Curriculum & Academics
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The curriculum followed is determined by the State of North Carolina in our Standard Course of Study -
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Career & Technical Education
Hands on experience for 21st century jobs.
Listed below are the Career and Technical Education instructors and the CTE courses offered at RCHS by department.
Rockingham County High School's Career and Technical Education Department offers a wide selection of courses that allow students the opportunity to investigate a wide variety of work ready courses. Currently students in the Common Core Course of study are encouraged to complete a pathway of four related courses with one being a second level course. The second level course is called the completer course. Students that complete a pathway with a completer course leave high school with skills that enable them to enter into the work force. Rockingham County's Career and Technical Education programs consistently score well above the state goal for students mastering the objectives of the courses.
Instructors: Timmy Buck, Chris Higgs, Deborah Williams
Sports and Entertainment Marketing I and II
Principles of Business
Allied Health Science Courses
Instructor: Clark Rowe, Nadine Rowe
Health Sciences I and II
Health Team Relations
Family and Consumer Sciences Courses
Instructors: Renee Strickland, Gwenn Lance
Apparel and Textile Development I and II
Foods I: Fundamentals
Foods II: Advanced
Interior Design I and II
Automotive Technology Courses
Instructor: Derick Shelton
Intro to Automotives
Agri Science/Horticulture Courses
Instructors: Taylor Apple and Rosalina Webster
Agri Science Applications
Animal Science I and II
Ag. Mechanics I and II
Technical Drafting Courses
Instructor: Whitney Carter
Architectural Drafting I, II, and III
Drafting Engineering I and II
Firefighting and Public Safety
Instructor: Jeff Allen, Betty Jean Cardwell
Fire I, II, and III
EMT I and II
Laying the ground work for a bright future
Rockingham County High School's English Department leads the way for students to learn to express themselves through reading, written expression, research, and class presentations. Students are required to complete four units of English to graduate. Listed below are the department staff and English classes offered at RCHS.
Instructors: Angela Wilson, Laurel Clark, Judith Williams, Sandra Crouse, Jacob Anders and Bryanna Boaz.
English Department Courses
English I CP
English I Honors
English II CP
English II Honors
English III CP
English III Honors
AP English Language and Composition
English IV CP
English IV Honors
AP English Literature and Composition
Helping to build a bright future for all
Rockingham County High School's mission statement sets the way for our Exceptional Education Department. These dedicated teachers insure that every student has equal opportunities to learn in any course of study they choose. The Exceptional Education Department services many students at Rockingham County High School through courses such as Academic Skills, Occupational classes, and inclussion academic classes. Listed below is the Exceptional Education staff and their assistants.
Exceptional Education Instructors
Sarah Amick, Lisa Fulton, Kyle Luegers, Theresa Giles, Rachel Goots, Kylie Wright, and Lisa Breedlove, Walter Moore (EL)
Exceptional Education Assistants
Darlene Allen, , BJ Bottoms, Roger Roach, Stephanie Rash and Erin Weston
Fine Arts Department
Bringing out our hidden talents
Rockingham County High School offers courses in the Fine Arts Department that give our students the chance to show off their talents. Students have many opportunities during the school year to entertain audiences with their vocal skills, musical talent, acting abilities and art work. Listed below are the staff and and courses offered by this very talented department.
Fine Arts Department Courses
Instructor: Justin Bulla
Drama Website http://www.cougardramatics.weebly.com
Theatre Arts I and II
Advanced Play Production
Proficient (Musical Theatre)
Instructor: Donald Dohm
Honors Wind Ensemble A and B
Chorus and Piano
Instructor: Marlo Nall
Advanced Piano Lab
Honors Music Vocal A and B
Instructors: Leigh Ann Cross
Art I, II, III, and IV
Honors Studies Art A and B
Preparing for the global market
With the every changing world of work, it is becoming more and more important that students be able to speak languages that will open doors in other countries. Our Foreign Language Department enable students to learn not only the languages of other countries but also their culture. Required for graduation in the College University Prep Course of Study, foreign language classes are taken by many of our students; not just students planning to attend a four year school. Listed below are the instructors and foreign language courses taught at Rockingham County High School.
Instructors: Reyna Lopez and Melissa Gery
Foreign Language Department Courses
Spanish I and II
Spanish III Honors
Spanish IV Honors
Not your grandfather's math
Rockingham County High School's Math Department is on the cutting edge of instruction. With a staff that continues to find new ways to reach students, the department regularly meets or exceeds the scores established for their end of course tests. The staff has dedicated themselves to giving long hours in order to give our students every opportunity to better themselves. Whether it is through after school tutorial sessions in the computer labs or teacher web sites, the math department maintains very high standards for their students. Students are required to earn four credits in math for graduation and one unit must be Math I.
Listed below are the members of the math department and the math courses offered at RCHS.
Instructors: Renee Gibbs, Leslie Baker, Suzanne Russell, Heather Visaya, Donald Pippinand Jodi Troxler.
Intro to Math Fundamentals
Math II Honors
Math III Honors
Advanced Functions and Modeling
Discrete Math Honors
Advanced Placement Calculus Honors
Experimenting to unwrap the future
RCHS's Science Department does its best to keep our students up to date on the new technology and job opportunities that will face them in the coming years. Through experimentation and research, students learn to look beyond the obvious and find new and better ways to handle the ever changing world of science. Students are required to take three sciences for graduation, a physical science and one course in biology, and an environmental course. Below are the instructors and science courses offered by the Science Department.
Instructors: Adrian Doss, Katrinka Davis, Casey Elrod, and Aaron Soodek
Other Science Courses are available at Rockingham Community College.
Building knowledge and citizenship
The Social Studies Department at Rockingham County High School works very hard to bring the past to the future and link modern events to those that happened years ago. The department goes above and beyond to give our understanding of our government, our heritage, and the cultures of other nations. Listed below is the staff and the courses offered by our Social Studies Department.
Instructors: Mike Belter, Jeff Hamilton, Jason Turner, Colby Flinchum and Mike Williams
Social Studies Courses
CP and Honors Civics
CP and Honors American History I and II
Advanced Placement U.S. History
CP and Honors World History
Building fit bodies and minds
The Physical Education Department at RCHS offers students a wide range of classes to help them develop good habits for a healthy lifestyle after high school. Students are required to take one unit of Physical Education and Health as a prerequisite for graduation but many students take a unit of physical education each semester they are enrolled. Listed below are the instructors and courses offered by the Physical Education Department.
Instructors: Brad Baker, Jennifer Powell, Jesse Wall, and Mike Gebbia.
Physical Education Courses
Building tomorrow's leaders today
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC)
Developing citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.
THE RCHS AFJROTC program began in 1996 with two instructors and limited curriculum. Since that time our program has three instructors and enrolls over 20% of the school’s population annually. The program offers students a wide variety of courses including Organizational, Study, and Communication Skills, Aviation History, Global Studies, Management of the Corp, Drill and Ceremonies, Life Skills, Health and Wellness, and the Federal Aviation Administration Ground School.
In addition AFJROTC has several clubs available for cadets: Drill Team, Awareness Presentation Team, Kitty Hawk Air Society; Model Rocketry and Land Navigation.
AFJROTC Courses and instructors:
AFJROTC I: Study Skills and Science of Flight, Leadership Education I, Health and Wellness; Instructors: Col Henry Gaither
AFJROTC II: Aviation History, Leadership Education II, Health and Wellness; Instructor:
AFJROTC III: Global Studies, Leadership Education III, Health and Wellness; Instructors: Col Henry Gaither
AFJROTC IV: Management of the Corps, Unlocking Your Potential, Survival Skills, Life Skills, Leadership Education IV, Health and Wellness; Instructor:
AFJROTC IV (Honors): FAA Ground School, Advanced Drill and Ceremonies, Health and Wellness; Instructors: Col Henry Gaither
Leadership Lab I, II, and III: The curriculum is developed by Colonel Henry Gaither and varies by year and is very limited in number.
Each cadet is hand-selected by the AFJROTC instructors and must meet very high standards to be considered for the course. Contact RCHS AFJROTC for additional information. Instructor: Col Henry Gaither
Instructor: Col. Henry Gaither
Military Science Courses
JROTC I, II, III, and IV
JROTC Military Lab
Rockingham County High School offers electives in other areas that students may take during their tenure at our school. These mind and character building courses are open to all students. Students are required to complete an application for each of these courses. Below are the instructors and the courses that they teach.
Erin Hughes: Media and Library Specialist
Jim Carroll: Career Interns and Apprenticeships
History of the Bible
Instructor: Taylor Carter
Learning more about the past
These courses focus on the Jewish Nation's history, how the Bible came to be, key people and events, the life of Jesus, and the early church. These courses are open to all students. Listed below are the courses and the instructor.
Filling a special need
Rockingham County High School's students have many professionals working everyday to make their lives easier. RCHS's support staff is willing and able to do whatever is needed to insure that our students are getting everything they need to be successful. Listed below are staff members and their title.
Erin Hughes: Media Specialist
Jim Carroll: Career Development Coordinator, Special Populations Coordinator, Web Master, Fire Academy Coordinator, Building Level CTE Test Administrator
Cassie Higgs: Guidance Counselor
Misty Attaway: Guidance Counselor
Sandee Wiggins: Guidance Counselor
Tracey Anderson: Guidance Counselor
Lindsey Hollaway: College Adviser Here are scholarships that are available......Please see Ms. Holloway for information.
Walter Moore: English as a Second Language Specialist
Courtney Paschal: Athletic Director
Overdrive eBook Library
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