Aug. 6, 2012. In its eighth year, Two Rivers Community School (TRCS), a North Carolina public charter school located in Watauga County, has earned “Honor School of Excellence” status for the 2011-12 academic year, one of only two schools in the county to achieve the highest ranking based on composite performance scores on the state End of Grade tests (EOGs). This is the second consecutive year the school has earned this rating.
The other Watauga County elementary school to achieve at this level was Blowing Rock Elementary School.
According to the Public Schools of North Carolina website ( http://www.ncpublicschools.org), “‘Honor Schools of Excellence’ are schools that made at least expected growth, had at least 90 percent of their students’ scores at or above Achievement Level III, and made (AYP).”
Jessica Gilway, director of Two Rivers, said that the school’s overall EOG performance composite score was 94.4 percent.
“That means 94.4 percent of our students made a three or better on their EOG tests,” she said. “It is a composite of math and English language arts. Two Rivers also achieved high growth, meaning that 60 percent or more of our students reached the goal determined for them by the state.”
One of the increasing numbers of public charter schools in North Carolina, Two Rivers Community School emphasizes “continuing discovery and development of self and community by providing a learning environment that is relevant, active and project oriented.”
Using a model of “expeditionary learning,” teachers develop curriculum units that connect high-quality academic learning to adventure, service and character development through a series of linked, in-depth investigations and projects.
TRCS has a current enrollment of 181 students in grades K-8, up from 162 students in 2011-12. Class sizes are capped at 22. There are still some openings for the 2012-13 school year.
Two Rivers Community School is located at 1018 Archie Carroll Road in Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-5411 or visit www.trcsboone.org
More information about the North Carolina’s ABCs of Public Education may be found at abcs.ncpublicschools.org/abcs.