pie chartThe Cascade Public Schools student experience is built around three foundational program elements: The Cascade Core Program; High Expectations, High Support; and Leaving to Learn. Each of these program elements are designed with varying degrees of individualization to create an academic experience that reflects our students’ post-secondary goals and aspirations.

The Cascade Core
  • Collegiate Approach to Teaching & Learning
  • Culturally-Relevant, Interdisciplinary Projects
  • Aligned to 21st Century, Common Core, & NGSS Competencies
High Expectations, High Support
  • Every Student is Known – Small School Learning Environment
  • Individual Learning Plans & Systems of Support
  • In-School Tutoring
Leave to Learn
  • College/Career-Connected Internships
  • 1:1 Community Mentors
  • Connecting and Applying Learning to the Real World

The Cascade Public Schools design addresses key gaps in the current educational paradigm by focusing on Hewlett Foundation Deeper Learning Competencies for success in 21st century jobs and civic life and William Sedlacek’s non-cognitivevariable:

  • Mastery of core academic content
  • Thinking critically and solving complex problems
  • Working collaboratively
  • Communicating effectively
  • Learning how to learn
  • Developing academic mindsets


Through mastery of these competencies, students will graduate from Cascade Public Schools prepared to contribute meaningfully to the community, engage democratically, and flourish in our ever-changing world.