Creative Science School

Encouraging students to be independent
thinkers, learners, and problem solvers

1231 SE 92nd AvenuePortland, OR 97216Ph (503) 916-6431Fx (503) 916-2620

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    Creative Science School

    Constructivism is the idea that meaningful knowledge is actively constructed rather than passively absorbed. 

    In a constructivist classroom, students are asked questions and invited to use what they already know to construct new ideas (creative) then test those ideas in context (science) in order to arrive at answers through experience and critical thinking. In short, students construct knowledge through inquiry and discovery. 

    At Creative Science School, teachers guide students through this practice of inquiry and discovery to promote curiosity, confidence, and connection— toward learning, toward themselves and each other, toward community— so that they may use these tools throughout their education and into adulthood. 

     

    The PPS Lottery for 2023/24
     
     
    2023-24 Focus Option Lottery for Middle and High School is OPEN and will close on 12/16/2022.
    Please contact the PPS Enrollment and Transfer Center if you have further questions. 
    503-916-3205
     
    Elementary (K-5th): Look for dates beginning of 2023
     
    Middle School: Is OPEN and will close on 12/16/22
     
     

    2023-24 Middle and High School Transfer Cycle

    DATES  
    Start: November 15, 2022 at 8:00 AM OPEN  
    End: December 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM (Lottery only) CLOSE  
       
    MORE INFORMATION

    Petitions for the 2023-24 school year will not be accepted until Nov. 15, 2022.

    Application Help

    Detailed information regarding the lottery will be sent to 5th and 8th grade families this Fall. Please contact your school counselor or the PPS Enrollment and Transfer Center via email enrollment-office@pps.net or call 503-916-3205 with any questions.

    Dual Assignment Choices

    8th grade families that reside in a dual assignment area will be asked to choose between attending the Jefferson Middle College Program and their neighborhood comprehensive high school. Information will be provided this Fall.

    Creative Science School Transition Questions and Answers

     

    In May 2022, the PPS Board of Directors approved changes to Creative Science School that will take effect beginning in Fall 2023:

    The entire K-8 program will relocate to Bridger school and Clark will be the new home for Harrison Park K-5.

    Bridger Spanish Immersion will relocate to Lent Elementary.

    Bridger students who are not in Spanish Immersion will join Creative Science.

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    • Planning for the transitions will happen all through the 2022-23 school year.  Questions and answers will be updated as new information becomes available.
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    • QUESTION

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      How will staff be impacted by the changes?

      The process for instructional and classified professionals will be determined by a team of labor partners and district Human Resources staff during the first half of the 2022-23 school year–earlier than the standard staffing timeline.  More information will be available later this fall.


      Additional staff resources were allocated to both schools this year to help prepare for the transition.

      Will the Creative Science instructional model change when the school moves?

      The Constructivist model will remain, and the school will continue to serve grades K-8.  As with all schools, there will be opportunities for continuous improvement in response to student needs and interests. 

      Will Bridger be overcrowded when CSS moves there?  

      Creative Science@Bridger is expected to need all classrooms, including the modular classrooms, to support the neighborhood and CSS transition.  Enrollment over time is expected to return to about 450 students, or 2 sections per each grade.

      When will families from both programs begin meeting to plan the transition?

      Community meetings will begin in the coming months, after the staffing process has been announced.  Please note that the previously announced October 12 meeting has been canceled and will be rescheduled.  District staff are currently focused on working with the Lent English Scholar community to determine the long-term location of that program.  In the meantime, Creative Science and Bridger PTAs have begun collaborative transition discussions.

      Can current Creative Science students transfer to other schools next year instead of going to Bridger?

      Creative Science students can apply to transfer to other schools.  Transfers are guaranteed back to the neighborhood schools if submitted during the lottery cycles, and are based on space availability to other schools and at other times.

      MS/HS Lottery applications:  Nov 15-Dec 16

      K-5 Lottery applications:  Feb 15-Mar 17

      How will the lottery change for Creative Science?

      There will be fewer transfer slots, as Bridger neighborhood students are expected to fill most seats.  Priority for lottery seats will still be given to siblings and income eligible applicants.

      Can students in Bridger Spanish Immersion stay at Bridger next year instead of moving to Lent?

      Families of Spanish Immersion students can request return to their neighborhood schools beginning February 15, 2023. Bridger neighborhood families who apply during the transfer cycle are guaranteed space at Creative Science@Bridger.  Approval for other students is based on space availability.  

      Can Bridger 6th grade students go to a comprehensive middle school instead of staying in the K-8?

      Yes, Bridger neighborhood students will receive transfers to Harrison Park MS if they apply during the MS transfer cycle beginning November 15, 2022.  Transfer requests to other middle schools will be based on space availability and other priorities.

     
    CSS will remain a K-8 in the Clark building for the 2022-23 school year.
    CSS will remain a K-8 and move to the Bridger building next year beginning the 2023-24 school year.
     

     

     

    NEW!  Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department
    Ask questions and receive information related to TAG identification, services, processes, etc.
    We will meet on Zoom, 6:00-7:00 PM on 10/26/22, 11/30/22, 1/25/23, 2/22/23, 3/22/23, 4/26/23, and 5/31/23. 
    Zoom link for Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department
    We look forward to seeing you!

     

    Attendance

    Please send your attendance messages to our School Administrative Assistant, Joanna at jgoebel@pps.net or leave them on the attendance message line at 503-916-6431. Thank you!

     

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     Constructivism is the idea that meaningful knowledge is actively constructed rather than passively absorbed. 

     

    In a constructivist classroom, students are asked questions and invited to use what they already know to construct new ideas (creative) then test those ideas in context (science) in order to arrive at answers through experience and critical thinking. 

     

    At Creative Science School, teachers guide students through this practice of inquiry and discovery to promote curiosity, confidence, and connection— toward learning, toward themselves and each other, toward community— so that students may use these tools throughout their education and into adulthood.

     

     

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