Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

After School Classes

Cascades Academy aims to provide enriching after school experiences for students of all ages. Our after school classes follow a fall, winter, and spring schedule and are hosted by teachers from our school and members from our greater community. With this new program design, our desire is to create after school classes that are enriching for students, have an intentional start to finish, and a tangible outcome. We believe that the programs that we offer to our school community will allow our students to learn new skills or enhance their skill sets and come together with their peers and leaders in a positive social and learning environment.

Each program has a fixed length of time and cost that has been determined by the supplies and instruction for the specific activity. Several of our traditional after school activities are listed below as a part of our program offerings, and you will find several new programs added to this list as well.

At the end of the school day, your student will be provided a short recess and snack. All programs run from 3:30-4:30pm daily. The cost of each program includes materials and snacks. If you require additional care from 4:30-5:30pm, please sign your student up for After School Care in addition to the class of your choice. The cost to drop in to the extended day after school care is $10.

Please complete the registration form below, including payment, in order to sign up for one or more after school class. For any questions regarding after school classes or scholarship opportunities, please contact the Auxiliary Program Director Colette Boylan at


Introduction to International Dancing

Program Leader: Claire Brislin
Program Dates: April 10th - June 12th (no program on May 29th for Memorial Day)
Length: 9 Weeks
Grades: 3rd - 5th Grade
Cost per Week: $13

Enrollment for this program has closed.

Love to dance or want to learn? In this dance class we will be learning 3 types of dance from 3 different cultures: Salsa, Bollywood, and Lindy Hop. In addition to learning a bit about the cultural origins of these dances, we will learn a dance routine for each and showcase our dances in an end of the year performance.


Mountain Biking with Bend Endurance Academy

Program Leader: Bill Wharburton
Program Dates: May 9th - June 13th
Ages: 6th - 12th Grade
Length: 6 weeks
Total Cost: $140

The Bend Endurance Academy (BEA) will be doing an after school program of recreational mountain bike rides with transportation. While riders will receive some coaching along the way, these rides are designed to be fun, social group rides for those with some trail riding experience.

- No Absolute-Beginners: Must have some trail riding experience; comfortable completing several miles on trails, for more than 90 minutes.
- New riders should start with a clinic (see "Mega Rides" on BEA website)
- Must have their own bicycles: Mountain Bikes with gears and 24″ Wheels or larger
- Must be 11 or older by the program start date

Students will be picked up at Cascades Academy after school by the BEA program and will be dropped off at 5:30 at the BEA office.

Enrollment for this program must be completed on the Bend Endurance Academy website.

Simple ‘n Fresh Cooking Class

Program Leader: Angelena Bosco
Program Dates: May 2nd - June 13th (no program on Tuesday, May 9th)
Length: 6 Weeks
Grades: Kindergarten through 5th Grade
Cost per Week: $24

Chef Angelena Bosco shares basic cooking techniques and terms along with a natural discussion of environmental impacts, health and nutrition. It is a fun and relaxed approach to cooking with kids. Recipes are predominantly vegetarian, some are raw vegan. Classes are hands on and in each session students will taste food samples. Each student receives their own folder that holds weekly recipes, cooking related games, resources and other informational handouts. They will receive a Certificate of Completion at the final session.


Ukulele, Singing, and Percussion

Program Leader: Patrick Pearsall
Program Dates: April 12th - June 7th
Length: 9 Weeks
Grades: 2nd - 5th Grade
Cost per Week: $14

Enrollment for this program has closed.

The after school ukulele class at Cascades Academy will be mostly focused on making music with each other and having a good time. We will start by learning some basic chords patterns and changes and then working our way up to more complicated arrangements and song structures. Through the course of the class we will be creating a set list of our favorite songs with the intention of being able to perform together as a group and individually as well. Music is a great way to bring people together and the ukulele is a wonderful introductory instrument into that world.


Magnet and Button Making with "Buttonista Delia"

Program Leader: Delia Paine
Program Dates: May 4th - June 8th
Length: 6 Weeks
Grades: 3rd - 6th Grade
Cost per Week: $16

In this class, students will do various art projects using paper, photos from home, markers, and other art materials. Art projects will be made into a variety of items for the kids to take home. All tools, graphic punches and button machines used will be manual (non-electric) with some examples of things we can make being buttons, magnets, key chains, ornaments, zipper pulls, and necklaces!

Stanford Math Program

Program Leader: Bill Alsdurf
Program Dates: April 13th - June 8th (no class on May 11th due to 2/3rd grade traveling school)
Length: 8 Weeks
Grades: Kindergarten through 5th Grade
Cost per Week: $24

Enrollment for this program has closed.

Stanford University's award-winning K–7 math program, Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition, is designed to develop the foundations for algebra readiness. This program will guide the work we do in this 8 week Math Club offering. Based on 25 years of research by Stanford University, this course uses the latest in gamification, digital project-based learning, and adaptive instruction to deliver a uniquely personalized and engaging learning experience. This course is available for students in grade K-5 and is designed as a supplement to math instruction going on in the classroom and as a way to challenge those students who excel in mathematical understanding. Students in this program will have access to the program for 6 months after starting the class.

After School Class Registration Form