Policies & Student Expectations
At Research Triangle High School, we aspire to create a community of learners who are responsible for their own learning, engaged in their class content, supportive and respectful to their peers and teachers, and willing to be vulnerable for the sake of growing. Our faculty and staff are committed to knowing each student and teaching each student where they are. We expect students to contribute to that knowledge of where they are and to conduct themselves according to professional business standards wherever possible.
The following guidelines should serve to clarify our expectations for our students:
Students will focus on their academic work during school hours.
Students will be civil and kind to each other, to the staff, and to the larger community.
Students will dress appropriately. Dress should not be disruptive, obscene, or offensive. Teachers reserve the right to set standards for their classrooms.
Students will attend class regularly. They will be on time and prepared every day.
Students will accept responsibility for helping to maintain our facilities.
The Student Handbook also outlines RTHS’ operational and academic policies and procedures, including such things as attendance, grading and homework, acceptable computer use, dress code, phone policies and more.
Students should dress appropriately for academic activities. In keeping with our goals to have our students ready for internships and higher academic and business pursuits, the following items should be avoided:
Clothing that is excessively tight, short, low cut or revealing. This will vary from student to student and outfit to outfit, but in general, please avoid strapless tops, muscle-cut tank tops, leggings worn as pants, t-shirts or tops with inappropriate slogans or advertising, and anything that reveals undergarments—boxer shorts and bra straps, for example, should not be visible during the school day.
Sunglasses and novelty items worn in the classroom
Pajama pants and slippers worn during the school day
Some exceptions can be made for school spirit day and other specific occasions.
Since every student has a laptop or tablet for school work, the following policies are in place regarding student phones and their use:
Students may have their cell phones with them at any time. Phones are not banned from the school. However,
Students may only use their phones before and after school or at lunch, or if a classroom teacher allows their use specifically during a class period.
Teachers may take phones from students temporarily if they violate these rules. Phones can be claimed at the end of the class or school day.
If a student needs to contact a parent for any emergency, they must do so from the office phone.
Parents who need to get messages to students during the day are asked to call the office number, 919-998-6757. Messages will be relayed quickly.
Please download our Board-approved policy here.
It is the policy of the School not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability or handicap. No person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or handicap, be denied equal access or admission to school programs, courses, extracurricular activities and employment opportunities. In addition, under section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, no otherwise qualified individual, shall solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at the School.
For questions related to Title IX, please see RTHS' policy or contact the coordinator listed below.
RTHS Title IX Coordinator
3106 East NC Hwy 54
P.O. Box 13453
Durham, NC 27709
Students Parking on Campus
Parking rules and regulations can be found in the student handbook (See link above).
Title I Parent and Family Engagement Plan 2019
Research Triangle High School Board Policy
Approved on: January 25th, 2019
Decades of research have shown that when schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school but throughout life. RTHS believes that learning can best take place when there is shared effort, interest, and commitment among students, parents, extended family members, community members and staff. The goal of this parent and family engagement plan is to support in a more consistent and effective manner those things already in practice as well as to generate new ways of strengthening the partnership between school and home.
At RTHS, the partnership between school and home will be supported by:
convening regular meetings in the school to provide information to parents, family members, and community members about the school and available programs and maintaining on file at the school, at a minimum, a copy of the agenda from the meeting highlighting that Title I programming was discussed; documentation of parental feedback and/or evaluation in the form of sign-in sheets and minutes from the presentation/ meetings; if relevant, a copy of any presentation; and flyers, website announcements, message recordings and/or other advertisements for the meeting;
notifying parents of and clearly posting on the School' s website NC School Report Card Data;
offering a flexible number of meetings, workshops, and parent conferences that assist parents, family members, and community members in improving the achievement of all children;
providing opportunities for all parents, family members, and community members to participate in school activities, including persons with disabilities and limited English proficiency;
involving parents, family members, and community members in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in consultation for the improvement of the School and its' programs, specifically including these critical stakeholders in the planning, review, and evaluation of programs and improve programs based on the results;
assisting parents, family members, and community members in understanding state academic content, the North Carolina Accountability Program, state and local assessments, and student performance standards;
communicating clearly and frequently with parents, family members, and community members about school polices, programs, and their own children;
educating school personnel in the value of contributions of parents, family members , and community members and in how to communicate with and build ties between the these critical stakeholders and the school in order to build school capacity and
annually conducting a joint evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this policy with parents, family members , and community members and maintaining on file at the school, at a minimum, a copy of the agenda from the meeting highlighting that this policy was discussed, reviewed and revised; a copy of this policy with latest revision date; proof that this policy was distributed in multiple ways (i.e., newsletter, parent handbook, website, etc.); documentation of parental feedback and/or evaluation in the form of sign-in sheets and minutes from policy meetings; and flyers, website announcements, message recordings and/or meeting advertisements.