Friends of REALMS

Friends of REALMS logoFriends of REALMS is a non-profit dedicated to supporting the unique programming at REALMS. Specifically, the Friends of REALMS board of directors helps coordinate annual fundraising efforts and the disbursement of funds dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the fieldwork program at REALMS. Fieldwork is a key component of the authentic, project based learning approach that has made REALMS a successful magnet school in our community.


REALMS (Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School) is a magnet school in the Bend LaPine School District serving 150 sixth through eighth grade students who seek a school where academically rigorous curriculum meets active pedagogy. Our expanded definition of student achievement, drawn from our work with EL Education, goes far beyond the traditional mastery of knowledge and skills. At REALMS, students become young adults of character who possess the ability to produce high quality work through a curriculum that focuses on real-world, inter-disciplinary, and problem-based learning, frequent fieldwork, and authentic stewardship/service.

Our Mission:

At REALMS, our vision is to foster scholarship, strengthen community, and inspire stewardship through active learning.

The Vision:

At REALMS, we will challenge our diverse group of students to investigate, understand, and become stewards of the human and natural world around us. To do so, we will pursue experiences both inside and outside of the classroom that will help our students develop a core set of academic skills and learning habits, that will encourage them to explore and identify their values, and that will foster the inspiration that comes through service to others and adventure.