In Redmond, we pride ourselves in supporting kids first and placing education at the top of our priority list. In 2008 Redmond residents passed a $110 million bond measure, providing funds for a new elementary school, major renovations and repairs to several existing schools and the construction of impressive, $75 million Ridgeview High School, which opened in the fall of 2012.
The Redmond School District boundary encompasses 550 square miles and draws its 7,000+ students from the communities of Alfalfa, Crooked River Ranch, Eagle Crest, Redmond, Terrebonne and Tumalo. Redmond students 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), Career and Technology Education (CTE) as well as a number of art, theatre and music offerings. In 2015, the district announced its plans to open the Redmond Early Learning Center at the Hugh Hartman Campus, to further its commitment to student success. The Early Learning Center houses all kindergarteners and provides a hub of early learning and developmental resources for children age zero to 6 and their families.
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 University baccalaureate and graduate degree granting institution in Central Oregon. OSU-Cascades opened their new campus in 2016 and awards Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.
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.
The Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) is a public charter school. Unlike traditional school environments, RPA provides a flexible, individualized learning environment allowing students to follow their own interests, create their own learning, meet state and college readiness standards, and graduate ready for college success. Each student creates a Personalized Education Plan (PEP) with help from teachers, assistants, parents and community contacts. The PEP helps the student align personal, academic, career and social goals with graduation requirements.
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 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.