Bend-La Pine Schools families have until Friday afternoon to submit an enrollment request for one of the district’s “choice option schools.”
District officials on Thursday confirmed the deadline, saying there was no extension due to the current COVID-19 school closures.
K-8 choice option schools require families to submit an enrollment request form, either online or in person.
The enrollment application period for Amity Creek Magnet at Thompson School, Juniper Elementary School, Highland Magnet at Kenwood School, Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School and Realms Middle School closes at 3 p.m. on Friday.
To apply for one of the K-8 choice options, fill out the following form:
The choice option schools and programs are:
- Amity Creek Magnet at Thompson School
- Highland Magnet at Kenwood School
- Juniper Elementary School
- Realms Middle School
- Spanish Dual Immersion Program – at Bear Creek, High Desert Middle and Bend Senior High
- Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School
The lottery application period is Monday, January 6 to Friday, March 20 at 3:00 p.m..
Amity Creek Magnet at Thompson School
Principal: Andy Slavin
Enrollment: 175 students
The word amity means belonging, cooperation, togetherness and goodwill. This description builds the cornerstones for our lives at school as we emphasize community, choice-making, acceptance, risk-taking and the celebration of our social, emotional and academic journeys. Amity Creek at its core is a family.
Amity Creek is rooted in a sense of community and is a place where parents, children and staff are all valued and respected. The days at Amity Creek begin with Community Time, in which students, staff and parents gather together to celebrate the start of the day.
Amity Creek emphasizes academics and achieving high standards, while also helping kids develop social and emotional skills. Students learn they have a voice and advocate for their own learning and growing. Children are encouraged to take risks as they learn how to make good choices for themselves and their community.
The classrooms are designed to honor the community feeling, as students work at small group tables or gather together on risers to share and learn. Students and staff at Amity all know each other’s names and students call staff members by their first names. Students have several choice times throughout the day to mix between grade levels. Rather than giving grades, teachers create an end-of-the-year narrative for each student that includes information on academic and social, emotional growth.
Finding a good fit: Amity Creek is a good fit for parents and children who want a school with a close-knit community. Amity parents help support the school in many ways big and small. The goal of family engagement is to foster a true sense of community.
Highland Magnet at Kenwood School
Principal: Brian Kissell
Enrollment: 392 students
Highland focuses on strong academic fundamentals and is committed to ensuring students reach their highest academic potential, with an emphasis on direct instruction in core subjects. Students develop strong basic skills in reading, writing and math. For a dedicated part of each day, students also learn through the Scottish Storyline Method. This innovative learning approach, which has been used internationally for more than 40 years, is continually adapted and updated to meet current standards. During each Storyline, students create a setting, become characters and solve problems as incidents in the story unfold. For example, students might become astronauts of the future with a mission to colonize Mars, create and operate a bakery or become pioneers on the Oregon Trail. The learning is hands-on and requires cooperative learning as students collaborate and work together.
Finding a good fit: Highland is a particularly good fit for students who are inquisitive and curious, as students can explore their interests to the fullest through open-ended Storyline activities. The school appreciates a high level of parent involvement in support of Storyline and all Highland activities.
Juniper Elementary School
Principal: Dan Wolnick
Enrollment: Approximately 500 students
About: At Juniper Technology Magnet School (JTMS), our vision is to create a learning environment that uses best practices and 21st century instructional tools to support academic excellence and create future-ready students. Using technology maximizes student engagement, increases feedback for growth, extends differentiation, and prepares our students for the changing future. Like any traditional school, we teach foundational skills in reading, writing, and math using paper and pencil, but overlay a computer science curriculum in all grade levels which maintains a healthy balance of targeted screen time. Specifically, we use Code.org which is set up to create an engaging and relevant class that helps students uncover and develop the knowledge they need. The teacher acts as the Lead Learner whose role shifts from being the source of knowledge to being a leader in seeking knowledge. These experiences empower students to become creative, productive, socially responsible, life-long learners, and problem solvers who successfully contribute to a culturally diverse and technologically evolving society. Additionally, students participate in a devoted tech week once a month and a unique tech buddy program, where older and younger students learn together. Many students have digital tools through the Bend-La Pine Schools digital conversion initiative. JTMS stands apart by implementing a CS curriculum and devoting increased professional development to enhance our tech fluency as Lead Learners.
About JTMS: JTMS was identified as 2015 Model School and received the highest rating — a Level 5 — from the Oregon Department of Education. JTMS is also an Apple Distinguished School and currently has one Apple Distinguished Educator on staff, in addition to the 2016 Oregon Teacher of the Year. Juniper is a Title school with a diverse community of approximately 500 students.
Finding a good fit: If you are interested in your student being equipped with the tools necessary to be engaged in modern learning and your child would enjoy using tech as a learning tool on a day-to-day basis, then Juniper is a place for them.
Realms Middle School
Principal: Dirk Matthias
Enrollment: 152 students
About: Realms Middle School is a magnet school in Bend-La Pine Schools serving approximately 150 sixth through eighth grade students who seek a school where academically rigorous curriculum meets active teaching methods. Our expanded definition of student achievement, drawn from our work with EL Education, goes beyond the traditional mastery of knowledge and skills. At Realms, students become young adults of character who possess the ability to produce high quality work through a curriculum that focuses on real world, interdisciplinary and problem-based learning, frequent fieldwork and authentic stewardship/service. Students at Realms are immersed in curriculum that brings content to life through in-depth studies leading to high levels of academic achievement for all students. Units of curriculum start with guiding questions and progress through a carefully sequenced set of standards-aligned lessons that connect to real-world problems, involve students in original research and critical thinking and often lead students into the field to collect data, participate in service, or in some way experience the application of their learning. Learning expeditions at Realms are often inter-disciplinary in nature and culminate in an event in which students share high quality work with an audience more “real and inspiring” than the refrigerator door.Finding a good fit: At Realms, we value diversity in our student body. Realms is often a good fit for students who enjoy learning in a community that emphasizes collaboration, determination and a willingness to step outside one’s comfort zone. Because fieldwork is an important component of learning at Realms , students who enjoy venturing outside the classroom to learn (including multi-night trips) often make the easiest transition to Realms.
Contact: 541-322-5323; 63175 OB Riley Road, Bend;
Spanish Dual Immersion Program
R.E. Jewell Elementary School, Bear Creek Elementary School, High Desert Middle School and Bend Senior High School
Bend-La Pine Schools offers a Spanish Dual Immersion program located at Bear Elementary School and High Desert Middle School. Students enrolled in this program learn to become fluent in Spanish and English and learn to appreciate other cultures.
At both Bear Creek and High Desert, the Spanish dual immersion program is a strand within the school that involves some classrooms at each grade level. Beginning in kindergarten, students receive academic instruction in Spanish and English, with the goal of creating bilingual learners.
The rigorous curriculum matches the content taught throughout Bend-La Pine Schools; the only difference is that dual immersion students learn in both Spanish and English. About 80 percent of the instruction in kindergarten takes place in Spanish, and 20 percent takes place in English. This ratio gradually changes over time and by fifth grade, instruction is evenly split between Spanish and English.
The student population is divided equally between native Spanish and native English speakers. The research-based program allows Spanish-speaking students to learn English, while also retaining their home language. English-speaking students acquire Spanish at no cost to their academic achievement. The schools celebrate their multicultural atmosphere with the goal of creating global citizens who are bilingual and bi-literate.
Finding a good fit: Families should be ready to embrace the bilingual and bicultural nature of the program.
Contact: Kinsey Martin;
Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School
Principal: Wendy Winchel
Enrollment: 279 students (196 in grades K-5; 83 in grades 6-8)
About Program: Westside Village Magnet School is a nurturing, stimulating and democratic learning environment. We are a true community, driven and united by our belief—all children can be academically successful, happy, hopeful, contributing community members. We inspire our students and parent community to be engaged, thriving citizens, striving together to make the future a better place. We personalize learning by meeting children wherever they are, and helping them to realize their infinite potential. We empower our students to think and advocate for themselves and others. We learn together by engaging in real world projects that help us become stewards of our community, the earth and its diverse cultures.
Our community is passionate about understanding the diverse needs of our learners. We are an inclusive mixed age K-8 school. Students are not boxed into individual grades or labels; they are fluidly and flexibly grouped throughout the day in a highly structured, well thought out, purposeful and meaningful way. Students are encouraged to solve rigorous real life problems by applying critical and creative thinking across the curriculum.
Students at Westside Village are encouraged to participate in a democratic school in a variety of ways. As they grow, they take on more leadership roles. For example, students may write proposals to solve problems, start new activities, help people in need or aid community issues. The school also focuses on community service and the outside environment. Ultimately, the goal of this approach is to help students learn to advocate for themselves, each other, our natural world and create a world in which they aspire to live.
Finding a good fit: Parents whose children attend Westside Village engage in the community, appreciate innovation and are prepared to engage in an education environment that is likely different than what they experienced as children.