Frequently Asked Questions
Curriculum & Instruction

What are the requirements for early admission to kindergarten?
See the requirements for early admission to kindergarten here.

What are school entry age legal requirements?
See school age entry requirements here.

What are the requirements for high school graduation?
Credits for graduation from the Randolph County School System are counted from the ninth grade forward. Some courses taken at the middle school level are eligible to receive high school credit. These courses completed at the middle school level are not counted in a student's high school GPA. Students must successfully complete his/her maximum potential for earning credit over a four-year span, less four credits. Maximum potential is defined as an individual student's opportunity to earn all high school credits available within an academic year.

The minimum number of credits needed to graduate in Randolph County is twenty-eight (28). Students can earn thirty-two (32) or more credits. The minimum number of credits needed to graduate is based upon the potential and/or the Randolph County School System minimum requirements.

Where do I find a list of courses for my high school student?
The RCSS Program of Studies contains information about the range of classes available to students, as well as suggested resources for college and career planning.

What are Honors courses and how are they different than a regular course?
Honors courses provide high school students with the opportunity to take challenging courses which can prepare them for Advanced Placement (AP) courses, college, and career readiness. Beginning with 9th grade, students in the 2015-2016 school year and new high school students thereafter, all high schools will use a revised weighting scale for advanced courses. Honors courses will receive 0.5 additional weighted credit for these students. Students starting high school in 2014-2015 and earlier will continue to use the existing course weighting system and receive 1.0 additional weighted credit for Honors courses.

What does Career and College Readiness mean?
All North Carolina students should graduate from high school ready for demands of a chosen career or college pathway to a career. A consistent and shared understanding of what it means to be career and college ready allows all stakeholders to work together towards statewide goals for student success. Please click here for more information.

How different is middle school from elementary school?
The transition to middle school involves adjusting to a longer instructional day, as well as, learning how to change classes throughout the day. Middle school students will have around 4 to 6 or more teacher depending on their team and other possible services.

How can I help my child with middle school?     
Talk to your child about school/classes and build a strong support network at home. Also consistently enforced expectations and close communication with the school/teachers are key elements to a enjoyable and successful middle school experience.

What are NC Check-Ins?               
NC Check-Ins are interim assessments developed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and aligned to North Carolina grade-level content standards in language arts and mathematics. NC Check-Ins are given 3 times each year in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. The main purpose of NC Check-Ins is to provide students, teachers, parents, and school leaders with immediate in-depth data and a reliable estimate of students’ current performance.

Do NC Check-Ins count as a grade?          
No, these assesments are designed to provide students, teachers, parents and school leaders with an estimate of your childs progress. The data is used to assist everyone in supporting the student and their achievement level.

iLearn
What classes are offered through iLearn Randolph?       
The Randolph County School virtual academy, iLearn Randolph, currently offers various online academic and elective classes to high school students.

Where are iLearn Randolph classes offered?     
Currently iLearn Randolph classes are offered at each of the high schools within the district.

What advantage or benefit does iLearn Randolph offer students?           
iLearn Randolph can offer scheduling flexibility for students with specific needs. It offers students flexibility to work as an apprentice or intern during part of their school day and access the online course outside of the school day. Additionally, students who may need to earn more than four credits in one semester may be able to utilize iLearn Randolph.

How can my child enroll in an iLearn class?         
Your child should contact their school counselor to discuss their individual needs and gain approval to register for an iLearn class.

Is iLearn offered at the elementary and middle school level?    
Currently, classes are being developed for the middle school level. The district has not implemented iLearn at the elementary level, but continues to evaluate future possibilities.

How are iLearn classes accessed by students?   
Student access iLearn classes anytime through the Internet. iLearn classes are offered to students through a Learning Management System (LMS) called CANVAS. This web-based access is provided to RCSS students free of charge.

Do I need Internet access at home to participate in iLearn classes?         
Yes, in most cases students will complete iLearn classes outside of the school day and would need a computer and Internet access at home.

Is tuition charged for iLearn classes?      
No, iLearn classes are provided to registered students for free.

Are there other online course offerings other than through iLearn Randolph?   
Yes, in some instances, students may take advantage of online learning opportunities through the NC Department of Public Instruction's Virtual Public School (NCVPS), North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM, and North Carolina's Career and College Promise (CCP) via Randolph Community College. Through a variety of online management systems, student may take a wide variety of courses, including AP and college courses that they may not have access to at their high school.
Transportation
How do I request bus transportation for my child?
Please contact your child's school.

Why can't the bus travel my road to pick up/drop off my child?  
Not all roads are legal to travel for school buses. Please contact our bus garage for more information (336-633-5144).

Why doesn't the bus come at the exact same time every day?   
Many children ride the school bus and the route times change depending upon which children are riding. We strive to operate within a 20 minute window (10 minutes early or late) for all routes.

If my child has an issue on the bus, who should I contact?             
All bus issues should first be addressed with your child's school.

How do I get a "School Bus Stop Ahead" sign put up?          
Those signs are erected by NCDOT. You may contact our garage (336-633-5144) and we will request that DOT evaluate the stop. There are guidlelines which must be met for the signs to be erected.

Why are school buses so slow?  
By state law, school buses transporting children may not run over 45mph. This is for safety purposes.

If I am interested in driving a bus, who do I contact?
You should contact the school for which you are interested in driving, or call our bus garage (336-633-5144) for more information.

Why do you have old buses and new buses?      
By state law, school buses must run a minimum of 20 years and 150,000 miles before they can be replaced.

If my child wants to ride the bus home with a friend, what do I do?          
A written note must be given to the school. The school will verify the note and authorize the driver to allow the student to ride home with the other child.

If I want my child to be dropped off somewhere other than home, what do I do?             
You will need to contact the school. Bus drivers may only drop off students at the addresses on the route sheets unless written permission is given by the school.

How old does my child have to be to be dropped off without an adult present? 
RCSS policy requires a parent/guardian to be present for all children in grades pre K-3 to be dropped off.