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One Core Mission: Student Success

The vision of RCPS is to be a world-class learning community where all students graduate college or career ready in a progressive and interconnected society.

The mission of RCPS is to ensure student success for all through a world-class education with advanced opportunities and personalized support.


We believe that:
      •   Students are at the core of all educational decision-making.
      •   Family is the most important factor in the development of the individual.
      •   A safe and orderly environment is essential to teaching and learning.
      •   Education is the most important asset in maximizing the opportunities of an individual and a community.
      •   Every person deserves a voice and is worthy of respect.
      •   All human beings have the capacity to learn.
      •   Every person deserves the opportunity to succeed.
      •   Each person is responsible for his or her own actions.
      •   Faith gives meaning and purpose to life.
      •   Diversity strengthens our community.

PDF icon Click here for PDF of RCPS Strategic Plan Model for Continuous Growth graphic summary

Elementary 20:1
Middle 26:1
High 20:1

RCPS ranks above the state graduation rate average for the last five years.

16,500+ students

11 Elementary Schools
4 Middle Schools
3 High Schools
4 Non-Traditional Schools (including a Career Academy and STEM Magnet School)
1 Virtual Campus
14 Specialty and Choice Programs

All students grades 3-12 equipped with laptops for learning and collaboration.

Internationally Accredited by AdvancED

22 miles east of Atlanta

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 2019 had 1,222 Graduates , $20.8 Million in scholarship offers, and enlistment in all branches of U.S. Military. Schools attending include: Stanford University, University of Chicago, Howard University, Emory University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, University of Alabama, Clemson University, George Washington 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  Academy of Performing and Visual Arts at Davis Middle School
o  Academy of Performing and Visual Arts 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. Through partnerships with post-secondary institutions, a student may earn an associate’s degree or certification in one 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 Georgia Piedmont 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
•  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 Cognia (formerly called AdvancEd), the parent company for SACS CASI, which is the highest accreditation available to public schools.

•  Rockdale County residents approved an $85 million, five-year E-SPLOST to began in spring 2019 to fund security, technology, and facility additions and enhancements.

•  One to One technology - RCPS finished 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 High and Rockdale County High have been named 2019 AP Honor Schools by the Georgia Department of Education.

•  Six 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, Flat Shoals Elementary, Pine Street Elementary and Gen. Ray Davis Middle are listed as a “Highest-Progress” school.

•  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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