• Pre-K: learning all about the letter "M"

  • Kindergarten: understanding the world

Memorizing is not enough.  At Cascadia, our standard is understanding.

Cascadia uses the “hands-on” Montessori materials in initial grades and transitions to the use of carefully selected, quality textbooks in the higher grades. This approach stems from the value we place on understanding, not just memorizing.

  • Through the lower elementary grades a “concrete” approach to learning is very important. The term “concrete” means use of hands-on, manipulative materials to represent facts and concepts. Very carefully developed and sequenced manipulative materials are at the heart of the Montessori method; we utilize that method in our lower grades.
  • The Montessori method also allows us to provide flexibility to adjust to student needs, not just move students through fixed processes.
  • In our upper grades, transition is made to the use of carefully selected, high-quality textbooks.  Students learn to study for and take tests, write papers, and give oral presentations before their classmates. In addition to independent work, students practice cooperative learning skills, working together in study groups. Understanding, thinking, and problem solving are emphasized. Students also study vocabulary to increase their knowledge and their enjoyment of “words.”
“The emphasis put on writing, spelling, math facts, problem solving, and their application has helped our daughter to develop a very solid foundation in these areas and provided her with a well-rounded education.”

“I have two kids studying at Cascadia. This is our sixth year — at the school and we continue to be amazed by how much the principal, and the teachers, care about the kids. Both my kids are very different, and the teaching styles are adapted to ensure that they are both successful. The teachers recognize their strengths, and work on their weak areas in a very collaborative way. The teachers are also available to talk and give constructive feedback. There have been times when I thought that my kid may have misbehaved at school and spoke with the teachers about it. It was interesting to see that the teachers had such a good understanding of how my kid behaves on the playground. The academic program is intense and I am happy to see that the kids learn by building strong foundations. It is not about rote learning, but about understanding why work is done in a particular way and understanding the logic.”