Friday, August 2, 2013

A 21st Century High School for a 21st Century District - Rock University High School

A new learning environment for high school students is on the horizon in Janesville – Rock University High School.  The School District of Janesville has been approved for grant funding ($200,000 a year for three years) that will lead to the creation of a high school at the University of Wisconsin – Rock County.  Planning for the school will take place during the 2013-2014 school year.

Currently, the School District of Janesville has two award-winning high schools (Janesville Craig and Parker) a charter school that is expanding (Rock River Charter School) and one that is looked to as a leader in project-based learning (TAGOS Leadership Academy). 

Rock University High School (RUHS) will serve students in grades 10 – 12 by offering an innovative, blended-learning program where the learner’s experience is personalized, self-directed, challenging, relevant, engaging and flexible. The students will demonstrate mastery in inquiry/problem-based learning imbedded in content-specific domains in order to ensure high achievement in skills and competencies for college and careers. The learning environment will be organized around the concept of STEAM education and partial world language immersion. STEAM stands for Science and Technology interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements.  STEAM education aims to bridge the gap between business and educational goals.

The vision of RUHS correlates with the School District of Janesville’s goals to:

  • Increase academic rigor and achievement
  • Increase student college and career readiness
  • Strengthen real-world applications
  • Lessen the achievement gap by recognizing intercultural competency as an asset

RUHS will provide a guided, integrative STEAM curriculum with an information-rich, digital-learning environment, so that all the students are prepared to be divergent, innovative thinkers, productive, creative, and contributing members of a global society. All students will receive a laptop as their learning tool as they become immersed in the STEAM Framework. The students will follow the research based Information Search Process; to question, access and analyze digital content, to communicate with each other and experts, and to create innovative projects that demonstrate their STEAM knowledge acquisition.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates about RUHS!

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