• 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): opens November 12th, 2020, and closes December 18th, 2020.
    • K-5 Lottery: opens February 17th, 2021, and closes March 16th, 2021.


    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  (2 optional dates)

    • Check back for dates and times. 
    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 a mandatory New Families Meeting for students who have been offered a spot for the 2021/2022 school year. 
    • Families will be provided formal registration paperwork, information about joining email lists and parent groups, and will be able to ask more specific questions.


    PPS Policy on Student Enrollment and Transfers