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

Upcoming Events

Stronger Together: Community Fundraiser for the The Cottonwood School


May 29, 8am – June 4, 2020, 7:15pm


Thur, June 4th, 2020 | 7pm-8:30pm
With an informal ‘’Happy Hour‘’ starting at 6:30pm


School closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year by order of the Governor, however we have a plan in place for at-home and virtual learning. If you have any questions, please get in touch.


Stronger Together: Community Fundraiser for the The Cottonwood School



May 29, 8am – June 4, 2020, 7:15pm


Whether or not you plan to bid, please join us for the…


Thur, June 4th, 2020 | 7pm-8:30pm
With an informal ‘’Happy Hour‘’ starting at 6:30pm


We will be hearing from our teachers and staff and gettingan update from Executive Director, Amanda McAdoo.

Auction Invite

Governor Kate Brown announced that all Oregon schools will close through the end of the 2019-2020 school year to slow the spread of  COVID-19.

The Cottonwood School is committed to continued education through this school closure. It is essential that parents and teachers work together through the closure to ensure that learning continues on regularly scheduled school days. All teachers are creating home learning plans that they will be sharing with you via email.

Here is a  resource that might be helpful during this time of extended school closures:

Comcast is offering free internet packages for low-income customers at the following link:

We will offer regular updates over the coming days if needed. You can also stay up-to-date by visiting the following links:

Multnomah County Health Department

Oregon Health Authority (OHA)

Centers for Disease Control

Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Communicable Disease Guidance

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.


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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.


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Family Handbook


Newsletter Archives

Make a Donation to Help Further Place-Based Education!