Rocky Mount Preparatory School Hosts Open House
On May 14, 2013, several charter school leaders came to Rocky Mount Preparatory School to tour the school and get an overview of “ blended learning”. In attendance were leaders from the North Carolina Charter School Alliance, Carter Community, Charter Day, Dillard Academy, Franklin Academy, Kestrel Heights, KIPP: Gaston, Sallie B. Howard, and Torchlight Academy.
RM Prep’s CEO, Mr. A. Douglas Haynes, and his staff welcomed the visitors. Rocky Mount Prep is a tuition-free public charter school with 1,160 students in grades K-12 from 8 districts in Eastern North Carolina. The school in June 2012 began creating an innovative, high performing new school design combining best research-based practices in face-to-face and online learning that will deliver superior academic results, an exceptional experience for students and parents, a fulfilling work environment for staff. The model would meet students where they were currently at academically and help accelerate their growth by the end of the year.
Mr. Haynes gave a presentation on blended learning and how the school is implementing their blended learning model this year. In preparation for the new transformational model of the school, the school’s administration researched several schools who were already pursuing blended learning models, such as Rocketship Education (San Jose, CA) and Carpe Diem Schools (Yuma, AZ). After a trip across the country to visit Grimmway Academy (Arvin, CA) and Carpe Diem Schools (Yuma, AZ), construction began on the schools four blended learning labs.
After the presentation, the visitors were treated to a tour of the campus by school administration and several student ambassadors. The tour also visited the school’s blended learning labs in the elementary, middle, and high schools and allowed the guests some time to experience our school’s culture.
At the luncheon, Mr. Morris Wilder, the Chairman of the Board, joined the administrative panel and greeted the guests on behalf of the school’s Board of Trustees. Throughout the luncheon, guests were able to ask questions about blended learning and other aspects of Rocky Mount Prep from the administrators of each division and the academic deans. Exchanges such as these campus tours and luncheons were able to help propel and support Rocky Mount Prep’s jump into blended learning. Charter schools across the country were willing to open their doors and share ideas with Rocky Mount Prep every step of the way. Rocky Mount Prep wanted to open their doors this May to select schools that had been previously visited by their administrators as a way to continue the learning experience and to say thank you.
Rocky Mount Prep CEO Doug Haynes was a founding director of Rocky Mount Prep in the late 1990’s and is a member of the Board of Directors of the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools. The Alliance is the state’s only 501(c)(3), nonprofit, non-partisan organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors whose mission is to advance quality educational opportunities and serve as the advocacy organization and voice for charter schools.