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The 2019-2020 school year marked Cascadia’s 25th year of providing Montessori education to children in Southwest Washington and Portland.

Since opening our doors in 1994, Cascadia School has maintained a vision of making Montessori’s child-centered education available in a safe supportive community that promotes self-discipline, confidence, collaborative citizenship, and a lasting love of learning.

We provide a curriculum that is challenging, coherent, and relevant for each child, fostering 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.

Cascadia School is a 501(c)3 with a board comprised of current parents, alumni parents, and community members. The board meets monthly with one annual retreat.


Our Mission:
Cascadia School encourages the inherent love of learning and guides the development of the whole child; preparing students to become responsible contributing members of their immediate and global communities.

Our Vision:
Through the Montessori philosophy, Cascadia provides a child centered education in a safe, supportive community that promotes self-discipline, confidence, collaboration, citizenship and a lasting love of learning.

Our Values:
* 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.

* Developmentally 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, 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.

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“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

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

- A Cascadia Parent

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

- Maria Montessori

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

- A Cascadia Parent

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

- Maria Montessori

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“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

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

- Maria Montessori

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“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

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

- Maria Montessori

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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