Welcome to Bend-La Pine Schools!

Superintendent Shay Mikalson Shakes Student's Hand

Note from Our Superintendent

I believe saying thank you is a simple but powerful act.

As Superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools, I have much to be grateful for regarding our schools, students and community. As we begin the 2016-17 school year, I want to take a moment to share my sincere thanks to those who help make our 31 schools and programs great places to work and learn.

Thank you to our parents. Thank you for entrusting your students to us and for partnering with our schools and teachers. This past year alone parents volunteered more than 90,000 hours in our classrooms and schools. We value your support and could not do this work without you.

Thank you to our staff members from education assistants to nurses to accountants to school psychologists, for your service and dedication. I am grateful to have visited many schools and classrooms and to have observed the powerful, important work they do in person. I am in awe of our kindergarten teachers, who know just how to soothe the fears and calm the boisterous activity of our youngest students. I applaud our secondary teachers, who I see time and again teaching students about perseverance, creativity, problem-solving and collaboration — all while providing instruction in complicated topics like thermodynamics, the Federalist Papers or Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Our teachers encourage students to think beyond themselves and make a positive mark on this world, all while giving them the foundational academic skills they need. Our teachers are the backbone of our district and I am grateful to work alongside them.

Thank you to the secretaries and office managers who are the friendly gatekeepers of our schools; thank you to the bus drivers who get our students to school safely; thank you to the nutrition services workers serving up tasty, healthy meals every day; thank you to our building engineers who keep our facilities clean and safe; and thank you to all the members of our operations team — they are the unsung heroes in education, who ensure our schools operate smoothly.

Thank you to all of our staff members for your service and dedication. More than what you do, it’s who you are that make our schools and students thrive.

Thank you to our community. I am grateful to our many supportive partner agencies, from the local police and sheriff’s offices to civic groups. Thank you also to the many businesses that have opened their doors to our students for job shadow and internship opportunities.

These partnerships foster learning and ensure our students are well prepared for the future.

Most of all, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to our students.

Our students are my biggest inspiration. I am grateful for each smiling face, each hand shake and each discussion I shared with our students. I carry their faces and stories with me and they influence all of my most important work. In our students, I see the many possibilities of the future.

I am thankful for the successes we shared in the past year and am grateful for the bright future I see ahead. In classrooms throughout our district, students are engaging in learning that will help them succeed in today’s world and in their lives after graduation. Using tools and programs that teach communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, our students are learning the 21st century skills they will need to be be successful in life outside of the classroom. Using best practices and a focus on priorities of Safety, Options, World Class Education, and System Performance, we will assure that the future is bright for our nearly 18,000 students. Our approach to education ensures that all of our students graduate capable of creating a future by design, not default.

We have much to be grateful for at Bend-La Pine Schools. Thank you for being a part of it.


Shay Mikalson

About Bend-
La Pine Schools

Our Size

5th Largest School District in Oregon

32 Schools: 18 K-5 elementary schools, two K-8 schools, two charter schools, six middle schools and five high schools

18,034 Students

1,934 Staff Members (Second Largest Employer in Central Oregon); 995 Certified Staff Members; 855 Classified and Confidential Staff; 84 Administrators and Managers

1,600 Square Miles make up the Bend-La Pine Schools attendance area

Academic Success

1,100 Students Graduated From Our High Schools in 2017

$11 Million in Scholarships Was Earned By the Class of 2017

1614 Average SAT score, 161 Points Higher Than the National Average

80 Percent of Our Students Continue Their Education Within Five Years of Graduation

1,100 New Kindergarteners Started School This Fall

20 Languages are Spoken by Bend-La Pine Schools Students

Our Staff

82 percent of our teachers hold a masters degree or higher

$53,048 is the average new-hire teacher salary

7 years is the average experience of our new teachers

$61,004 is the average teacher salary

12.8 years is the average experience for our teachers

Home to: Oregon's Elementary Principal of the Year; Oregon's High School Principal of the Year; Oregon's Teacher of the Year; Oregon's Art Teacher of the Year; Oregon's School Nurse of the Year; Oregon's Journalism Teacher of the Year; Oregon's Culinary Teacher of the Year; Oregon's Athletic Director of the Year; a Presidential Award Winner for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and many other state and national award winners.

Additional Information

More than 5,000 students are transported to school each day by our bus drivers.

More than 15,000 meals are served to students each day by the Nutrition Services team.

2.21 million square feet of school building space is managed by our maintenance team.

Volunteers spent more than 96,000 hours in our schools working with students.

For the 33rd consecutive year, the district received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association and for the 32nd year, the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials.

43 Percent of Students are Enrolled in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (May 2015)