School Board

The Crook County School Board is committed to provide visionary leadership with a climate of innovation, change and continuous improvement, including the development of a highly qualified and effective staff for maximum student achievement.

Community

Crook County is located in the geographic center of Oregon in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with a population of approximately 26,845.  The county’s economy has traditionally been driven by agriculture, construction, forest products, livestock, manufacturing, recreation and tourism.  In 2010 Facebook constructed their first company-owned 334,000 sq. ft. data center, and has recently finished their second 360,000 sq. ft. data center, with plans for a third 60,000 sq. ft. building.  Apple has completed a 10,000 sq. ft. data center and has submitted a master plan to build a 500,000 sq. ft. space over time.  The community has also seen growth in the biofuels and transportation industries.  In 2012 the county celebrated its 130th anniversary.

The city of Prineville, population approximately 10,370, was founded in 1968 by Barney Prine, who built a blacksmith shop and store/saloon on the banks of the Crooked River.  Surrounded by the spectacular Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grasslands, Prineville is the gateway to an extensive array of outdoor recreation options including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and rockhounding.  Minutes from downtown, Ochoco Lake and Prineville Reservoir are open for year-round fishing, camping, and recreation.

Education
Public Schools:

The Crook County School District is one of several public school districts located in Central Oregon. The District serves the Prineville, Powell Butte, Paulina, and Post communities.  It currently has an enrollment of approximately 2,950 students. The District consists of one high school, one middle school (grades 6-8), three in-town elementary schools (grades K-5), two rural schools that serve students K-8 in Paulina and in Brothers, one alternative high school, and other alternative programs.

The District sponsors a “place-based” charter school located in Powell Butte, which serves students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.  “Place-based” means that a focus of cultural and ecological education is integrated into its curriculum.  This charter has been operating since the 2010-2011 school year, and current enrollment is 186 students.

Crook County High School offers a variety of dual-enrollment and AP courses that offer students the opportunity to earn college credit while still CCHSenrolled in high school.  The District also offers professional technical programs, fine arts, and foreign language.

The Crook County School District is served by the High Desert Educational Service District (HDESD).  HDESD is a regional support system that links school districts in Central Oregon to state and national education resources.  Its programs help districts minimize duplication of services, preserve their local budgets and receive special programs that might otherwise be unavailable to them.  HDESD partners with Bend/La Pine School DistrictCrook County School DistrictRedmond School DistrictSisters School District, and Jefferson County School District.

Private Schools:

High Desert Christian Academy (HDCA) is a private Christian school in Prineville which serves grades preschool through 12.  

Higher Education:

Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is the oldest two-year college in Oregon.  COCC offers two-year associate degrees, transfer/lower division programs, career and technical education degrees and certificates, developmental courses, continuing education and community learning classes, industry-specific training programs, and business management assistance.  The College’s main campus is located in nearby Bend, with additional campuses throughout the region.  In addition, a Manufacturing and Applied Technology Center (MATC) is located on its Redmond campus, just 17 miles from Prineville.

COCC Crook County Open Campus is a 12,300 square-foot state-of-the-art facility in Prineville which opened in 2011.  It includes seven flexible multi-purpose classrooms and a large teaching kitchen, as well as public computer stations.  Classes focus on work force development, expanded options for high school students, basic skills and college preparation, college credit classes, and community learning.  The Campus partners with other universities in Oregon to offer upper-division courses through distance learning.  COCC partners with Oregon State University and opened a new OSU-Cascades campus in Bend in 2016, and is currently in the planning and development phase for an expansion onto an adjacent 46-acre site.

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