Cascade K-8 Community School - new name for a redefined mission for Room Nine

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Originating in Room Nine at Parkwood Elementary School in 1974, the Shoreline School District’s only alternative school has long been known as a place for parent involvement. While the former name, “Room Nine Community School,” reflected the school’s original location 38 years ago, the new name, “Cascade K-8 Community School,” showcases its mission as an increasingly innovative and collaborative K-8 school that serves all of the District.

The Shoreline School Board unanimously endorsed the name change at its March 19 meeting.

“We have spent a lot of time working to redefine our mission over the last few years,” said Trinh Pham, program manager for Cascade K-8. “We felt it was time for a name change so that we could reflect our new vision to the larger community.”

Cascade K-8 Community School offers:
  • Outdoor educational camps for every student at every grade level
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program as a core component in middle school
  • Exciting hands-on learning in multi-age classrooms
  • Collaborative partnership between families and the school, which creates a strong and vibrant community
  • Opportunities to participate in Music, Lego Robotics, Cultural Explorations, Boeing Engineering Activities, Ceramics, Computer Animation, Community Service, just to name a few
  • A culture of innovation, curiosity, and academic excellence


Cascade K-8 Community School carefully prepares the whole student for life as an active, productive participant in the global community through 8th grade and beyond.

The Middle School at Cascade K-8 (grades 6-8) has recently implemented the STEAM program, infusing the school’s already strong Arts emphasis into a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

The STEAM program at Cascade K-8 helps students gain the skills required to succeed in today’s challenging world. DesignMaker, a course in the STEAM program, uses hands-on projects with practical applications that require students to think critically, solve complex problems, and drive advancements in science, math, arts and technology. Designing solutions to real problems and testing the effectiveness creates excitement about learning, particularly in the crucial STEM-related fields. In conjunction with STEAM, the Journey Middle School continues to learn other subjects and use district-wide curricula.

To learn more about Cascade K-8 Community School, call the office at 206-393-4180 and schedule a tour. Find out what Cascade K-8’s students and families have already discovered about math, science, technology, engineering, art, community and the joy of learning.



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