Parents

Dear Falcon Families;

We are happy you have chosen to join us at Cascade Heights, whether it is for the first or the sixth year. Your child is entering an advanced placement educational environment that is secure and challenging; a place where children grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. At Cascade Heights you are part of a new educational era transforming America's schools today.

To you we make three promises:

First, to remember that YOU are the primary educators of your children; Second: To examine life with intellectual rigor; Third: To always do so with an ethical goal.

Socrates once said: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Honoring this 2400 year-old truth means that Cascade students learn to ask and answer challenging question. Like Socrates, we believe asking the right kind of question sets us on the path to understanding ourselves and our world. Examining life with academic rigor opens up the natural, cultural, and moral world in which we live. Thus we learn what makes life worth living.

Goethe said, “If you treat a man as he is, he will remain as he is; if you treat a man as he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” Goethe's word has taught us that our examinations at Cascade Heights must be guided by a view of our moral potential. Our core values identify some of the character traits that Cascade Heights practices. Thus we learn to live a life worth living.

Living up to these ideals is a continual process of approximation and not a guarantee for certain success. For us, the education of our students presents several worthwhile challenges: We want to do justice to Socrates' and Goethe's words, to our subject matter, to our students' intellectual and moral potential, and to your trust in us. We want to teach as if Socrates were in the room; we want to teach so our students go home and have something truly interesting to talk about; we want to provide an education that we would have liked to have received ourselves. We see teaching and learning as crafts that improve through continual practice. In order to become better at our work, we welcome your feedback. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

It is a privilege to serve your family,
Holly Denman
Founding Director


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