• Former RCS Students May be Eligible to Petition for a Diploma

    Former students who earned certificates from Rockingham County Schools (RCS) can now receive a diploma due to a change in state law. Students who met all state and local graduation requirements except for passing the Computer Skills Test or Competency Test in Reading and Math can petition the district for a diploma.

    In accordance with state legislation, the tests were eliminated and are no longer required for graduation. Current students who have not passed the tests will be eligible to receive a diploma if they meet all other requirements.

    Students that were enrolled in a graduating class from 1981 through 2009 and met all state and local board requirements for a diploma except for passing the competency test(s) and or the computer skills test(s), may now petition for a diploma.

    Petitions for diplomas will be accepted during a five year window through July 1, 2014. 

    Previous RCS students who would like to petition for a diploma based on this change should contact Dr. Jean Steverson, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support Services, at 336.627.2688.

    Students who are submitting a petition must fill out a form, which is available on the RCS website, below, by clicking on the link.

    After records have been located, district personnel will check to ensure that all state and local requirements for graduation were met and at the time the diploma was withheld because of a testing deficiency.  Following the review, the petitioner will be notified if the diploma is to be issued or if the petition has been denied.