Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

College Counseling

Planning for College and Beyond

For most students, getting into the college of their choice is a dream to be fulfilled during their high school years. We realize that an important step in turning this dream into a reality is the execution of an effective college counseling and admissions process. At first glance, the college application and admission process can seem daunting. The college counseling process consists of thoughtful actions and decisions necessary in making the transition from high school to post-secondary education. Our college counselor is here specifically to assist upper school students in this process; the student is the most important person in the process and the counselor’s job is to facilitate his or her journey.

CACO changed my life!
-Graduate, Class of 2008

A key element to a successful college application process is the student’s willingness to work hard. Students must be willing to commit to investigating both the colleges and themselves. The first step involves in-depth self-reflection about the student’s needs, strengths, and talents along with an honest appraisal of his or her academic history. This self-evaluation is one of the most critical elements in the equation, since it is difficult to make sound decisions about which school to attend unless the student knows who they are and what they bring to the process.

At Cascades Academy, we believe there is no "best college." Instead, there is a "right college" for every student. Our certified college counselor offers each upper school student support and advice with the college admissions process.

College Counseling Services

  • Individual future counseling for students
  • Personalized counseling for families
  • Financial aid advising including assistance with the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and scholarship opportunities
  • Teacher and counselor recommendations that highlight the individuality of each student
  • Guidance through the college essay process including preparation, writing, and editing
  • 1-hour block dedicated to college counseling each week
  • Multi-day college tour; for example, last spring students visited Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, and St. Mary’s College
  • SAT/ACT Prep Course and additional assistance as needed
  • PSAT preparation and administration
  • College representative visits to campus
  • Visit to regional college fair

100% College Acceptance

Since our first graduating class of 2005, Cascades Academy has had 43 graduates; 100% were accepted to college. Alumni of Cascades Academy have been accepted at:

Albertson College, Carroll College, Colorado College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Eckerd College, Emerson College, The Evergreen State College, Gonzaga University, Grinnell College, Humboldt State University, Kenyon College, Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Loyola Marymount University, Lynchburg College, Menlo College, Montana State University, Naropa University, Northern Arizona University, Occidental College, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Pacific University, Portland State University, Purdue University, Quest University, Reed College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Santa Clara University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Southern Oregon University, St. Mary's College of California, Trinity University, University of Arizona, University of Denver, University of Idaho, University of Oregon, University of Oregon-Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, University of San Francisco, University of San Diego, Whitman College, and Willamette University.