RANCOCAS VALLEY REGIONAL (05-4320)

RANCOCAS VALLEY REGIONAL

The Rancocas Valley Regional High School (RVRHS) District serves five sending districts covering approximately 40 square miles in Burlington County: Eastampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Mount Holly and Westampton. RVRHS is situated on a picturesque campus in Mount Holly, the county seat.

The sending communities represent a mix of small towns, rural areas and some of the fastest growing suburban developments in the region. RVRHS meets the educational needs of a diverse student body of approximately 2000 students in grades nine through twelve, who are empowered learners valuing Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence - RV P.R.I.D.E.

Rancocas Valley Regional fulfills its mission to create empowered learners by supporting the belief that learning is a lifelong process, that all students can learn, and that through high expectations and active participation, they will attain a high level of achievement. The entire school community expects - and has a right to - a safe, supportive environment in a well-maintained facility. The RVRHS Board of Education, administration, and staff, encourage parents/guardians to be active participants in their children's education. Working together, the entire school community is responsible for the academic, social, and emotional growth of the students.

RVRHS offers a range of courses and programs to meet the needs of every student to prepare them for success beyond high school. Our rigorous college preparatory, honors and advanced placement courses prepare students for the demands and rewards of college as they pursue undergraduate and advanced degrees.

The district is recognized for innovative programs for students who are pursuing careers in the trades or will enter the armed services upon graduation. Rancocas Valley Regional's acclaimed ROTC program prepares students for successful military careers or as a step toward college or a related career. The ROTC program has been recognized by the Navy as a Distinguished Unit for twelve consecutive years. A self-contained multiple disabilities program - F.L.I.P. (Functional Life Skills Integrated Program) bolsters the confidence by giving students an opportunity to focus on functional academic life skills, daily living skills, prevocational/vocational skills, social interactions and a chance to improve overall academic potential.

A full range of extracurricular activities including robotics, creative and performing arts, and environmental sciences as well as a challenging athletic program, round out the district's curriculum. Rancocas Valley Regional High School District combines a comprehensive rigorous curriculum during the school day as well as co-curricular and extracurricular activities after the school day to prepare students for post-high school success.

Rancocas Valley Regional High School's block schedule provides students with a more enriching academic experience, enabling them to take four, seventy-two-minute courses each day, during each eighteen-week semester. The two semesters enable students to pursue eight courses (four per semester) each year.

More than 300 students participated in AP testing during the 2014-2015 school year; fifteen AP courses were offered for science, math, history, psychology and English, as well as for foreign languages (French, Italian, and Spanish). The number of students taking AP courses and AP tests, and scoring a three or higher, is increasing. Additionally, Rancocas Valley Regional partners with Burlington County College (BCC) to offer an opportunity for students enrolled in select courses to earn both high school and college credit under the College Accelerated Program (CAP).

RVRHS participates and, in May 2015 was nationally certified in Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Pathway to Engineering program. The Pathway to Engineering program provides students interested in pursuing a career in engineering, biomechanics, aeronautics, or other applied math/science areas with an opportunity to experience real-world, hands-on learning.

Among the 488 students in the class of 2015, 90 percent planned to attend a two- or four-year college; 2 percent planned to attend another post-secondary institution; 2 percent planned to enter the military; and 6 percent sought direct employment.

More than 45 percent of Rancocas Valley Regional's 151 faculty members have earned a master's degree or higher.

RVRHS recognizes the critical importance of collaborative relationships with the extended school community. Families, residents, businesses and government agencies work together as partners with the district to share and promote the vision and the values of the school by exchanging information and resources.