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Academic Excellence; More Than a Catch-Phrase at CCHS

February 14, 2019
By Michele Suiter, HS Principal

Did you know?

  • For every 100 ninth graders in America…69 graduate from high school, 42 enter college, 28 return to college for their sophomore year, 20 earn a bachelor’s degree within six years 
  • Rigorous course work helps ensure that more students will successfully complete their university degrees.
  • Per the College Board, students take on average 6.2 years to complete a 4-year degree (at an average cost of $18,000 per year) often due to remedial coursework
  • Recent research on high school performance shows that large numbers of high school graduates are not adequately prepared for post-secondary education. A 2005 survey of 1,487 recent high school graduates, 400 employers, and 300 college instructors found that: 
    • Thirty-nine percent of recent high school graduates currently enrolled in college say they were not prepared for the expectations of college. College professors estimate that 42% of college students are not adequately prepared by their high schools to meet the rigor of college coursework (Hart 2005). 
    • The rigor of high school curriculum is a key indicator for whether a student will graduate from high school and earn a college degree. A study by the U.S. Department of Education found that the rigor of high school course work is more important than parent education level, family income, or race/ethnicity in predicting whether a student will earn a post-secondary degree (Adelman 1999, 2006).

- Center for College Readiness

Pretty scary stuff.

Cascade Christian High School is committed to providing academic excellence through rigor and high expectations which prepare students for their high school experience and beyond.

What makes CCHS different from other schools?

What we do:

  • Individualized planning/advising for every student
  • Strengths-based mentoring, helping students discover their unique talents and strengths
  • Guide students in their academic choices, creating a plan for HS & beyond
  • Dedicate time to explore, set goals, & aspire – through Advisory, MAP goal-setting, course selections
  • Create a culture of Growth, Grit, and Resilience
  • Connect students to each other and their passion and purpose before God
  • Biblical Worldview Integration – in all subject areas
  • Provide stellar academics, including:
    • STEM and Advanced STEM Courses
    • Honor’s Courses, AP Courses, and Concurrent Credit
    • Independent Study – Cohort Model
    • College and Career Readiness
    • Leadership Courses
    • SAT/ACT-ready instruction
    • Creative Arts: Band, Choir, Theatre, Visual Arts

Why we do it:

OUR CORE PURPOSE: Transforming cultures through teaching and training people in their purpose before God.

Biblical Worldview IntegrationLeadership •  Educational ExcellenceUnity

OUR MISSION: To glorify God by providing quality, Christ-centered education dedicated to developing discerning leaders who are spiritually, personally, and academically prepared to impact their world.

As you can see, Cascade Christian High School is committed to creating the very best academic experience for your child, believing that we are called by God to prepare our students for everyday life and their future.

We. Are. Forward Thinking.

We. Strive. For. Excellence.

We. Are. Cascade Christian.


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  • State of the School Event: RESCHEDULED

    Great news! For parents attending the State of the School event, free child care will be provided for children ages 2 (and fully potty trained) through 12. Space is limited. Registration Deadline is March 1.
    Click here to register. (if you registered for the original date, please re-register)

    At this special CCS event, there will be a drawing for

    a $1,000 tuition credit for the 2019-2020 school year.

    All current families are invited to attend and register,

    and be entered to win this special drawing!

  • Junior High Theatre

    Junior High Theatre Production:

    March 8th 6:30pm, March 9th 1:30 & 6:30pm


    13 Ways to Mess Up Your College Interview, a hilarious one act comedy by Ian McWethy; student-directed by Senior, Cindy Zhang

    A Musical Theatre Showcase, a selection of songs performed by featured soloists and ensemble; directed by Ms. Severeid


    *The entire show will be ASL interpreted by student interpreter/actors from our High School ASL class!

  • Parent Satisfaction Survey Results

  • We Still collect BOX TOPS!

    We STILL collect Box Tops!

    Every Box Top collected supports the needs of the Cascade Christian Jr/Sr. High vocal program.

    Bring your stash to the Jr./Sr. High office or send them with your students. Thank you for your help and continued support!


  • HS Sports Information and Eligibility Requirements
    • Required Forms: Athletes may not be able to compete if they have not submitted the required forms. It is the athlete's responsibility to make sure their forms are up-to-date.
      • Physical Exam: to be completed every two years
      • Emergency Medical Form: to be completed yearly
      • Concussion Awareness Form: to be completed yearly
      • Athlete's Code of Ethics: to be completed once in Junior High, and once in High School
    • Eligibility Information: Academic eligibility, transfer student, and International student qualifications
    • Athletic Fees: All students participating in sports will be assessed a sports fee. Football and Golf are $200. All other high school sports are $165. There are also sport-specific Spirit Pack fees which become the property of the athlete upon purchase. The Athletic fee and spirit pack fee must be paid prior to the start of the season.
  • CLASS OF 2019 - Jostens

    Attention: Seniors / Parents or Guardians
    of the class of 2019

    We are happy to be able to spend another year with you as we partner together to "Celebrate Moments That Matter." We realize there are many items you will need for your senior year and why wait when you can start displaying how proud you are of the class of 2019 right now. That is correct, you can already start ordering and wearing your senior gear to display your enthusiasm for the class of 2019. Your Cap & Gown Unit, Class Rings and other Jewelry, Hoodies, T-Shirts, and introducing this year, senior socks. Visit and place your order. If you have any further questions, please email us at or call 1-800-Jostens. 


  • Fundraiser sweatshirts: Youth S - Unisex 3xl

  • NEW Emergency & Inclement Weather Procedures
    • CCS Emergency and Inclement Weather procedures

    UPDATED for 2018-19

    Click here to view our weather procedures that include IMPORTANT CHANGES

    Please note that we no longer follow Puyallup School District's announcements
    regarding late starts and school closures.

    Please be sure that the information we have on file for you is current, to make sure you are properly notified in emergencies. If your address, phone, or email has changed this year, please let us know of those changes on our information update page.

  • District Calendar


      Printable "At a Glance" Version (PDF): click here

      Online Version (subscribeable): click here

  • Logowear available through our new Sidelines Store

    20% off $75 with the code: SAVE20 from now until February 18

Parents Web Instructions





High School Principal:
 Michele Suiter, M.Ed.

Assistant Principal and Athletic Director: 
DJ Heltsley, M.Ed.

Guidance Counselor/Registrar: Kristi Byrd

International Program Director:
Darlene Kasper

Administrative Assistant:
Office Support and Health Technician:
Kara Barnett
Assistant to the AD:

Registrar Assistant
Kristen Easter

Campus Enrollment Manager:
Carly Heltsley

Cascade Christian
High School
811 21st Street SE
 Puyallup, WA 98372