Info Sessions 2018

CSCS in the Media

Book Launch - Bringing School to Life by Sarah Andersen

Come celebrate the release of Sarah K. Andersen’s book “Bringing School to Life, Place-Based Education across the Curriculum” on Jan. 17, 2018 7-8:30 pm at The Cottonwood School.

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Spring Fieldwork and Place-Based Education Round-Up

What have our students been up to this spring? Here’s an overview:

Kinders exploring the pond at Oaks Bottom

Kindergardeners have made multiple treks to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to investigate pond life and learn about native plants. They’ve created a...Read More »

New Place-Based Education Article by Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson, the Fieldwork and Place-Based Education Coordinator of Southwest Charter School has written a new article for

Here is a sample of the article below:

Place-based education is helping students make greater connections between their lives, their learning, and the places where they live. Through this approach, teachers find ways...Read More »

Agenda for the Southwest Charter School Board

Southwest Charter School
0640 SW Bancroft St, Portland, OR 97239

Thursday, September 22nd 6 :30 p.m.

The Southwest Charter School board will meet in Special Executive Session pursuant to ORS 192.660 Section 2(i) to review and evaluate the employment‐related performance of the chief executive...Read More »

SWCS 3rd Grade Featured in Press Release for PSU's Archaeology Roadshow, May 2016


May 2, 2016

For Immediate Release

Explore the archaeology of dwellings and sample historic beer at PSU’s 5th Annual Archaeology Roadshow

Portland , Ore. – Celebrate the archaeology of this region and beyond at the Portland State University Archaeology Roadshow, which will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m....Read More »

Go on a Geology Quest!

The 4th and 5th graders of Southwest Charter School have worked hard to create a unique guide to downtown Portland, dubbed the Downtown Portland Geology Quest. This self-guided tour of fourteen downtown Portland buildings is intended to teach curious folks of all ages about the kinds of rock our city’s...Read More »

7th and 8th Graders and Project Citizen Featured on FM News 101 KXL

A group of 7th and 8th graders and Fieldwork Coordinator, Sarah Anderson, are interviewed by Jim Ferretti. Students talk about their current Project Citizen project, the unique process they go through in the classroom, and the overall success of the program in our school.

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Portland Tribune Story - School Notes: Outdoor School funding rally; Portland kids' geology quest

A geology quest for local kids, by local kids

A group of Portland elementary school students have created a geological “quest” that will live indefinitely at the Wells Fargo Museum in downtown Portland.

Read the article here.

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Student Comic Book: SWCS’s Hunt For History

In Spring 2015, Know Your City partnered with SW Charter School to offer a comics workshop that supported their term-long study of the history of civil rights movement and local African American history. During the course of several weeks teachers Lisa Colombo and Karinsa Kelly led the students in discussions and...Read More »

Alliance Formed With Mirabella and Southwest Charter School

The following is an article copied directly from the Mirabella Magazine, called 3550.

Alliance Formed With Southwest Charter School
by Steve Casey
3550 Magazine I March 2015

Avi Spencer

Kids decorating cookies in Willamette Hall a couple months back was just the beginning. Mirabella is now...Read More »

Southwest Charter School Students Host Naturalization Event

Inna Wilson watches as her son waves an American flag

Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:00 | Written by
Portland Tribune

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: KELSEY O’HALLORAN – Inna Wilson (left) watches as her son, Alexander...Read More »

SW Charter School's Naturalization Ceremony Welcomes 10 New Citizens

“A March 12 event will culminate 48 students’ research into civics, immigration and countries of origin

Southwest Charter School is planning the party of a lifetime for 10 people from 10 countries who will become U.S. citizens at 11 a.m. March 12.

The 48 seventh- and eight-grade students at the small K-8...Read More »

Seventh graders write letters, start petition to ban smoking in public parks

Seventh graders write letters, start petition to ban smoking in public parks

The 7th grade students in Sarah Anderson’s class are participating in a class room assignment called Project Citizen where students work together to identify a public policy issue in their community and develop an action plan for local government...Read More »

SWCS 8th Graders Complete Their Quest for the GAR Cemetery

Our 8th Graders Finished Their Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Civil War Quest

To check it out in person, go to 9002 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97219 [map], just west if Riverside Cemetery in Southwest Portland. Park in the small dirt parking lot in Greenwood Hill Cemetery, off...Read More »

Student Suggestions for S. Waterfront Safety

Student Suggestions for South Waterfront Safety (Portland Tribune, July 2013)

As part of Project Citizen, two students from teacher Sarah Anderson’s class have letters published outlining traffic and public safety issues in the South Waterfront area.

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SWCS Learns from JCWC

Southwest Charter School Learns from Johnson Creek Watershed Council, June 2013

As part of Southwest Charter School’s School Internship Program, two 8th grade students came to learn from and help the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) weekly over the course of eight weeks. JCWC wanted to learn what students their age...Read More »

Service Learning and Community-Based Projects

Students from School in Portland’s South Waterfront Say Raise Poop Scoop Fines (The Oregonian, June 2011)

Southwest Charter middle-schoolers launched a research and policy project that resulted in a first-place finish last month at the state competition for Project Citizen, a program of the Center for Civic...Read More »

Southwest Charter School Audio Reports

Metro, 2010

Using the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement as a launching point, students of Southwest Charter School produced a series of streaming audio reports through the school year, learning and sharing the technical and artistic skills needed for audio program development and production.

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