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

Upcoming Events


Wed, Dec 8th
Board Meeting



Mon, Dec. 20, 2021 – Mon, Jan. 3, 2022
Winter Break



Monday, January 3, 202
Teacher Planning Day – No school for students



Monday, January 17, 202
MLK Day – Holiday – school closed






See the Full Calendar



For all of the latest school opening information, please check your weekly newsletters and other emails. If you need to sign up, please sign up here.

Adventure Play needs Volunteers!


Our students LOVE going but we need VOLUNTEERS to make it work! Please consider coming to help!

Click HERE to sign up!

Volunteering at Cottonwood 2021.22 School Year


Submit background check form to school. Printed forms are available at the side garage door during drop off and pick up.


Provide school staff with proof of vaccination. Please bring your vaccination card with you when volunteering for the first time. School office will copy and record.

Inclement Weather


When bad weather arrives, CSCS follows the Portland Public Schools’ plan for closure or delay.


If PPS schools are closed or delayed, we will be closed or delayed. If PPS calls for a closure or delay for all Westside schools (not just those in the West Hills), we will be closed or delayed accordingly.


On late opening days, there will be a two-hour delay in school opening. We will start school at 10:20am/10:30am. Please do not send your children to school before this time.

There is no Before School Enrichment on these days.


Early dismissal may also be called. It is imperative that your child knows what to do in case of an early dismissal and that emergency contact information is kept current at the school.


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.

Cottonwood School Parents for a Chemical Weapon Free Neighborhood


UPDATE: Opinion: Report on federal response to Portland protests first step in needed overhaul by US Senator Ron Wyden



Can you spare a few minutes and help the school by submitting a review online about CSCS?

We could really use some more recent reviews! THANKS!


Stay up-to-date by visiting the following links:

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.



Weekly Newsletter

For updates and other general school information, we send out a newsletter weekly. If you gave your email address during enrollment, we have already added you to the list, but if you need to add an email, sign up below.


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 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!