The mission of Research Triangle High School is to increase access to globally competitive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education for students and teachers across North Carolina, by incubating, proving and scaling innovative models of teaching and learning.


Our vision is to graduate young people who are prepared for college-level studies, and who have learned the 21st century skills that Research Triangle Park-like companies seek.


Our objectives for student achievement at RTHS are:

  • We intend to accelerate learning for all students, such that they cover more than four years of material in their time in high school, whether they enter behind the average or ahead, as a way to prepare all of our students for college.


  • We strive to prepare students for the 21st century workforce by instilling in students the skills and habits of thinking that our global companies seek. This requires us to guide young people to become independent, innovative problem solvers.


To that end, we focus on developing the following four skills in our students:

  • Preparing literate graduates ready for college.  The platform of learning at RTHS is for all students to move through a college-preparatory curriculum. All students need to learn the core curriculum of math, the sciences, English, history, a second or third language, and the arts in order to graduate as educated, college-bound young people.


  • Developing independent self-learners. Our second and equally important skill is for each student to move from being a teacher-directed dependent learner to an independent, self-guided one. To that end, each student is given structured expectations for material they must cover, and guided gently - some quickly, some more slowly - to making their own choices about how they can best learn required ideas and concepts. All students will be moved along this continuum over their four years at RTHS. 


  • Becoming critical thinkers. All students are being guided to develop strong critical thinking skills. RTHS' usage of flipped learning has been chosen specifically to allow teachers the class time to observe, guide and develop student's thinking, group and collaboration skills. These skills are developed and looked for in the class, lab and group activities that take place between teachers and students.


  • Becoming professionals. It is our hope that all students can advance into RTP internships, be they in scientific research, marketing and communications, or administrative skills. Students are being guided and assessed by rubrics in their readiness to undertake this off-campus experience. By senior year, a student should have progressed through a series of higher-order experiences that showcase a portfolio of these professional skills, and thus should be ready for an off-campus internship.