Mission, Vision, and Identity
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.
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.
OES believes that diversity in our community is essential to the school’s success and is a cornerstone of our presence in the local and global world. OES commits to raising awareness about differences, engaging in dialogue, and recognizing the courage it takes to see the world in new ways.
Drafted by a committee of students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators in 2013 and approved by the OES Board of Trustees in May 2014, OES articulates its commitment to diversity and inclusive community as follows:
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.
Specific ways that we engage in the work include
- A commitment to ongoing intercultural competence professional development by school leadership, including the Board of Trustees and Administrative Team.
- A training program in intercultural competence developed and facilitated by OES and required of all OES faculty and staff.
- More than a decade of continuous support for faculty, staff, and students to attend the National Association of Independent Schools' People of Color and Student Diversity Leadership Conferences.
- Partnerships with leaders in creating inclusive community including Partners in Diversity and the Beaverton School District.
We invite prospective students and parents to ask about our work and welcome new community members into this conversation.