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Realms High School

About EL Education

In 1991, EL Education was born from a partnership between Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound, USA. The founders of EL Education joined the character-infused philosophy of Outward Bound – which focuses on teamwork, courage and compassion – with an active approach to learning crafted by leading Harvard scholars. They created 10 founding principles for the EL Education model.

The EL Education network is now a thriving collection of more than 150 schools dedicated to challenging students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities. This results in higher achievement and greater engagement in school.

El Education schools give students the academic and character-building skills they need to reach their potential as learners and leaders.

Our Expanded Definition of Student Achievement

We believe that student achievement is about more than excellent test scores. In addition to mastering the knowledge and skills needed for success in school, we believe that it is our fundamental role to help students develop character and the ability to complete high quality work.

Mastery of Knowledge and Skills

Students work towards proficiency and a deep understanding of the knowledge and skills in each academic discipline.


We have selected three Habits of Work (HOWs) and three Habits of Character and Community (HOCCs) that anchor our commitment to helping students become young adults of exceptional character. Through intentionally designed activities and curriculum, our students learn to become: effective learners, ethical people and engaged citizen scholars

High Quality Work

The ability to create work of value and quality is a high ideal. We believe that it is important to help students build an ethic for and ability to identify "quality work" using the following three descriptors:

  1. Complexity – work that demonstrates higher order thinking and connection to the big ideas of the discipline
  2. Craftsmanship – work that aspires to accuracy and beauty in both conception and execution
  3. Authenticity – work that demonstrates original thinking, passion, connection to real-world issues and/or serves a real purpose in our community

EL Education in Bend

This will be the second EL Education school in Bend-La Pine Schools. Realms Middle School is a magnet EL Education credentialed school.

“The idea is to put really important and difficult work together with great joy in doing it." – Greg Farrell President Emeritus, Expeditionary Learning

"When a student is finished with school and moves into adult life, she will be judged not by her ability to perform on a test of basic skills, but by the quality of her work and character.” – Ron Berger, EL Education

Dimensions of Student Achievement



Design Principles