Resources and information for current families of The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science.

Upcoming Events

Welcome to the 2019/20 School Year!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
9 am-11:45 am
Arts Park Run
Volunteers Sign Up Here

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
CSCS Board Meeting *Public Welcome*
Learn More

Friday, October 4, 2019
Fall Social
Volunteers Sign Up Here

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

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

Monday, November 11, 2019
Veterans Day – Holiday – School closed

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



It’s time to pay those supply fees!
You can click this link to pay your fees in full or set up a payment plan.

KATU News Visited CSCS for Climate Change Discussion with Lincoln High School Students

KOIN News Visited CSCS for Climate Change Discussion with Lincoln High School Students

Arts Park Run


Arts Park Run Volunteers Sign Up Here


Pledge sheets will be going out with students on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

Pledges can also be accept online here.

Friends of Cottonwood (PTO)

Friends of Cottonwood is the parent-teacher organization, with a mission of supporting volunteer and fundraising efforts on behalf of the school.


Facebook Updates

If you like to connect with the school and other parents via Facebook, here is your chance.


Grade 6, Civil Rights in Portland

Class Info Pages

Each classroom has individual pages dedicated to sharing information regarding that class about field work, class updates, student pictures, volunteer opportunities and more.


Fieldwork Updates

Want to see what your kids are up to in the field? Check out the fieldwork updates with images by CSCS Fieldwork Coordinator and Place-Based Education Specialist, Sarah K. Anderson.



View the static PDF of the school calendar to find out what days school is in session and what days there are no school for the current school year.




Each family is expected to volunteer 24 hours (per student) throughout the school year and there are plenty of opportunities for anyone willing to give the time. Examples include (but are not limited to):


Benefits of Volunteering 🙂


  • You are setting a good example for your child
  • When parents get involved, children do better
  • You are helping your community
  • Meet other parents

CSCS In the News

CSCS gets covered in the news often, so if you would like to keep up the latest, you will find the articles listed on the ‘In the News’ page.

Learn More About Place-Based Education


The overarching philosophy of The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science is to create a community of learners that are deeply involved in developing a sense of place.


grades 1-2, mountains

Supply & Fieldwork Fees

Family Handbook


Newsletter Archives

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