Harper Charter School is a small rural school in Eastern Oregon residing in a non-incorporated town with approximately 100 students. The school hosts a dormitory that houses students from outlying areas too far for students to commute on a daily basis. The nearest community with services is 23 miles away.
Harper Charter School awards a student of the month award each month for grades K-5 and grades 6-12 in each subject area, ex. math, language arts, science, and social studies. The awards are based on effort, attitude, academic improvement and academics excellence to encourage students to do their best. The students are honored at monthly assemblies with a certificate, their picture and names are printed in the local paper. As an added incentive the superintendent has in the past taken them to lunch at the Dairy Queen. This involves 11 students each month at approximately $7.00 per student and the school has done this monthly for each of the nine months school is in session. We would like to continue taking the students to lunch, it is a great encouragement, however the lack of funds may end this practice .