Info Sessions 2018


Applications for the 2017-18 school year are still being accepted. We do not admit any students after Spring Break or any 8th grade students after Winter Break each year. If there is space available, you will be notified of an opportunity to enroll after we receive your application. If there is not space available, your student will be placed on the waiting list, and you will be notified if/when a space becomes available.

Tours, information sessions and student visits are not available during the summer.

The following information will help guide you through the CSCS enrollment process for 2018-19.

Kindergarten – 8th Grade Open House:

Tues, January 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

At this event, we will offer some basic background on the school, with information specific to our classrooms & place-based learning. The K-8 teachers will be there to answer questions and their classrooms will be open for touring. This is the best opportunity to meet our teachers and to hear about what happens in grades K-8 at The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science.


In-School Information Sessions – February-June, 2018

In-school Information Sessions offer a chance to see the school during the school day, but we will go over the same general information that was covered at the Open Houses. We may be able to peek into a classroom or two, but there will be no opportunity to meet or talk with teachers. All in-school Info Sessions are at 9:00 am on the first Tuesday of the month beginning in February 2018. No need to RSVP! Here are the dates:

  • Tuesday, February 6
  • Tuesday, March 6
  • Tuesday, April 3
  • Tuesday, May 1
  • Tuesday, June 5

Applying for 2018-19

Applications for 2018-19 are now available on our web site. Please select the 2018-19 school year. If you applied last year and went through the lottery, you will automatically be moved to the waiting list for the 2018-19 school year. If you did not go through the lottery in a previous year, you must reapply for 2018-19. The initial application deadline for 2017-2018 is February 27, 2018. Applications received before then will be entered into the lottery. Applications received after February 27 are added to our waiting lists in the order received after those who submitted before February 27.

Lottery –  Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 10am

At the lottery meeting, we will draw names randomly to fill any available spots in our classes and to form our waiting lists. Those who reside within the boundaries of the Portland Public School district will receive preference over those who reside out-of-district. The lottery meeting is a public meeting, but you are not required to be present.

Being Notified

After the lottery meeting, we will notify families via email within a week about their spot in the school or their rank on the waiting list. We will offer you no more than one week to make a decision about taking the spot in the school. During that time, if school is in session, you and/or your child may visit the school. As we work our way through waiting lists, we may notify you during the summer. If that happens, you will have to make the decision without a visit to the school, so please make use of the Open House and/or In-school Information Sessions described above to inform yourself about our school. Be prepared to make a quick decision! Beginning in August and through the next school year, we will shorten the time for a decision to just two weekdays.

School Visits

If school is in session when you are offered a spot at the school, we can arrange for you and/or your child to visit a class. Please call the school to make these arrangements as soon as you can after you have been notified of an enrollment offer. There are no visits available during the summer, so again, please take advantage of our Open House and/or In-school Information Sessions.

Waiting Lists

Our waiting lists stay in effect through the entire school year. If we do not contact you before the start of the school year, we could offer your student a spot throughout the following school year. If you have been through the lottery and are on the waiting list, we will move your name to the list for the following school year. If you applied after the initial application deadline and have not gone through the lottery, your spot on the wait list will not carry over to the next year.

Available Spots

The Kindergarten class typically has the most openings, but we do not know yet how many. Siblings of existing students will fill some of the spaces. In other classes, there may be few to no spots available at the time of the lottery.


Siblings of existing students get the top priority in the enrollment process. For newly applying students, if a sibling gains a spot, we will move other siblings up on the waiting list once all enrollment forms are complete and submitted for the first student.

The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, a tuition free, public charter school of Portland, OR will not consider ethnicity, national origin, race, religion, disability, gender, income level, proficiency in the English language or athletic ability as factors in admission. (ORS 338.125 (3)) In accordance with state statute (ORS 338.125), age and grade will be the only admission criteria used by the The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science.