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    About Us

    Creative Science School is a constructivist focus option Portland Public School for children in grades K-8. Students are encouraged to be independent thinkers, learners, and problem solvers. Our students develop and demonstrate the ability to create questions, formulate solutions, and apply results throughout their lives. At CSS, we believe that children learn best when they explore and discover on their own, constructing their knowledge through hands-on experiences and problem-solving. We are a focus-option K-8 serving the diverse students and families in Portland Public Schools. Our constructivist approach to learning ensures that all of our students become critical, reflective thinkers, courageous problem-solvers, and engaged, compassionate community builders.

    Though our name might imply otherwise, CSS does not focus specifically on the sciences. The “Science” in our name refers to the school’s approach to using the scientific method as a teaching tool. The scientific method consists of a collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses and predictions. And, as our name does imply, we do this creatively!

    At CSS, our teachers use the constructivist educational philosophy and kindergarten through the fifth uses the storyline approach in every classroom. This means your child will be immersed in a curriculum that asks questions, encourages investigation, promotes cooperative learning, develops problem-solving language, and celebrates creativity. We strive to create a climate where mutual respect among teachers, students, and parents is the foundation and learning how to learn and think is both a daily goal and an opportunity.

    Our parent and family community plays a vital role at CSS. Parent involvement is key to making CSS an outstanding and vibrant place to think, learn, and play. CSS relies heavily on the energy and volunteer support of our parents, and we encourage all members of our community to get involved in some way to support our school.

     

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    Vision

     

    Creative Science School is a focus-option K-8 serving the diverse students and families in Portland Public Schools. Our constructivist approach to learning ensures that all of our students become critical, reflective thinkers, courageous problem-solvers, and engaged, compassionate community builders. 

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    Mission

     

    Through the deliberate use of relationship-building experiences, exploration of essential questions, and integration of multiple perspectives, we inspire students to actively participate in their education and create tangible evidence of meaningful learning. 

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    Core Principles

     

    1. The Creative Science School is based on constructivist beliefs and theories. 
    2. At Creative Science School, learning and teaching are interconnected. 
    3. At the Creative Science School, the curriculum is created with a focus on “Big Ideas” and the connections within and between those ideas. 
    4. At the Creative Science School, reflection and assessment are interwoven into daily activities and projects. 
    5. At the Creative Science School, there is an emphasis on creativity and autonomy that enhances the students’, educators’ and parents’ sense of personal satisfaction and success.

     

    Our Teachers

    Our teachers are dedicated to providing a constructivist approach to learning. This means your child will be immersed in a curriculum that asks questions, encourages investigation, promotes cooperative learning, develops problem-solving language, and celebrates creativity. We strive to create a climate where mutual respect among teachers, students, and parents is the foundation and learning how to learn and think is both a daily goal and an opportunity. CSS teachers guide and assist children in learning through experience and experiments, and our team of teachers meets together weekly to support each other.

    For a list of contact information for current teachers and staff, please see "Staff List" under the "Teachers & Staff" tab.

     

     

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