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.
Small class sizes create a secure learning environment and foster individualized attention.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 251 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,100
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 25 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Cascades Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Oregon for:

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
251 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade
Cascades Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 25 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
$19,100 for PK-12, 5 full-days/week program. Pro-rated tuition rates for four-day Pre-K program.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Steve Jansen



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
Traveling School, Yearbook

Club or Organization:
After-school Outdoor Sports, Chess Club, Makerspace Club, Robotics Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Running Club, Ski and snowboarding program, Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

Mission Statement
Cascades Academy is an engaged, vibrant community that weaves challenging academics with experiential learning to inspire socially responsible individuals ready for a diverse and changing world.

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.

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, 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 2-12
  • 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 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
  • Faculty and Staff: 39 full & part-time faculty and staff
  • Student Body: 205 (PK-12)
  • Target Class Size: 12 in PK, 16 in K, 18 in 1st-8th, 20 in 9th-12th
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Cascades Academy cost?

Cascades Academy's tuition is approximately $19,100 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Cascades Academy?

The acceptance rate of Cascades Academy is 65%, which is lower than the national average of 88%. Cascades Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Oregon with low acceptance rates.

What sports does Cascades Academy offer?

Cascades Academy offers 8 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Track and Field and Volleyball. Cascades Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Oregon for most sports offered.

What is Cascades Academy's ranking?

Cascades Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Oregon for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body and Most sports offered.

When is the application deadline for Cascades Academy?

The application deadline for Cascades Academy is Jan. 25 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 25 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 251 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,100
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 25 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Oregon is $9,346 for elementary schools and $12,001 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Oregon is 88% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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