RCS Curriculum Programs & Initiatives
RCS offers a wide range of instructional programs to help students grow and develop academically:
Advanced Placement Programs (AP)
Rockingham County Early College High School
Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE)
Instructional Coaches and Program Leads
Science Programs and Initiatives
We are always looking to provide the most advanced curriculum and learning opportunities to our students. Explore current programs and initiatives below in more detail. You can also use the scrolling menu on the right side of the page to quickly scroll through the sections and easily navigate from the top and bottom of the page, it will move with the page.
Explore Current Curriculum Programs & Initiatives
RCS AIG Program
Click on the find out more tab for additional resources including the 19-22 RCS AIG Plan, student AIG services, contact information, resources and student characteristics.
The vision and mission of Rockingham County Schools' AIG program are in alignment with the district's vision and mission.
Vision 2020 Statement
The Rockingham County Schools' Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program will empower each child to be a life-long learner, equipped to contribute in a changing, complex society.
Through effective relationships with family and community partners, the Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program of the Rockingham County School district will provide a safe, dynamic, nurturing, and innovative learning environment in which each child has the opportunity to reach his/her highest potential. To do this effectively, elementary, middle, and high schools will strive to identify and meet the unique educational needs of gifted students who come from all ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic groups. The cultivation of potential in this population must be enhanced through an appropriate match of differentiated services to individual needs as we strive to prepare the students for success in the 21st century. The program encourages critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving, while also addressing the social and emotional needs of the students.
Advanced Studies Academy
Rockingham County Schools has had a long tradition of academic excellence and promotion of students to higher education. As we move further into the 21st century, it is imperative that we prepare our students to be the best they can be so they can compete globally. Furthermore, we must challenge our young people to take more rigorous classes, like Advanced Placement (AP) and College Dual Enrollment Courses, so they can have high level options after high school, With the creation of the Advanced Studies Academy at each high school, the faculty and staff wish to create an environment that helps students reach their goals and pushes each child toward high academic success
The Advanced Studies Academy’s course sequence enables students to obtain college-level course credit during their high school career through each high school’s collaboration with Rockingham Community College’s Career & College Promise Program and potential college credit through Advanced Placement Coursework and exams. Upon completion of the program, students will have acquired college-level course credits that will place them as potential college/university sophomores or juniors. These classes may be offered on-campus at Rockingham Community College, through online or distance learning courses, or at their high schools depending upon the number of students enrolled in each course.
Please see the High School Resources Page for course options for students. Additionally, counselors are available to answer any questions you may have along the way.
Please refer to this information here to see a sample schedule and more information to consider regarding the Advanced Studies Academy.
Career & Technical Education
Additional information on RCS's CTE program can be found at:
The Career and Technical Education Program in Rockingham County seeks to:
Develop student capacity to think both analytically and creatively.
Match student talent with the employment opportunities of a 21st Century Economy.
Assist students in the process of generating novel ideas and seeks to take advantage of 21st Century technology as we assist students in transitioning such ideas from their heads and into the real world.
Develop relationships between teachers and students, as well as relationships between students and the business community in an effort to develop soft skills that would lead to sustained employability.
Digital Learning Resources
In order to prepare students for a world connected by technology, we must teach them skills to appropriately and responsibly utilize digital networks, resources, and media.
Digital Citizenship includes:
Digital safety and security
Digital rights and responsibilities
Digital health and wellness
As identified by Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey in Digital Citizenship in Schools
Elementary Education at RCS
Thank you for visiting our website. This website provides users with an overview of the curriculum in kindergarten through fifth grade. This website reflects the state's standards that teachers are required to teach at each grade level. These standards are a combination of the North Carolina State Standards (English Language Arts and Math) and the NC Essential Standards (Science, Social Studies, etc.). These are the standards that are assessed on the Literacy and Mathematics Assessments in kindergarten through second grade and on the End-of-Grade tests in grades three through five.
Below parents of Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade students can locate information regarding the standards-based reporting system. K-3 parents can also access information on Read to Achieve implementation.
We hope that this information will be helpful to you and that you will use it as a reference throughout the year. If you have questions, talk with your child's teacher or principal.
Our Elementary Schools strive to:
Integrate math and reading throughout the curriculum
Develop character and work ethics
Forge strong relationships with students and parents
Ensure a safe, orderly, and caring school environment
Utilize 21st Century tools and technology
Focus on development of the whole child
We, as a school district, appreciate you as our valued partners in the education of our children.
Federal Programs Overview
Rockingham County Schools receives funding from the Federal government to administer programs under its mandate. The primary goal of Federal Programs is to improve student achievement through increased parental involvement, teacher training, and student services.
Program pages can be accessed below.
Title I, Part A
Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with eligible numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. For more information, please visit the Title I, Part A website or contact June Nealy, Director of Elementary Education/Title I at 336.627.2680.
Title I, Part C
The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federally funded program designed to provide assistance to those families that have moved within the last three years from one school district to another seeking temporary or seasonal agricultural employment. Students eligible for this program must be between the ages of 3-21. For more information, please visit the Migrant Education website or contact Nancy Towler, Director of Instructional Programs at 336.627.2649.
Title II, Part B
Professional development information for K-12 schools focused on improving student outcomes. For more information, please contact Charles Perkins, Assistant Superintendent for K-12 Curriculum 627-2621.
Title III, Part A
Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient students is provided under Title III funding. These funds are used to supplement state funding used to provide core language instruction. For more information, please visit the English as a Second Language (ESL) website or contact Nancy Towler, Director of Instructional Programs at 336.627.2649.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The program is now referred to as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act of 2001. This part of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is intended to ensure that homelessness does not cause children to be left behind in school. Requirements regarding homeless students apply to all districts, regardless of whether the district receives a McKinney-Vento Homeless grant. For more information, please contact Nancy Towler at 336.627.2600.
High School Resources
Our high schools provide students in grades 9-12 with the knowledge and experiences necessary to prepare them for the world of work, for pursuing higher education, or for whatever life choices they choose to pursue after their high school years. Our high schools are committed to providing students with "real-world" experiences in a 21st century classroom environment.
For questions regarding Rockingham County High Schools please contact Jason Hyler, Director of Secondary Schools at 336-627-2600.
Rockingham County High School
The SCORE Center
Middle School Resources
Welcome to Middle Grades! The middle grade years often prove to be the most pivotal and challenging time during a person's school career. The physical, mental, and emotional transformation that takes place between a student's 6th grade and 8th grade year is often remarkable. It is crucial therefore, that we do everything within our power to help you guide your child through this time.
RCS Middle School Pages
Western Rockingham Middle School
Our primary duty is to help you develop within your child the skill set necessary to be successful in high school and beyond. The principals and teachers of Rockingham County's middle schools take this responsibility very seriously.
Our Middle Schools strive to:
Integrate math and reading throughout the curriculum
Develop character and work ethic
Forge strong relationships with students and parents
Ensure a safe, orderly, and caring school environment
Employ 21st Century tools and technology
Help students discover and develop individual talent
Thank you for entrusting your child to us during this important time in his/her life.
Overdrive eBook Library
Rockingham County Schools is pleased to offer our eBook program on Overdrive. Our digital collection contains over 5700 titles available for checkout.
The web address for RCS' digital library is http://rock.lib.overdrive.com. Please see your school's Media Coordinator for log in information.
Introducing Schoolnet as a Resource for Teachers, Students, and Administrators
For additional questions, please contact your school's Schoolnet Coach.
You may also contact Mary Doggett, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classroom Instructional Resources in Schoolnet
Assessment Resources in Schoolnet
Support and Training Materials
Additional training materials and support documents can be found at: https://schoolnet.tms.pearson.com/ (Login required; use RCS email address)
Additional help documents can be found in Schoolnet Instructional Materials by filtering results for "Home Base Training"
You may register for an online Training Module by completing this form.
Hoke County Schools Are Rocking Schoolnet
Spanish Language Immersion Program
SPLASH! @ Bethany Elementary - 336.951.2710
SPLASH! @ South End - 336.349.6085
SPLASH! @ Stoneville Elementary - 336.445.1999
CONEXIONES @ Rockingham County Middle School 336-616-0073
CONEXIONES @ Western Rockingham County Middle School 336-548-2167
What is language immersion education (SPLASH!)?
The focus of language immersion programs is to help students become proficient in a target language while mastering subject content from other disciplines. In immersion programs language is not taught as a subject; it is the medium in which core instruction is delivered. Research shows the most effective way for children to acquire a second language is to integrate instruction into the standard curriculum children are already learning. Research shows that immersion education students outperform students in traditional language classes, do as well as or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests, and have a greater appreciation of cultural diversity. SPLASH! is the name of the language immersion program in Rockingham County.
What is STEM?
S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The term STEM is used to express the immensely important educational goal of integrating all curriculum behind the skills that are thought to be the most vital to the success of students in the 21st Century. STEM education is evolving into an integrative curriculum aimed at preparing students for the challenges of the 21st Century. A research-based STEM education program prepares our students to become creative and innovative problem solvers, researchers, engineers, and designers. For information about the S.T.E.M. programs available, contact your school.
Below are additional resources such as grading scale information and NC Program Standards.
RCS Vision & Mission
Rockingham County Schools will empower all students to compete globally.
Rockingham County Schools will provide a safe, dynamic and globally competitive education environment in which all students can reach their highest potential.
Curriculum and Instruction Mission
The Curriculum & Instruction division is committed to providing instructional support to all 23 schools. Our mission is to increase student achievement through:
Purposeful & Collaborative Instructional Planning
High Quality Teaching and Learning
High Performing School Teams
Supporting Optimal Use of All Resources (Human, Technological, Physical)
North Carolina's Standard Course of Study defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina. These standards define what students know and should be able to do.
Based on a philosophy of teaching and learning that is consistent with current research, exemplary practices, and national standards, the Standard Course of Study is designed to support North Carolina educators in providing the most challenging education possible for the state’s students. The goal of these standards is to prepare all students to become career and college ready.
With these standards as the foundation, local school leaders make decisions about the comprehensive curriculum that they choose to deliver to students so that they can reach the content standards for every grade and subject. In addition, local schools and districts may offer electives and coursework that is above and beyond the NC Standard Course of Study's content standards. Classroom instruction is a partnership between the state, which sets content standards in the Standard Course of Study, and local educators who determine which curriculum materials they will use to deliver instruction to reach the standards.
Rockingham County Schools have a strong emphasis in reading. These fundamental concepts are integrated in all core and co-curricular areas. Math and science are taught using inquiry based instruction with hands-on activities for students. In addition, we have a well-rounded Cultural Arts Program and Career and Technical Education Program for all students.
Furthermore our schools offer a wide variety of instructional and extracurricular programs to students. In addition to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, students have the opportunity to enroll in electives to enrich their educational experience.
Rockingham County Schools (RCS) believes that a strong homeschool to public school partnership will positively impact our community. We are excited to announce these new opportunities and welcome homeschoolers to participate in the variety of classes and activities offered on our campuses. RCS consists of twenty-five schools that provide personalized, 21st century instruction for all students.
The Rockingham County Schools board "recognizes that home school students may not have access to the array of courses and activities generally available to students attending charter or private schools. To enhance the opportunities available to home school students, the board will permit homeschool students to enroll in the Rockingham County Schools on a part-time basis and will otherwise develop rules and regulations to administer the participation of home school students in Rockingham County Schools programming. Home school students who enroll in at least two online and/or on-campus RCS courses may participate in designated extracurricular activities provided by the Rockingham County Schools." - from RCS Board Policy 4127 Currently athletic participation is not allowed under NCHSAA policy.
Here are some examples of the many opportunities available for your children.
RCS Virtual Academy (online courses)
RCS Extracurricular Activities
Battle of the Books Competitions
Academic Challenge Competitions
Band, Chorus, Theatre Programs
Robotics/ STEM Clubs
Summer Enrichment Programs
If you are interested in enrolling your children in any of our Rockingham County Schools' courses or programs, or would like to learn more, please contact Dr. Charles Perkins, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 336-627-2600.
Curriculum Staff Directory
Dr. Charles Perkins, Assistant Superintendent-K-12 Curriculum & Instruction
Jan McGuire, Secretary to Assistant Superintendent
June Nealy, Director- Elementary Education (K-5) / Title I
Cathy Stadler, Secretary to Director -Elementary Education / Title I
Jason Hyler - Director - Secondary Schools (6-12)
Crystal French, Secretary to Director of Instructional Programs; Director- Secondary Schools
Jason Hyler, Director of Testing and Research
Suzanne Lee, Testing Coordinator
Nancy Towler, Director of Instructional Programs/AIG
Lisa Miller, Lead AIG Teacher
336-634-3209 ext. 221
Elizabeth Covell, Director of Digital Learning, Professional Development, and Media
336-634-3209 ext. 203
Kathryn Madkour, Testing Assistant and CEU
336-342-8574 ext. 501
Mary Doggett, K-8 Math Lead Teacher
336-342-8574 ext. 503
Melissa Bailey, K-5 Lead Teacher
336-634-3209 ext. 211
Valerie Pyrtle, ESL Lead Teacher
Sherry Barnett, Digital Learning Lead Teacher
336-634-3209 ext. 225