Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Strategic Plan

This five-year strategic plan (2015-2019) is the culmination of intensive work that began in August 2013 by board members, staff, faculty, parents, and other community members. This work included parent, student, staff, and alumni surveys, one-on-one interviews, and full-day staff and board retreats. These thoughtful conversations led to an honest evaluation of the school’s strengths and ways to leverage challenges into opportunities. Five key priorities emerged that will direct our goals, strategies, and action plans going forward. The board’s charge is to help guide these strategic directions. In addition to providing the school with a purposeful direction, this reflective, collaborative process affirmed the strength of our school program, culture, and community.

Educational Program

The educational program is at the heart of our school mission and community. We will focus on enhancing and expanding the program by:

  • Attracting and retaining excellent, innovative, and diverse teachers
  • Establishing an ethic of curriculum review, revision & coordination
  • Identifying and prioritizing program areas of need and expansion
  • Evaluating the appropriate role of technology at all grade levels

Upper School Growth

We believe in the unique value of a strong, independent upper school program for Central Oregon. We will focus on increasing upper school enrollment by:

  • Enhancing and expanding the upper school program offerings
  • Considering additional upper school facilities
  • Increasing targeted upper school marketing, communications, and outreach efforts

School Resources

We will effectively steward and grow the school’s resources to ensure future sustainability. Our priorities will be:

  • Expanded development efforts to support our strategic priorities
  • Human resources including how to best support our students, teachers, and families
  • Physical resources including a campus master plan, a vehicle master plan, and health and safety practices

School Governance

The Board of Trustees is committed to implementing best practices in school governance. The board will focus on:

  • Enhancing the quality and diversity of the Board of Trustees
  • Aligning the priorities of the board with the Strategic Plan
  • Implementing a successful Head of School transition

Visibility and Communications

We will continue to increase the visibility of the school through purposeful efforts to:

  • Clearly articulate the value of the Cascades Academy experience
  • Preserve and enhance the school’s culture and community
  • Strengthen and expand community partnerships