Rocky Mount Prep’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the academic calendar for the 2020-21 school year during a scheduled board meeting on January 13th, 2020. The calendar consists of 174 instructional days, 1156 instructional hours.
The approved calendar has the start of school beginning Monday, August 10th. The early start date allows for balanced learning opportunities throughout the year and limits the opportunity for summer learning loss. The early start also supports scholars attending Nash Community College for college credit while enrolled at Rocky Mount Prep.
The school’s last day for scholars is on Friday, May 22nd, concluding the school year before the Memorial Day holiday. The approved calendar includes a week-long Thanksgiving break in the month of November, a lengthy winter break in December, and a full week off for spring break in April.
The extended Thanksgiving break was new to the school during the 2019-20 school year, which honored the school’s commitment to providing time for families and staff members to rest, rejuvenate and enjoy time with loved ones. It was a break many staff members voiced their appreciation for.
“Appreciate is an understatement. It allows the teachers and all staff members to regroup and refuel, so that we can come back and continue to give the scholars the very best of us,” said Rocky Mount Prep secondary math teacher, Cecilia Thorpe.
Upon return from Thanksgiving break, the school will keep things consistent with last year’s academic calendar to offer scholars the opportunity to complete their semester final exams before winter break.
As with previous years, Rocky Mount Prep will continue to operate with an early release schedule each Friday, allowing teachers the opportunity to collaborate around instructional strategies and learn through professional development opportunities after scholar dismissal.
“Friday afternoons make me a better teacher because I'm able to concentrate on tying up loose ends to make sure all my kids' needs are met. It enables teams to meet together when they all have different planning periods and it creates time for professional development within the work day,” said Rocky Mount Prep secondary english teacher, Bethany Kirkpatrick.
A new addition to Rocky Mount Prep’s academic calendar are designated days for parent and teacher conferences to support the school’s mission of collaborating with families for student success.
Each year, the school seeks feedback regarding the academic calendar from its stakeholders. Over the last several weeks, educators, administrators and families collaborated to create a calendar reflective of the school’s vision and goals for scholars to move the school community forward.
As Rocky Mount Prep strives to close learning gaps and meet high academic performance, stakeholders are confident the approved 2020-21 academic calendar will support instructional efforts and accommodate the flow of solid educational work.
Rocky Mount Prep is a tuition-free public charter school. Rocky Mount Prep educates scholars from Kindergarten to 12th grade. The school is currently accepting applications for enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.