Expanding horizons and discovering new paths are integral parts of an educational experience, an experience that not only lends the resources to learn but also lends the opportunity to transcend.
The Wolves of Rome City Schools belong to a Pack that doesn’t just survive – they thrive. Fiercely dedicated to excellence and motivated by an unwavering sense of solidarity, for each other and their community, the RCS experience is packed with opportunity, support, and pride.
The RCS system consists of six elementary schools, one middle, one high school, and the Phoenix Performance Learning Center (PLC). The PLC offers students a blended learning environment, early graduation, mentorship, and assistance in getting ready for college, the military, or work. Completing the other pieces of the Pack are Rome High School’s state of the art College and Career Academy, and a Virtual Learning Academy that has extended educational options for all RCS students, K-12, during an unprecedented time.
Quality academics, athletics, and arts are the solid foundation from which the system builds an award-winning educational curriculum for the 6,500 students enrolled.
Throughout the system there are three STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) certified schools, over 25 AP (Advanced Placement) course offerings, and 30+ Career, Technical, and Agricultural (CTAE) pathways that offer students countless opportunities to explore new subjects and skills and discover new interests. These offerings are continuously growing as well, providing numerous opportunities to students, no matter the interest. RCS also offers 1:1 K-12 technology, ensuring that all students are given top-notch resources to work efficiently and effectively.
RCS has recently achieved high scoring in accordance with the Cognia Accreditation Process. This process, reviewing performance and engagement, examines the whole institution to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students. Results are reported on a scale of 100 to 400, and RCS earned a system IEQ (Index of Education Quality) Cognia score of 381.6 out of 400; the highest possible score in 30 out of 31 standards.
The state of Georgia recorded an increase in SAT scores for 2021 despite the impact of a pandemic. While Georgia’s mean score of 1077 exceeded the nation’s average, Rome High School students took excellence a step further, exceeding the state’s average as well. The mean SAT score for RHS was 1100. RHS’s mean score for the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) portion of the test was 555 – nine points above Georgia’s average, and their mean for the Math portion was 545 – 14 points above state average.
As of 2021, RCS boasts a 92.9 percent graduation rate and a student body that is as diverse as it is dedicated.
The RCS system strives to engage and embrace community partnerships; maintaining engagement and collaboration with a number of organizations that benefit the development and assess the needs (both academic and nonacademic) of students and their families. Partners include Atrium Health Floyd, Communities in Schools, and Helping Hands Ending Hunger, to name a few. The CCA houses altruistic missions on site with a stocked food pantry and a medical clinic; advised by Floyd professionals, operated by students.
This particular Pack is always aspiring to be the best versions of themselves that they can possibly be. Incentivized initiatives are practiced throughout the elementary schools to encourage and celebrate positive behavior, kindness, and compassion among the students.
All Rome City elementary schools have created Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) programs in which each grade level earns school-specific points when demonstrating good behavior and each nine weeks faculty and staff celebrate those efforts with special movie nights, inflatables, extra recess time and other fun activities.
The faculty, staff, administration, and students of RCS are proud to be part of the Pack. The signature red and gold colors are worn with immense pride, not just when Friday night lights illuminate the night sky, but in every hallway of every school, every day.
There is no greater testament to the impact of RCS than when their investment in a student comes full circle. Within the system, there are a great number of faculty, staff, and administrators who were brought up Wolves, and to Wolf nation they have returned. They return to give back, to pay respect, and to become a part of that influential impact that embraces and empowers students.
The diligent team of faculty, staff, and administration at RCS never stop preparing for the future. As a system, they are in a constant state of forward focus, with the utmost determination to always be improving, for the sake of the students, the faculty and staff, and the Rome-Floyd community as a whole.
For more information, visit rcs.rome.ga.us.