Our Program


Cathedral School welcomes our students with respect for who they are and with delight in what they will bring to the world and our school community. From our dedicated faculty to our innovative academic, spiritual, and leadership initiatives, to our beautiful facility, our comprehensive school program is designed to inspire, nurture, and support students. Cathedral School is committed to helping all young people grow and maintain healthy bodies and active intellects. We want our students to enjoy an active life therefore we emphasize collaboration, inclusion, and skill development in all our programs. Music, sports, community service, and many more opportunities help further the development of our students as they discover their own passions and interests.

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Music classes are closely tied with liturgical preparation. During music class, students select and rehearse music for liturgies. Children in grades two through eight interested in furthering their music training and performance can participate in the Cathedral Children’s Choir that performs at school masses and monthly parish family masses. All Cathedral students participate in the annual Christmas Program held in St. Mary’s Cathedral where individual classes as well as all students together present Christmas selections culminating in a reenactment of the gospel story of Christmas complete with choral accompaniment.

Mrs. English Music SpecialistBarb English, Music
Mrs. Barb English
Music Specialist

Mrs. English has been teaching at Cathedral School since 1980. Before joining the Cathedral Staff, she taught at Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego and at St. Mary’s in The Dalles, Oregon. While at Cathedral Mrs. English has taught Second Grade, General Math, Music and Computer. In 2012 Mrs. English returned to music room and is now the Cathedral School Music Specialist. Mrs. English received her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from Western Oregon University and is trained in Kodaly and Orff music teaching methods. Mrs. English loves her guitar, reading, rainbows and spending time with her husband and two grown children.


Recognizing a well-rounded Catholic education includes exposure to the discipline of learning a world language, an appreciation of diverse cultures, and development of a connection between faith and language, all Cathedral students study Spanish. Children in Pre -Kindergarten through Fifth Grade attend Spanish two times per week, often in small groups. In Middle School, Spanish is part of the core curriculum and students are taught three times a week. The curriculum is tailored to each age group with each grade’s students progressively broadening their vocabulary and increasing the complexity of their language.

Communicative language use is a focus at every grade level with the youngest students learning to reply to simple questions and the middle school students engaging in full-length improvised conversations. The middle school curriculum is designed to give students a solid base in Spanish level 1 and an introduction to Spanish level 2, so that students may test out of high school level 1 if they choose. Students who opt to study a new language in high school are well prepared with the language learning skills they have attained.

Throughout the school year, the connection between the Catholic Church and Spanish-speaking countries is explored through celebrating an annual prayer service in Spanish, honoring religious holidays important in Hispanic communities (such as the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe), and the learning and reciting of Catholic prayers in Spanish.
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Shelby Walker, Spanish Ms. Walker Cathedral School Spanish Specialist
Ms. Shelby Walker
Spanish Specialist

Ms. Walker joined the Cathedral Staff as a Spanish Teacher in the fall of 2013. Before relocating to Portland, she taught Spanish to multiple grade levels at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Mrs. Walker received her Bachelors of Arts with an emphasis in Spanish Language and Literature from Kalamazoo College. She received her Masters of Teaching from the University of Southern Mississippi. Outside of Cathedral, Ms. Wa


Physical fitness, sportsmanship, and athletic skill all come together in the physical education program at Cathedral. Throughout the year, students learn and participate in a variety of different team sports with the goal of exposing students to sports they may pursue outside of school and fostering teamwork and cooperation between classmates. All the while, PE is a time where the fun of physical fitness is celebrated and encouraged. At Cathedral, all students are athletes and student achievement in physical education is measured based on effort, participation, skill growth, cooperation, and most importantly, sportsmanship.

Joe Nadalsky, PEMr. Nadalsky Cathedral School PE Teacher
Mr. Joe Nadalsky
PE and Health Specialist

Mr. Nadalsky joined the Cathedral Staff as a P.E. Teacher in 2013. Before relocating to Portland, he taught PE to multiple grade levels at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine, Texas. Mr. Nadalsky received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He received his Teacher Certification through iteachtexas. Outside of Cathedral, Mr. Nadalsky enjoys soccer, football, basketball and mountain biking. He also loves spending time with his wife and three beautiful daughters.


In art class, students experience a variety of media and techniques, from painting and drawing to three-dimensional work with papier-mâché and clay. Students are taught the basic elements of art and principles of design, and learn to incorporate these into their work. Students are introduced to a variety of artists and techniques ranging from old masters to pop art to cultural craft and design. Funds from Run 4 Cathedral and Cathedral’s donors make Cathedral School’s art program possible.

Cathedral Art Show

Cathedral School & Parish Art Show Each spring the Cathedral community gathers to celebrate the students’ achievement in art during the school year. Cathedral’s gym is transformed into an art gallery where all students’ work is featured and displayed. Parishioners, parents, students, and friends of Cathedral are invited to stroll and linger in the gym-gallery. The evening also includes a parish-school community building dinner.

Lisa Jensen, Art
Mrs. Lisa Jensen
Art Specialist


Cathedral School implemented a 1:1 iPad program during the 2011-2012 school year. The 1:1 environment utilizes technology as a tool to enhance teaching and improve learning. Apple technology has enabled Cathedral School to become a leader of innovative education in the Portland area as well as an Apple Distinguished School.

Portland news agencies are taking note of Cathedral School’s focus on STEM as illustrated in this story which recently aired on KOIN Channel 6.  Technology at Cathedral School

Cathedral School Apple Technology Program


Cathedral Elementary and Middle School students participate in the Archdiocese of Portland Catholic Youth Organization athletic program. As part of the program, students learn the value of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play while developing fundamentals and skills. All eligible youth are given the opportunity to participate.

Volleyball, basketball, track and field, football and lacrosse are offered. Visit the CYO website for more information about athletics and programs.