In an open and organized daily meeting students and faculty engage in thoughtful and purposeful discussions.
Each student is supported to achieve their academic, personal, college and career goals with the guidance of a faculty advisor.
Time built-in to the daily schedule allows for collaboration, gardening and personal reflection.
Students explore their own interests by participating in week-long field studies linked to academic work.
Students serve local and global communities while exploring their own interest.
"I’m so glad we found this school! Previously, my son was lost in the shuffle at his large public middle school, and I knew his massive boundary high school would not be any better for 9th grade. My son looks forward to attending each day, and he loves that he can guide the classroom projects towards topics he is interested in. The teachers and staff really care about the wellbeing of the students, and the small class sizes make learning more engaging."
- Parent of a 9th Grade Student
"This school is amazing. The Cottonwood High School lets you be as creative as you want. There is art, amazing teachers, and great fellowship. I’ve never had a bad day here and I'm glad to be in this community"
- 9th Grade Student
"This year so far has been wonderful with everyone learning together in a community. As we are able to move around and learn in different spaces, it has been great to learn about other students and what they are passionate about. It has been nice that it isn’t a big school, so you don’t get lost in the shuffle."
- 10th Grade Student
"In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” - Phil Collins
The Cottonwood School has been an amazing place to learn and grow with a community. I've taught at many schools before and The Cottonwood School has become a place where my voice is encouraged, valued and appreciated. It has been special for me to collaborate and share ideas alongside students and staff and I feel joy when I come to school every day.
- TCS Teacher
"There are very small class sizes and the school is open to new ideas. For example, we recommended using Minecraft education edition, which was approved by all. There is also almost no homework, making it less stressful."