Elementary Instruction

Elementary Teacher and Student

Incoming Kindergarteners

Incoming kindergarten students for the 2017-18 school year are invited to begin registering at local schools.

Find out your neighborhood school here: Attendance Areas

To register for kindergarten, students must be 5 prior to Sept. 1, 2017. Families should bring proof of age, address and current immunization records to register.

Our Elementary Schools

Bend-La Pine Schools includes 16 K-5 elementary schools, two K-8 schools and one K-8 charter. These schools serve approximately 8,000 students. About 1,100 kindergarteners enroll in our schools each year. Bend-La Pine Schools also strives for lower K-2 class sizes and provides additional academic support for students who need it.

Our elementary schools are open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday for staff development and school improvement.

Choice Options

Families have options for education within our district. Bend-La Pine Schools includes several choice options at the elementary level including:

Amity Creek Magnet at Thompson School — Child initiated learning magnet
Bear Creek Elementary School — Dual immersion Spanish language program
Bend International School — Internationally-focused K-8 charter
Buckingham Elementary School — Science Technology Engineering and Math focus
Elk Meadow Elementary School — Integrated arts focus
Highland Magnet at Kenwood School — Scottish Storyline magnet
Juniper Elementary School — Instructional technology magnet
Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School — Thematic, project based learning magnet

Common Core State Standards

The elementary school core curriculum focuses on the basics of reading, speaking, listening, language, writing, math, science, and social studies. Our elementary schools also provide instruction in music and physical education.

Our schools follow the Common Core State Standards. Learn more about the standards:
English Language Arts
Math

Focus on Literacy: A Reading Initiative for Young Learners

Reading lays the groundwork for every subject a child will study in school. Bend-La Pine Schools is committed to ensuring that every student is able to read at grade level by third grade. Giving young readers the best start possible will provide a strong foundation for their entire educational careers.

Elementary Instruction

The elementary school core curriculum focuses on the basics of reading, speaking, listening, language, writing, math, science, health, social studies, handwriting, art, physical education, music, media, and computer skills. Literacy instruction is a critical part of every elementary student’s growth, so principals and teachers are encouraged to structure the school day so that literacy instruction is not interrupted. Bend-La Pine Schools also strives for lower K-2 class sizes and provides additional academic support for students who need it.

Our Curriculum

Bend-La Pine Schools uses the following adopted materials as the foundation for our core instruction in English Language Arts and math.

The district's elementary schools use the following materials:

  • Writing: Lucy Calkins Units of Study
  • Reading: Wonders Reading
  • Math: Bridges

School Design Plans

All of our schools have developed School Design Plans to establish goals and help our students achieve academic excellence, become thriving citizens and develop future ready skills. Each school has a unique plan tailored to its community, culture and story.

Contact local schools to learn more about their stories and School Design Plans.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Our elementary schools offer the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to establish positive school cultures. This is a framework that schools can tailor to meet the needs of their communities to help create safe, positive and caring school cultures.

Contact schools for specifics about the programs offered.



School Report Card

Each year the Oregon Department of Education provides a Report Card for our district and individual schools.

Incoming Kindergarteners

To register for kindergarten, students must be 5 prior to Sept. 1, 2017. To register, bring proof of age, proof of address and current immunization records.

Parents or guardians of incoming kindergarteners should take a look at these materials in preparation for school.


Bend-La Pine Schools strives for lower K-2 class sizes and provides additional academic support for students who need it.