What does CCA have to offer?
Here's why you should consider CCA as your child's school for academic and spiritual learning: We love Jesus. We love students. We love learning.
Families have options when considering their child's education - public, private, faith-based, home-schooled. CCA offers students of all faiths a genuine spiritual atmosphere, a broad diverse academic experience, as well as a safe, friendly and accepting environment.
CCA is accredited by the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Secondary Schools, and the North American Division of SDA Education, and is an approved private school with the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Kindergarten through 8th Grade
CCA offers excellent academic instruction in a Christ-centered, safe learning environment. Class sizes are small by design, providing for an excellent student to teacher ratio. Students in these grades have a homeroom teacher presenting materials at the appropriate grade level for most subjects. Several teachers also teach a specialty subject to multiple grades. CCA offers differentiated instruction that involves providing students with different avenues to learning.
Music, library and physical education specialists provide instruction on a weekly basis and a resource teacher is also available to students needing extra help based on assessments of the teacher, parents and Administration.
CCA offers a stimulating and rigorous college-preparatory course of studies designed to educate and prepare our students well for college and for life in the “real world”. The high school course of studies exceeds the minimum requirements for the State of Washington and the majority of our graduates go on to attend college, often with significant academic scholarship awards. Both the ACT and SAT college readiness/assessment tests are offered at CCA, as well as the PSAT test, which is used to measure readiness for college, access scholarships, and practice for the SAT. Due to the small class sizes it is very common for students to develop strong mentoring relationships with teachers and staff.
CCA’s classroom instruction is enhanced with learning that takes place outside of the school building. We have many off campus trips that take place during the school year throughout Washington and Oregon. Extracurricular activities are numerous and opportunities include Trip Week, Bible Camp, varsity sports, handbells, spiritual retreat and Student Association activities, all of which create a full and memorable high school experience. Every student who wishes to participate in these activities is welcomed, regardless of prior experience or ability.
At the beginning of each school year, the entire CCA student body, grades K through 12, is divided into groups, each headed up by a member of our teaching staff. Throughout the year these “family groups” get together during a chapel period for worship and a minor competition to win “Flash,” the school’s stuffed little wolverine mascot. The competitions vary in style, include physical, mental, and creative events, and involve all ages of students within the family groups. Family groups are wonderful ways to promote cross-age bonding and provide leadership opportunities for the older students.
Chromebooks in the Classroom
CCA provides Chromebooks as a valuable teaching and learning tool in the classroom. Students in Kindergarten through 4th grade use Chromebooks in each classroom on a rotating basis between these grades. Students in 5th through 12th grades are assigned their own Chromebook for the school year, utilizing it in various ways throughout almost every class. GoGuardian provides a complete Chromebook management solution, keeping students safer online 24/7 at school and at home through filtering and monitoring as well as assisting teachers in classroom management and instruction.
Effective integration of the Chromebook in the learning environment is the most important piece to a successful program. For many students, use of the Chromebook has ignited a new ability to comprehend and learn. Parents are pleased with the enhanced learning their students are experiencing and are very supportive of the education on digital citizenship that each student receives. Teachers appreciate the new ways they are able are to bring their subject matter to life.
Community Service and Missions
CCA students participate locally each year in “Make a Difference Day”. In the past, the high school students have helped with winter clean-up at Camp Zanika ; the middle school has raked bark at a local park for the City of Wenatchee and done cleaning at the Lighthouse Mission, a local ministry to help the homeless; 5th graders have decorated Thanksgiving baskets for Serve Wenatchee; K-4th graders have delighted assisted living residents with their joyful singing.
On a global level, CCA high school students have the opportunity to participate in mission work and have been going out of the United States to serve others for decades. CCA has adopted The King's Children's Home, an orphanage in Belmopan, Belize, Central America. They have visited the school over the past years providing construction services such as building a security fence, raising a block building, painting and building picnic tables. CCA students also spend time with the children in the evening playing games, singing songs and telling stories. The next mission trip to Belize is scheduled to take place April 2018.
After School Academic Study Program
CCA offers an after school academic study program known as Academic Excellence (AE) for students in grades 6 - 12 as a way of helping students focus on their school work. AE meets after the last class period Monday through Thursday and is a study period for students whose grades reflect that more help and attention is needed. This is a supervised and structured setting where students have the opportunity to work with their teachers to complete their school work and gain better understanding of the subject.
Facilities and Campus
CCA's K-12 facilities provide a complete learning environment for our students and include a gymnasium, kitchen, cafeteria, 13 classrooms, band and music rooms, library, art room, technology and science labs, and an Industrial Arts shop. The fully-fenced campus covers about 10 acres and includes a playground (upgraded September 2017), outdoor basketball court, softball field and soccer/flag football field. Also on campus is Cascade Christian Child Care, a separate facility which provides early childhood education for children ages 12 months through 5 years, as well as provides care for school-age children through 12 years old.
There are many work opportunities at CCA for students age 14 and older. Students work about an hour each school day, earning Washington State minimum wage. Positions are available as graders forK-12 teachers and custodial helpers, as well as at Cascade Christian Child Care. Flexibility with work schedules is a natural part of employment at CCA, with work schedules generally starting after school and finishing in time for those participating in athletics. Students are taught the importance of being a reliable and effective employee, while contributing funds to support their education.
CCA is privileged to have a long-standing music program that benefits every student, Kindergarten through 12th grade. Our school music program includes general music classes for Kindergarten through 4th grade and band for every student beginning in 5th grade and continuing through high school, and an electives of elementary choir and junior and high school handbell choirs. In addition to performances at school concerts, the junior high and high school bands are involved in hosting church services for local churches that support CCA. As part of junior high and high school band, students also learn to sing and perform choral works several times each year.
CCA athletics is guided and governed by the CCA Athletics Handbook, as well as by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). CCA middle school and high school students participate in track and field, volleyball, basketball, soccer and cross country sports. CCA is in the WIAA District 6, 1B classification and competes against the other schools within that district classification.
Athletic participation can be a challenge for busy CCA students who juggle academics, after school jobs and other extracurricular commitments. Grade eligibility to participate is measured on an ongoing basis through the school year, ensuring that academics come before athletics in a student’s order of priorities. The fun of the game, the accomplishment of acquiring and improving their skills with a great coaching staff and team camaraderie are among the reasons why CCA students choose to participate in athletics.