The design of U.S. public schools is largely unchanged over the past 100 years, focused on industrial efficiencies and socio-economic sorting along tracks of college or vocation. The design values of the industrial revolution (siloed subjects, age sorting, time-based crediting) are now more than ever outmoded for the social and economic world we live in today and widen the disconnect between education, equity, and a holistic approach to individual development and achievement.

In an era of artificial intelligence, data-driven analysis, and rapid technological growth, there is both opportunity and uncertainty in the future of employment and participation in a changing economy. We need to prepare our youth to create their own success in this everchanging world. We need an empathetic electorate that has pride and respect in self and celebrates the uniqueness in our differences. We need an education system that will prepare the next generation for the world that will be, not the world that was.

Cascade Public Schools rethinks school design, through incorporating the following elements:

  1. An academic program designed for the 21st century.
    Interdisciplinary, Deeper Learning approach that prepares students for college, career, and leadership with high expectations and high support. A focus on collegiate modeling through seminar and competency-based presentations of learning combined with culturally relevant, standards-aligned, project-based curriculum.
  2. An individualized and interest-based approach to learning and post-high school planning.
    Individualized learning plans for all students in a supported advisory structure that focus on developing student strengths and addressing student growth. Focus on student interest development through internships, 1:1 mentorship, and the application of learning in real-world contexts toward achievement of meaningful post-high school goals.
  3. Support for all learners to become college, career, and civic life ready.
    Data-driven interventions and school-embedded tutoring support student growth. A focus on positive relationships, restorative approaches to conflict, and the development of non-cognitive competencies for success and leadership.