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Teaching & Learning Model

One of our primary goals when a student is enrolled at The Academy at Sisters is to help them become invested and engaged in their learning. The Academy at Sisters school has adopted an innovative and progressive academic model, Proficiency Based Learning, that supports best practices. This teaching/learning model enables our students to become confident, invested, and proactive learners. Our academic and therapeutic teams collaboratively work with each student to develop the skills necessary to achieve their educational goals.

  • Standard-based grading
  • Personalized learning
    • Creates accountability in learning
    • Promotes critical thinking skills
    • Authenticates learning
    • Opportunity for honors level courses
  • Project-based curriculum with real world relevance
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Our Mission

“To promote integrity and develop critical thinking in an atmosphere of positive relationships and mutual respect.”

Driving our mission, the Learning Center believes that all students are capable of being confident, self-directed, lifelong learners. The school serves students the following ways:

  • Year round classes
  • Small student to teacher ratio
  • Supportive classroom setting
  • High academic standards
  • Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • College Prep
  • SAT Prep
  • Highly qualified teachers with advanced degrees
  • Community Service learning projects
  • Field trips & community service projects
  • Regular parent updates
  • Wellness curriculum supporting physical and mental health
  • Teacher advisor assigned to each student

Academics and educational services at The Academy at Sisters are provided by The J Bar J Learning Center.

educational certification

With on-site school facilities and dedicated staff, we offer the advantages of small class sizes and a program tailored to the needs of a therapeutic boarding school population. Our school is accredited by Cognia (formerly called AdvancEd) and registered with the Oregon Dept. of Education, and the Learning Center is a contract school with the Bend/LaPine School District. We offer college prep curriculum with a focus on common core standards.

Oregon High School Graduation Requirements

Student must successfully meet the requirements for a high school diploma set forth by the State of Oregon. The Learning Center requires 26 credits to earn an academic diploma, exceeding Oregon’s minimum requirement. In addition, students are required to meet Personalized Learning requirements, including an education plan and profile, career-related experiences and application, and the Oregon essential skills.

Subject Area Credits
Language Arts 4.0
Mathematics 3.0
Science 3.0
World Studies 1.0
US History 1.0
Government 0.5
Social Studies 0.5
Health 1 0.5
Health 2 0.5
Physical Education 1.0
Career/Tech Arts/2nd Lang 3.0
Electives 8.0
Subject Area Credits
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Transition to Public School

When students reach phase 3 in their treatment, they have the opportunity to transition to Bend High School. This allows them to practice what they’ve learned in treatment as well as take advantage of expanded course offerings and extracurricular school activities, clubs, etc. Students also may be able to attend attend classes at Central Oregon Community College.

Credit Acceptance

Credits granted by an educationally accredited agency are accepted. Likewise, credits earned at The Academy at Sisters transfer to other educational institutions.

Post-Secondary Planning

Preparation for transition to post-secondary education is provided by the academic team. SAT/ACT prep and testing is individually based and is not included in monthly tuition. We provide guidance in the college application process as well as teacher recommendations.

Some of the colleges our Academy at Sisters graduates have attended include:

  • Boise State University
  • Portland State University
  • New York University
  • UC Berkeley
  • Colorado State University
  • Willamette University
  • University of Oregon
  • Oregon State University
  • Brenau University
  • Otterbein University
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Arizona
  • Drexel University
  • Martin Methodist College
  • Foothill College
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Loyola Marymont University
  • Central Washington University
  • The Art Institute of Seattle
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Western Washington University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Syracuse University
  • Washington State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Chico State University
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