Our family was looking for a alternative to the standard public school experience. Public school for us wasn’t to our liking for tons of reasons and then we found Cascadia! In a nutshell our family is blown away by the overall atmosphere. Our son is learning and smiling everyday now, it’s amazing what a difference it has made in our lives. The individual attention is wonderful, the child centered approach and teaching them one on one. The classrooms are beautiful and they really take the time to get to know each child and what they need. I wouldn’t go anywhere else ever. It’s amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. There is nothing that compares and we are so grateful.
My kid loves this school, he loves learning, he creates math problems in the real world and solves them (“Hey Mom, that’s $0.25 per piece of candy!”), and he is growing into the amazingly unique and fun individual that he is meant to be! My son is the overly-inquisitive type that can sometimes drive you crazy with questions, challenges, and the strangest ideas. Teacher Tami not only appreciates it, but encourages it and channels his curiousity into interesting research projects. Yes, he is in the third grade doing research projects of his own choosing! I had a concern previously, as he was resistant to reading, but Teacher Tami explained the Montessori “child-led” learning to me, and since he excelled in math and science, I was able to be patient and cross my fingers. (Note that “child-led” does not mean the child picks all the work. They are required to do a certain amount in each subject – they choose the lesson and the way to learn it) Sure enough, this year something clicked and he has become a reading machine! Even Tami asked if I was doing something different with him at home! I am sure that in a regular school (public or private) he would have been getting bad grades in reading, maybe even labeled slow. I can imagine the pain of forcing him to do exercises, etc., and for what? He is now caught up and even surpassing his peers! Thus the magic of a school that teaches the child to love learning instead of memorizing facts and figures. So what do I pay for? Self-confidence, self-discipline, patience, collaboration, and a zest for life! And while the typical Montessori educators will not stress this (and almost down-play it), I believe that those are all the keys to success both financial and happiness-wise, not your kids ability to memorize facts learned by reading them in a book!
Well my boys are now in their second year at Cascadia and it is the best investment I have made on their behalf. They are both so excited about research and learning and my middle school son is loving all the field study trips – unheard of in public school! I appreciate that they are accepted and celebrated for their uniqueness, the dedication of the teachers and staff, and knowing that they feel enlightened and enthusiastic at the end of each day!
You know what is great about my new school mommy? Well, EVERY school has at least one bully… except Cascadia! Everyone is really nice and works together. – My 8 year old daughter
My daughter struggled in a traditional school setting because she was bored. She struggled with arguing at home because she craved independence. Cascadia has helped with both. The Montessori method allows for her to have flexibility in learning subjects, level, and time on task. This not only provides for just the right challenge, it also gives an outlet for her to be independent and feel responsible. Probably my favorite thing is pick up time. When I ask her what she learned she can actually answer, and always does so with a smile on her face and excitement in her voice. Cascadia taught my daughter to love learning again.
Our two boys have thrived here. They are learning and practicing executive decision making every day in this environment where they are in charge of motivating and challenging themselves (although contrary to some beliefs Montessori does hold them accountable). They have a hunger to learn and a zest for knowledge that is feed in this school. It is also a warm and caring environment where the students are surrounded by nurturing adults.
Our family has been at Cascadia for 6 years. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. We thought after 3rd grade we’d move on to public school but we became part of the family and we didn’t want to leave. The parent connection is amazing, the connection between student and teacher becomes a strong bond and the communication between the school and the home is always welcomed and appreciated. Our daughter feels comfortable speaking in front of the class, enjoys working in groups, fulfills her role in the classroom in helping the younger students with simple questions. She truly has been “guided” through 6 years of superior education and there is no doubt that this school and the Montessori education it provides has given her invaluable experiences.
Cascadia is a wonderful school for my daughter. She thrives in the Montessori environment at Cascadia. She is excited for school everyday. She is so confident in herself and I believe that is because the Cascadia school environment encourages children to respect each other as well as becoming independent thinkers. The teachers and administration are dedicated to a nurturing, caring, yet challenging learning environment.
The Montessori approach is the way children are naturally inclined to learn. Cascadia provides a supportive, inclusive, and child-led community rooted in Montessori tradition. We have been at the school for 4 years and I could not be more pleased with how my child is progressing. However, what is more important (and this has been lost in traditional public schools) is that my child loves to learn, begs to stay at school and thinks that school is awesome. While the environment is challenging, my child is not stressed out about tests, standards, and social ideals of what schools look like today – just focused on learning and loving school. The Montessori approach is different but it has been proven time and time again as a more effective way of learning than traditional school. We have been at the school long enough to see how the approach, while widely different, not only works, but creates a long lasting love of learning that will continue beyond high school and college. So blessed to be a part of this community.
Excellent education, nurturing, kind, involved, smart-these are what come to mind when I think of what Cascadia is to us and so many other families. The school is truly amazing. Our children have blossomed attending Cascadia and we know they will continue to do so. We are so grateful to have found this school. Our girls’ self esteem and confidence couldn’t be higher. That is a difficult quality to instill in girls in this day and age. Thank you to Cascadia for providing such a loving environment.
We absolutely love Cascadia! My son came from public school and was only able to move at the pace of the whole class, and often that is catered to the lowest performing students in the class. My son was starting to get bored; and this was tragic for us because he LOVES to learn. He has always enjoyed school and to see the light inside of him start to dim was so hard to watch as a parent. Since his switch to Cascadia we have seen the light inside of him switch back on. He is back to loving learning. I see no constraints or bounds to his potential and learning. Every day he comes home and talks about his lessons or research projects, or whatever excites him. I can now breathe easy knowing he is pushing himself and learning how to own his education, which means setting goals and figuring out ways he has to achieve those goals, with the help of his peers and/or teacher. We want him to know that he is responsible to learn and grow and that learning is a lifelong pursuit that is enjoyable and we feel like Cascadia is fostering that in him.