22/23 Lottery Application to our public charter school is open to all residents of Portland, Oregon, and some exceptions.  Admission is limited to 22 students for our incoming Kindergarten class and any openings in the other 1-8 grades.


Student acceptance is based on a lottery.


If there is an opening, siblings of currently enrolled students bypass the lottery process and are offered an automatic spot or move to the top of the waitlist if there is not a spot to offer. Applicants that live within the Portland Public School (PPS) district boundaries have preference over out of district applicants. Out of district applicants will only be considered after we have gone through our entire waitlist (by grade) of in-district applicants.


There is no preference given to those who apply early, but you must submit the application by the deadline on April 1st.


Our lottery will be held on April 16th at 10:00am at the school. 
Families are welcome to attend, but do not need to. Results will be emailed to families. 
Please note, we do not have on site parking. Please park in metered parking on the street.
Enter through the side door on the east side of the building. Door will open at 10:00.
Everyone must be masked and practice social distancing.


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, results will be emailed to families by May 1st. If you don’t hear from us by then please call.

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 currently on the waiting list, you will be notified via email in January of 2022 that your child’s name will be removed from the waiting list for the following year. You will have three days to respond if you wish to stay on the list. Once removed you will have to reapply and go through the lottery again to be offered a spot.


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 accepts a spot, we will move the other siblings up on the waiting list after all enrollment forms are complete and submitted for the first student.


The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, is 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.

The 2022-2023 Lottery Application

Application Opens Feb 1, 2022.


Don’t want to complete the Lottery Application online?

You have the following options:

1. Print this form and complete it by hand with a pen, mail or deliver in person.

2. Stop by the school for a paper form.

3. Call for an application to be mailed.

Our address is:

The Cottonwood School – Lottery Application

640 SW Bancroft St., Portland, OR 97239


Please be sure to attend our Open House or Information Sessions to tour the school and to receive important information.

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