Welcome to Bend-La Pine Schools!

Note from Our Superintendent

It is my honor as Bend-La Pine Schools’ interim superintendent to welcome our students, families and staff to the 2020-21 school year.

While I am new to this role, I am a familiar face for many in our schools. I’ve spent the past 12 years serving in Bend-La Pine Schools, most recently as assistant superintendent. I have spent my career in public education, most of it here in Central Oregon.

This year will not be like any other that I’ve known in my more than 40 years in education. But I know that together, we can make it a meaningful year of growth and connections.

With so much changing in our world and our community, my goal is for our schools, as much as possible, to provide safe and secure learning spaces for our students and families. My goal as a leader is to help our schools continue to build upon our long history of excellence and to uphold our collective value of success for each student.

As educators, our role is to help students learn, to better understand the world and diverse people around them, and to foster collaboration, self-actualization, and a commitment to the common good. Those commitments will not change. Because of this global pandemic and health guidelines, many learning experiences are likely to look different than they did in the past. But much of what makes us Bend-La Pine Schools will remain the same:

  • Our staff members care deeply about our students and are dedicated to serving them.
  • We are committed to helping each and every student gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to be successful in whatever future they choose.
  • The social and emotional safety of our students is a priority.

I hope you will take time to look through the pages of this calendar and find inspiration in the artwork created by our students. We asked them to share a photograph or piece of art with the theme #BLSproud, to highlight something they are proud of about their school or their school district. Their answers are heartwarming:

“Kids like to spread joy and help others.”

“I am proud to be part of a school community that values our natural environment and teaches us how to become good stewards of the land.”

“Our schools are open to diversity and different points of view.”

“What I learn at my school makes me feel strong and proud!”

I, too, am proud to be part of Bend-La Pine Schools and to help lead the district through this year of transition. I am proud of the tremendous work of our teachers, who are dedicated to helping students learn and connecting with them in whatever form that takes. I am proud of our support staff members who are working tirelessly to provide services for our students. I am proud to see our staff learn, change and grow as the world around us changes. I am proud to be a part of this team of incredible people every day. I am proud to be part of a district that values equity, providing each student with what they need to find success.

Finally, I am proud of our students, their courage, compassion, and creativity. Two of my five grandchildren are among our 18,000+ students. Ensuring that we provide the best educational experiences possible for them, as well as each and every one of our students, is what drives me every day.

Lora Nordquist


Lora Nordquist

About Bend-
La Pine Schools

Our Size

  • 5th largest school district in Oregon
  • 33 schools, plus two charter schools
  • 18,375 students
  • 2,005 staff members (Second Largest Employer in Central Oregon)
  • 1,600 square miles make up the Bend-La Pine Schools attendance area

Academic Success

  • 1,220 Students Graduated From Our High Schools in 2019
  • $8 Million in Scholarships Was Earned By the Class of 2019
  • Average SAT score is 57 Points Higher Than the State Average
  • 1,100 New Kindergarteners Started School This Fall
  • 34 Languages are Spoken by Bend-La Pine Schools Students
  • 20 Class of 2019 Members Earned Seal of Biliteracy on Their Diplomas

Our Staff

  • 82 percent of our teachers hold a masters degree or higher
  • $53,182 is the average new-hire teacher salary
  • 5 years is the average experience of our new teachers
  • $64,166 is the average teacher salary
  • 13 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 118,00 hours in our schools working with students during 2018-19.
  • 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.
  • Community members spent more than 56,000 hours hosting events in our schools.