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Cascades Academy of Central Oregon

Cascades Academy of Central Oregon is a coeducational private traditional school for students in grades Kindergarten through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Small City

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Cascades Academy offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum that encourages academic excellence at all levels through a highly interactive educational experience. The school's curriculum emphasizes experiential learning, outdoor education, and community service. In addition, small class sizes create a secure learning environment and foster individualized attention. Mission StatementCascades Academy weaves a challenging academic program with a broad range of shared experiences and recognizes each individual in a community of inspired students, talented teachers, and involved parents.HistoryCascades Academy was founded in 2003 in order to fulfill the need for an independent, PK-12 college preparatory school in Central Oregon. The school opened its doors with 61 students. Now in its 10th year, the school has more than doubled in size to its current K-12 enrollment of over 140 students. The school is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.Program OverviewCascades Academy offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum that integrates experiential learning, outdoor education, arts, and service learning. Small class sizes allow teachers to discover every student's unique potential - finding the right balance of challenge and support to help each student excel in a caring and dynamic community. Curriculum All grade levels have instruction in language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, Spanish, art, music, and technology. In addition we offer the following specialty classes:K-5: Storyline and Fitness (swimming, gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, skiing/snowboarding)6-8: Health & Fitness (yoga, skiing/snowboarding, field games, indoor soccer) and Clubs (guitar, computer programming, photography, First-Aid/CPR, woodworking)9-12: Internships, Mastery Projects and Electives (documentary film, wilderness skills, The New Yorker, running, filmmaking, lyric writing)Experiential Learning & Outdoor EducationWe often get asked about what "experiential learning" means and how do we "do it". To us, experiential learning means that the students are engaged in their learning. They are active. They are outdoors. They are solving problems independently and/or collaboratively. They fail or succeed, but they are not afraid to fail. They reflect about what they have learned, and the learning sticks because of their engagement. "Studying for the test" seldom supports learning that lasts. Active learning supports creativity and deeper understanding. This learning can take many forms. Some examples include:Storyline Method - Lower SchoolGuest speakers who present real-world expertise in their field - Grades K-12Independent Projects - Grades 5 and 8Mastery Projects - Upper SchoolRobotics - Grades 4-5 Science Fair - Middle SchoolConfluence Leadership Orientation (3 days) - Middle and Upper SchoolOpal Creek Orientation (3 days) - Grades 4-5Fall Traveling School (one week) - Upper SchoolAutumn Outings (3 days) - Middle SchoolSpring Traveling School (one week) - Grades 3-12Outdoor School - Lower SchoolWeekly Thursday Afternoon Outdoor Adventures and Expeditions - Middle and Upper SchoolService Learning100% of students participate in our service learning program. Community service partners include the The American Red Cross, Deschutes River Trail, Bend Community Center, Fox Hollow Retirement Community, Humane Society of Central Oregon, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, and many other organizations. Students have the opportunity to choose the organizations with whom they would like to work, keeping them engaged in the service and dedicated to the outcomes.Students & Faculty at a GlanceGrades: Pre-Kindergarten* through 12th grade (Pre-K will be offered beginning Fall 2013)Faculty and Staff: 25 full & part-time faculty and staffStudent Body: 144 (K-12)Target Class Size: 16-18 students

Finance

Finance

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.

Admissions

Admissions
Phone
  (541) 382-0699
Email
  mccool@cascadesacademy.org

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 108
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Kindergarten 9
1 8
2 5
3 11
4 16
5 16
6 13
7 6
8 11
9 3
11 7
12 3

Cascades Academy of Central Oregon's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Cascades Academy of Central Oregon's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 7 : 1
Gender 38% Male / 62% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 90%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 3%

Extracurriculars

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Climbing
  • Cross Country
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Track and Field
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Climbing
  • Cross Country
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Track and Field
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