Award Year: 2014

Raleigh Charter High School

1307 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC, 27605-3249

(919) 715-1155

Dr. Thomas Humble, Principal at time of Nomination

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Mission

Raleigh Charter High School challenges college-bound students in a creative and supportive atmosphere to become knowledgeable, thoughtful, contributing citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 60%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 18%
  • Two or more races: 13%
Application
RCHS students enjoy collaborating together in a history class.

RCHS students enjoy collaborating together in a history class.

Raleigh Charter High School (RCHS) is a free, independent public school. All students are admitted by lottery. With approximately 550 students and a 19:1 student-to-teacher ratio, students enjoy individualized attention from caring and talented teachers. The educators foster a love of learning and civic engagement in their students through challenging, meaningful coursework and opportunities to engage with ever-larger communities from the school, to the Raleigh community, North Carolina, and beyond.

In the classroom, faculty teach resilience and collaboration through critical thinking skills and project-based learning. Year-long classes allow faculty and staff to better know each of the students and build strong teacher-student relationships. RCHS does not issue class rank, so students are encouraged to challenge themselves, support their peers, and value learning for its own sake. Students freely collaborate and express their knowledge or questions without fear of judgment or failure. The atmosphere is one of respect, empathy, support and curiosity.

Students experience the values of acceptance, kindness and civil discourse as they listen to diverse opinions in class, work with students in varying grade levels to form and lead clubs, host events, and collaborate with faculty members on Community Work (Service) Days. Each year, students also participate in Flex Days ­ longer, in-depth learning experiences ­ that connect them with the community and expose them to new ideas and ways of thinking. RCHS has developed innovative programs that provide space and time for students to engage with and contribute to the wider world.