Core Values


Cascade Canyon School provides a nurturing environment where students are
valued, respected, and challenged. We combine rigorous academics, visual
and performing arts, and multi-­‐disciplinary projects in a curriculum that
inspires students to take academic risks and support one another.

Connected Community

Cross‐age  interaction and close student‐teacher relationships strengthen  
our community and promote caring, kindness, and empathy in our students. 

Hands-On Learning

Outdoor education trips, art, music, theater, and STEAM programs
complement our core academics and keep students active and engaged. 

Success Beyond Cascade Canyon School

Our graduates are confident, articulate, and self-­‐aware; they are
academically and socially equipped to thrive in high school and beyond. 


A Progressive and Inclusive Education


At Cascade Canyon School teachers, students, and families work together to foster intellectual, social-emotional, physical, and creative development. Within our connected kindergarten through eighth grade community we cherish cross-age experiences and constructive relationships. We create a joyful environment in which children are encouraged to express their individuality and take risks. Our students are actively engaged in hands-on learning, creative thinking, and environmental exploration. Teachers emphasize collaborative and independent learning, differentiation, integrated curriculum, and inquiry. A Cascade Canyon School education provides students with the academic expertise, self-awareness, and ingenuity that are necessary to thrive in today's world. Our graduates are confident, socially-conscious, articulate, and eager to pursue their passions.


We challenge students to think deeply.

We engage students in active learning.

We inspire student to express themselves creatively.

We encourage students to connect mindfully.


CCS actively welcome students, families and staff members from diverse backgrounds to the school, and conducts its admission, hiring and educational policies, financial aid, academic program, and offers all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available to students of the school without regard to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economics, family structure, disability, religion, ancestry, age or national origin.


A Message From The Head of School

Welcome to Cascade Canyon School!

It is my sincere pleasure to be part of the Cascade Canyon School community. In the course of my day-to-day interactions with students, staff and parents, I am constantly struck by the sense of joy that underlies everything we do. This is school as it should be – personal, inclusive, responsive, creative, and dynamic.

My background includes 20 years as a teacher and 9 years as an administrator. I’ve worked in large, small, public, and private, US and overseas schools and have finally landed in place that gets it right – a school that values the hearts and challenges the minds of children. Last year marked a major turning point in the 34-year history of CCS. We moved to a new campus at 102 Marinda Drive in Fairfax and our new facilities now fully support the quality progressive education we provide our students. With the addition of a technology classroom, an expanded art space, a dedicated science lab, and thriving a STEAM program, we offer our students multiple pathways to creativity.

Our thoughtful, intentional focus on social/emotional intelligence in combination with a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum allows our students to experience an optimal balance of academic challenge, interpersonal connection and creative expression.

When I ask people how they feel about Cascade Canyon, I consistently hear the words community and family. You feel it when you walk through our classrooms, you see it in the interactions between kids and adults and you hear it in the pride that shines though when our students talk about their learning. It doesn’t take long to realize that students, teachers, and parents are deeply connected to this school.

If you would like to learn more about what makes Cascade Canyon School such an exceptional place to learn, please call or email to arrange a visit. We look forward to meeting you!


Michelle Herron
Head of School


school profile

Student Body

  • Current Enrollment: 82 students
  • Maximum Class Sizes
  • Kindergarten/1st Grade: 16 students
  • 2/3 and 4/5 Mixed Grade: 16 students
  • Middle School: 16-18 students


  • Full Time: 7
  • Specialist: 5
  • Support Staff: 3

School Day

  • Kindergarten/1st Grade: 8:30 – 3:00
  • 2nd-8th Grade: 8:30 – 3:10

Specialist Programs

Extended Learning

  • Overnight Trip: Fall Outdoor Education Trip (K-8); Washington D.C. Trip (7/8 only in alternate years), 8th grade Transitions Trip; Field Trips: Museums, Performances, Films, Community Events, Service Learning

Community Events

  • Our favorite Fall traditions include our Welcome Back Barbecue, Back to School Night, Variety Show and Community Potluck, and Winter Celebration. Spring traditions include our Open House – showcasing the students’ Science Fair Projects or Humanities Project Exhibitions (alternate years), our School Play or Language Night (alternate years), Poetry Café and Spring Concert, Spring Auction (parents and staff), our Town Hall meeting (Board, parents and staff), Grandparents and Special Friends Day, and Graduation (all families attend).


  • Each family donates 40 hours of service to the school each year, and actively participates in the school’s major fundraisers and fundraising events.

Tuition Assistance

  • % of Students Aided: 24.0%
  • % of Budget Allocated: 06.7%

Memberships and Affiliations

  • CAIS The California Association of Independent Schools
  • CASE The Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • SSS School and Student Service for Financial Aid
  • ABADO Association of Bay Area Development Officers
  • ISBOA Independent School Business Officers Association
  • BADA Bay Area Directors of Admission


CCS Celebrates it's 35th Anniversary!

Cascade Canyon School was founded as an elementary school in 1981 by international educator Ann Barar (Evans). The original teachers and parent body of CCS wanted to establish a committed and connected community for their children. They felt that their children's success lay in the relationship between teachers and students.

Three basic tenets were established in order to secure this philosophy:

  • Small student to teacher ratio;
  • A familial atmosphere which included community meetings and cross age learning;
  • A sense of student responsibility and ability to affect positive change in the world.

The original foundation of the school was based on Dewey's model of education and Barar's experience in the British Embassy School in West Germany.

The three founding tenets of CCS remain as integral components of the school. The curriculum has grown to include Visual Art, Music, Theater, Spanish, Sign Language, STEAM and Physical Education, in addition to core studies in English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The size of the school has grown since its inception, as has the number of staff. CCS is currently composing a strategic plan for the next 5-10 years, to conserve the essential elements from the school's past and outline the direction for the school's future.



On Call K-8 Substitute Teacher

Job Description and Qualifications
Cascade Canyon School is seeking individuals with elementary or middle school classroom experience to work on an on-call basis to cover daily absences and long-term absences during the school day. Positions available as needed in our elementary self-contained classrooms, our middle school single subject classrooms, and in our specialist program areas (art, music, physical education, Spanish and theater). We seek candidates with personal warmth, an understanding of progressive educational practices, and an ability to manage an engaging, active and differentiated classroom. Responsibilities include implementing the daily lesson plans, collaborating with colleagues, and providing a written update to the classroom teacher. A valid teaching credential is strongly desired. A Bachelors Degree is a pre-requisite for this position.

How to Apply
E-mail cover letter and résumé with references to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or, mail to:
Human Resources
Cascade Canyon School
102 Marinda Drive
Fairfax, CA 94930

As a small, collegial, independent school, Cascade Canyon School offers a connected community of teachers, students, parents and administrators; small class sizes of 16-18; and a positive working environment that supports professional growth.

Cascade Canyon School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, orientation or veteran status.