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
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Cascades Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
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 $12,900
Tuition Notes $12,900 for PK-12, 5 full-days/week program. Pro-rated tuition rates for partial-day Pre-K program.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $2,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Andrea Hendrickson
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. 11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. After-school Outdoor Sports, Chess Club, Makerspace Club, Running Club, Ski and snowboarding program, String Ensemble, Student Government, Theatre Club, Traveling School, Ultimate Frisbee, Yearbook Chess Club, Running Club, Theatre Club, Yearbook, After-school Outdoor Sports,
Makerspace Club,
Ski and snowboarding program,
String Ensemble,
Student Government,
Traveling School,
Ultimate Frisbee,

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.
  • History
  • 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: 05/04/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

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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    Grades: PK-10 | 44 students
    3.7 miles
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    Grades: K-1 | 61 students
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