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Upcoming Key Dates for Families

Orientation Nights, Choice Options, Deadlines and More

Article Date: Feb 24, 2017

During the coming months, families and students will have the opportunity to learn about many schools and programs throughout the district and, in some cases, to apply for specific options. The following key dates offer families information about the opportunities available to students at Bend-La Pine Schools 31 schools including:

  • Attendance Area Change Requests (applications due March 1)
  • Choice Options (applications due March 24)
  • Inter-District Transfers (applications due April 1)
  • Kindergarten Round-ups (events taking place April 19)
  • Middle and High School Information Nights (events in February and March)


Attendance Area Change Requests

Families may opt to send students to schools other than their neighborhood school. This option allows families to select a school that is convenient for transportation or to access a specific program available at a neighborhood school outside of their attendance area. Families must submit an Attendance Area Change Request. Download an application and learn more about this policy.

Applications are due March 1 for current students. Applications are due May 1 for incoming kindergarten students.


Choice option dates and information

Bend-La Pine Schools offers several school choices for families, including five magnet schools, two charter school and one dual immersion Spanish language program. These schools all feature learning opportunities that are significantly different from our traditional programs and offer families choices to fit a variety of learning styles, student needs and interests.

  • Amity Creek Magnet at Thompson School (K-5): Information meetings: 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. March 8; Tours: 8:30 a.m. March 9 and March 14
  • Bend International School Charter School (K-8): Information meetings: (Middle School) 4 p.m. Feb. 2 and (K-8) 6 p.m. Feb. 9; Middle School visitation 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16; Elementary tour 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22; Middle school tour 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28; School tour 9:30 a.m. March 3
  • Desert Sky Montessori Charter School (K-3): Information sessions to take place in February; details to be announced on the Desert Sky website.
  • Highland Magnet at Kenwood School (K-5): Information meetings: 6 p.m. Feb. 7 and 3 p.m. Feb. 15; Tours: 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and Feb. 21
  • Juniper Elementary School (K-5): Information meeting and tour: 2:30 p.m. March 22
  • REALMS Magnet School (6-8): Information meeting: 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and Feb. 28
  • Spanish Dual Immersion Program (at Bear Creek Elementary and High Desert Middle) (K-7): Information meeting: (at Bear Creek) 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and March 7; Tour: (at Bear Creek) 9 a.m. Feb. 14 and March 8
  • Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School (K-8): Information meeting: 6 p.m. March 6 and noon March 8; middle school information meeting 6 p.m. March 20; tours by appointment beginning in February.

Families may only apply for one magnet school option. Applications are required to be completed for all programs listed above. Learn more about the programs offered at these schools by visiting our Choice Options website.

Applications are due March 24 at 4 p.m.


Inter-District Transfers

Families who live outside of Bend-La Pine Schools attendance area and want to transfer into a school within Bend-La Pine Schools should contact their resident district to begin the transfer process. Families residing within Bend-La Pine Schools who wish to send students to a school outside of the district attendance area must submit an Inter-District Transfer Request. Download an inter-district transfer request form and learn more about the policy.

Applications are due April 1 to be considered for Open Enrollment.


Kindergarten Round-ups

Families of incoming kindergarteners are invited to register for kindergarten at their local schools beginning April 19. Many schools have special events and activities planned for that date. Contact individual schools for hours and event details. To register for kindergarten, students must be 5-years-old prior to Sept. 1, 2017. To register, bring proof of age, proof of address and current immunization records. Learn more about elementary programs and kindergarten registration on our Elementary Instruction webpage.

Kindergarten registration begins April 19.


Middle and High School Information Nights

Students entering middle and high school and their families are invited to attend information nights for local middle and high schools. During these information nights, staff and administrators will provide an overview of the programs, academic offerings and activities available at the school.

High Schools: Learn more about offerings on our High School Instruction webpage

  • Bend Senior High School: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 International Baccalaureate Programme Information; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 General Information
  • La Pine High School: April 11
  • Mountain View High School: 6 p.m. Feb. 22
  • Summit High School: 6 p.m. Feb. 21

Middle Schools: Learn more about offerings on our Middle School Instruction webpage

  • Cascade Middle School: TAG (Talented and Gifted) 6 p.m. Feb. 9; General school information session 6 p.m. March 9
  • High Desert Middle School: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21
  • La Pine Middle School: 6 p.m. May 25
  • Pacific Crest Middle School: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16
  • Pilot Butte Middle School: 6 p.m. March 16
  • REALMS: 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and Feb. 28
  • Sky View Middle School: 6 p.m. Feb. 23