Cascade Canyon School

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  • Cascade Canyon School provides a nurturing environment that supports each child`s academic, social, and emotional growth.
  • We believe that every child learns when he or she has meaningful relationships and is engaged in work that is authentic, complex, and relevant to both his or her personal goals and the broader community.

School Overview

Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded1981

Student Body

Total Students84 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by GradeCascade Canyon School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size16 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineApr. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost$21,850
Tuition NotesTuition for the 2019-2020 school year is $21,850, plus $970 for books, supplies, and trips, for a combined total of $22,820. Students in eighth grade are charged an additional $500 for the overnight transitions trip and graduation expenses.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorTrevor Mattea


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Funderblast After-School Camp, Mandarin Classes

School Notes

  • We establish trust, care, investment, and mutual respect with and between every student. In addition to our small class sizes, we emphasize social-emotional learning and parent participation and coordinate multiple overnight trips with families.
  • We promote intellectual depth and honor the individual strengths, passions, and goals of every student. We make student learning and growth visible through digital portfolios, student-led conferences, presentations of learning, and fifth- and eighth-grade passage presentations.
  • We promote rigor and honor every student`s desire to contribute something of value to the world. This includes multi-disciplinary projects, fieldwork, community service, consultation with outside experts, and exhibitions of learning.
  • We believe that our focus on meaningful relationships, personalized instruction, and beautiful work help prepare students for the contexts and challenges they will encounter in the twenty-first century, which the Hewlett Foundation has referred to as the Deeper Learning Competencies.
    • Mastering core academic content
    • Thinking critically and solving complex problems
    • Working collaboratively
    • Communicating effectively
    • Learning how to learn
    • Developing academic mindsets

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
Academics? Our oldest starts high school in the fall and was able to enroll in 2 honors classes and 2nd year Spanish; our youngest was recently diagnosed with dyslexia (thanks to the experience and attention of his 1st grade teacher) and is on track to finish 2nd grade at grade level, for the first time. And when I chose CCS I was focused on class size and academics, but now I value the arts program just as much: my kids write creatively, draw, sing, play instruments, write music, and perform all the time -- and they love it!
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I`m very excited about the future of the school. Trevor and Amanda are the real deal. In T`s class, I see thoughtful and respectful engagement with each student. He appreciates the strengths in each child and motivates & gets results in weaker areas. He cultivates their motivation and has a careful read on their energy levels and guides skillfully. Plus, their benchmarks and standards they use are a lot more effective.
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My daughter`s experience has been well worth the commitment of time and resources. Her teacher is truly remarkable and strives to set a high standard in class. The model for internal regulation / discipline & self-knowledge (less external pressure) and respectful dialogue starts early. And, I like how teachers really take on the job of helping each student improve and learn about themselves.Up to now, the school has been extremely low-key about touting itself, much like most the community here.
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We never planned on private school, and bought a home in Ross Valley in large part because of the public schools. But after looking carefully at the local public schools and the Ross Valley Charter, we realized that those schools were fine, but not excellent. In contrast, CCS provided an alternative where the education is engaging and challenging, arts are fully integrated, small class sizes and multi-age classes mean the teachers can really teach meaningfully to each child, and the children throughout the school are very sweet and connected to each other. We have also found a wonderful group of like-minded parents who value excellent education and a sense of community. CCS is a very unique school, and one that appeals to many parents who want an outstanding education for their children, a lovely connected community, teachers who are very engaged and love teaching, and a place where kids really thrive without being drilled to death. It is also very important to us that it was much more affordable that other private school options. And since we`ve been there we`ve met many parents who have had experience with very expensive private schools, and feel that the education at CCS is much better. I do not have a basis for that comparison, but I can say that the 2/3 teacher Trevor is the most amazing teacher I`ve ever seen in my life (including in my own education through law school). In fact, watching him with the kids in the classroom (on three lengthy occasions) made my decision easy I wanted my daughter to have what he gives those kids every day: unbounded inspiration for learning, a supportive and challenging environment, and the very best engagement for each of them to thrive. I cannot imagine a better teacher. But they may be out there, and Trevor and his wife Amanda, who is the incoming head of school, will find them and bring them if they exist. As much as I am glad my daughter has experienced kindergarten at CCS, I`m even more excited for her to be in 1st grade and beyond.
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My child`s experience has been well worth the commitment of time and resources that we had-at first very reluctantly- put to the route of going to private school. Their model for respectful dialogue, internal regulation, self-discipline & self-knowledge is philosophical and relies minimally on external pressure. I like how teachers are serious & responsive about the job of helping each student improve and hold themselves to standards independently and in a healthy way.They have a proven track record & legacy in the arts and creative expression, especially in holistic learning. I think doing this well has been their secret. In addition to wisdom and intuition in hiring teachers.Her teacher is truly remarkable and strives to set a high standard in class. Trevor is a positive, energetic leader who has his students soar to their potential and above with enthusiam and fun. He can often be seen playing ball with a crowd of kids after school. Up to now, the school has been extremely low-key about touting itself, like most the community here.
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Cascade Canyon School is remarkable, special, rigorous and kind. The school has changed my sons way of thinking about learning. He actually likes school! With the now larger campus they have awesome PE, and many elective classes like Steam and language as well as stimulating and rigorous academics. The teachers care and want your kids to succeed and learn. I cannot say enough amazing things about this magical school and it`s environment.
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I have two boys attending Cascade Canyon School. One is heavy into engineering, math and science and loves the ways these subjects are taught and also infused into the arts and programs. The other is a social and athletic guy who thrives in the natural environment of the school, climbing, building and playing soccer with the other kids K-8, learning upwards and outwards. Accountability is built into the curriculum and every student, every year is guaranteed excellent teachers to help them reach their full potential. I know my boys will be well prepared for the future academically , creatively (they love to invent), physically, socially and emotionally.
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Our child attended Cascade Canyon School for many years. What a special place - excels in curriculum and advanced in its'' unique social emotional care of kids. No bullies allowed here. Teachers are caring and astute. Focus on arts, music, math and science. Not a sports focused school. Mindfulness teacher offers daily perspective to each class through grant obtained by school. Campus lacks, but the tuition reflects this. Parent body somewhat introverted and newly instigated social events will take time to become part of culture. Play date possibilities minimal due to class size. A child graduates from this K-8 as his or her own unique person -confident, integrated, skilled and ready to take on high school from a solid foundation. We''ve seen many kids graduate and excel with grades, comprehension as well as be comfortable in their own skin in peer groups within high school. Improvements needed with parent moral and parent involvement, as well as facilities. But your child will excel!
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