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Cascades Academy of Central Oregon

Private | PK-12 | 155 students

We are known for strong academics, experiential programs, and small class size.
 
 

 

Living in Bend

Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $200,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $800.

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Posted November 7, 2013

Cascades Academy is that rare find of a school that provides a wonderful, warm, inviting community, top-notch academics, and life experiences beyond compare. My child will be prepared academically for college and beyond which is important. But even more important to me is that my child is a better young man because of his experiences at this school. He is learning how to be a good friend, a role model, a risk taker, a leader, a collaborator, a team player, a critical thinker, a problem solver, and a compassionate, involved citizen. Our kids are our greatest assets. I am grateful to have such a talented and caring team of teachers help mold and influence my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Cascades Academy is an incredible school, the academics are top shelf, the new 21-acre campus is beautiful and inspiring, and the teachers know, support and challenge their students, But first and foremost this school is about community: the students, parents, faculty and staff are all dedicated to making the school an amazing place. The commitment to community extends beyond the school into our community and world. I cannot say enough good things about Cascades Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

We could not be happier with the location, programs, staff and genuine care for our kids. Cascades Academy is truly a top notch school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

Cascades Academy is a truly wonderful school that provides an excellent education, an amazing learning environment, and, as Steve Jobs would say, "Insanely Great" teachers and staff! Students, parents, teachers and staff are very passionate about this incredible school, set on 21 acres of gorgeous land right across from Tumalo State park. The teachers, the curriculum, the brand-new sustainably-designed campus....all top-notch. A++ all around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2012

Cascade Academy of Central Oregon is, by far, the best school my children have ever attended. They are excited each and every day about heading out the door to see what fun learning adventure they might have that day. We've attended several schools around the world and CACO is the most challenging and engaging of them all. The teachers truly care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2011

I come from a family of public school educators who all care deeply about our children's future and strive to give them the best education possible. But they are handcuffed by bureaucracy. The same is true with other schools who have signed on to externally controlled "branded" programs. CACO epitomizes the best of independent education--a talented faculty and staff who are energized by their ability to focus on teaching rather than red tape, engaged students who truly care about each other, a fun and engaging parent community which is treated as a partner rather than a bother. I could go on and on about the strong academics, the experiential learning and the breadth of the program, but most important to me is to remember that my child spends almost half his waking hours at school. I want a school that will be a partner in raising my child, and I found that school at CACO. Academics and extra-curriculars are necessary, but they are not sufficient. The culture of the school and the sense of community is equally as important--and the CACO community rocks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

My oldest daughter went to CACO from the time it opened until last year. When we first enrolled and told them that we were limited financially, I was told "we will meet you financially with whatever you can afford". Not only were they good on their word, they have continued to support us, and so many other families that would otherwise not be able to send their children to this wonderful school. You know a school is GREAT when the students don't want to leave and when each teacher knows how to motivate and help each and every student. My youngest daughter currently attends CACO (she has attended since kindergarten) and absolutely loves it. Storyline method in the lower school, travel school, ski lessons, experiential learning, community service - who could ask for anything more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

I have been a student here at cascades academy for half a year and am already pushing my limits in order to get all the homework done. The students you might find to be very annoying and constant need for attention but, that doesn't mean that they are bad students... It just means that they might get on your nerves. This is by far the most challenging and fun school i have ever been to. And occasionally, they go on outing like for example, you go out into the middle of the forest to write a poem. They also go skiing on thursdays after winter break and through the ski season! For P.E., we go to places like the boys and girls club to play a variety of sports, then we go to the ice skating rink on fridays, and somtimes even take hikes through the woods or play commando. Every year there is a confluence trip to latgawa washington in order to do a variety of thing from forming frienships to playing flashlight tag. We also have electives on friday like for example, cooking, drumming, guitar, tech, and art. But finally, in the late school year, we get to go to traveling school where we travel across the country to famous landmarks and national parks!!!


Posted October 12, 2010

CACO cares about each child and helps them reach their potential by giving them opportunities for new experiences and stretching their abilities.The staff and family community helping them be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2010

We have been at CACO for 4 years. the school has many advantages, but reconsider if you have a child with learning disabilities or add/adhd. The school professes to help those with these challenges, but I have found that my daughter has been treated as lazy, or not caring, rather than the school really taking a look at her learning challenges. I also found that we would come up with a game plan to help my daughter and there would not be follow through with the plan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

I am in the eighth grade at cascades academy, or as we like to call it CACO. This school provides an education that you could not get anywhere else. I used to go to Sky View but I just didn't like it. My brothers friend went to CACO adn saifd that he really liked it so my parents went to check it out. They said that they loved the school and that I should check it out for my self. The next day, I went and found myself in one of their classrooms about a month later. when I vistited, I felt the welcoming enviorment of all of the students. this could have been that there where only 8 other 7th graders or that they were just a great group. Although I wount be goigng there next year, I will never forget that day when I walked into that awesome school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2007

I'm a a junior in high school at Cascades Academy. This school is one of the greatest blessings in my life! The teachers are more than educators, they are role models, mentors, and friends. Everyday I am guaranteed to learn something new in a fun and exciting way! Not to mention the incredible travel opportunities! The high school has traveled to Mexico twice! This school is everything I could want...and more!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2007

Every school day, my children wake up excited and eager to get to Cascades Academy to see what they'll do next. They love interacting with students in all grade levels and become completely immersed in the storyline of each semester. In addition to the regular curriculum 'specials' like Spanish, art, movement and sports including skiing and karate, my children are receiving a high quality, well rounded education. Outside activities include trail clean up and outdoor school which build awareness of the needs of our community at large. I can't think of a reason why people would make any other choice for their kids!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 73%
Hispanic 5% 18%
Asian 3% N/A
Black 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 8% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 92% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00
School end time
  • 3:15
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Blair Jenkins
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • www.cascadesacademy.org
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (541) 382-0225

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Experiential Learning
  • Internships
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • 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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
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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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Visit our website to learn more details about Cascades Academy: www.cascadesacademy.org
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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
59
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
125

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$8000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 8%
4 year college - 92%
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19860 Tumalo Reservoir Road
Bend, OR 97701
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Phone: (541) 382-0699

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