Southwest Charter School Tours

Southwest Charter School is a K-8 school which offers a different educational experience, encouraging exploration of the natural world and involvement in the local community through the arts and sciences. Southwest Charter School is a small, public school community that emphasizes safety and caring, a place where neither race nor economic status will determine a child's potential for success. Our core principles include:

  • A dedication to a small school size – Our maximum size will be approximately 200 students.
  • A commitment to small class sizes – Our goal is to keep classes around 22-24 students per class.
  • Place-based learning – We involve the social and natural community in our students’ learning to help them develop a connectedness to their community.
  • Science, art and civics – These are the three lenses that guide our exploration of the community and world around us.
  • Equity – We are dedicated to being a community that welcomes learners from diverse backgrounds.
  • Assessment – We assess students’ accomplishments in a variety of ways to guide their learning.
  • Parent involvement – We rely on and desire parents to be involved in many aspects of our school community.

Student Suggestions for S. Waterfront Safety

Student Suggestions for S. Waterfront Safety
Student Suggestions for South Waterfront Safety (Portland Tribune, July 2013) As part of Read More...

SWCS Learns from JCWC

SWCS Learns from JCWC
Southwest Charter School Learns from Johnson Creek Watershed Council, June 2013As part of Southwest Charter...
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Service Learning and Community-Based Projects

Service Learning and Community-Based Projects
Students from School in Portland's South Waterfront Say Raise Poop Scoop Fines (The Oregonian, June 2011) Read More...

Southwest Charter School Audio Reports

Southwest Charter School Audio Reports
Southwest Charter School Audio Reports (Metro, 2010)Using the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project's...
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Service Learning and Community-Based Projects

Service Learning and Community-Based Projects
Service Learning and Community-Based Projects from the article "Learning By Doing: All About Experiential...
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United Streetcar

United Streetcar
Just For FunSouthwest Charter School has made the Portland Streetcar the focus of their creative genius....
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0640 SW Bancroft Street, Portland, Oregon 97239          503.244.1697          info@swcharter.org
2900 Southwest Peaceful Lane
Portland, OR 97239-1162