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Vancouver’s Hidden Gem!

Children blossom at Cascadia, where our classrooms are specially designed to engage your child’s curiosity.We believe a quality education should address your child’s whole spectrum of development, not just academics.

  Our Montessori method means specially trained teachers observe each child and meet student needs based on individual specific abilities and readiness, and, multiple hands-on learning materials are used for each lesson rather than textbooks and lectures.

Our small school environment means a small student to teacher ratio, and, every staff member knows every child. Meanwhile the close knit community encourages students to appreciate the diversity of people of all backgrounds and cultures and to develop a positive self-image within this broad framework.

Our goal at Cascadia Montessori is to instill each student with a strong sense of self-discipline, confidence, collaboration, and citizenship, and to ignite a lasting love of learning.

Is Cascadia right for your family? Learn more . . .


(Or, "Why Montessori?")

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Cascadia School, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and member of the Oregon Montessori Association (OMA), is an independent school approved by the state of Washington and all Cascadia elementary teachers are AMI (Association Montessori International) certified.  Cascadia's policies, programs and activities provide equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.
The Cascadia Campus consists of just under two acres abutting the Tranquility green space next door. The main building houses two lower elementary classrooms for students in years 1 -3 (the Larkspur and Lupine classrooms), an upper elementary classroom for students in years 4-6 (the Willow classroom), and a middle school classroom for students in years 7 – 8. The school’s large recreational field includes an undercover area allowing outdoor access even in inclement weather, and a newly renovated playstructure.
Cascadia is a second home to 70+ students ages 6 to 14. The multi-age class groupings that are a hallmark of the Montessori method facilitate mentoring between older and younger students and let friendships blossom across age divisions. The child's ability to move about the class at will and work collectively with other students to design projects of their own making also contributes to the formation of powerful, lasting connections, as do the class outings and special overnight field experiences that are a regular part of the Cascadia school year. Bonds forged at Cascadia continue long after graduation, and it is not unusual to see alumni returning to say hello and show their lasting school spirit.
Cascadia embraces parents as participants in the learning process. Organized programs help parents understand the Montessori philosophy and related child development research and concepts. Teachers hold regularly scheduled one on one conferences to keep parents apprised of their children's progress and development. An online family portal provides access to essential information 24/7. And regularly scheduled social events like game nights, family picnics, and coffee mornings on campus, are among the many avenues that unite the Cascadia school community as a diverse family, with members from all walks of life.


The mission of Cascadia School is to aid the development of the whole child through the Montessori philosophy. Our vision is to provide a child-centered education for each student in a safe, supportive community that promotes self-discipline, confidence, collaboration citizenship, and a lasting love of learning.

We provide a curriculum that is challenging, coherent, and relevant for each child, based on Dr. Maria Montessori's vision of education in which students are motivated by their innate desire to learn and their love for knowledge.

At Cascadia, children engage in purposeful, intellectual, and independent work. They are challenged through working with the Montessori materials, having concrete experiences, and progressing at their own developmental pace to a level of abstract understanding.

Their progression is student-driven and adult-guided, thus allowing for the steady development of self-motivated, life-long learners.

At Cascadia we value:

Respect for the child
We respect each child and are committed to guiding each student on his or her own individual path to independence and intellectual development.

Excellence in education
We achieve excellence in education by inspiring children toward their full social and intellectual potential and fostering a lasting love of learning.

Developmental Appropriate Focus
We value collaborative environments as a way to promote responsible interdependence fostering confidence and self-knowledge.

Appreciation of the natural world
We value the outdoor environment as a way to cultivate the child’s appreciation of nature and human beings’ age-old role as stewards of the natural world.

Diversity and cooperation
We value classrooms which provide diversity in age, gender, background, and skill level as a way to teach cooperation, mutual respect, and peaceful resolution of conflicts – critical skills of effective citizens in our society.

Engaged communities
We value the active involvement of family, faculty, and friends.

Academic learning intertwined with personal growth and community building turns out prepared citizens of the world (visit the NAMTA website for a study entitled Optimal Developmental Outcomes--The Social, Moral, Cognitive, and Emotional Dimension of a Montessori Education). The outcome of an authentic Montessori education is a self-confident, life-long learner. Montessori graduates have the skills to work, collaborate, think critically, problem solve and adapt.Cascadia students graduate with strong academic skills. They are strong communicators, fluent readers, and eloquent writers. They have a strong foundation in math, including arithmetic, geometry and algebra. They are experienced scientific researchers, with hands-on laboratory skills.

Cascadia graduates are well-prepared for high school and beyond. The goal of a Montessori education is to help students learn how to learn. In an age in which information becomes obsolete quickly, the focus of education must shift from facts to process.

The overall purpose of the Cascadia program is to build independent, self-motivated learners. We strive for the following Montessori Curriculum outcomes:
Cascadia students will have the ability to use their senses to understand their abstract and concrete experiences in the world around them.

Practical Life:
Cascadia students will have the ability and the desire to care for themselves, others, and their environments.

Cascadia students will be competent in expressing themselves in written and spoken language and competent in their understanding of the written and spoken words of others.

Cascadia students will be skillful in abstraction and reasoning. They will be able to use deductive and inductive methods to solve symbolic and practical problems.

Cascadia students will have a conscious awareness and understanding of the natural world and its order. They will have the ability to recognize and use the basic methods of scientific inquiry.

Cultural Subjects:
Cascadia students will create a foundation for the appreciation of the humanities and the arts. They will have a sense of historical perspective, an understanding of one’s place in the world, and gratitude for the accomplishments of those who came before them.

Moral and Character Development:
Cascadia students will possess a strong sense of self. They will be capable, responsible, and accountable to themselves and others.


The elementary years are a period of tremendous intellectual activity and interest. Students actively question every part of life and culture. The Montessori elementary curriculum accommodates this innate intellectual interest and serves to motivate students to pursue and express their interests in all subject areas. This curriculum encompasses introductory and in-depth work and exploration in language, mathematics, music, zoology, botany, geography, art, and drama.

Classroom Community
The elementary student is learning to be an individual yet an integral part of a larger group and has an emerging social consciousness. At Cascadia this awareness is addressed through small group lessons and projects; collaborative experiences between peers and teachers at every level; individual and group decision-making opportunities regarding class work and community issues; and participation in conflict resolution activities. Encouraging students to participate in meaningful group decisions fosters a sense of belonging and fans a desire to participate in a larger community. This process is further developed through the multi-year tenure that students experience in each level. The levels of Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary encompasses a three year span (first through third year students, and fourth through sixth, respectively), while Middle School encompasses a span of seventh and eigth year students. Leadership and team building skills develop naturally in a multi-grade environment where respect for all is modeled instead of the traditional grade level hierarchy.

Beyond the Classroom
The Montessori elementary classroom cannot contain within its four walls all that students need and desire to know. In-class activities motivate students to continue their learning and growth through small and large group experiences outside of school. These outside experiences, or “Going-Outs,” occur throughout the year and include nature studies and hiking excursions, cultural events, small group research excursions (library, museums, etc.) and an extended (2-4 day) Spring trip to a regional science field camp.

Cascadia Middle School provides a supportive and personalized educational environment for seventh and eighth grade students by encouraging a strong sense of self in a community of peers and teachers. Adolescence is a period of transformation from childhood to adulthood. Maria Montessori compared the onset of adolescence to a rebirth. Just as a newborn child is dependent upon his or her parents to grow and thrive, the adolescent needs others to develop fully. Adolescence marks the beginning of a social mission in which adolescents develop the skills to establish and maintain a social community.

At Cascadia, a primary element of our middle school program is providing a safe and supportive environment in which each student can explore his or her unique talents and interests. We are strongly committed to maintaining a classroom environment that celebrates the inherent value of each child’s individuality and intelligence. Our vigorous academic program encourages students to challenge themselves intellectually in every subject area while improving their ability to communicate effectively, work cooperatively, trust others, and make and keep commitments.


At Cascadia, seventh and eighth grade students have unlimited opportunities to participate in meaningful work within the context of the classroom community. The middle school core program consists of Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Creative Expression and Physical Expression. Language Arts consists of Writing Workshop, Reading Workshop and Literature Workshop. Creative and Physical Expressions consist of thematic units that allow students to explore their physical and artistic talents. One aspect of this is our “J-Term” (January Term) performance. During this time, we devote our Humanities study to our annual theatrical performance. Students take roles as cast or crew and stage their performance at a local grange. They put on quite a show!

Our core classes include specific skill instruction, but emphasize project-oriented work. Lessons and activities are structured so that students have choices within the thematic units. Proficiency is measured in a variety of ways, such as quizzes, tests, individual and group projects, presentations, discussions and various writing assignments. Study skills such as collaboration, organization, self-evaluation, conflict resolution, and test taking are modeled and explicitly taught throughout the year.

Our curriculum content has been developed in conjunction with Washington State Standards (which had adopted the Common Core Standards) and Grade Level Expectations (GLE). We have a two-year looping curriculum in which the seventh and eighth grade students are integrated for most instruction periods. Some necessary grade-level divisions occur during preparations for testing and to support eighth grade students with their transition to high school. Standardized tests are given annually.
We strive to prepare each of our students for the new experiences they will face in high school. Contemporary research has shown that high school students achieve best when their rapidly changing sense of self has been nurtured within a small, supportive group of peers. Our experience has shown that Cascadia graduates readily form new friendships with peers and teachers in their new schools.

The Childcare staff offers a stimulating environment of organized arts, crafts, games, and play activities both indoor and outdoor, as well as free play choices (games, outdoor activities, etc.). Many of our students enjoy this free time with their classmates!
We are pleased to offer a variety of activities taught by professionals after school hours (3:30 – 6:00). Classes run throughout the year starting in October, in 4 to 10 week sessions on various days of the week. Extracurricular offerings depend on the interest of our student body and availability of instructors.

Our offerings have included:

Note that students enrolled in an extracurricular class are able to stay in after care until their class starts at no additional cost.


Tuition & Admissions

Annual Tuition (single payment or 12 monthly payments)
$9,816.00 — Lower and Upper Elementary
$9,948.00 — Middle School

Tuition Assistance
* Cascadia siblings receive a 10% discount.
* Cascadia students with siblings at Children’s Houses in partnership with Cascadia receive a 5% discount.
* All families and prospective families may apply for Tuition Assistance

Admissions Process
Schedule a Tour/Observation to view the program while school is in session and observe the teacher-student relationship and the Montessori approach firsthand. A complete packet of information will be distributed during the tour. You are also encouraged to attend an Open House.

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