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BIS maximizes potential, inspires curiosity, and builds a culture of innovators.

Established

Located in Central Point, Oregon, Crater School of Business, Innovation, and Science (BIS) was founded in 2007 when Crater High School split into four small schools based on the educational philosophies of the Oregon Small Schools Initiative.

The Small Schools system offers students what most large, comprehensive high schools cannot: personalization and a strong community. Students select an academy based on their personal interests and learning style, and each academy offers unique programs and classes to extend their learning and high school experience. For example, BIS' cornerstone rests on real world applications and technology. By going small, students are known by more teachers, which is essential to developing a community of successful students.

Character

Academically rigorous, community involved, professional expectations, college preparedness, project based, creative, persistent, technologically innovative

Enrollment

Approximately 450 students; male to female ratio varies from year-to-year, but is approximately 60 percent boys, 40 percent girls.

Faculty

20 full-time teachers, 3 classroom aides, 2 secretaries, 1 Principal, and 1 Student Services Coordinator.

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Location

Located in the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon, Central Point is home to approximately 17,000 people. Central Point is a wonderful recreation area for residents and visitors alike, offering easy access to skiing, boating, fishing, rafting, hiking, camping, biking and golfing.

In addition to many outdoor recreational opportunities, Central Point is conveniently located within minutes of many cultural attractions such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Britt Music Festival, Rogue Community College's Outdoor Theater, plus numerous quality theater and musical events.

Educational Vision

BIS seeks to provide a strong educational base through integrated subjects to prepare students for college. Organizational and curricular philosophies aim to encourage persistence in setting and attaining goals, working to maximize a student's potential, and inspiring curiosity to go further.

BIS maintains a professional atmosphere to mirror the professional world by emphasizing employability skills in teamwork, communication, and problem solving. Students gain valuable technology skills through innovative core projects in business and marketing, math, science, art and design, world languages, and the humanities.

Students demonstrate academic mastery by applying it to real life, college, and employment-related projects.

Teamwork, Communication, Problem Solving

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BIS focuses on maximizing the potential of its students through the development of three key skills: teamwork, communication, and problem solving.

These three skills are identified by employers as essential to an individual's success as a professional. BIS integrates this philosophy in course curriculum to promote active use of these skills.

BIS emphasizes the process of applying new knowledge to a particular problem and continually improving the quality of work with the intent of instilling life-long habits of exceptional performance.

School Report Card

At BIS, we believe the state assessments reveal only a sliver of the big picture. Don't get us wrong, we understand and value the importance of state testing, and prepare our students to successfully navigate and meet the demands of the required tested subjects; however, like a student, we are more than a test score. You won't see us broadcasting test data as a pillar of who we are – it's only a small part our accomplishments.

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Continual Improvement

The philosophy of BIS originates from the Crater School of Business "school within a school" structure that has been successful in the Central Point School District for the last 20 years. While we feel we have established a strong base, BIS has adopted educational principles from nationally recognized innovative schools. We have the same expectations for ourselves as we do for our students – do it well, make it better.