Introduction to RCS
Located in the rural foothills of North Carolina, Rutherford County Schools operates one pre-kindergarten center, ten elementary schools, three middle schools, three traditional high schools, one alternative school, and one early college high school. The school district currently serves over 8,000 students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve at those nineteen sites. Led by Superintendent Dr. David M. Sutton and governed by a locally elected, seven-member board of education, the school district has been twice recognized as a national Apple Distinguished Program (2012, 2013-2015) and operates a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School (Rutherford Early College High School). These are days of hard work and high expectations for Rutherford County Schools. Our teachers and administrators are committed to make the local public schools stronger than ever by ensuring that every graduate is richly prepared for career and college success.
In 2010-2011, the school district launched its local Going GLOBAL initiative to increase students' equitable access to technology and educational opportunity. Today, all secondary students are issued a MacBook Air laptop computer for instructional use in school and at home, secondary teacher collaborate in professional learning teams to leverage technology tools as a central feature of their instructional methodology and course delivery, and the district has developed digital content resources to enhance teaching and learning through technology. All Rutherford County Schools teachers have a MacBook Air and a Promethean Board in their wireless classrooms. At the elementary level, a combination of iPads and MacBook carts are shared throughout the school. As funding allows, additional electronic devices will be added. It is the system's goal to have a district wide 1:1 program for all grade levels.