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Oct212016

It's Open House Season

It’s private school open house season!  Private and independent schools are hosting open houses now through early 2017 for families applying for the 2017-2018 school year.

While it may seem crazy to be looking at schools that your child will not actually attend for nearly a year, the open house is just a first step in checking out a school and deciding whether to apply.  Many schools also offer events like parent tours, student visit days, and parent receptions to help you decide if their school is a fit for your family.  The open house is a great way to get an overview of the school, see the facility, and meet faculty, parents, and students, and decide if you want to take the next steps in learning about the school. 

What if you’ve missed the tour?  Or it’s at a time when you just can’t attend?  Not to worry – most schools are happy to arrange visits at alternate times.  It is a good idea to call the admission contact at the school as soon as possible, however, as popular schools sometimes fill their spots for student visits and other “next steps” quickly after their open houses.

Daunted by the list?  It’s understandable.  Portland has a lot of school options.  There are a few upcoming school fairs and information events that will allow you to meet representatives from several schools at once.  Scoop on School will share information about these events as they draw closer; the short story is they allow you to learn a little bit about a lot of schools quickly, but they don’t replace a visit to the schools in which you’re really interested. 

You may ask what about parochial and religious schools?  And charter schools?  And public school options?  And preschools?  The open houses for these schools generally don’t happen until into the new year.  Scoop on Schools will share information about those open houses over the next weeks and months, so stay tuned!

Finally, if you know about an open house that’s not listed here, please share in the comments!

 

Harmony Montessori School

  • Saturday, October 22 from 10 – 11am
  • Saturday, November 12 from 10 – 11am

Arbor School of Arts and Sciences

  • Sunday, October 23 from 1 – 4pm

Central Catholic High School

  • Sunday, October 23 from 1 – 4pm

Oregon Episcopal School

  • Middle/Upper School - Sunday, October 23 from 1 – 4pm
  • Lower School - Wednesday, October 26 from 6 – 8pm

Westside Christian High School

  • Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm

German International School

  • Thursday, October 27 from 9 – 11am
  • Sunday, January 22 from 10 – 11:30am

The International School

  • Preschool and Kindergarten Open House - Friday, October 28 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Open House - Saturday, January 24 from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Catlin Gable

  • Sunday, October 30 from 1 – 4pm

De La Salle North Catholic High School

  • Sunday, October 30 from 1 – 4pm

Valley Catholic School

  • High School - Sunday, October 30 from 1 – 4pm (Welcome Address at 1:45)
  • Early Learning School – Sunday, January 29 from 2 – 4pm
  • Elementary School – Sunday, January 29 from 1 – 3pm
  • Middle School – Sunday, January 29 from 2 – 4pm

Northwest Chinese Academy

  • Wednesday, November 2 from 5 – 7pm
  • Saturday, December 3 from 10am – 12pm
  • Saturday, January 7 from 10am – 12pm
  • Saturday, February 11 from 10am – 12pm
  • Tuesday, March 7 from 9:30 – 11am
  • Saturday, April 1 from 10am – 12pm
  • Thursday, May 11 from 9:30 – 11am

Gilkey International Middle School @ French American Internation School

  • Thursday, November 3 at 6:30
  • Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30

Cedarwood Waldorf School

  • Saturday, November 5 from 10am – 1pm
  • Saturday, January 21 from 10am – 1pm
  • Saturday, March 18 from 10am – 1pm

Portland Jewish Academy

  • Tuesday, November 8 at 10am
  • Wednesday, December 7 at 10am
  • Thursday, January 12 at 10am

French American International School

  • Wednesday, November 9 at 9am
  • Friday, January 20 at 9am
  • Thursday, April 6 at 9am

Sunstone Montessori School

  • Thursday November 10 from 5:00 – 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 12 from 5:00 – 7:00pm

Portland Waldorf School

  • High School - Sunday, November 13 from 1 – 3pm
  • Early Childhood - Sunday, November 20 from 10 – 11:30am
  • Lower School - Saturday, January 28 from 1 – 3pm

Franciscan Montessori Earth School and St. Francis Academy

  • Tuesday, November 15 from 10 – 11:30am
  • Tuesday, January 10 from 10 – 11:30am
  • Tuesday, February 14 from 10 – 11:30am
  • Tuesday, March 14 from 10 – 11:30am
  • Tuesday, April 11 from 10 – 11:30am
  • Tuesday, May 9 from 10 – 11:30am

Northwest Academy

  • Middle School - Tuesday, November 15 from 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • High School - Thursday, November 17 from 10:30am – 12pm
  • Middle School - Tuesday, December 6 from 10:30am – 12pm
  • High School - Thursday, December 8 from 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • High School - Thursday, January 5 from 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Middle School - Tuesday, May 9 from 10:30am – 12:00pm

The Marylhurst School

  • K-8 Information Night - Tuesday, November 15 from 6 – 8pm
  • Open House - Saturday, January 28 from 10am – 1pm

The Portland Montessori School

  • Elementary Info Night - Thursday, November 17 from 5:30 – 7pm
  • Open House - Saturday, January 28 from 10am – 1pm
  • Elementary Info Night - Wednesday, March 22 from 5:30 – 7pm

Pacific Crest Community School

  • Saturday, November 19 from 1 – 3pm (presentation at 1:30pm)

Gardner School of Arts and Sciences

  • Sunday, December 4 from 1 – 4pm
  • Sunday, March 19 from 1 – 4pm

Montessori of Beaverton

  • Saturday, January 7 from 2:00 – 3:00pm

SUMMA Academy

  • Saturday, January 18 from 10am – 1pm

Park Academy

  • Thursday, January 26 from 7 – 8:30pm

Shining Star Waldorf School

  • Saturday, January 21 from 10am – 2pm
  • Saturday, February 4 from 10am – 2pm
  • Saturday, March 11 from 10am – 2pm

Micha-el School

  • Saturday, February 4, 10am – 12pm
  • Wednesday, March 8 from 6 – 8pm

 

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