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Welcome to the Department of Secondary Education. We are committed to preparing our students for college and career by providing meaningful and personalized experiences for all students. We offer a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities aligned to state standards to assist students to meet their individual goals and excel beyond their high school experience. Our partnerships with higher education allows students to earn dual college credit with free tuition while in high school. Our six traditional high schools offer a unique experience to include specialized academies with courses and pathways that lead to industry credentials. Our schools offer more than 21 Advanced Placement course options, and a robust Career and Technical Education program. Visit our High School Academies page and Curriculum page for more details.

All RSS high school students receive a MacBook Air for use at home and at school. We provide numerous digital tools for student success including access to FREE ACT preparation through Method Test Prep, Discovery Education Digital TechBooks for relevant and up-to-date mathematics, science, and STEM interactives, and rigorous literacy texts via Achieve3000.

Welcome to parents and students

 

Parents and Students,

 

Welcome to High School! The Secondary Education Department provides the curriculum, leadership and professional development for the eight high schools within Rowan Salisbury School System, working collaboratively with principals, teachers, and district leadership to provide a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum that meet the standards set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The information within this website was designed to provide parents and students important information needed to navigate through the expectations for successful completion of a North Carolina high school diploma and become college and career ready.

The eight high schools within Rowan Salisbury Schools offer a comprehensive curriculum for students. Our six traditional high schools also boast unique academy programming where students can take courses within career pathways in an area of focus. Rowan County Early College students can earn a college associates degree along with their high school diploma within four years of study. Henderson Independent High School offers an alternative environment to best meet the personalized needs of students. Visit the High School Academies tab of this website to learn more about the outstanding programming we offer to our students.

For the fifth school year, the Rowan Salisbury Schools System is leading the way by providing each student 1:1 access to technology. Every high school student in RSS will have access to a laptop and additional learning software 24/7 during the school year to help best prepare our students to become career and college ready.

As a district, our number one goal is literacy. All students this year have access to Achieve 3000, an interactive digital program designed to provide differentiated nonfiction reading and writing instruction tailored to each student’s reading level. High school math I, math II, math III, and biology students all have access to Discovery Education TechBooks. These are interactive digital textbooks that provide up-to-date resources for students and teachers. TechBooks assist student learning in a variety of ways including audio, video, images, and digital investigations and real-world application of math and science.

Additionally, the district has purchased Method Test Prep once again for all high school students. This program is designed to strengthen the rigor in the instructional program and provide resources for students to be successful on the ACT. Full ACT test prep and practice materials are available through this program at no cost to the students and can be used both in school and out of school.

As you plan for your high school experience, consider taking advantage of the Career and College Promise Courses. Career and College Promise (CCP) is North Carolina’s dual enrollment program for high school students. Eligible students can take courses that count for both high school and college credit, tuition-free. Some classes are available online, at the community college, and also may be available at your high school. For details, please ask your high school guidance counselor for more information. CCP courses are found in the Dual Credit section of the website.

We are excited to partner with families as our students set and achieve goals and make choices about their future. A successful high school experience is dependent upon the hard work and dedication of students and the partnership between home and school to support and encourage students along the way. Together, we will help your child achieve his/her goals and graduate college and career ready and prepared to succeed along life’s journey.
 
 
 

Academies

High School Academies offer specialized curricula and courses and are aligned to specific career pathways.

Rising 9th grade students who are unable to obtain academies or concentrations in his/her regularly assigned school, may apply to another school within RSSS in order to enroll in a program of study or academy not offered at their school. Transfers into high school academies for rising 9th graders will be granted on a space available basis, with students in the academy host school given first opportunity for enrollment in the academy. The transfer window for high school academies closes on March 29, 2018.

General information about academies is below, for more detailed Academy Information and requirements, please contact a guidance counselor at the high school.

ACT Information

All students take the ACT in spring of their Junior year of high school. This test is given one time for FREE, and is accepted by most colleges and universities to help meet admissions requirements. 
 

 

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Curriculum

Rowan Salisbury Schools offers a comprehensive and rigorous high school curriculum to include in Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Physical Education, Performing and Fine Arts, World Languages, and Career and Technical Education courses. We are committed to preparing our students for college and career by providing meaningful and personalized experiences for all students. We offer a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities aligned to state standards to assist students to meet their individual goals and excel beyond their high school experience. Our partnerships with higher education allows students to earn dual college credit with free tuition while in high school. Our six traditional high schools offer a unique experience to include specialized academies with courses and pathways that lead to industry credentials. Our schools offer more than 18 Advanced Placement course options, and a robust Career and Technical Education program. Visit our High School Academy page and Course Guide by School page for more details.

Students should begin planning for high school prior to entering the 9th grade to ensure the most flexibility in course choice while in high school. Explore this website to learn more about the opportunities available within Rowan Salisbury Schools. For additional information, make an appointment with a high school counselor.

Early College

Earn your high school diploma AND a college associates degree in only four years of high school.

Fast Facts

  • 100% Graduation Rate three years in a row!
  • In addition to a high school diploma, and in only 4 years of high school, the Rowan County Early College CLASS of 2016...
  • 92% earned an Associates Degree! (National Average - 25%)
  • 27% earned both an AA and AS Degree!
  • 99% will continue their education!
  • 64% of RCEC students are on Free or Reduced Lunch.
  • 80% of RCEC students are First Generation College going

2019-20 RCEC Application

Application Deadline: DEcember 13, 2019

Grade Weighting

Courses eligible for weights include higher-level high school courses that fall into one of the following categories:
  1. Honors sections of standard-level academic courses, including NC Virtual Public School courses and other on-line courses, that are in accordance with the philosophy, rubric, procedures, guidelines, and standards for curriculum, instruction, and assessment as described in the North Carolina Honors Course Implementation Guide. Such courses are assigned additional quality points in accordance with section 3.1.2 of North Carolina policy GCS-L-004.
  2. Pre-calculus, non-AP/IB calculus, mathematics courses beyond the level of calculus, and world language courses beyond the second-year level are considered inherently advanced and are assigned Honors-level weighting in accordance with section 3.1.2 of NC policy GCS-L-004.
  3. Arts education courses meeting the standards for proficient and advanced dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts are assigned Honors weighting in accordance with section 3.1.2 of NC policy GCS-L-004.

ALL COURSES, WEIGHTED AND NON-WEIGHTED, ARE OPEN TO ANY STUDENT WHO MEETS THE COURSE PREREQUISITES AND DESIRES TO ENROLL. Availability of specific course offerings may vary from school to school, year to year, according to student enrollment and school scheduling. Please check with your guidance department for availability.

The weighted grade point average will be used to determine the following:

  • Honor Roll
  • Class Rank
  • Junior Marshals
  • Honor Graduates (3.5 GPA calculated at the end of the 8th semester- Class of 2017 and 2018; Class of 2019 and beyond GPA TBD)
  • Distinguished graduates (3.0 GPA calculated at the end of the 8th semester- Class of 2017 and 2018; Class of 2019 and beyond GPA TBD)
  • Eligibility for honor societies and other academically oriented organizations at the high school level
  • Scholarship competitions
  • Other school-based honors or recognitions at the discretion of the principal and/or the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education

For the Class of 2019 and Beyond:

For the Class of 2019 and beyond, using the overall weighted GPA, students will be recognized under a Latin Honors System at graduation.

  • Suma Cum Laude- 4.0+
  • Magna Cum Laude- 3.8 – 3.99
  • Cum Laude- 3.5 – 3.79

For students who entered high school for the first time BEFORE Fall of 2015:
A weighted system is used to encourage students to take more challenging and rigorous courses, to reward successful completion of these classes and to determine class rank and grade point averages (GPA). Weighted GPA will determine class rank.

Courses Eligible for Weighting:
1. Each honor course will receive one additional weighted point provided the course is “above” and “beyond” the standard course of study.
2. Advanced Placement courses recognized by national curricula and validated with standardized assessments will receive an additional two weighted points.
3. Select college level courses may receive one weighted point. (The high school principal and the college require prior approval.)

Weights are figured as follows:
In the Rowan-Salisbury Schools, all courses will be designated as ‘4.0’, ‘5.0’, or ‘6.0’. Only courses designated as weighted courses are eligible to receive a designation above ‘4.0’ and have additional weighted points awarded for grades above failure. As the degree of difficultly increases from ‘4.0’ to ‘5.0’, to ‘6.0’, the number of weighted points, which can be earned for a particular grade, increases. Weights are assigned to courses in accordance with North Carolina policy GCS-L-004; GS 116-11(10a). (Refer to scale below)


Freshmen entering high school for the first time in the fall of 2015 and beyond:
A weighted system is used to encourage students to take more challenging and rigorous courses, to reward successful completion of these classes and to determine class rank and grade point averages (GPA). Weighted GPA will determine class rank.

Courses Eligible for Weighting:
1. Each honor course will receive .5 additional weighted point provided the course is “above” and “beyond” the standard course of study.
2. Advanced Placement courses recognized by national curricula and validated with standardized assessments will receive an additional one (1) weighted point.
3. The state weighting system adds the equivalent of one (1) quality point to the grade earned in community college courses included on the most recent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Transfer List, and for courses taught at four-year universities and colleges. The high school principal and the college require prior approval.

Weights are figured as follows:
In the Rowan-Salisbury Schools, all courses for students entering high school for the first time in the fall of 2015 or later, will be designated as ‘4.0’, ‘4.5’, or ‘5.0’. Only courses designated as weighted courses are eligible to receive a designation above ‘4.0’ and have additional weighted points awarded for grades above failure. As the degree of difficultly increases from ‘4.0’ to ‘4.5’, to ‘5.0’, the number of weighted points, which can be earned for a particular grade, increases. Weights are assigned to courses in accordance with North Carolina policy GCS-L-004; GS 116-11(10a). (Refer to scale below)

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Testing Requirements

  1. North Carolina End-of-Course (EOC)Exams: All students enrolled in a course with an End-of-Course exam must take the exam. Students who do not take the End-of-Course exam will not receive credit for the course. The exam grade will count 20% of the final course grade. End-of-Course exams will be administered for the following courses: Math 1, Biology, English II.
  2. PreACT: The PreACT is a curriculum based achievement test in English, Math, Reading, and Science, that measures college and career readiness, serves as a midpoint assessment, and is also a predictor for the ACT. The PreACT is administered to all students in grade 10.
  3. ACT: The ACT Plus Writing assessment will be administered to all students in grade 11 at no cost to the student. The ACT is a curriculum based achievement test in English, Math, Reading, and Science that measures college and career readiness.
  4. WorkKeys: WorkKeys will be administered to students in grade 12 who are CTE concentrators with at least one Level II credit. The purpose of WorkKeys is to assess a student’s job skills so that future employers can select, hire, train, develop and retain a high performance workforce.
  5. Advanced Placement (AP) Exams: Students enrolling in an AP course(s) are expected to take the AP exam(s). Each AP exam has a fee which is determined by the College Board. Please see your high school counselor for current AP exam fees. (Fee waivers may be available for qualified students.) Students who take Advanced Placement courses and take the Advanced Placement Exam offered by College Board may receive higher consideration for admission to colleges and universities along with college/university course credit and/or placement. AP Fees have been waived for NC students during the past several years.
  6. CTE Post Assessments: All students enrolled in courses in which CTE Post Assessments are administered must take the tests. Students who do not take the CTE Post Assessments will not receive credit for the course. The CTE Post Assessment counts 20% of the final grade. (Occupational Course of Study students will be tested according to their CTE Blueprint based on their IEP.) *Some courses may include credentialing options that replace CTE Post Assessment
  7. Teacher-made Exams: Most courses have a final that is weighted no more than 20% of the final grade.


*Testing requirements are subject to change.

Optional Assessments:

  • Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT): Students may take the PSAT in preparation for the SAT. The PSAT is administered in every high school in October. A student will receive a comprehensive analysis of his/her results after the test.
  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB): The ASVAB is a test of mechanical and technical skills that can be used to predict vocational aptitudes and interests. The results can be helpful in making career choices. The ASVAB is used to qualify for all branches of military service and is administered in the 11th or 12th grade to interested students.

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Staff

Tina Mashburn

Executive Director of Secondary Education

Deborah Jones

Admin Assistant
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Brittany Saunders

Lead Literacy Design Coach

Angela Waldo

Lead Math Design Coach

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Rowan-Salisbury Schools Pilots State Renewal Program

The State of North Carolina passed HB 986 enabling qualifying school districts to become a renewal district. Currently only Rowan-Salisbury Schools district qualifies. On June 28th the RSS Board of Education elected to participate in this program. Click for details.