The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science – Tuition Free, Public Charter School in Portland, OR

on the playground rock, The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science Public Charter School in Portland, ORThe Cottonwood School of Civics and Science (formerly Southwest Charter School) is a K-8, tuition free, public charter school in Portland, OR which offers a different educational experience, encouraging exploration of the natural world and involvement in the local community through the arts and sciences. The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science is a small, public charter school community that emphasizes safety and caring, a place where neither race nor economic status will determine a child’s potential for success. Our core principles include:

  • Place-based learning – We involve the social and natural community in our students’ learning to help them develop a connectedness to their community.
  • A dedication to a small school size – Our maximum size will be approximately 200 students.
  • A commitment to small class sizes – Our goal is to keep classes around 22-24 students per class.
  • Science, Art and Civics – These are the three lenses that guide our exploration of the community and world around us.
  • Equity – We are dedicated to being a community that welcomes learners from diverse backgrounds.
  • Assessment – We assess students’ accomplishments in a variety of ways to guide their learning.
  • Parent involvement – We rely on and desire parents to be involved in many aspects of our school community.

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