The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science

A Place-Based, Public Charter School in Portland, Oregon


To provide a creative learning environment where students develop a sense of place and become stewards of the natural world and active citizens within our community.

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Place-Based Education in Action

Before they began the trimester, we asked this 1st/2nd grade class simple questions about rivers…

Place-based education is a way of taking the walls down between school and the community.

7th graders identify a problem in the community and seek out policy-based solutions.

Community Partnerships

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Portland Parks and Rec
Mirabella Retirement
PSU Archaeology
Rice Museum
Friends of Tryon Creek

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Stories From the Field

October, 2019 Fieldwork Update

What is a neighborhood? What is a community? Are they the same thing or are there differences? These are just a few of the questions our 1st and 2nd grade students are exploring this fall.

Did you know that The Cottonwood School has a whole class of medical experts? Another group of 6th grade students have entered the University of Colombo Medical School and have recently passed their MCATs.

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7th/8th Grades: Project Citizen

June 2019 Fieldwork Update

As the school year came to a close, students stayed busy with their place-based community projects. Here are just a few highlights from the past two weeks.

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4-5 Fieldwork May 2019

May 2019 Fieldwork Update

Now that the days are warmer and dryer, many of our students have been out and about learning from the natural world. Below are some place-based education and fieldwork highlights.

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Keep Updated with Periodic CSCS News and Place-Based Education Updates:        

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Upcoming School Events and Announcements:

Monday, November 25 – Friday, November 29, 2019
Thanksgiving – Holiday – School closed

Fall Play:

Friday December 13 – 7:30pm
Saturday December 14 – 4:00 & 6:30pm

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Monday, December 23 – Monday, January 6, 2020
Winter Break for Students


CSCS’s Annual Dinner and Auction
April 18, 2020 at 5-9pm at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion
More details coming soon…