High School Instruction

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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.

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.

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. In 2015-16, 2,298 students enrolled in CTE courses in our high schools.

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)


School-to-Career

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



2,298 students enrolled in Career and Technical Education courses, from culinary to engineering to graphic design, in our high schools in 2015-16.

88 percent of students enrolled in CTE courses graduated; 13 percentage points higher than the district average.