• Information for Prospective CSS Families
    Creative Science School
    Lottery for 2023-24


    Who can apply?

    • Students can begin at Creative Science School in kindergarten or transfer in at any grade level up to 8th grade.    


    How many spots are available?
    • There are typically around 48 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 the 23/24 school year
    • K-5 Lottery: is CLOSED for the 23/24 school year


    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 will host an Information Session for prospective 6th-8th grades on November 15th, 2022.  

    Information Night for K-5 Students

    • February 22nd, 2023 6:30 pm
    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 2023-2024 school year, please also notify Creative Science School by emailing our School Administrative Assistant, Joanna Goebel: jgoebel@pps.net with your new student’s name and incoming grade. There is also a survey linked in our newsletter CSS Community Newsletter. 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, text, and letter by the PPS Office of Enrollment and Transfer. 
    • Typically families find out results before the CSS Office. 
    • Creative Science School does not conduct the lottery.


    What do I do after I am accepted? 
    • 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 once the CSS Office receives the accepted students. The CSS Office will reach out to families using the contact information provided on applications. 


    PPS Policy on Student Enrollment and Transfers