REDMOND, OR -- As reported last week, Bend High’s record-breaking freshman class has swelled to more than 500, largely due to a disproportionate of families requesting in-district transfers so their students can attend BSHS. In Redmond, it’s a different story.
Redmond Superintendent Mike McIntosh says requests are more evenly split between the district’s two high schools. "At Redmond High, we offer a CTE program that I think is among the best in the state, with respect to manufacturing, automotive technology. At Ridgeview High School, they’ve adopted a culinary program, video courses; a very different interest-set of kids. We see 25-30 kids want to go from Redmond to Ridgeview as freshmen, and we see 25-30 kids that want to go to Redmond from Ridgeview."
McIntosh tells KBND, "It’s been a very pleasant experience, as far as that transfer. We don’t see a lot of 10, 11 or 12th graders making the shift; it’s that ninth grade year, they choose that path and stick with it. We find that parents and kids who adopt a school, love it."
He says all requests were accommodated, unlike at Bend High.