It’s Your Time and Your Place.
Education needs to be different. Every student deserves an education that is uniquely tailored to his or her needs. At the Redmond Proficiency Academy, that’s what we do.
RPA is not a traditional school. No two students at RPA will have the same academic experience, because we recognize that all of our students have different skills, interests, and dreams. Our students have flexible schedules, personalized academic timelines, and classes that fit their needs and their goals. That’s what makes us different.
But we’re not just proud of our nationally-recognized academic system. Our school culture is unrivaled, and our teachers are among the best in the state. We value inclusion, teamwork, and compassion; it’s important to us that all of our students know that they belong here.
We are a tuition-free academy serving students in grades 6-12 from all over Central Oregon. We focus on college prep and tailoring a curriculum to what your student needs to excel. We are an academy where students own their educations and are empowered to pursue things that engage them. We are a place for you and your family to feel safe, to feel welcomed and to know that your voice is being heard. We are innovating education; we are RPA.
Ready for the Challenge?
At RPA, we take pride in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to college preparation. We prepare our students for the independent learning environments that await them in college by partnering with COCC to enroll our students in college level courses that satisfy Oregon statewide high school graduation requirements. Helping students adapt to the responsibility of owning their education early on increases the likelihood that they will succeed in college. Throughout our students’ time at RPA, they will participate in freshman college tours, receive senior calendar reminders for financial aid and have the opportunity to earn the AP Capstone diploma. This diploma, offered by only one other school in Oregon, is designed in partnership with college faculty and shifts focus away from content and toward skill. Students can distinguish themselves to colleges and universities by taking advantage of this opportunity.
Treated Like a Young Adult.
“I am RPA,” means that our students’ education is flexible and designed specifically to serve their unique interests, talents and goals. Flexibility surfaces in many ways: in our college-style scheduling model, our broad range of diverse electives, our open campus, and our students’ ability to earn credit from off-campus activities. Additionally, all of our students work with their advisors to find the right classes for them, whether they are at, above or below grade level, so they can learn at a pace that is appropriate for them.
All students at RPA are supported in engaging in what they love and encouraged to apply their experience to their high school diploma. Our students volunteer in the community, work part time, and explore outside interests, all while earning high school credit.
We Are Strong.
“We are one,” means no matter how many ways one student is different from another, everyone at RPA has at least one thing in common: we are all working together to build a welcoming community. At RPA, every student belongs and is accepted for who they are. From the Executive Director to the youngest middle schooler, RPA culture is shaped by respect for every person and their unique ways of being. Fitting in at RPA is about students being themselves because RPA values the individual strengths of our students, staff, and administration. We all have a part to play, and at RPA, we help students find theirs.
The “Proficiency” in RPA is all about demonstrating learning, not just acquiring enough points to earn a particular letter grade. Our faculty is dedicated to making sure our students leave the academy with the skills they will need to succeed. Our teachers give students the tools and opportunities to demonstrate understanding and proficiency through many means and across many modalities. We like to describe it this way: at traditional schools, time is the constant and learning is the variable. At RPA, we invert that to make learning the constant and time the variable. Students can take as much – or as little –time as needed to understand a concept and demonstrate their understanding before moving on to the next step. Isn’t that how real life works?
I can’t tell you how proud I am of RPA and the success we’ve experienced in showing Central Oregon there’s a different way to approach education and a different high school experience available. We invite you to learn more about our approach and programming, and to consider RPA for your child’s high school education. Read our FAQ, cruise through the website, and then call us for an appointment and a tour.