This has been a great school. I went to the school over 30 years ago when it was William Clark and I'm so happy my kids get to go not only to the same building I was in but to an even better school. The variety of non-traditional activities the kids do throughout the day keep kids engaged and interested in learning. The Afterschool Enrichment program has a large variety of options to choose from for art dance music gardening etc.. The foundation of the school is the parents. There is a very small paid staff and the rest of the work is done by the PTA and dozens of parent volunteers. We really could not make the school work without the hard work and dedication of the parents. All the parents are passionate about the education their children receive and the results are proven in our consistently high scores. http //www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx The school also has its own website created and maintained by parent volunteers. http //creativescienceschool.org/ The school is very community-driven. We welcome people from all over the world and all walks of life. You can't go wrong with Creative Science!
Creative Science School is a public middle school in Portland. 305 children attend Creative Science School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 37% of the 305 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Creative Science School is 19:1. Grace Lutheran School is one of the nearest middle schools.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- P.E. classes
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0.7%||%|
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0.3%||1%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||37%||44%|
My child has been at this this school since Kindergarten. We have seen a range of great and not so good years and semesters. Kindergarten and second grade are the golden years at this school...the teachers are warm very bright engaged and give parents insight to things happening in the classroom. The years in-between tended to be questionable to us as parents and each year after K they seem to add one or two more kids to each class. My child comes home with stories about other kids getting picked on throwing tantrums or feeling like they're not getting the help they need and are feeling like they are falling behind. This is very stressful on her. In my opinion the class size is a bit large and unmanageable at times to really fully engage in an efficient and successful constructivist curriculum. My child is now in 4th grade and the class began in Sept. with 29 kids. This year it's been a struggle for my child to clearly receive directions and get a full grasp on what is being taught and expected of her. I've really noticed her self-esteem drop her interest in school go down and have had to supplement work at home to keep her above water.
CSS is an amazing testimony to what can be done with a strong parent and facilitator community. In a time when most schools in the area are struggling to keep up with financial cuts CSS (a Portland Public School) flourishes. I'm very pleased at our choice to enroll our daughter here. Our daughter started here in Kindergarten and is now in second grade she's truly enjoy's going to school which seems to be a rarity these days. If you're thinking about enrolling your child here it's advisable that you are the type of person who likes to be involved with your child's education as you will enjoy a group of dedicated like-minded parents.
Fantastic school. Committed and tireless parent community supportive and engaged teachers and the students are bright and excited to be there. The PTA is involved in every decision - this school is for parents who want a voice in the education of their children My experience has been completely positive (I'll admit it; I'm usually a complainer) and my child is blossoming.The test scores aren't the HIGHEST but that's a positive for me. I don't want my kid to learn how to test well or how to regurgitate information that's been spoon-fed into him; I want my child to become a thinker an inventor a questioner a collaborator and most of all to become his best self. Creative Science expressly is working toward those goals. Oh and the school- administration parents teachers and children- have been completely supportive of our gay family. Open-minded and appreciative of diversity.
it is a great community of teachers and parents and admin staff. it works hard to help each student learn and excel. it works hard to create a place where we all feel welcome and involved
Last year was our first year here transitioning from another PPS! The 2nd grade teacher accommodates all levels of learning in her class. Near the beginning of school she made told us 'I'm going to make a reader out of Alex (smiling)' He said he loves doing math & science things so she put extra attention on helping him improve at reading. This continued through the year and it's amazing how well he now reads! He's a kid who needs structure rules expectations and those are definitely in place in class and in the school. Here kids are allowed to be creative in thought ask questions learn the subjects as a whole via books math art etc. Classroom structure is good and there are rules timelines but you can feel how the kids enjoy being there! Parents help in the classroom and are welcome to come by anytime.