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

Upcoming Events

Thursday & Friday, March 12 & 13:
Conferences – No school for students
Sign up to help feed Our teachers!/showSignUp/70a0d49a4a72fa7fa7-spring



Monday, March 23 – Monday, March 30
Spring Break



Friday, April 3, 1:30 – 3:30
Free play and open house and parent information meeting.

The Cottonwood School is partnering with Portland Free Play to create a  Loose Parts Play Pod in our play yard!



Friday, April 17
Teacher Planning Day – no school for students



Sat., April 18, 2020


CSCS’s Annual Dinner and Auction
Oaks Park Dance Pavilion
More details coming soon…



We will ALWAYS FOLLOW PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS – West Side Closures. Do not try to find CSCS under CHARTER SCHOOLS; we will not be listed. You  may access current information regarding schedule changes on the Portland Public Schools’ website

The Cottonwood School's Local Heroes

Nominations Open for Inaugural Cottonwood Local Heroes Award

The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science will honor three residents of the Portland metropolitan area who have made our local community a better place. Their achievements can be in any area—such as government, science, mental health, advocacy, volunteerism—as long as their record of service exemplifies the values of our place-based charter school.


This new initiative is intended to raise awareness and increase recognition of heroic efforts by individuals in the city of Portland, outside of the Cottonwood School community. Volunteers who serve Cottonwood will continue to receive appreciation for their hard work and service at the annual school volunteer event, separate from this event, as usual.


Nominations are now being accepted. Please send the name of your nominee, why you believe this person is a local hero, and your name to localheroes[at] by March 1. If you have contact information for your candidate, please share that as well, so we can notify the winners.

Help Feed Our Teachers

March 12-13 Food for Spring Parent/Student Conferences

Teachers Gotta Eat!! Please sign up to help feed our beloved teachers during student/teacher conferences.!/showSignUp/70a0d49a4a72fa7fa7-spring


The Cottonwood School is partnering with Portland Free Play to create a  Loose Parts Play Pod in our play yard!

Free play and open house and parent information meeting on Friday, April 3 at 1:30 – 3:30.

Masquerade Save Date

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

Family Handbook


Newsletter Archives

Make a Donation to Help Further Place-Based Education!