One Core Mission: Student Success
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Rockdale County Public Schools provides opportunities for every student to create his/her own future. Each student has the ability to graduate with an advantage - whether choosing to pursue higher education, enter the workforce, or join the armed forces.
LOW TEACHER TO STUDENT RATIOS
FOUR-YEAR GRADUATION RATE
RCPS ranks above the state graduation rate average for the last four years.
11 Elementary Schools
4 Middle Schools
3 High Schools
4 Non-Traditional Schools (including a Career Academy and STEM Magnet School)
1 Virtual Campus
Elementary School, 7:35 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. (Early Release 11:35 a.m.).
Middle School, 8:45 a.m. - 3:55 p.m. (Early Release 1:35 p.m.)
High School, 8:05 a.m. - 3:05 p.m. (Early Release 12:35 p.m.)
Non-Traditional Schools (check with school)
RCPS Students are Prepared to Soar
The RCPS Class of 2016 had 1,166 graduates, $18.5 million in scholarship offers, two Gates Millennium Scholars, a National Merit Scholar, two Ga. Governor's Scholars; Enlistment in all branches of U.S. Military; Schools attending include Yale University, Duke University, Smith College, Emory University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Vanderbilt University, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Alabama, Georgia State University and many more.
Customized Learning Allows Dreams to Become Reality
RCPS focuses on expanded learning options for students and families, specialized programs of study based on interests and talents, and new ways of learning through virtual opportunities.
Specialty and Choice Programs are offered throughout the district and include:
o AVID at Sims Elementary, Conyers and Memorial Middle, and Salem and Rockdale Co. high schools
o STEM Focus Program at Honey Creek Elementary
o STEAM Academy at Shoal Creek Elementary
o Dual Language Immersion at C.J. Hicks Elementary
o The STEM Academy for Environmental Studies at Memorial Middle School
o The Academy for Pre-Medical Sciences at Edwards Middle School
o The Center for Technology and Engineering at Conyers Middle School, an aerospace-focused program
o Performing and Visual Arts Academy at Davis Middle School
o Performing and Visual Arts Academy at Heritage High School
o Advanced Institute of Technology at Rockdale County High School
o Leadership and Global Business Academy at Salem High School
o Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology (STEM Certified High School)
o Rockdale Career Academy (offering over 25 different career pathways)
o Rockdale Virtual Campus (offering all courses required for graduation)
o Rockdale Open Campus (non-traditional high school learning environment)
o More Choice programs coming soon!
The Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology was named the first STEM certified high school in Georgia. It has a unique partnership with Georgia Institute of Technology, a four-year research curriculum, and boasts many accolades for student achievement. The number of students eligible to attend RMSST increases each year.
The STEM Academy for Environmental Science at Memorial Middle School is one of five middle schools to earn state STEM certification from the Georgia Department of Education.
Rockdale Career Academy offers over 25 career pathways. Many of them are industry certified, such as Culinary Arts, Broadcast Video Production, Early Childhood Education, Marketing and Manufacturing.cThrough partnerships with post-secondary institutions, a student may earn an associate’s degree or certification incone of the many programs of study available at RCA. RCA holds the state certification of Georgia College & Career Academies (GCCAs).
Rockdale Virtual Campus offers a unique virtual learning environment. Students may choose to attend fulltime, earning 100% of their graduation requirements through the virtual campus or follow a blended model of virtual and traditional classroom learning. RVC students are eligible to participate in all extracurricular activities.
RCPS and DeKalb Technical College have signed agreements for students to earn college credit while earning high school credit in Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) classes.
RCPS has an Early Learning Initiative to provide educational opportunities for children ages 0-4 of moderate to low income families. This is a unique collaboration of non-profit organizations, private funding and the school system in an effort to ensure all children in Rockdale County start school ready to learn. RCA Early Learning Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. Every RCPS elementary school offers Bright from the Start Pre-k classes.
Our School System – “One of the very highest rated districts”
• RCPS Board of Education holds the “Exemplary Board” distinction via Georgia School
Boards Association (GSBA) and Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) and operates as a “standards driven” Board.
RCPS has earned International Accreditation by AdvancEd, the parent company for SACS CASI, which is the highest accreditation available to public schools. “You’re going to be seen as one of the very highest rated districts because these are extremely high scores and ones that really are a tribute to the tremendous work that’s being done in Rockdale County Schools.”- Dr. Mike Lodico, Lead Evaluator
Rockdale County residents approved an $83.6 million, five-year E-SPLOST which began in spring 2014 to fund security, technology, and facility additions and enhancements.
One to One technology - RCPS is finishing its three-year implementation of one electronic device per student and teacher throughout the district.
RCPS has been named an AP Honor District by the College Board. Heritage and Rockdale County high schools have been named 2016 AP Honor Schools by the Georgia Department of Education.
Four RCPS schools made the Reward Schools list from the Georgia Department of Education. Barksdale Elementary, and Lorraine Elementary are listed as “Highest Performing” schools and C.J. Hicks Elementary and Flat Shoals Elementary is listed as a “Highest-Progress” school.
RCPS has many designated Georgia Schools of Excellence throughout the years. Honey Creek Elementary was recognized as a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Dept. of Ed.
RCPS relies on community support through mentoring, tutoring, apprenticeship and internship opportunities, the RCPS Foundation and the Partners In Education program.
The See for Yourself Bus Tour is open to anyone interested in learning more about our schools. Please call the Community Relations department at 770-860-4218 for more information.
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