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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 230 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,485
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 25 / rolling

Top Rankings

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Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded
2003

Student Body

Total Students
230 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
8%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Cascades Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size
15 students
Average SAT score
1250
Average ACT score
28
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 25 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
$16,485 for PK-12, 5 full-days/week program. Pro-rated tuition rates for four-day Pre-K program.
% on Financial Aid
40%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$7,000
Acceptance Rate
65%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Barb Cartmell

Sports

Extracurriculars

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

Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Makerspace Club, Robotics Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Running Club, 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.

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 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

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 230 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,485
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 25 / rolling

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