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. 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.

Most classes run from 3:30-4:30pm (unless otherwise noted). The cost of each program includes materials and snacks. If you require additional care from 4:30-5:30pm, please register your child for Extended Day in addition to the class of your choice.

For any questions regarding after school classes or scholarship opportunities, please contact the Auxiliary Program Director Alicia Martin at

Winter 2019 Class Descriptions


Ballet (K-2)

Dates: Jan. 28 - March 11 (No class 2/18 for President’s Day)

Cost: $130

Discover the imagination of Ballet in this beginner's level class led by the Academie de Ballet Classique (ABC Bend). Dancers will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of ballet movement, linking steps, and building mental and physical endurance. This fun and imaginative class will culminate in a 30 min presentation for friends and family on the last day! Attendance for all six classes is mandatory and will take place on CACO's campus.

Mixed Martial Arts (K-5)

Dates: Jan. 28 - March 11 (No class 2/18 for President’s Day)

Cost: $130

Learn life skills through fitness in this beginner's mixed martial arts class. Students will practice safety, teambuilding, and leadership skills by focusing on one or two martial art styles (kickboxing, wrestling, judo, boxing). This fun, hands on workshop is led by James Smith, Owner of Smith Martial Arts.


Little Mad Scientists (Pre-K)

Dates: Jan. 22 - March 12

Time: 3:00 - 3:45pm

Cost: $110

Calling all PreK Mad Scientists! Miss Christina needs your help pulling off her messy, science and engineering experiments. Those up for this hands-on challenge will create slime, excavate dinosaur bones, build an igloo, and so much more! You're guaranteed to have fun, get messy, investigate theories, observe chemical reactions, and stretch your mind. Join us on this journey of exploration!

Rock Band (2-5)

Dates: Jan. 22 - Feb. 26

Cost: $110

Rock Band is back! Student musicians will have the opportunity to try a variety of instruments, such as keyboard, bass, guitar, ukulele, drums, percussion, and of course, singing! Students will learn what it takes to be in a band as a team member and musician- all while having as much fun as possible. No experience necessary. All levels welcome.


CLASS IS FULL - Chess (K-5)

Dates: Jan. 23 - Feb. 27

Cost: $85

Learn how to play Chess in this hand-on, informative class led by CACO parents, Aaron Harvey and Tom Malin. Students will get to know the various rules, piece movements, and strategies of the game while increasing their strategic thinking skills, sportsmanship, patience, and creativity. No experience necessary, and all experience levels are welcome.


CLASS IS FULL - First Lego League, Jr. (1-3)

Dates: Jan. 24 - March 14

Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

Cost: $220

Come join CACO's first ever LEGO League Jr. program! FIRST LEGO League Jr. is a non-competitive, hands-on STEM program led by our very own Lower School STEM teacher Colette Boylan. Students will take on the challenge of this year's theme, Mission Moon, and design mission models and a robot using the LEGOs and their WeDo robot and program. This unique program is a great first step into the world of robotics and will help foster your student's creativity, problem-solving skills, and perseverance in facing STEM challenges!