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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.

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. We 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. To get an idea of some of the major differences between RPAcademy and the traditional model of school, we can compare the two below:

Traditional Model vs. RP Academy
Classes by grade level vs.Classes by skill level
Grade scale A B C D F vs. Grade options A B C P NP I W
Students given their schedule vs. Students choose their schedule
Limited access to staff vs. Full access to staff (+cell numbers)
Time is the constant, learning is the variable vs. Learning is the constant, time is the variable
Enforced standard schedule for all students vs. Flexible schedule for all students
Top-down structure vs. Empowered staff and students
Closed campus vs. Open campus in downtown Redmond
“College Prep” vs. Collegiate Model
Standard and college prep diplomas vs. AP Capstone, standard and college prep diplomas

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 we 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.

Our academy 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 our many successes include the following:

-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 our innovative and visionary leadership, our 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.

RPA: Vision

Revolutionizing education by respecting all students as unique humans who are encouraged to take possession of their education and demonstrate their learning in ways that reflect their present and future goals.

RPA: Mission

Empowering students to own their education through a combination of student choice and a mindful use of data in an engaging, safe, inclusive, flexible, and proficiency-based learning environment that promotes personal, academic, and intellectual growth.

RPA: Values

We utilize a proficiency-based educational model.
We encourage students to take ownership of their educations.
We respond compassionately to the unique needs of our students.
We create engaging learning environments.
We ensure every student has a voice.
We respect all members of the community as unique individuals.
We embrace innovation to continually evolve to meet our students’ academic needs.


 

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