Realms High School

When will Realms High School open?

We are opening in the fall of 2018.

Where will Realms High School be located?

Realms High School will be located on Brinson Avenue in Northeast Bend. The design team is working with a team of architects to redesign a commercial warehouse space into a flexible, modern learning space that will support the forward thinking and progressive educational models of Realms High School.

Will it share a campus with the other new, choice high school?

Yes, Realms High School will share a space with Skyline High School, another new choice option high school slated to open in fall of 2018. The design includes dividing the building into two distinct and separate schools while leveraging the opportunity to create some shared learning spaces that can be used by both schools (for example: a design lab, an open, gymnasium-sized flex space and bathrooms).

How will the new high school relate to the current Realms Middle School?

Realms High School will have many of the same underlying values, beliefs and educational approaches as Realms Middle School. In the short term, there will be a strong relationship and educational through line between the two programs. The two schools will have a shared leadership structure.

Will eighth-graders who graduate from Realms Middle School be granted admission?

Yes. Because both schools follow the EL Education model, students who choose this option will find the value of continuity. Therefore Realms Middle School graduates who opt to go directly to the new high school as freshmen will be granted admission and will not take part in a lottery process (should one be necessary.) They will need to fill out the online request for enrollment form.

How do students enroll?

We STRONGLY encourage prospective students and their families to attend one of our public information sessions between January and March. When committed to the choice, visit the Realms High School website and complete the online Request for Enrollment form. The form is also available on paper and may be submitted to the Realms Middle School office. Request for Enrollment forms (online or paper) are due by Friday, March 23 at 3 p.m. A lottery will be held after that date if demand exceeds capacity. If there are still openings after March 23, they will be filled on a first come, first served basis using the Request for Enrollment form.

When and where are the Realms High School information sessions?

  • January 17 - 5:30 p.m. Bend-La Pine Schools Education Center, 520 NW Wall St. Bend
  • January 24 - 6 p.m. Pilot Butte Middle School
  • February 6 - 6 p.m. Bend Senior High School
  • February 28 - 6 p.m. Realms Middle School

Is an Area Change Request (ACR) form required to attend Realms High School?

No, an ACR is NOT required to attend Realms High School. ACR’s are required to request transfer from one neighborhood attendance area high school to another. Because Realms and Skyline High Schools are not attendance area schools, no ACR is required.

How big will Realms High School be?

For the 2018-19 school year, we anticipate 200 students spread between both of the new high schools. However, if demand is greater than that, we will allow up to 100 ninth-graders and 100 tenth-graders to enroll at Realms High School. Eventually, over the course of three to five years, we expect Realms High School to serve approximately 100-125 students per grade for a total of 400-500 students.

How will this school be different from Bend’s comprehensive high schools?

The most salient difference is that the educational approach and philosophy will be closely aligned with the EL Education model and will build from the approach currently in place at Realms Middle School. Fundamentally, this means two things. First, that students will be engaged in rigorous academic investigations that draw them beyond the classroom walls, that require them to think critically, work collaboratively, solve problems across academic disciplines, and most of all, to apply what they have learned in a way that helps better their communities. And second, that there is a schoolwide emphasis on fostering character and community. Character refers to the important non-cognitive skills like courage, integrity, grit, curiosity and collaboration; and community refers to the intentional emphasis on building strong relationships between students and between students and staff. More information is available on our Realms High website and we encourage you to attend one of our public meetings.

What is EL Education?

EL Education is a nationwide school reform model based on a collaboration between experts at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the folks at Outward Bound. EL Education’s research-based approach inspires teachers and challenges students, transforming education for more than 20 years in thousands of schools and districts across the country. Our impressive results encompass high academic achievement and college readiness as well as pride in the mastery of complex, authentic work, and the passion and capacity to contribute to a better world. Read more at:

Who is doing the planning for this new school?

Read more about our talented and passionate planning team.

Will the school provide transportation?

Yes, the Bend-La Pine Schools Transportation Department will provide transportation using limited routes. Specific details of routes and times will be available in the coming months.

Can students participate in athletics?

Yes, students at the new choice high schools may participate on sports teams at their neighborhood high schools. Realms High School may field a small number of sports teams that have fewer facilities requirements (ie. cross-country running, nordic skiing) however students would need to travel to their neighborhood area schools for more traditional sports like basketball, soccer and football.

Will Realms High School offer clubs and other extracurricular activities?

Yes. Clubs and other after school programs are typically created in response to student interest and with faculty support. We are excited to work with our students to create clubs and other extracurricular opportunities which could include opportunities like: robotics, leadership/student council, Sparrow, art, ultimate frisbee, drama/music and many more.

What elective classes will be offered?

Realms High School is a small school by design. The size of our school allows us to know students well and to ensure that all students get the kind of support and challenge they need to have an enriching and fulfilling high school experience. At the same time, our smaller size leads to a relatively limited amount of choice in course offerings. Attending Realms High School, with its commitment to interdisciplinary learning expeditions, field work, Crew and strong student ownership of learning is an important form of choice in and of itself. Beyond our progressive, outside the box pedagogy and curriculum, our school will offer an Intensives Program (week long elective/enrichment mini-courses at the end of semester for students who are proficient in all classes), an internship/service requirement, and the opportunity to earn college credit in junior or senior year.

Can students take some classes at Realms High School and other classes at a different school?

EL Education schools like Realms High focus strongly on school identity, on knowing students well, and on building a team-oriented, collaborative culture among students and between students and staff. Furthermore, the core academic classes at Realms High will frequently be integrated around specific projects and are typically designed to be taken together, as opposed to “a la carte”. For these reasons, Realms High School students will be most successful when they are full time students at our school, especially during ninth and tenth grade. During junior and senior years, there may be more flexibility in a student’s day, however decisions about students blending school programs are still being made and it is our belief (based on the experience of most EL Education high schools) that the more a student is fully enrolled and fully connected to Realms High School the more successful she/he will be.

Will there be Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes available?

It is likely that Realms High School will offer a small number of AP courses beginning in 2019. However, it is also important to know that Realms High graduates will be well prepared for college and career through rigorous coursework and offerings regardless of the availability of AP courses on campus. Additionally, we are developing opportunities for students to prepare for the significant transition to college/career through service learning projects, an internship experience, and the opportunity to participate in thoughtfully sequenced college and career preparation classes both on our campus and/or on local college campuses.


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Article Date: Feb 14, 2018

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