Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Enhancing Excellence Campaign

The Enhancing Excellence campaign created a new upper school wing, IDEA Lab with a focus on innovation and technology, a PK-12 nature-based play area, a dedicated space for music, and expanded parking. Our goal is to prepare our students for the diverse and changing world of the 21st century. These new spaces provide increased opportunities for our students to foster the important skills of creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration.

Project Attributes

Upper School Wing

  • 4 new classrooms to accomodate the steady growth of the Upper School for the last 3 years
  • Target enrollment of 80 students
  • New gathering areas to foster collaboration and communication
  • College counseling center

IDEA (Innovation/Design/Engineering/Art) Lab

  • Industrial area for making, building, and innovating
  • Inspiring space for students to create, change their minds, fail, and recreate
  • Classroom for physics, robotics and specially designed elective classes
  • Interdisciplinary tool and materials resource center used by many different teachers and classes
  • Technical area to explore coding, film, robotics, and engineering

PK-12 Nature-Based Play Area

  • Expands opportunities for children to stretch their creative capacities
  • Supports physical, emotional, and cognitive development
  • Strengthens a connection to the natural world

Fine Arts

  • Dedicated classrooms for music and drama adjacent to the Commons

Parking Expansion

  • Double parking capacity
  • New parking lot exit will improve traffic flow
  • Widening of parking lot entrance

Why Now?

A major catalyst for the urgency of this project is the good news of an increase in demand for our upper school program. In addition, the priorities of our five-year strategic plan, especially those focused on enhancing our educational program in the areas of technology and fine arts, inspired the Board of Trustees to pursue this project immediately.

Student Impact

As a school, we continually ask ourselves, “How can our programs and physical spaces support such important 21st-century skills as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication?” This project will provide new programmatic spaces that will go to work in the fall of 2017, giving our students the important tools and experiences they will need to thrive in our rapidly changing world. Consistent with the school’s mission and values, the project will enhance our experiential, innovative, and rich program for students in Central Oregon. Every student in our school community from our youngest pre-kindergarten students just starting out to our soon-to-be-graduates will be directly impacted by these spaces.

Project Facts

Square Footage: 11,790

Budget: $4.5 million

General Contractor: CS Construction

Architect: Hennebery Eddy Architects

Construction Start Date: September 19, 2016

Opening Date: September 5, 2017

Philanthropy and How You Can Help

As a non-profit school, we depend on our school community to support the growth of our programs and facilities. Please contact Head of School, Julie Amberg, if you are interested in learning more about the project or making a contribution. You may also make a gift online here.