Rocky Mount Prep Makes Gains In Scholar Academic Growth

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


Rocky Mount, N.C. – For the first time since the 2015-16 school year, Rocky Mount Prep met expected academic growth as released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. This was the result of a concentrated effort.


As the school reflects on the 2018-19 school year, there is much to celebrate. Rocky Mount Prep’s continued commitment to strong core reading and math instruction paid off, leading to improvement in the overall achievement of End-of-Grade reading and math scores.


“Our goal is to exceed growth this year by expanding the implementation of strategies that were effective during the 2018-19 school year,” said Head of School, Dr. Chaunte Garrett.


“When looking at our scholars’ progress last year, we recognized a lot of challenges in middle school math and english language arts. We equipped scholars with the resources needed to become strong readers and proficient in essential mathematics skills and concepts,” said Dr. Chaunte Garrett.


Each middle school grade level cohort demonstrated increased proficiency in both reading and math. “This was a huge feat.,” Garrett continued. The high school also demonstrated significant overall improvement in Math I.


Rocky Mount Prep met expected growth with an 80.2 growth score - a significant increase over previous years, including 2017’s 59.9 growth score. Every subgroup met growth.


The school’s achievement score indicates areas that require continued focus. Because the elementary school saw a decline in mathematics, Rocky Mount Prep has implemented a concept-based curriculum and targeted mathematics support for the entire K-12 campus.


In most grade levels, the school has reduced class sizes to enhance individualized learning, attention, and building of relationships between scholars, staff members, and families.

The high school struggled in all areas last school year, with the exception of increased performance in Math I. As a result, the high school is implementing strategies to change the trajectory regarding the ACT, promote college and career readiness, and provide social emotional support.


The 2018-19 graduation rate declined. “Some of our scholars experienced circumstances, which did not enable them to graduate within the expected four years,” Garrett explained. Rocky Mount Prep put services in place to support the various scholar needs that arose throughout their education. 


“We are here to meet all of our scholars where they are,” Garrett continued.


The school started the academic year fully staffed in the elementary school and in all core content areas in high school. Novice and veteran teachers have been paired to enhance collaboration and instruction.


During the 2019-20 school year, Rocky Mount Prep continues to focus on the mission to educate, equip and empower each scholar to excel academically by providing equitable learning opportunities and collaborating with families and communities, actionable. “We have a team that is dedicated to making sure our families are involved, in the know, and active partners in their scholars’ education,” Garrett stated. 


With the continued support of the school community, Rocky Mount Prep is well on their way towards improving their performance grade and exceeding growth, one day at a time. “I’m excited for the scholars and grateful for the team that does the work in supporting them,” Garrett stated.



View Rocky Mount Prep's 2019 School Performance Overview.