Bend schools summer credit recovery deadline today

Program allows students to retake classes they failed

By Megan Kehoe / The Bulletin

Bend-La Pine high school students who failed a course and are looking to make it up this summer have until 3 p.m. today to enroll in the district’s credit recovery program.

In its sixth year, the program offers summer courses through Bend-La Pine Schools Online specifically for students who have failed and need to retake a class to graduate. The district generally has about 30 to 60 students enroll in the program each summer, with each session limited to 15 students. Sessions take place two hours a day, four days a week for five weeks. Students have the option of working on their course material in class during the alloted time period or from home. Thirty-two half-credit courses are offered and cover many basics, such as algebra and world history.

Additionally, for the first time, the district is offering students a chance to complete these courses entirely online, opening up a total of 450 seats to those who need to complete a course.

“In the past we never had a remote option because we didn’t feel we had the capacity to provide support to something like that,” said student services coordinator Tres Tyvand. “We’ve always had a wait list, so it’s nice to be able to give all students the opportunity.”

Students enrolled in this option will be able to complete the course on their own but will still be able to consult with district proctors in person should they need the support.

Courses cost $50 because the district doesn’t get reimbursed by the state for the program, Tyvand said. Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch can qualify for a fee waiver.

In the past, the program has had an 89 percent completion rate, said Tyvand.

Credit recovery courses are available year-round at each high school, though Tyvand said summer offers students the chance to take the classes they need without overloading their school schedule.

“It’s a very cost-effective way for a student to gain credit,” said Tyvand. “Classes are crowded enough already, but then you start retaking classes, and there aren’t enough desks or enough teachers. This is a cost-neutral way to get more kids up to speed.”

Those interested in enrolling in the credit recovery program should visit blogs.bend.k12.or.us/online, or talk to their school counselor.

— Reporter; 541-383-0354, mkehoe@bendbulletin.com.