RTHS Frequently Asked Questions
What curriculum is followed?
We teach a college-preparatory curriculum based on standards provided by the state of North Carolina and national practitioner organizations.
What is the daily schedule and school calendar?
Students take six 50 minute classes and a 50 minute study period each day. Classes start at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 3:45 p.m. Our calendar is established internally and consists of 185 school days. The first day of school this year was August 13. You can anticipate school at RTHS opening two weeks before schools in Wake and Durham counties.
Do you meet state and local recommendations for racial diversity?
RTHS admits students without regard to race, sex, disability, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin. We have sought diversity in our community by encouraging a diverse applicant pool. Our state-mandated lottery process results in a random sampling of our applicants, but our school actively pursues other means of seeking a diverse population.
Is there a volunteer or monetary requirement for parents?
No. There are no volunteer or monetary requirements for parents. We appreciate all volunteer time and energy to help support RTHS. Since RTHS and other charter schools do not receive capital funding from the state, we rely on a great deal of help from our families. Please visit the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) page for more information.
What is the transportation plan for RTHS?
RTHS currently offers a free bus pass to any student who wishes to ride GoTriangle buses to school. There are several buses which stop at the school's corner. The buses run on a fairly tight schedule from all the main stations in Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. These stations offer transfers for free as does the RTP station called the RTC. The rides are short, generally very on-time, air-conditioned and have wireless access!
Our Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) educates families on the GoTriangle schedules, which seem daunting at first but are actually incredibly simple, timely and professional. PTSO also coordinates carpooling, setting up meetings and lists so everyone can find each other and set up their carpools. For more information on transportation, click here.
What are the technology needs of students attending RTHS?
At RTHS, we have a policy of "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) — that is, we expect students to bring a device with them every day that is capable of interacting with the systems used in classes for class work and homework. We also award laptops to students who qualify as in need of a school contribution. For more information on technology needs, click here.
Does RTHS have a school cafeteria?
RTHS does not have a cafeteria, so students bring a lunch and eat in designated classrooms and outside in the patio area in the front of the school building. Students who require federally approved assistance for lunch are eligible for a free bagged lunch, available daily at the front desk.
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