"This is a place where students are well known, challenged to be the best versions of themselves, and cared for by our staff throughout their middle and high school experiences."


Welcome to PSCS!

The PSCS community is a kind, inclusive, joyful community—where our students are inspired by dedicated teachers, administrators, and mentors, to pursue their passions every day. The PSCS program promotes self-direction in learning and life, social justice, and community engagement. The PSCS mission, to turn passion into achievement, is lived daily by our students and community of educators. Our students are known for developing the skills and dispositions to be successful, not only at school, but in life after PSCS.

This is a place where students are well known, challenged to be the best versions of themselves, and cared for by our staff throughout their middle and high school experiences.

During their time here, PSCS students gain an authentic understanding of who they are and how to use their position in the world to impact positive social change. Their academic work provides them with the ability to think critically and inclusively. Their unique school experience enables our graduates to be extremely prepared for life in the 21st century. PSCS alum go on to lead lives that are purposeful and impactful, making an imprint on the world around them, both locally and globally, in deep and lasting ways.

I hope you will come to our campus to experience for yourself the magic that is PSCS. Our school is a very special place, where students are engaged in relevant and joyful learning every day.

Please come visit us and find your community.


Staff Profile

Elizabeth Ortega

PSCS Teaching Staff member, Elizabeth Ortega, is a queer mixed-Latinx who found her way to PCSC after working with young people on food justice issues and running community kitchens and dinners in the White Center area. She is originally from the hot borderlands of the Southwest desert and has a deep affinity for the sun. She also comes from chasing after ice cream trucks and the dusty grounds of 4-H animals, among other places. For the last 7 years she’s roamed the PNW working with and organizing with young folks, making art, getting her graduate degree in Education and finding adventure at every turn. Elizabeth brings a passion for issues of social justice and equity and how these issues are embedded in everything we do—systematically, institutionally, interpersonally and internally. She wants to imagine and build new possibilities for a more just and liberating future with community and in relationships.  A deeply curious person, she is always thinking about how to be our most whole and healthy self and have the most possible fun doing it. The creative facilitator in her gets jazzed about how we stretch our growing edges and find as much joy and celebration in even the most mundane of life’s experiences Being in nature and exploring is one place Elizabeth feels the most at home. She revels in the feeling of freedom and being humbled by this awe-inspiring universe we are a part of. Her knack for writing, poetry, print making with linocuts, reading, camping and throwing a darn good party will surely be a part of the classes she is excited to teach. Onward to sharing these passions, teaching what she knows, and being part of the PSCS community! B.A. Sociology & Anthropology, University of Arizona; M.Ed. Transformative Learning Processes, Antioch University Read More >