ENRICHMENT

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Cascadia Enrichment: Creating More Opportunities For Curiosity, Knowledge And Exploration

Providing Care

At Cascadia we extend learning before and after school hours. Before care is offered beginning at 7 am and after care until 6 pm. During these times, students have access to art projects, games, and various indoor and outdoor activities.

Adventure

At Cascadia we believe life experience is a classroom, the earth is a classroom, our community is a classroom, and our city is a classroom.

We offer unique opportunities for the children to venture out for adventure:

Going Outs

When children in the elementary program explore a topic and need resources outside the classroom, they have the freedom to schedule a going out. During a going out children navigate our community with adult support to find what they need to continue their course of study on a particular topic. The going out experience fosters independence, responsibility and good citizenship while expanding academic knowledge of a subject.

Resources the children might acquire during a going out could include additional books on a certain topic, art supplies or construction materials to build models.

Field Trips

A variety of half day and full day field trips include a local flour mill, OMSI, Shaffer family farm, Mt St Helens, Ft. Vancouver, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Children’s Theater, Bonneville Dam, and more.

Overnight Outdoor School

Each spring the children trek to overnight outdoor school. From night hikes to nature studies, the children absorb the sights, sounds and smells of nature experiencing the wonder and magnificence of the outdoors.

Middle school students take a week long trip for hands-on learning about nature, history, science, and team building. Previous trips have included the Olympic Peninsula, Catalina Island, and the Marin Headlands.

Extracurricular Classes

Additional classes are offered after school for a fee throughout the year. Classes are included for those enrolled in after care. Offerings have included:

  • Playwell Robotics
  • Lego
  • Art
  • Drama (NWCT)
  • Chess
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Guitar
  • Marimba
  • Violin
  • Lacrosse

Camps during school holidays and summer vacation

Cascadia holds camps for several weeks during the summer months for students from ages 6-13. A list of camp offerings and fees are available from the office in the spring. Previous camps have included baking, sports, coding, and cooking.
Depending on instructor availability and timing of the winter and spring breaks, camps may also be held at these times. Occasional weekend evening activity camps hosted by staff give Cascadia parents the chance for a night out or a night off while children engage in crafts, games, and activities.

“Our family has found so much value in being part of the Cascadia community! The teachers are accessible and very in tune with the kids and their development while providing the resources for exceptional learning.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“I love the way they work with the children and nurture a child's love of learning.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.”

- Maria Montessori

“A safe and happy place to get a good education. They make learning fun. “

- A Cascadia Parent

“The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child’s whole personality.”

- Maria Montessori

“The mixed aged classrooms are an incredible experience for all involved. There is so much each child can learn from one another and they stay with the same teachers for three years, creating a true understanding and bond. My child calls her class her second family. We couldn't imagine a better learning environment if we tried!”

- A Cascadia Parent

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”

- Maria Montessori

“My children enjoy school, have gained confidence and learned a wealth of information and skills with very little stress. That is how learning should be!”

- A Cascadia Parent

“These words reveal the child’s inner needs: ‘Help me to do it alone.’”

- Maria Montessori

“My son has spent the past 8 years learning and growing at Cascadia. He hasn’t just learned the basics (math, English, science, history). He has also learned how to work with others, how to mentor younger students, and how to be a role model. “

- A Cascadia Parent

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

- Maria Montessori

“Our daughter was at Cascadia from 1st-8th grade. She took on challenges and persevered with support and guidance while at the same time, allowed to make her own decisions. We couldn't have asked for a better education in preparing her for high school, life skills and beyond.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“Both boys have blossomed in this environment, both educationally and as thoughtful, courteous and kind young men. The parent community is very close and supportive -- kind of like an extended family -- and there to help whenever the need arises. Our experiences at Cascadia have been extremely positive for our whole family.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.”

- Maria Montessori

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Cascadia School
25 years of excellence

(360) 944-8096
10606 NE 14th St, Vancouver, WA 98664
admissions@cascadiaschool.org