Highland Magnet at Kenwood School

Welcome to Highland

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Scottish Storyline Magnet

We greatly appreciate community interest in Highland Magnet School. Highland enrollment for 2019-2020 is 393 students, with students drawn from across the school district through the magnet school enrollment lottery process. We are a dynamic Storyline community which shares a commitment to high academic standards and unique learning experiences, which result in creating well educated individuals.


Highland’s magnet school focus is the Scottish Storyline method of teaching and all of Highland’s teachers are well trained in the method. The Storyline method is based on the theory that knowledge is complex and many-layered, that learning is guided by one’s prior knowledge and experience, and that learners construct their own meaning through action and experience.

Each Storyline creates a creative context for learning and active student involvement with opportunities to develop understanding while adhering to Bend-La Pine School policies and Oregon state academic standards. Students work to meet established learning benchmarks through meaningful activities that provide for authentic assessment.

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.

Each Storyline includes a culminating activity that provides a forum for students to share their new knowledge and talents with others. This may be through a presentation for parents and/or other students, a field trip, or community outreach.

Up-to-date technology is used for topical learning and relevant research. A process of activity and reflection, generated from the Storyline, motivates students to extend their skills and helps prepare them for life beyond their school years.

In support of Highland’s focus on high academic standards, we provide regular PE and music classes, reading specialists, math specialists, speech support, and long-term projects for TAG-identified students, as well as extra-curricular clubs and activities.


Principal Letter

Scottish Storyline Method Description

History of Highland Magnet School

Highland Magnet School Mission Statement

Kindergarten Handbook

Highland Site Council Information


School Location

701 NW Newport Avenue
Bend, OR 97703


Applying to Highland

Highland is a magnet school and one of Bend-La Pine School's school choice options. Learn how to apply, upcoming parent tour dates and more at Choice Options.

Start and Release Times

For 2019-20 School Year:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    (early release for teacher training and professional development)

Please have your child to school by 7:55 a.m. to begin their day.

Playground opens at 7:40 a.m.. Please do not drop your child off before this time. If you are in need of before or after school care, please contact Bend Parks and Recreation.

All visitors and volunteers must sign in at the front office.

2019-20 School Supplies

Instead of purchasing a list of specific school supplies, families are invited to make a donation to the Highland school supplies fund to help defray the cost of stocking classrooms. You can find more information about this here.

School Report Card

Each year the Oregon Department of Education provides:

Immunization Info

Learn your school's immunization rates here.

Additional immunization information available here.

State Testing Opt Out

Parents interested in learning how to opt out of testing can find more information and a required form to fill out below. Once the form is complete, return it to the main office.