Buddy Family Program

Buddy families are an important part of the Residential Life Program at OES. The Buddy Family Program connects dorm and day students outside of the classroom and broadens the opportunity for cultural exchange. It is our hope that the dorm students will gain a "home" away from home, learn more about Portland, and experience "family."

Buddy families also experience rewards in meeting a student from a different part of the world and learning about what it is like to live away from home. Through this program, relationships are built that will take you beyond graduation. Voluntary participation in the buddy family program can range from an occasional care package to the provision of room and board for a student over a school vacation.

Buddy Families will:

Sponsor a dorm student:

  • Call or email once the year has started to introduce their family and welcome their student to OES.
  • Celebrate the dorm student's birthday.
  • Invite the student to spend time with their family throughout the year as schedules allow--family movie night, dinner, shopping trip to the mall, etc.
  • Cheer for the dorm student in a sporting event or other performance.

Holiday Break Buddy Families

While the majority of our Buddy Families are from the Upper School, we do have OES families from the Lower and Middle Schools who open up their homes during the school holidays when the dorms are closed. Some of our international students are not able to make the trip home for each vacation, so those without a local guardian or relative need to be hosted. The dorms are closed over Thanksgiving, winter, and spring vacations.

You are welcome to become a buddy family at whatever level of commitment is comfortable for you and your family. If you are interested in the Buddy Family Program or have further questions, please contact Brad Hoffman.


Each year the dorms sponsor a program that provides OES day students the opportunity to spend some time living in the dorms. This program is designed to improve and promote interaction between day and boarding students. The intention is to invite day students into the dorm community and encourage dorm students to participate in the lives of day students outside of school. To accomplish this goal, students involved in the program participate fully in dorm life, following the same rules and guidelines. Activities include Study Hall, Family Dinner, and social activities. Please contact the dorm staff for specific reservations before planning on a visit.

Buddy Family & BYE Coordinator

Email: Brad Hoffman

Call: 503-416-9392

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