Private Schools in Portland
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Along with the public school system, there are roughly 125 private schools in the city alone, and an estimated 14 percent of school-aged children who attend them. One of the most highly acclaimed is the Oregon Episcopal School in southwest Portland, which has been consistently ranked as one of the best in the United States. Beaverton’s Caitlin Gable School and St. Mary’s Academy in downtown Portland are two more of the state’s top-performing private schools.
Just under half (about 44 percent) of the private schools in Portland are religiously affiliated, and the overall acceptance rate sits at about 70 percent. Families particularly like the low student-to-teacher ratio at these schools (averaging 11:1), which is far below the rates found in the public school system.
The average tuition at Portland-area private schools is just under $9,000 per year at elementary schools and about $12,400 for high school students. These numbers are about on pace with national averages for private education.
You can see a list of Portland-area private school options here.