This event was held on 2/18/21 We will update this site if any other sessions are planned. Please feel free to email us with any questions. 
    Joanna Goebel, CSS School Secretary, jgoebel@pps.net
    Lacy McKinney, CSS Principal's Secretary, lmckinney1@pps.net 
    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.
    Kinder Room

    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!
    Kinder Fort!

    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.
    Fun Run!

    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.
    Creative Science School K-5 Lottery
    The elementary school lottery for 2021-22 OPENS on February 17th, 2021
    CLOSES on March 16th, 2021 at 5:00 PM 
    The lottery is conducted by PPS Enrollment and Transfer Center. 
    Creative Science School will hold virtual information sessions in February 2021. Please check back for dates and times. Please note: We do not conduct individual tours. If you have any questions please email: Lacy McKinney, Principal's Secretary   lmckinney1@pps.net
    Results will be mailed to the address you provided in the lottery application in the spring. Families are notified before Creative Science School receives results. 
    For more information about CSS admissions check out the tab at the top of this page "Our School" > "How to Enroll" > "Admission"
    • 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.
      • We conducted an online information session on February 18th, 2021. Look for the recording of this above and on our main page!
      Middle School Information Night
      • Creative Science School hosted an Information Session for prospective 6th-8th grades on November 16th, 2020. 


      Information Night for Prospective K-5 Students  

      • We conducted an online information session on February 18th, 2021. Look for the recording of this above and on our main page!
      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


      Teacher Storyline In Our Classroom CSS  ASE PTA