We are so glad you’re here! Below are some frequently asked questions:
School begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. on Mondays). Parents may drop off their students beginning at 8:20 a.m., unless they are in Cougar Club. The school day ends at 3:00 p.m. Parents may pick up their children between 3:00 and 3:10 p.m. Students not picked up by 3:15 will join Cougar Club.
In the morning, parents may drop off their children in one of the designated drop-off areas. Parents also have the option of parking and walking their child to class. After school, teachers gather with their students in front of the gym building and the sanctuary building in a designated spot. Parents may utilize the drive-up lane to pick up their child, or they may park and walk over to the teacher to receive their student.
Parents are asked to let the office know before 9:00 a.m. by phone or email if their child will be absent that day. If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent, let your child’s teacher and the office know. Prearranged absences for vacations must be approved by the principal. You may also notify us via the Absent/Tardy Notification on the CCS website.
You may contact your child’s teacher by email through the CCS website. You may also contact your child’s teacher by calling the school office. The office personnel will either connect you if the teacher is available or give the teacher a message to return your call. Your child’s teacher will attempt to reach you within 24 hours.
Our dynamic Cougar Club, which operates from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., provides loving care and enriching opportunities outside of regular school hours. The fee is a separate tuition, based on the number of hours for which the student is enrolled each week. There is also the opportunity to utilize the program on a drop-in, as needed basis. Parents may enroll their students in the program by filling out the application and contracting for the days required.
Yes, we offer Variable Tuition. Once a student is accepted and enrolled, the family may apply for Variable Tuition.
We do not offer transportation through our school district. Most children come to school in carpools arranged by their parents. To help facilitate this process, the school office is able to direct parents to other CCS families who live in the same vicinity.
Students begin computer classes in first grade, focusing first on computer literacy—learning the parts of the computer and the language of technology. By sixth grade, students will have had opportunities to apply Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in classroom projects.
Students in our schools do not wear uniforms. The complete dress code is stated in the District Parent/Student Handbook. In general, students are expected to be well-groomed in clean, properly fitting clothing appropriate for school activities and suitable for a Christian school environment.
All elementary students experience the following specialist classes as part of their regular curriculum: Physical Education, General Music, and Library. First through sixth graders have Computer class. All sixth-grade students experience instrumental music through our Elementary Band program.
We conduct MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing in the fall and the spring, and teachers review results to maximize student learning.
In most cases, an elementary school classroom would be 24–25 students to one teacher. On occasion, classrooms might be larger, in which case a classroom assistant would usually be assigned to aid the teacher. Kindergarten classes have part-time or full-time assistants, depending on the enrollment in the classroom.
Our Parents for Cascade (PfC) group meets once a month for an event planning and fellowship time. Call the office for the next meeting date. All parents are welcome!
Cascade Christian Schools is an independent, interdenominational Christian school system. Our founding churches are Sound Life Church of the Assemblies of God, Champions Centre, and Destiny Christian Center. Faculty and staff members and CCS families worship at a variety of Christian churches in our area. All staff members must be born-again Christians and actively participate in a local church.
What are “Cougar Family Groups”?
Cougar Family Groups are small groups of students who meet for the purpose of connecting with each other and with God through study of His Word. All elementary students are divided into one of these small groups on their campus. Cougar Family Groups also provide awesome leadership development opportunities for sixth grade students, who are prepped ahead of time to lead these groups, under their teacher’s supervision.
What can students expect in their Cougar Family Groups?
Students can expect fun, engaging, and immersive lessons from Scripture, along with sharing and a time of prayer.
How often do students meet in their Cougar Family Groups?
Cougar Family Groups meet once a month during our weekly scheduled time slot for chapel.
No, kindergarten students do not take naps. On occasion the teacher might provide a brief quiet time for the students as needed.
At the Frederickson Campus, a hot lunch program is provided as a satellite kitchen of the Bethel School District, and the price for each student is the same. Lunch at reduced fee is not offered. Hot lunch is $5.25; milk is $.75.
The school has a district health coordinator (registered nurse) who reviews and manages general policies and practices that pertain to student health-related matters. The principal and office personnel handle minor health and first aid needs. All elementary staff members are required to be current on first aid training, CPR training, and the proper handling of blood-borne pathogens. For a major emergency, 9-1-1 would be called immediately.
Our educational philosophy is to strive to meet the individual academic needs of each student. Classroom teachers strive to differentiate their instruction according to student needs. The Accelerated Reader Program is utilized to encourage children to continue to grow in their reading skills and to advance to their individual success level. Our Elementary Enrichments provide many other enriching opportunities for children before school and after school.
Our entrance testing and interview process help our administrators determine whether we are able to serve and support the individual needs of students. We are open to enrolling any student with any additional support needs as long as we feel we are properly equipped to serve them well.
No, we do not accept state assistance to pay for tuition.
Our CCS director of safety and security works to establish programs, procedures, and training to increase the safety of all CCS campuses. Emergency preparedness is a key way that we keep children safe on campus. We routinely rehearse procedures that our staff would use in the event of an emergency incident. We regularly conduct drills for fire, lockdown, shelter-in-place, evacuation to a mutual aid site, and earthquake.
Other safety procedures on campus include the following: all staff members wear staff identification badges; all visitors are instructed to check in and out at the school office and to wear an identification badge while on campus; all outside doors remain locked throughout the day, and main doors are monitored; safe routes for traveling around campus are taught to students and reinforced routinely; playground times are supervised by a team of trained playground supervisors; dismissal procedures are monitored carefully; playground areas and routes to playground areas are off limits to vehicles during school hours; and students are always supervised and are not allowed to walk around campus alone.
Give our campus a call at (253) 537-9339.
Our early learning center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round (closed major holidays). See district-wide calendar.
We begin part-day KPrep at age 3. Children must be age 3 by September 1, and all students must be completely potty-trained.
Our lead teachers are encouraged to have at least an AA degree. All teachers are required to have 20 hours per year of ongoing education.
We have all-day (childcare) classes for 2 1/2-year-olds (who are completely potty-trained) through 5-year-olds. We use the same KPrep curriculum for both the part-day and full-day programs.
Classroom capacity is 17–20. The teacher-child ratio is 1:10.
The children have an opportunity to participate in outdoor, circle time, snack time, and free choice activities.
In the full-day program, we provide breakfast (7:00–7:20 a.m.), lunch (hot lunch program provided as a satellite kitchen of the Bethel School District), and morning and afternoon snacks.
In the part-day program, the children take turns bringing a healthy snack on their special helper day.
Curricular activities and free choice activities are available for the children. Free choice time is about 20–30 minutes of the scheduled activities. Free choice activities include intentionally placed manipulatives and activities that develop the whole child, with brain development in mind.
See our school Emergency & Inclement Weather page.
We ask parents to keep a child home if the child has a fever or is vomiting. If a child has strep throat or pink eye, the child must be on medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Other diseases may have longer at-home times. Please refer to the Early Learning Health and Safety section in our District Parent/Student Handbook for more details.
We give progress reports twice a year. Parents are invited to meet with the teachers at this time, but a parent may request a conference with a teacher or the director at any time.
Communication to parents comes through class newsletters, center newsletters, email, teacher communication, signs, phone calls, letters, and social media.
Our staff members are trained each year in CPR and first aid. And they are trained to call 9-1-1 in a true medical or security emergency.