Munson, 1880 — First woman elected mayor in Oregon during the 19th century
John Robinson, 2005 — Actor
Ben Westlund, 1967 — Oregon State Treasurer
Virginia Euwer Wolff, 1955 — Writer
Tianhui Michael Li, 2003 - Data scientist and tech entrepreneur
Patrick Lamb, 1986 -- Musician

Uniform Guidelines:


Admissions Deadline: Jan. 21 (Pre-K to Grade 5); Jan. 28 (Grades 6 through 12)
Mission Statement:

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

Philosophy/Belief Statement: Our Oregon home matters: Perched on the Pacific Rim, nestled between the ocean and the mountains, bordered by both natural wetlands and urban development, we nurture intrinsic curiosity about complex environments and people of diverse backgrounds, creating intentional connections and collaborative, sustainable solutions. Our Episcopal tradition matters: Rooted in a rhythm of gathering and reflection, we educate toward a larger purpose—toward inclusion and respect, understanding and compassion, service and social justice, toward meaning and commitment beyond ourselves. Grounded in the belief that the advancement of knowledge flows from open and rigorous inquiry, we cultivate the life of the mind and the whole person by connecting questions with exploration and discovery, theories with scrutiny, expression with art, and self with subject.
School History: Oregon Episcopal School began in 1869 as St. Helen's Hall, a boarding and day school for girls. It attracted students from the rural areas of Oregon as well as from Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, and Idaho. The school moved several times during its first century to different locations in downtown Portland. It was located at 13th and Hall Streets before moving to its present location in Raleigh Hills in 1964. In 1972, St. Helen's Hall merged with Bishop Dagwell Hall, an all-boys school, and was renamed Oregon Episcopal School. Over the years, the school has grown in the number of students and in the quality of its facilities. In the 1990s, and especially since 2000, the school has gained a nationwide reputation for its research-based science program.