Choice Option Schools

Juniper student Zeke smiles

Choice Options Enrollment Request

High School Lottery

The enrollment application period for Skyline High School, Realms High School and Marshall High School is open.

The lottery application period is closed.

To apply for one of the high school choice options, fill out the following form:

The Choice Options High Schools are still accepting applications for a limited number of remaining openings for the 2019-20 school year. These openings are available on a first come first served basis. Once these openings have been filled, any subsequent applications will be added to our waitlist in the order they are received. If you are interested in one of these openings, or to get on our wait list, please complete this online application.

K-8 School Lottery

The enrollment application period for Amity Creek Elementary, Juniper Elementary, Highland Elementary, Westside Village K-8 and Realms Middle is closed.

The lottery application period is closed.

To apply for one of the K-8 choice options, fill out the following form:

Spanish Dual Immersion Program - Incoming Kindergarten

The enrollment application period for Dual Immersion Incoming Kindergarten is currently closed.

The lottery application period is closed.

Spanish Dual Immersion Program - Late Entry

The enrollment application period for Late Entry applicants is open year round.

Choice Option Schools and Programs

Amity Creek Magnet at Thompson School

Principal: Andy Slavin
Enrollment: 175 students
Information Session: TBD
Tours: TBD

Amity students learn about science and make bubbles

About Program:
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.

Contact: 541-355-2800; 437 NW Wall St., Bend;

Amity website

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Highland Magnet at Kenwood School

Principal: Brian Kissell
Enrollment: 392 students
Information Session: TBD
Tours: TBD

About Program:

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.

Contact: 541-355-1900; 701 NW Newport Ave., Bend;

Highland website

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Juniper Elementary School

Principal: Dan Wolnick
Enrollment: 565 students
Information Session: TBD
Tours: TBD

About: Juniper is Bend-La Pine Schools technology magnet. Our vision is to create a learning environment that uses best practices and 21st Century tools to support academic excellence and create future-ready students. Juniper is a learning community of children, staff and parents that enhances student’s lives by engaging them in meaningful learning experiences through the integration of technology. These experiences empower the students to become creative, productive, socially responsible, life-long learners and problem solvers who successfully contribute to a culturally diverse and technologically evolving society. Technology will be the vehicle by which students can reach their optimal learning. We believe that using technology will maximize student engagement, increase feedback for growth, extend differentiation and prepare our students for the changing future. Many students have digital tools through the Bend-La Pine Schools digital conversion initiative. Juniper’s vision and goals are driven by technology. We spend many hours on professional training and development in technology to increase our “tech fluency” which translates to best practices in instruction. This effort directly benefits our students. In 2015, Juniper was named a Model School by the Oregon Department of Education for our academic growth and received a Level Five, the highest rating, on our school report card. Juniper 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.

Finding a good fit: If your child loves technology and wants to be using tech as a tool for their learning on a day-to-day basis, then Juniper is a place for them.

Contact: 541-355-1800; 1300 NE Norton Ave., Bend;

Juniper website

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Realms Middle School

Principal: Dirk Matthias

Enrollment: 152 students
Information Session: TBD
Tours: Take place after the lottery for those who have been accepted or are top 10 on the waitlist.

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;

Realms Middle School website

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Spanish Dual Immersion Program

Bear Creek Elementary School, High Desert Middle School and Bend Senior High School

Information Session: TBD
Tours: TBD

About Program: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;

Dual Immersion Program

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Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School

Principal: Wendy Winchel
Enrollment: 279 students (196 in grades K-5; 83 in grades 6-8)
Information Sessions: TBD
Tours: TBD

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.

Contact: 541-355-2000; 1101 NW 12th St., Bend;

Westside website

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Realms High School

Principal: Roger White
Enrollment: Admitting up to 150 students in grades 9-11
Information Sessions: TBD
Tours: TBD

About The School: Realms is a small, tight knit, and academically rigorous learning community. Our mission is to ignite the passion, build the academic skills and foster the character students need to be leaders of change.

Academics: At Realms, our academic approach brings rigorous academic content to life through interdisciplinary learning expeditions focused on real world topics and problems. These learning expeditions lead students beyond the classroom walls and into the field where they collect data, participate in service projects, interact with experts and apply their classroom learning in real world settings. Students then build academic content knowledge and master-discipline-specific skills needed to create and present high-quality culminating projects. Students explore themes of social justice, environmental sustainability and learn to become leaders of change.

Culture and Character: Students understand that character growth matters as much as academic growth. As a member of the EL Education network of schools, we emphasize teamwork, courage, determination, compassion and service to others. Through a class called "Crew" we help students take ownership of their learning and engage them in creating a school where all students feel a strong sense of belonging, community and pride.

Students at Realms High School will graduate with the academic skills necessary to excel in college, the hands on experience needed to thrive in careers and - most importantly - the character and mindset needed to tackle the most pressing problems facing our communities and planet!

Contact: The Realms High School website

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Skyline High School

Principal: Mike Franklin
Enrollment: The school will have capacity for ninth-graders, tenth graders and eleventh graders. We will add one grade level per year and will be fully enrolled by fall of 2020.
Information Sessions: TBD
Tour: TBD

About The School: Skyline is an innovative learning community. At Skyline, the principles of Self-Determination - Competence, Autonomy and Relatedness - serve as the foundation of our community. These principles led us to a new twist on the traditional Three Rs - Rigorous, Relevant, and Radical.

Finding a good fit:

  • Rigorous: Our students develop competence with regular, deliberate practice of academic skills and real-world problems. This work culminates with Intersessions, which are week-long deep dives into projects that include outdoor adventures like rock climbing and canoeing: artistic experiences like writing songwriting and creating murals: and academic challenges like writing and scientific inquiry.
  • Relevant: We know that learning is meaningful when it has clear purpose. Through more personalized learning and blended-learning options, students at Skyline experience a great deal of autonomy in their learning. Our flexible scheduling options allow students to pursue their passions and take on internships and other interests outside of school.
  • Radical: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of a "Radical Revolution of Values" where "we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society." At Skyline, we put these words into practice. Innovation begins with community and community is the heart of Skyline. Our advisory program teams students with staff members, who then serve as mentors for the students. This program is designed to help students develop skills such as teamwork, perseverance, self-discipline, focus, confidence and organization.

Contact: The Skyline High School website

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Marshall High School

Principal: Sal Cassaro
Enrollment: Admitting up to 200 students in grades 9-12
Information Sessions: TBD

About The School: Marshall High School is in the final phase of a $7 million reconstruction project. Students will have access to new curriculum offerings, a new full size gymnasium/athletic facility and new state-of-the-art Career and Technical Education (CTE) classrooms. Each student is supported by knowledgeable school counselors and school-to-career coordinators ensuring students graduate college and career ready. Marshall High School's transformation includes a wide variety of new CTE pathways programs.

The five new pathways include:

  • STEM Engineering - robotics and automation, alternative energies and solar design, 3D printing and laser engraving, biotechnology and more.
  • Construction Technologies - finish carpentry, electrical skills, blueprint design, roofing, cabinet making, green construction, and more.
  • Business Marketing and Entrepreneurship - principles of marketing, entrepreneurship, business marketing and management, and more.
  • Health Occupations - health occupations, anatomy, medical terminologies, and more.
  • Military Science

Finding a good fit: Our staff is dedicated to helping students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in postsecondary education and/or a career. The Bend Technical Academy at Marshall High School also offers multiple work-based learning opportunities for all interested students either through internships, community service, or other community-based work programs.

Contact: The Marshall High School website

Choice Options Enrollment Request Form

The enrollment application period for High School is currently closed.

The Choice Option Interest List for the high schools is currently open. Families can begin to request waitlist status for the high schools ongoing through the school year.

The enrollment application period for K-8 is currently closed. Families can begin to request enrollment for the choice option schools and programs for the 2020-21 school year in January.

To apply for one of the K-8 choice options, fill out the following form:

Guidelines and Details

Learn more about the guidelines and other details visit our Choice Options webpage.