• Information for Prospective CSS Families


    Who can apply?

    • Students can begin at Creative Science School in kindergarten or transfer in at any grade level up to 7th grade.  
    • Students who are in 8th grade are accepted by petition only.  


    How many spots are available?
    • There are typically around 45 kindergarten slots available each year and a handful of spaces available in grades first through seventh.


    When does the lottery open?
    •  ​Middle School Lottery (Midlevel 6th-8th grade): IS CLOSED FOR 2021/22.
    • K-5 Lottery: IS CLOSED FOR 2021/22.


    Join us for an information session to see if we are a good fit for your student.
    • Information sessions at CSS ARE NOT MANDATORY for new families.
    • Information sessions for families that currently have siblings ARE NOT MANDATORY.
    Middle School Information Night
    • Creative Science School hosted an Information Session for prospective 6th-8th grades on November 16th, 2020. Find the video here. 

    Information Night for Prospective K-5 Students

    • Was held online in February.
    How to Apply?
    • Enrollment at Creative Science School is managed by the Portland Public Schools transfer process, which conducts a lottery for all transferring students. For further information on the transfer process, check the PPS website, or contact the Enrollment and Transfer Center, 503-916-3205.


    How do I apply for the lottery for a sibling of a current CSS student?

    • In order to enroll a sibling, you need to apply for the lottery online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2343.  You’ll need your current CSS student’s ID number.
    *If you plan to enroll a sibling of a current CSS student for the 2021-2022 school year, please also notify Creative Science School by emailing our Principal's Secretary Lacy McKinney: lmckinney1@pps.net with your new student’s name and incoming grade. This is for our planning purposes only and is not related to the lottery application. 


    How do I know if my student(s) was accepted?

    • Once the lottery is run, you will be notified by email and letter by the PPS Office of Enrollment and Transfer. 
    • Typically families find out results before the school. 


    What do I do after I am accepted? 
    • In May 2021 Creative Science School will host an Accepted New Families Information Night via Google Meet for families who have been offered a spot for the 2021/2022 school year. This event is scheduled for May 20th, 2021 at 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Look for a Google Meet link to follow closer to the event.  
    • Families will be provided information to find formal registration paperwork, information about joining email lists and parent groups, and will be able to ask more specific questions.
    • The deadline to accept your offered spot at CSS is May 21st, 2021 by midnight. 


    PPS Policy on Student Enrollment and Transfers