This school was not a good learning environment for my children. The school has strong cliques and the teachers do not teach to a pure montessori pedagogue to include manners and respect. As a parent volunteering during numerous occasions including multi day outdoor schools, it was astonishing to see the amount of bullying that occurred with no intervening by the staff. My son was in Kim Kuhle's class. I recently learned that not only was he bullied by a few classmates at times, but she joined in with the bullying. She had left the school but now I see that she is teaching there again. Kim, you owe my son a major apology for how horribly you treated him and your general lack of support that a student should be able to depend upon from a teacher.
My experience with the teachers are they were very passive. The only time that a teacher got involved is when the animosity level had risen to the point of a fight. Otherwise, the bullied students tried to retreat while the gang of bullies pursued. Kim Khule actually joined the bullies at times with demeaning her student.
There is very little homework assigned to students at this school. It is hard to track the progress the student is making. When my son transferred to a college prep high school, there was difficulty in providing grades to the high school.
My son's attitude has changed from "do I have to go to school" to "Dad, please hurry up, I don't want to be late" since he joined Cascadia. The Montessori system is the perfect match for his learning style. Ms. Kim Kuhle his teacher knows his strengths and weaknesses and uses them to get his best performance. Ms. Danielle Benge, the school director, is very accessible and commited leader. Mis
Excellent education, nurturing, kind, involved, smart-these are what come to mind when I think of what Cascadia is to us and so many other families. The school is truly amazing. Our children have blossomed attending Cascadia and we know they will continue to do so. We are so grateful to have found this school. Our girls' self esteem and confidence couldn't be higher. That is a difficult quality to instill in girls in this day and age. Thank you to Cascadia for providing such a loving environment.