Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12


Not Your Typical PE Program

Cascades Academy's health and fitness program provides as much as variety as possible for all students PK-12th grade. From group games in the gym, to climbing at Smith Rock and hitting the slopes at Mt. Bachelor, our students receive a healthy dose of activity no matter the time of year. Health at Cascades Academy not only means being physically fit, but also exploring ways we can take care of ourselves emotionally and socially as well.

Lower School

Students in PK-5 focus on aspects of teamwork through a variety of games and activities in their PE classes. Courses provide students with the opportunity to build gross motor skills, practice positive competitiveness, teamwork and cooperation with their classmates.

Lower school students are invited to participate in our optional Recess Runners program during their outdoor breaks throughout the day. Students track the miles they run each day and are recognized for accomplishments at the 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon levels.

Middle School

The middle school health and fitness program is designed to provide a well-rounded physical education offering that includes physical conditioning and participation in a variety of sports and activities that exploit the resources available here in Central Oregon. Special emphasis is placed on participation and sportsmanship. Students also explore the many aspects of leading a healthy life, including topics related to physical, mental, and emotional wellness, making healthy choices, and maintaining positive relationships.

Upper School

The upper school health and fitness program progresses throughout the year in units exploring many different aspects of healthy habits and activities. From a basic understanding of nutrition and physical health to various aerobic and strength-building exercises, and on to more specialized activities such as rock climbing, distance running, and backpacking, there are many opportunities to discover and explore how to stay healthy and active. The upper school students also use the Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.) curriculum. Topics cover some of the more sensitive subjects teens face, including sex education, gender identity, healthy relationships, and drug and alcohol use.