We invite you to experience OES from our students’ perspective. Click on a question below to explore student life, the academic experience, the boarding program, and our community from the eyes, 耳朵, 思想, and hearts of our students!
- What new experiences will I have at OES?
- How will I be challenged?
- Who will I connect with at OES?
- What OES memory or event will stand out for me?
- As a boarding student, what will I do for fun on the weekends?
- How will my OES experience extend beyond the classroom?
- What will I learn about myself as a person at OES?
- What types of class projects will be most engaging?
One of the best experiences I've had since entering the Upper School is joining the OES JSA (Junior State of America) chapter. 通过相扑协会, I've met so many brilliant and passionate people, 了解了我以为自己了解的故事的不同侧面, and further developed the life skill of informed decision-making, as well as my open-mindedness and curiosity toward U.S. 政治. 安妮,十天
I tried acting in school plays and ended up falling in love with it! Noelani, 12天
My teachers emphasize interdisciplinary learning, so I find myself going home each night excited to think about the connections between classes like genetics and poetry, which gave my learning a new dimension. 恩,12天
I tried different sports including soccer, basketball, and golf. It was my first time trying out soccer and basketball, but I was able to learn a lot thanks to my teammates and coaches. “文化冲击”是我从未经历过的有意义的事件. It was great to take time and talk about different topics that we normally do not discuss in our daily lives. Rasley, 9 Boarding, South Korea
文化冲击, affinity groups, office hours, free periods, and SRP. 优雅,9天
Being on the volleyball team gave me a home away from home at school and the community that all the different sports and activities foster is amazing. 贝嘉,10天
I tried track and field and loved it. 瑞安,11天
I had lots of experience that I never had before. 去年我参加了汤姆·汉德尔领导的所有户外活动, including rock climbing, 皮划艇, 等. I played basketball for fun before I came, 但在海洋能, I can actually be on the team, play the game and build up team spirit. I attend a few clubs and activities, including Mock Trial, 妈妈, 学生会, that I never had the experience before. Annie, 10 Boarding, China
Freshman year I played volleyball for the first time. I went to some of the summer practices and ALL of the upperclassmen were so welcoming and very willing to help me if I needed it. I played on JV2 and had a blast! 希礼,十天
在学业上, it has pushed me to be a better student and work more efficiently and with purpose. OES has given me opportunities to hold leadership positions, str等hing myself to figure out how an ideal leader should act.
OES has challenged me by emphasizing the importance of self advocacy. I never thought that I would be as confident as I am today. OES在学业上也给我带来了挑战，但现在我觉得自己已经为上大学做好了准备! Noelani, 12天
在学业上, it challenges you with rigorous classes, but also challenges you to become a critical thinker and learn to view the world with more than one perspective. 贝嘉,10天
In nearly every aspect of my life. OES challenges me academically, 社会, and in the impact we can make by doing service (power for good). 艾拉,12天
我个人最喜欢OES的一点就是它的挑战性. I don't mean that some source of intimidation, although it can get hectic sometimes, OES balances challenge very well on their students. 我觉得我能突破自己的极限，通过挑战自己而成长. That's another reason why I loved SRP (科学 ReSearch Project) was because it was very challenging to do it all independently. 卡拉,9天
OES is an open school. Everyone here is encouraged to be open. As a Chinese student, I was taught to be humble. So I might not be as open and extroverted as other students. But here at OES, I really feel supported. 在上课时, I might express something that contradicts what other have said, and they appreciate my words. Danni, 12 Boarding, China
I think the academic workload in OES can be quite challenging. 平衡学业、课外活动和个人生活可能很难. 然而，充满挑战的环境教会了我如何管理我的时间. 我学会了如何管理所有的工作，也学会了在需要时寻求帮助. Rasley, 9 Boarding, South Korea
OES has challenged me to be who I am all the time. Activities like 文化冲击, 身份撤退, 等, 能够为学生提供一个向每个人骄傲地表达自己的空间吗. Kylie, 10 Boarding, Hong Kong
OES让我达到了我的最高标准，让我超越了我所认为的可能. My teachers know what I'm capable of and encourage me to explore the material to its fullest capacity while also pushing myself out of my comfort zone. 恩,12天
Nearly all my teachers; they all go out of their ways to make sure that we can succeed. I have also felt particularly connected with the running coaches, and the Midwinter Madness program. 艾拉,12天
四年多来，我建立了很多人脉，但最强大的肯定是我的导师. 我不知道如果没有她的帮助，我是否还能如此强烈地完成OES. She has been there to help me through tough classes, illness, injuries, and anything else I need.
I have deeply connected with a lot of the dorm students, day students (including upperclassmen), 和老师. The teachers/faculty are such a great resource here, 用它们来回答一个简单的问题是非常有用的. They give full attention to you as a student and as a person, and will happily accommodate things when necessary. 卡拉,9天
Debate team has been really welcoming. 凯瑟琳,9天
The teachers in the science department reignited my love for science and they pushed me to discover new things, both about myself and about the world around me. I have also been heavily impacted by my OES friends. Because we go to such a small school, my best friends are also the ones next to me in every class, working on presentations with me, and editing my essays. I am the person I am because of them, but I am also the student I am because of them, and that's a special relationship to share. 恩,12天
Choir, Dorm kids, and A Cappella. 优雅,9
I have connected to a lot of teachers in OES. 当我向他们寻求帮助时，他们总是让我感到很舒服. I feel like I can talk to them not only about the school, but also about my life outside of school. 尤其，我感到非常幸运的是，我的宿舍父母就像我的第二个父母. 我知道他们总是努力让宿舍的学生有家的感觉, and I really appreciate their effort. Rasley, 9 Boarding, South Korea
Tons of people - especially teachers - the teachers have truly made my experience magical by str等hing my bounds while letting me know that there's someone there for me. My classmates make a fantastic set of friends, 他们一直支持我，在最困难的时候给我力量. 钱德勒,11天
我觉得我每天都和我居住的宿舍社区紧密相连. 宿舍里的父母, prefect team and dining hall crew are great people whom I am really privileged to have a connection with. 我觉得我学到了很多关于家庭的不同价值观和观点. Jeff, 11 Boarding, China
When our class went to camp Westwind, I was able to meet all the kids in my class for the first time. I am new this year as a freshman so it was a great bonding experience to camp with all my classmates. 每个人都很接受我，这让我的经历变得更好. 听着这些关于课堂的故事让我觉得我认识每个人. After only a week I had already felt like I had been there forever. 索尼娅,9天
My favorite OES memories are probably from Winterim, because when learning extends beyond the classroom into a sailboat in San Diego or SCUBA diving with classmates in Hawaii, that's something really special. 恩,12天
Initiated by the requirement of service learning hours in OES, I have been involved in many kinds of volunteer experience so far. 我发现我现在更了解社区，更了解人们了. Annie, 10 Boarding, China
文化冲击 is one of my best memories at OES. 看到对某些话题充满热情的学生引导讨论，真是太棒了. 我能学到一些我在普通学校可能学不到的东西. The event made me think about people who have different culture and ways I can be a good world citizen. Rasley, 9 Boarding, South Korea
The tennis tournament with varsity girls and faculty stood out because everyone was having a lot of fun and everyone was cheering each other on. 凯瑟琳,9天
I think Mount Hood Climb Service Day and the Belltower Ceremony are really beautiful because they bring the entire community together. 艾拉,12天
One OES memory that stands out to me was the first day of school where we all gathered at the Belltower and listened to the Head of School's speech. 我在我以前的学校也有这个，但有一件事是不同的，在这里, 多宝体育官网和所有教职员工握手，这让社区感到更受欢迎. 维维安,十天
I like to hang out with my friends during the weekends. There are different dorm activities that take place every weekend, so a lot of students sign up for that to try out new activities. Rasley, 9 Boarding, South Korea
玩棋类游戏、乒乓球、台球、羽毛球、足球、篮球和看电影. I like trips to beautiful places like the beach, the Columbia River, 滑冰, 餐厅, 打保龄球, and tons of other activities. As part of the dorm community, you will have a lot of fun. Maisam, 9 Boarding, Afghanistan
On the weekend, I mainly hang out with my friends. After the school week, I like to unwind and chill out in the dorms, but occasionally we will go out to the mall, 市中心的波特兰, or a good restaurant. Jessica, 12 Boarding, USA
Exploring 波特兰 and find out what the area is like. We have an awesome prefect group that comes up with fabulous ideas for dormies to explore American life. 学生们非常投入，也很欣赏这个项目所付出的努力. Kelly, 11 Boarding, Taiwan
在周末，我通常花时间与我的朋友和他们的家人. 我去市中心逛商店、餐馆，偶尔也去看电影. 我还参加了许多宿舍活动，以电影, 手推车, 皮划艇, and the occasional trip to Red Lobster. 在无聊的周末，每隔一小时就会和宿舍的父母讨价还价. Ian, 10 Boarding, USA
I'm a very outgoing person to say the least so I like to go out and explore the city on weekends. Oren, 10 Boarding, Jamaica
Sleep in without interruptions. Play basketball or play on my xbox. Go out to the movies. Go out to eat with day students or dormies.
Simon, 11 Boarding, USA
周末有各种各样的活动，如美食、电影、运动等. My favorite ones are food activities. Jeff, 11 Boarding, China
I was lucky in that my parents and teachers encouraged me to go on a semester abroad while I was in the Upper School. OES is one of the only schools I know of that not only allows a semester abroad in high school, but that also actively encourages it. 我在巴哈马群岛花了一个学期的时间探索我对海洋生物学的热情, I was able to come back to my OES community as a more well-rounded student with a much deeper understanding of who I am. 恩,12天
OES has taught me to be more confident in my daily life because of the talking I have to do in class. Since OES is mostly discussion-based, 它集中于提出一个想法，并且必须能够支持你的观点. I find myself more willing to talk to others outside of class because I know how to convey my message more clearly. 索尼娅,9天
Making friends through sports programs, activities on weekends in the dorms, Winterim, 文化冲击, and outdoor programs extend my experiences. 通过所有这些项目，我学会了如何与他人合作，结交新朋友. I really enjoy working outside of the classroom. Maisam, 9 Boarding, Afghanistan
OES is like a second home to me. 因为我从学前班开始就在OES工作，所以我的很多成长都是在这所学校里完成的.g. losing my first tooth in the bark chips at recess and the impromptu class scavenger hunt that ensued). But even in Upper School alone, 我的OES经验是通过“后院交换”(Backyard Exchange)在宿舍里扩展课堂, weekend conferences in Seattle with the OES JSA crew, learning blackjack (for charity) at Semi, starting an advice column on the school newspaper, 开始真正改变人生的密西西比到孟菲斯民权运动临时之旅, 以及最近, portraying a mom in the Spring One Acts, which permanently increased my empathy for my own mom. 安妮,十天
I've learned to never be impulsive with my actions. 瑞安,十天
当我还是一名学生的时候，我就被鼓励扮演领导角色, and I can now graduate from OES being comfortable leading others. I don't think that when I entered the Upper School the word "leader" is a label I would have used for myself, but it's one that my OES community has helped me grow into. 恩,12天
Before I came to OES, I was meek and insecure. Having come to OES, I have become bold and confident in myself. Having so many people who respect me here, I am able to be who I am and have people like me for that. I have learned that I have a strong opinion about things and am willing to argue about a topic. OES has helped me feel equal and express my true qualities. 师生平等让我更容易表达我的感情和个性. I am able to work with the teachers instead of succumbing to fear. 索尼娅,9天
来到OES后，我学到的一件事就是我喜欢学习. Inquiry based learning system and the amazing faculty helped me realize that I am an active learner. 学校的所有资源让我作为一个学习者得到了进一步的发展. Rasley, 9 Boarding, South Korea
The cumulative project for the advanced French and Spanish classes is to give a Ted Talk in that language. I really enjoy the amount of freedom incorporated in this project, since you can choose any topic you want. 今年，我正在写我的第三和第四篇关于占星术和出生运势的Ted演讲. 吉利安,12天
Last year in my history class, we gave persuasive speeches but we were able to choose any subject, 所以每个人都能讨论他们非常感兴趣的事情. 大多数情况下，我喜欢的是许多项目限制少，选择多. 贝嘉,10天
Definitely the annual SRP (科学 ReSearch Project). Being interested in science , 数学, 和技术, 我能够专注于一些有趣的事情，并参加地区和州的比赛. 这绝对是我一整年的亮点，我非常喜欢这个项目! The fact I could focus on what I wanted, and do something in depth and professional over the course of time (on my own time) made the ending result feel more special and accomplishing. 卡拉,9天
The project that engaged me the most was the LJP my junior year. It allowed me to explore the Black experience in 波特兰. Something that I believe isn't talked about enough. It was incredibly fascinating and really helped me become a student advocate and leader in my community. Noelani, 12天
I think 历史 class is one of the most engaging classes in OES. Different projects that we did involved writing a letter, creating a constitution, 使虚拟现实指导, and conducting a reSearch based on our individual interest. 每个项目都各不相同，不断吸引着学生. Rasley, 9 Boarding, South Korea
The literary journalism project in 11th grade was the most engaging. I was able to choose a subject I was interested in (music) and do field reSearch on that subject. 艾莉,12天
I have liked all of my projects, but my favorite was probably the dissections we did in my anatomy & 生理课. 我从来没有想过医学会是我感兴趣的职业, but through these projects, I learned to be curious about the body and how it works. Now not only can I tell you where every organ is in the body, 但我也开始把医学院纳入我的未来计划. 恩,12天