Academics

Program Hightlights

We learn new knowledge by building on what we already know. Students in Core Knowledge schools know a lot, because they are offered a coherent sequence of specific knowledge that builds year by year. Core Knowledge provides a broad base of knowledge and a rich vocabulary. It motivates students to learn and creates a strong desire to learn more and provides the knowledge necessary for higher levels of learning and helps build confidence.

For parents, Core Knowledge also provides a clear outline of what children are expected to learn in school. It encourages parents to participate in their children's education both at home and in school. Four day week. Fridays reserved for Teacher Development, Parent -Teacher conferences, private and group art, music, drama,  clubs and lessons and monthly field trips.

Student Life

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Cascade Heights's After School Program offers students an opportunity to explore fun activities in a non academic setting. Classes include homework club, sports, arts, science and technology, music, etc. For more information, visit our After School Activities page.

SUMMER CAMP

Cascade Heights offers a Summer Camp for students and non-students at a very competitive price. For more information on the different camps offered in June, July and August please visit our After School Activities page.

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Curriculum

  • Core Knowledge — Sequenced Curriculum (language and literature, history and geography, visual arts, music and science)
  • The RIGGS program — multisensory intensive explicit simultaneous phonics.
  • Mastery in math skills — Saxon and Math-U-See
  • Performing Arts /Fine Arts and World Languages
  • Parents are the primary educators of their children resulting in an education based upon a strong partnership with instructors
  • Class sizes limited to 25

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

Solid

Many people say that knowledge is changing so fast that what students learn today will soon be outdated. While current events and technology are constantly changing, there is nevertheless a body of lasting knowledge that should form the core of a Preschool-Grade 8 curriculum. Such solid knowledge includes, for example, the basic principles of constitutional government, important events of world history, essential elements of mathematics and of oral and written expression, widely acknowledged masterpieces of art and music, and stories and poems passed down from generation to generation. 

Sequenced

Knowledge builds on knowledge. Children learn new knowledge by building on what they already know. Only a school system that clearly defines the knowledge and skills required to participate in each successive grade can be excellent and fair for all students. For this reason, the Core Knowledge Sequence provides a clear outline of content to be learned grade by grade. This sequential building of knowledge not only helps ensure that children enter each new grade ready to learn, but also helps prevent the many repetitions and gaps that characterize much current schooling (repeated units, for example, on pioneer days or the rain forest, but little or no attention to the Bill of Rights, or to adding fractions with unlike denominators). 

Specific

A typical state or district curriculum says, "Students will demonstrate knowledge of people, events, ideas, and movements that contributed to the development of the United States." But which people and events? What ideas and movements? In contrast, the Core Knowledge Sequence is distinguished by its specificity. By clearly specifying important knowledge in language arts, history and geography, math, science, and the fine arts, the Core Knowledge Sequence presents a practical answer to the question, "What do our children need to know?" and more importantly, "How will we know when they have learned it?"

Shared

Literacy depends on shared knowledge. To be literate means, in part, to be familiar with a broad range of knowledge taken for granted by speakers and writers. For example, when sportscasters refer to an upset victory as "David knocking off Goliath," or when reporters refer to a "threatened presidential veto," they are assuming that their audience shares certain knowledge. One goal of the Core Knowledge Foundation is to provide all children, regardless of background, with the shared knowledge they need to be included in our national literate culture.

Teaching the Whole Child

World Language: Spanish or Mandarin Chinese (Kindergarten and 1st grade receive both)-  Second grade and above must take one or the other for the rest of their Cascade Heights career.

Music: K-4 Receive Music instruction in theory, history, composition and appreciation twice weekly.  5th Graders are required to choose a string instrument or band instrument .  6th - 8th grade are required to choose Orchestra, Band or Music Appreciation.  Private music lessons are available after school and on Fridays. 

Art: History, Appreciation and Application required once a week for all students

P.E.: Daily PE for 1st through 8th grade required for all students-  SPARKS curriculum. Liscensed Teacher. 

Field Trips: All students participate in monthly Friday Field trips.  These days are considered instructional hours as the field trips are tied directly to the unit of study. Some special overnight field trips are:

  • 6th Grade — Week-long Outdoor School at Olympic Park Institute
  • 4th Grade — John Day Fossil Beds
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Assessments for our students come in two forms: Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) and Oregon's state benchmark tests, the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) for mathematics and English language arts and the Oregon Assessment of KnowledgeSkills (OAKS) for science.


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  • Oregon Charter School of the Year 2009 
  • Outstanding Oregon School 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Confucius Classroom 2011
  • Oregon Department of Education Dissemination Grant Awardee 2010
  • Oregon Department of Education Physical Education Grant 2008, 2009
  • Oregon Community Foundation Outdoor School Grants 2009, 2010

Over the years, different teachers at different grade levels have taken on various opportunities for students to begin living the mission and vision of our school outside of the walls and campuses of Cascade Heights.


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