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ROCORI ACADEMICS AND PROGRAMS

 

Over the last few weeks, I have heard questions or comments about the ROCORI Schools as we have engaged in a number public and community activities.  At the Community Showcase, some guests and vendors asked about ROCORI performance and expectations.  In conversations with parents researching schools, questions about our district success have been presented.  Various contexts have offered opportunities to identify strengths and share information about the district. 

Although the information is not presented in my normal writing format, I want to use the space to share information from our district brochures to let data and facts about the district speak to our academic and program success.  I know the information is now a year old, but the information is consistent for district performance.

 

MISSION:

To be Central Minnesota’s public education standard of excellence

Making a difference today to create a better tomorrow for ROCORI students and their communities

 

CONSISTENT ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

70% of 2013 graduates took ACT; 23.2 composite score

 

ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

•Reward School: 

John Clark Elementary  2012, 2013, 2014

            Richmond Elementary 2011, 2014

• Celebration Eligible:  Richmond Elementary 2013

•“Bronze” status school:  US News and World Report

            ROCORI High School recognized

•ROCORI High School: Central Minnesota’s highest state testing performance 2012, 2013

•ROCORI Middle School:  Student performance level at Celebration Eligible status

 

COMMON CORE CURRICULUM STANDARDS

Emphasis on K-3 core skills

Minnesota State Standards

Academic Achievement Opportunities          

Title and Intervention Programming 

Targeted Services Opportunities

 

SENIOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

HONOR STATUS

   20% of 2013 class earned National Honor Society membership. 

   23% of the class won the President’s Education Award

   54% of the class earned Honor cords to wear at graduation

  

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

    2013 Seniors were awarded $630,000 in scholarships

 

SPECIAL INITIATIVES

INDUCTION AND MENTORING

Extensive support for new teachers

 •First year—Instructional Coaching and Mentoring

     •Second year—Guided Lesson Study

     •Third year—Action Research

Affiliation with SCSU New Teacher program

 

PARTNERSHIPS

St. Cloud State University—Teacher Preparation Initiative

Local Business Partnerships

Chamber of Commerce / Civic and Commerce

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

Benton-Stearns Education District Membership

Multiple Levels of Service

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES

Four Star Parent Aware Designation

Classes for 3 and 4 year olds

Specifically Designed Classroom Spaces

Parent Advisory Council

Head Start Center

 

ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES

FOCUSED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

•21st Century classroom skills and instruction

•Practical, hands-on learning experiences

•Students “learn by doing.”

 

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

•Project Lead The Way:  Courses begin at the Middle School level using engineering and design software offered by Intel, Pixar, Lockheed-Martin.

•Course offering college credit to students who engage in real-life construction projects. 

 

COLLEGE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL

College Credits offered on the ROCORI Campus

  • Credit options from 21 college level courses including  English, Social Studies, Science, Math, and Electives
  • Students may earn up to 63 credits in the Minnesota State University (MnSCU) system
  • 2013 Seniors earned  2879 college credits

     

CONCLUSION

As you can see in the information, there are a lot of great things happening within the ROCORI Schools!  Next week, I will return to this issue with continuing information about the ROCORI Schools and our academic success.