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Redmond Proficiency Academy

2019 Bend Chamber SAGE Business Awards // People’s Choice Award Recipient 

The People’s Choice is chosen by the community!  All SAGE Business Award nominees are entered into the People’s Choice Award Category. Using any tactics available, businesses engage with customers and clients to vote online for the best of the best.  The business with the most votes from the community wins!  And by a landslide, Redmond Proficiency Academy received the most votes we have ever received for the SAGE Business Awards! Congratulations, RPA, SAGE People’s Choice Award recipient!


 

“How it all started, in 2008, three educators sat around a kitchen table and talked about what kind of education they wanted for their children. They toyed with the idea of creating an educational opportunity where students are encouraged to grow their skills and talents and to give back to the community around them. They wanted to create a place where students were challenged to create their education while being deeply valued and accepted for who they are,” said Jon Bullock, Redmond Proficiency Academy Executive Director.

Their ideas grew into the Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA, or RPAcademy). RPA opened its doors in 2009 to 150 academically-minded high school students who were excited to take the risk of a new paradigm in education. They now have 900 students in grades 6-12.

The unique nature of RPA and its offerings cannot be overstated. If you were to visit the RPA campus, you’d experience a high school that feels like a small community college.

The unique nature of RPA and its offerings cannot be overstated. If you were to visit the RPA campus, you’d experience a high school that feels like a small community college.

RP Academy is one of the first two schools in the state to offer the AP Capstone Diploma, a nationally and internationally prestigious offering that allows students to distinguish themselves to potential colleges and universities. Summit High introduced the program as RPA was graduating the first class with this diploma. Currently they are still the only two schools in Central Oregon to offer this distinction.

Additionally, students can create their own classes and are exposed to community service and collaboration at several points in their academic journey.

The school also recently celebrated a 91.33% graduation rate, which is higher than all the districts in Central Oregon, and higher than both the state and national averages.

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Some of their many successes include:

-First Tech Challenge Champs
-Bend Research Inventerprise Awards
-Oregon Game Project Challenge Awards
-Construction and Sale of Tiny House
-AP National, Honor, and Scholar Awards
-Three-time International Theatre Highest Honor Medals
-100+ Scholastic Key Art Awards
-Partnership with “Arts in Public Places” to Create Community Art
-Over 9,200 hours of Student Community Volunteering
-Multiple Community and Non-Profit Associations including Redmond Economic Development and EDCO, Chambers of Commerce (Bend and Redmond), Kiwanis, Toastmasters, Opportunity Knocks, Brightside Animal Shelter, Evergreen Preschool, Sparrow Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, NeighborImpact Food Bank, Juniper Springs Retirement Center, Thelma’s Place, Countryside Living, and many more.

RPA has been featured in the Atlantic and named one of the best 50 high schools in Oregon by the Portland Business Journal.

RPA has been featured in the Atlantic and named one of the best 50 high schools in Oregon by the Portland Business Journal. RPA has achieved success in other areas as well, such as creating new partnerships to use private bonds sales to build and remodel our facilities. These successes are largely due to their innovative and visionary leadership, a highly talented and caring staff, and the environment in Redmond and Bend in which people are willing and ready to try new paths and support new ideas.

 


 

2019 Bend Chamber SAGE Business Awards //  Nonprofit Business of the Year Nominee

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