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Cascade Canyon School

Private | K-8 | 67 students

Strong academics alongside rich, creative and varied specialist programs.

 

Living in Fairfax

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $541,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,070.

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5 stars

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Based on 2 ratings
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Posted September 15, 2014

I am so thankful to have found this school! Great teachers, a small nurturing environment, and a thoughtful focus on developing the individual potential of each child. The teachers actively communicate with parents regarding day-to-day achievements or growth areas in order to help parents partner in the learning process. Thank you CCS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2014

A hidden gem. Strong academics, superb engaged teachers, in-depth learning, outdoor ed, creative, rich, specialist classes, and small class sizes make this place special. Also, graduating students go on to great private and public high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

We reluctantly fled the big city, looking for a nurturing school environment for our boys and found it at Cascade Canyon. The small class size, combined with skilled and passionate teachers size fosters individualized teaching --each our kids' teachers were quick to hone in on their strengths and challenges. In large settings, our kids were socially withdrawn and reluctant to extend themselves physically or academically--at Cascade they have blossomed. And swinging on a rope over a stream at recess--priceless.
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Posted July 21, 2009

We never planned on a private school till we went to an open house at Cascade Canyon. It was so much more than a school, it has become our community. The families are wonderful, the teachers are amazing and the style fit our sons personality. He has been in incredible plays, has music, art, science, sign-language, spanish, PE, learns respect for his community and the environment and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

We have been so grateful to have found Cascade Canyon School for our middle school aged daughter. The middle school offers deep, meaningful, challenging education in a nurturing environment; rather than being competitively focused or grades focused, the middle school focuses on motivating students to enjoy learning for learning's sake. The program has allowed our seventh grader to excel with confidence. High school placement is impressive as well. Check this school out!
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Posted April 20, 2009

We wanted a small Kindergarten experience for our daughter - after meeting Peggy we completely fell in love first with her K program and then with the rest of the school, the kids, and the families. She's now in 3rd grade and we've never been happier. I encourage anyone to call the school for a tour.
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Posted February 11, 2009

Our kids have attended Cascade Canyon since Kindergarten (one is not in 7th grade and the other in 4th). Excellent academics, close-knit/inclusive community, great arts and language program, super small class size, non-competitive/cooperative philosophy. Just wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 89% 52%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
White 0% 26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: American Sign Language

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • CAIS
Fax number
  • (415) 459-6714

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Carpool
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Outdoor Education
Girls sports
  • Outdoor Education

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Foreign language club: American Sign Language
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
18
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
35

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$16000 - $16000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Tam District Schools
Marin Academy
The Bay School
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2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Fairfax, CA 94930
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Phone: (415) 459-3464

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