BEND, OR -- Local high schools are opening their doors to incoming freshmen this week as part of Bend-La Pine Schools’ Base Camp. About 180 kids are meeting their new teachers, touring schools, and learning how to become successful freshman.
Steph Bennett, of Bend LaPine Schools, is the coordinator for Base Camp. "By having that base and that foundation, when they walk in the door, they're not just walking into school like a deer in the headlights. They're actually going to go in very prepared."
Bennett says if a 9th grader succeeds, they're much more likely to stick with school all the way through to graduation. "What we know is that if a freshman fails any class their freshman year, they're always trying to catch up, but if they do really well their freshman year and they pass all their classes and they get the rhythm of high school, they do much better." She says Base Camp helps get them the information they need before what can be a hectic first day of school. "It's kind of a big transition time for them and so it's a really healthy way to start."
The kids have the chance to meet their teachers and spend time with them, learn how their new high school is laid out, and learn what classes they'll be taking.