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New Bend charter school outlines plans


Bend International School (BIS) is pleased to announce their approval Tuesday night by the Bend-La Pine School Board to be a K-8 Public Charter School, scheduled to open in the fall on Bend’s east side.

BIS is open to students of all backgrounds and seeks diversity within its student and staff population; including differences in language, race, ability, and economic levels. The school aims to promote diversity and respect for all people through an international and innovative curriculum with a focus on global competence.

According to BIS Director, Meera Rupp, “We have already received a lot of intent to enroll forms, but we still have openings in 1 st , 6 th , 7 th , and 8 th grades.

BIS will be holding an informational Community Meeting on Wednesday March 18 th at 6 pm at 2150 NE Studio Road for families to learn more about the program. Middle schoolers and their families are also encouraged to attend, as we will especially focus on the middle school program and what that will look like for the next three years.”

Please visit the school’s website at for more information about the program, or to contact the Director with any questions. BIS wishes to thank the Bend-La Pine School District for their support and vote of confidence during the charter application process. We look forward to a strong partnership in serving all students of Central Oregon a world-class education.

Important Dates:

March 16 th Open Enrollment Period begins for BIS (forms available on BIS website or by mail).

March 18 th Community Informational Meeting 6:00 pm at 2150 NE Studio Road (park in south parking lot). From 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Presentation of Program and Q&A; From 6:45-7:30 – Middle School Program Orientation.

April 10 th Open Enrollment Period Closes. Lottery will be held if there are more applicants than spaces available, per grade level. Wait lists will be formed through lottery if there are sufficient applicants. If there are any openings after this date, slots will be filled on a first come-first serve basis.

April 20 th Families will be notified of their acceptance to BIS, or their position on the wait list.

April 27 th Commitment letters from prospective students are due back to BIS.

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