A new public charter middle school was dedicated Thursday at 150 SW 25th…just a long block west of Antler and 19th. Educators, administrators, children and their families jammed its new auditorium to witness the accolades and atta boys and atta girls at conceiving, dreaming and building the Redmond Proficiency Academy’s new middle school.
Intellectual, if not spiritual leader Jon Bullock who helped develop RPA’s charter school teaching model thanked the throng of families and supporters that celebrated the completion of the middle school which already has a full roster of students. In fact, RPA’s student enrollment has grown from its start-up 150 to now nearly 900 students – sixth grade to 12th. And there are 200 names on the waiting list.
Bullock told the crowd that the mission remains the same but growing – treating each student as a super-candidate for success in life – tailoring each student’s education plans and pathways to succeed in school, go on to college and finally becoming a dynamic contributor to society. Bullock said there is only one other school in the state with such goals in place to help ensure each student has a good shot at success. Bullock told the crowd “Every student counts – every student can succeed. At RPA, we are one!”
After many thank you’s to all who helped to take the dream of a new middle school “off the drawing board” and making it a reality, it was time for the official ribbon-cutting marking the official start of helping to mold and nurture Redmond’s young people into dynamic and caring adults – starting in middle school – a point where true academic challenges begin.
The school’s construction was made possible with private funds capitalizing on tax exempt bonds that will be retired by the school district as part of its general operations. RPA is actually an arm of public education in Redmond, chartered by the school district to operate in ways that creates innovative and productive teaching methods in furthering the education proficiency of Redmond students. As an incubator of new ideas and approaches to education, it’s hoped that RPA’s success will wash back across the rest of the school district thereby raising educational excellence for all Redmond School District students.
In addition to the nearly 300 students that will be attending the new middle school, nearly 600 additional students already attend RPA’s high school campus in downtown Redmond.