Mission & Vision

Mission: WHY WE EXIST

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.

Vision: WHERE WE ARE GOING

Connecting people, ideas, and cultures to advance knowledge, create solutions, and enhance meaning.

Identity: WHO WE ARE

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.

Our School philosophy matters: 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.

COMMUNITY: WHAT WE VALUE

Awareness: Human differences matter. Recognizing and engaging the range of human thought, experience, and identity are essential to this school community.

Dialogue: The extent to which the school commits to ongoing dialogue and effort towards inclusion will determine our ability to wholly fulfill the school's Mission and realize its Vision.

Courage: OES recognizes that conversations about inclusive community require courage. Mistakes and times of discomfort are a part of the learning process.

Commitment: The OES Board of Trustees recognizes its leadership role in creating an engaged community that:

  • Embraces and celebrates a diversity of people, voices, and perspectives.
  • Develops intercultural communication skills for local and global understanding and citizenship.
  • Understands historical privilege and power inequities, and challenges norms and systems that perpetuate exclusion.
  • Regularly evaluates and strengthens the school's practices of equity and inclusion.
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Guiding Documents

  • These are the Essential Competencies that OES hopes to instill in every student.
  • Here is a printable PDF of the Mission, Vision, Identity, and Community statements that appear on this page.