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High School Instruction

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What to Expect in the Classroom

High quality teaching is the number one influence on student learning. Our use of technology allows educators to level the playing field and provide every student with access to resources and the opportunity to develop the skills they need.

There will be times that iPads will be utilized exclusively for a project, times when iPad will blend with traditional methods and times when the iPad is not used at all. The goal is to provide students with a balanced assortment of learning options that best enhances their education.

At each level - elementary, middle, and high - technology is used and relied upon in different ways depending on the class, the assignment, or the learning goal.

High School

High school is when students begin making the connection of how technology is related to all the things they want to accomplish.

They will use their iPad to access digital curriculum, seek out information and demonstrate their understanding of a topic. Students use their devices to stay organized and on track. Students might experience blended classes that utilize a mix of traditional and digital approaches.

Some students will access online courses, including those offered by the Bend-La Pine Online program.

Core Classes

High schools offer core classes as well as a variety of electives. Many classes provide students the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school. Students have an opportunity to earn an Honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate diploma by taking advanced-level courses that demonstrate the ability to succeed in a rigorous curriculum. High schools also offer a wide range of academic clubs and co-curricular activities including music, drama and sports.

Education Options

Our high schools offer a range of educational options for students to pursue, including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate choices as well as Career Technical Education offerings.

Advanced Placement

Bend, La Pine, Mountain View and Summit high schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) programs, known for rigorous college-level curricula and advanced college credit.

AP courses help students acquire the skills and habits needed to be successful in college. AP courses improve writing skills, sharpen problem-solving abilities and develop time management skills, discipline and study habits. Mountain View and Summit both offer the AP Scholars program, including the AP International Diploma.

International Baccalaureate World School

Bend Senior High School is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School that offers the rigorous IB Diploma Programme. This is a district-wide program that all Bend-La Pine Schools students may complete.

College Dual Credit

Mountain View High School partners with Central Oregon Community College to offer students the opportunity to complete an Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer degree (AAOT), or two-year college degree, at the same time as students are earning their diploma. The majority of the 90 college credits required are taught at Mountain View by current teachers. Students take some courses at COCC their junior and senior years.

Mountain View also offers the Oregon Transfer Module (OMT), which is composed of 45 college credits, taken at Mountain View and it is similar to many institutions’ freshman year requirements.

Both the AAOT and OTM are designed for students who plan to transfer to an Oregon community college or public university.

Career Technical Education

Bend Senior, La Pine, Mountain View and Summit high schools offer Career Technical Education options in a variety of subjects. In these courses, students learn content and develop skills while earning high school credits in industries that offer graduates high wage, high demand job options.

CTE offerings vary by school and include:

  • Agri-sciences (including animals science and mechanical systems
  • Business (including marketing, entrepreneurship and tourism)
  • Culinary
  • Engineering (including civil engineering, robotics, computer science and design)
  • Forestry
  • Future energy and power (including electric vehicles and metal studies)
  • Graphic design
  • Manufacturing technologies (including construction, computer-integrated manufacturing and design)


The purpose of School-to-Career is to prepare our youth to be thriving citizens and meet the challenges for tomorrow’s careers through the integration of school and work-based learning. School-to-Career programs offer students opportunities to:

  • Earn elective credit toward graduation
  • Gain career-readiness skills through community partnerships
  • Develop skills and experiences to build a resume
  • Explore multiple interests in a real-world environment

Work-Based Credit

Work-Based Credit includes traditional employment and community service. High school students have the opportunity to earn elective credit while learning valuable skills.

Industry Experiences

Industry Experiences are 10-15 week rotational programs where students observe multiple community partners in their career interest area.

Industry rotations vary by school and include:

  • Cadet teaching
  • Cadet care-giving
  • Computer science
  • Dental
  • Engineering
  • Health occupations
  • Makers and entrepreneurs
  • Seed-to-plate

College and Career Centers

Our college and career center professionals and volunteers are eager to help students plan and prepare for college and career opportunities.

Support services provided by our College and Career Centers include:

  • College admission process
  • Funding higher education and financial aid
  • Military enlistment
  • Gap year and foreign exchange experiences
  • Apprenticeship, internship and work experiences
  • Resume, interview skills and work readiness

About Our High Schools

Career and Technical Education

Our high schools offer 10 Career and Technical Programs of Study including:

  • Business Management and Administration
  • Construction Tech (new in 2018-19)
  • Engineering Technologies
  • Health Sciences (new in 2018-19)
  • Culinary Arts
  • Graphic Design and Media
  • Transportation Technology
  • Agricultural Science & Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Forestry/Natural Resources

Families can contact their schools to learn more about CTE programs available.


The Class of 2021 recorded Bend-La Pine Schools’ second highest graduation rate on record, 82.4 percent, continuing a decade-long trend of increasing graduation rates for our schools.

Grading Practices

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