Springwater Environmental Sciences School is a public charter school for grades K-8, within the Oregon City school district. Springwater provides approximately 200 students with the opportunity to learn through the sciences, building upon their natural love of learning, in a supportive community.
- Integrated sciences curriculum
- Environmental education focus
- Inquiry and project-based learning
- Small class sizes
- Friday field studies
- Parent-based leadership
- Artist-in-residence program
- School garden on 5-acre grounds
The mission of Springwater is to integrate the sciences throughout the core curriculum in a nurturing environment created by a high level of parent and community involvement. The sciences are conducive to powerful learning, and increasing the presence of hands-on experiences with “real World” science in all subjects increases motivation, relevance, and achievement for our students. Read more…
Curriculum at Springwater is carefully designed to ensure that students gain all of the knowledge required by state standards, while integrating Springwater’s focus on environmental sciences and sustainability. Read more about curriculum for each grade and teaching techniques: Curriculum
Friday Field Study
Springwater runs on a four-day week, with two Fridays a month reserved for on-site and off-site field study. These field studies are designed by Springwater teachers to ensure alignment with the curriculum, and are assisted by a core group of trained parent volunteers.
Teachers and Staff
Teachers at Springwater are the heart of our school! They are highly trained professionals who love their students and the opportunities for customized teaching that this environment provides. Parents provide much classroom support as well, fostering close communication between teachers and parents. Faculty profiles are available for all staff members.
Family and Volunteers
Parents possess a wealth of knowledge and experience that can help students understand the relevance of their education. All parents are expected to contribute to the Springwater community through a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and supportive roles. See the list of volunteer positions currently filled by dedicated Springwater parents: Volunteers
Springwater is situated on a rural 5-acre setting in what used to be the Logan Elementary School on Springwater Road in Oregon City. Located near the Clackamas River and surrounded by agricultural and Metro lands, the setting is ideal for the realization of Springwater’s focus on environmental sciences. Bus service is provided from the downtown Oregon City area to facilitate transportation.
The majority of school decisions are made by the Board of Directors, consisting of parent volunteers who serve a specified term. The Springwater school charter was recently extended by a vote through Oregon City School District Board, who expressed their strong support for the Springwater leadership and educational process. The building principal administers the daily operation of the school and provides leadership for the staff. All other leadership roles are filled by parent volunteers.