Redmond is a community that prides itself on supporting kids and education at the top of its priority list. Of course, actions speak louder than words, and in 2008 Redmond residents passed a $110 million bond measure, declaring that kids are the priority! The bond included funds to replace an elementary school, provide for major renovations and repairs to several existing schools and build the impressive, $75 million Ridgeview High School, which opened in the fall of 2012.
The Redmond School District boundary encompass 550 square miles and draws its 7,000+ students from residents in the communities of Alfalfa, Crooked River Ranch, Eagle Crest, Redmond, Terrebonne and Tumalo. Youth have the opportunity to specialize early-on, in state of the art high school courses as well as college prep programs like Advanced Placement (AP) or the Advanced Diploma. This allows students to stay in the school system for three additional terms to earn up to a year of college credits without the expense of tuition or books. It is the mission of the Redmond School District to ensure a rigorous and relevant education that develops productive citizens for a local and global community.
The commitment to quality education doesn’t just stop with K-12. Central Oregon is fortunate to have both Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and the prestigious OSU Cascades Campus. COCC offers a robust curriculum from campuses in Redmond, Bend, Prineville and Madras, while OSU-Cascades is the first and only branch campus in Oregon, and the only baccalaureate and graduate degree granting institution based in Bend. OSU-Cascades awards Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.
What could be better than getting a world-class education with a view? The COCC Redmond Campus offers credit classes as part of the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree, training for specialized degrees, non-credit courses and programs and comprehensive student services. OSU-Cascades offers an Oregon State University degree in a smaller, more personal setting, where you can go beyond the classroom and into a vast natural laboratory for field studies, research projects and internships.
Private schooling is another educational option for Redmond families. Nationally recognized Central Christian School provides a Christ-centered academically excellent education serving Central Oregon students from preschool through 12th grade. Since 1992, the school’s rigorous academics have students regularly scoring significantly higher than the national average on nationally-normed tests and college entrance exams. With Central Christian’s adjunct professors, high school students can earn over to 20 semester credits from esteemed universities (Northwest Nazarene University, Grand Canyon University, and Colorado Christian University). Central Christian High School is honored as one of the top 50 Best Christian High Schools in America (http://www.thebestschools.org/features/50-best-christian-high-schoools-america/). Visit their new campus at 2731 SW Airport Way or their website www.central christianschools.com.
St. Thomas Academy is another choice for private schooling in Redmond. St. Thomas Academy believes it is imperative students not only meet their academic goals, but have fun while they learn. The academy is committed to long standing programs, like Spanish and music twice a week, while also embracing new technology. Beginning in fall of 2015, all students will also have iPads to use as tools in the classroom. Students continue to have Catholic faith infused into daily activities, reading scripture and stories that pertain to their daily lives in faith. Additionally, lessons conform to state standards ensuring students will be prepared for the challenges they’ll face in their academic future. St. Thomas Academy strives to maintain a strong sense of community and has expanded extracurricular activities to include OMSI Science Night, Math Night, Family Movie Night, the Multicultural Diversity Dinner, just to name a few.
St. Thomas Academy continues to offer the most affordable tuition rates of the private schools in Central Oregon. They also believe every child should have an opportunity to experience the school. St. Thomas will not turn a family away for inability to pay. The Academy continues to offer financial assistance and need based scholarships. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about any of these new programs, please call or e-mail. Visit our website at www.redmondacademy.com .