There are eight high schools in the Bend-La Pine School District, six of which are located within the city limits. All of the high schools in Bend provide an outstanding education. So, it can be hard to decide which one is the best match for your child. Of the six high schools in Bend, three are considered mainstream and three are considered “Choice Options”.
- Bend Senior High School — 230 NE 6th Street, Bend — 541-355-3700
- Bend Tech Academy at Marshall High School — 1291 NE 5th Street, Bend — 541-355-3500
- Cascades Academy — 19860 Tumalo Reservoir Road, Bend — 541-382-0699
- Mountain View High School — 2755 NE 27th Street, Bend — 541-355-4400
- Realms High School — 20730 Brinson Boulevard, Bend — 541-355-5500
- Skyline High School — 20730 NE Brinson Boulevard, Bend — 541-355-5400
- Summit High School — 2855 NW Clearwater Drive, Bend — 541-355-4000
- Trinity Lutheran School — 2550 NE Butler Market Road, Bend — 541-382-1850
The following three key factors consistently guide families in their high school decision:
- Location: A decision based purely on the high school district map.
- School Visit: Though it’s not always possible, no matter which grade level your child is entering, we always recommend taking a tour of the schools to see which one feels like a good fit. Taking a tour, talking with the administration and getting a sense of the environment is always an effective way to help narrow down the choices.
- Academic, Athletic or Club Offerings: A decision based on a specific field of study or activity that’s important to your child.
Taking this into account, we have put together some quick reference charts comparing the different offerings at each mainstream high school. Click on the button below.
Marshall High School
Principal: Sal Cassaro
Enrollment: Admitting up to 200 students in grades 9-12
About the Program:
Marshall High School is in the final phase of a $7 million reconstruction project. Students will have access to new curriculum offerings, a new full size gymnasium/athletic facility and new state-of-the-art Career and Technical Education (CTE) classrooms. Each student is supported by knowledgeable school counselors and school-to-career coordinators ensuring students graduate college and career ready. Marshall High School’s transformation includes a wide variety of new CTE pathways programs.
The five new pathways include:
- STEM Engineering – robotics and automation, alternative energies and solar design, 3D printing and laser engraving, biotechnology and more.
- Construction Technologies – finish carpentry, electrical skills, blueprint design, roofing, cabinet making, green construction, and more.
- Business Marketing and Entrepreneurship – principles of marketing, entrepreneurship, business marketing and management, and more.
- Health Occupations – health occupations, anatomy, medical terminologies, and more.
- Military Science
Finding a good fit: Our staff is dedicated to helping students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in postsecondary education and/or a career. The Bend Technical Academy at Marshall High School also offers multiple work-based learning opportunities for all interested students either through internships, community service, or other community-based work programs.
Realms High School
Principal: Roger White
Enrollment: Admitting up to 150 students in grades 9-11
About the Program:
Realms is a small, tight knit, and academically rigorous learning community. Our mission is to ignite the passion, build the academic skills and foster the character students need to be leaders of change.
Academics: At Realms, our academic approach brings rigorous academic content to life through interdisciplinary learning expeditions focused on real world topics and problems. These learning expeditions lead students beyond the classroom walls and into the field where they collect data, participate in service projects, interact with experts and apply their classroom learning in real world settings. Students then build academic content knowledge and master-discipline-specific skills needed to create and present high-quality culminating projects. Students explore themes of social justice, environmental sustainability and learn to become leaders of change.
Culture and Character: Students understand that character growth matters as much as academic growth. As a member of the EL Education network of schools, we emphasize teamwork, courage, determination, compassion and service to others. Through a class called “Crew” we help students take ownership of their learning and engage them in creating a school where all students feel a strong sense of belonging, community and pride.
Students at Realms High School will graduate with the academic skills necessary to excel in college, the hands on experience needed to thrive in careers and – most importantly – the character and mindset needed to tackle the most pressing problems facing our communities and planet!
Skyline High School
Principal: Mike Franklin
Enrollment: The school will have capacity for ninth-graders, tenth graders and eleventh graders. We will add one grade level per year and will be fully enrolled by fall of 2020.
About the Program:
Skyline is an innovative learning community. At Skyline, the principles of Self-Determination – Competence, Autonomy and Relatedness – serve as the foundation of our community. These principles led us to a new twist on the traditional Three Rs – Rigorous, Relevant, and Radical.
Finding a good fit:
- Rigorous: Our students develop competence with regular, deliberate practice of academic skills and real-world problems. This work culminates with Intersessions, which are week-long deep dives into projects that include outdoor adventures like rock climbing and canoeing: artistic experiences like writing songwriting and creating murals: and academic challenges like writing and scientific inquiry.
- Relevant: We know that learning is meaningful when it has clear purpose. Through more personalized learning and blended-learning options, students at Skyline experience a great deal of autonomy in their learning. Our flexible scheduling options allow students to pursue their passions and take on internships and other interests outside of school.
- Radical: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of a “Radical Revolution of Values” where “we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society.” At Skyline, we put these words into practice. Innovation begins with community and community is the heart of Skyline. Our advisory program teams students with staff members, who then serve as mentors for the students. This program is designed to help students develop skills such as teamwork, perseverance, self-discipline, focus, confidence and organization.