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

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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Smith Rock

April, 2019 Fieldwork Update

The 6th graders went on an overnight trip to OMSI camp, the 7th and 8th graders went to Smith Rock, all of the school visit their ‘Adopt-A-Place’ habitats and the Kindergartners do place-based art with Melissa.

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

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Upcoming School Events and Announcements:

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Picture Day for Chris, Emily and Nesa

Friday, October 11, 2019
No school for students – Statewide In-Service Day

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Picture Day for Kimberley, Daniel and Lisa

Thursday & Friday, Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, 2019
No school for students – Goal Setting Conferences