Cascades Academy

19860 Tumalo Reservoir Road
Bend, OR 97701
     Tel: (541)382-0699
Grades: PK - 12 | 162 students
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.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 2003

Student Body

Total Students 162 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 3%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Cascades Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 50%
Average Class Size 11 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 25 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $11,500
Tuition Notes $11,500 for PK-12, 5 full-days/week program. Pro-rated tuition rates for partial-day Pre-K program.
% on Financial Aid 38%
Average Financial Aid Grant $2,000
Acceptance Rate 58%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Julie Amberg
Admissions Associate Caitlin Ciannella


Total Sports Offered 7 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Climbing, Cross Country, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Track and FieldAlpine SkiingClimbing,
Cross CountryNordic Skiing,
Rock ClimbingSnowboarding,
Track and Field


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. After-school Outdoor Sports, Ski and snowboarding program, Student Government, Traveling School, Yearbook Yearbook, After-school Outdoor Sports,
Ski and snowboarding program,
Student Government,
Traveling School,

School Notes:

Mission Statement
Cascades 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.

Cascades Academy was founded in 2003 in order to fulfill the need for an independent, PK-12 college preparatory school in Central Oregon. The school is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Program Overview
Cascades 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 Education
We 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 School
Guest speakers who present real-world expertise in their field - Grades K-12
Independent Projects - Grades 5 and 8
Mastery Projects - Upper School
Robotics - Grades 4-5 Science Fair - Middle School
Confluence Leadership Orientation (3 days) - Middle and Upper School
Opal Creek Orientation (3 days) - Grades 4-5
Fall Traveling School (one week) - Upper School
Autumn Outings (3 days) - Middle School
Spring Traveling School (one week) - Grades 3-12
Outdoor School - Lower School
Weekly Thursday Afternoon Outdoor Adventures and Expeditions - Middle and Upper School

Service Learning
100% 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 Glance
Grades: Pre-Kindergarten* through 12th grade (Pre-K will be offered beginning Fall 2013)
Faculty and Staff: 28 full & part-time faculty and staff
Student Body: 155 (PK-12)
Target Class Size: 16-18 students

Profile last updated: 07/10/2013

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The nearest high school is Three Sisters Adventist Christian School (3.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The Waldorf School Of Bend (2.9 miles away)
The nearest preschool is The Waldorf School Of Bend (2.9 miles away)
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