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Encyclopedia > Raleigh Charter High School
Raleigh Charter High School
Established 1998
School type Secondary Charter (High School)
Locale Urban community
Grades 9 - 12
Principal Dr. Thomas E. Humble
Location Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Students 521
Colors Silver and Navy [1]
Mascot Phoenix
Address: 1111 Haynes Street
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919)715-1155
Website www.raleighcharterhs.org/

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History

In the summer 1998, some parents of 8th graders at The Magellan Charter School decided to establish a new charter high school so that their students could continue to learn in a nurturing and academically rich environment.[2] Before opening, the school was to be named Interconnections (originally spelled "InterK'nections")[citation needed] Charter School, but was eventually renamed Raleigh Charter. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... // History Magellan Charter School was founded by Marybeth Childers and George Coccarelli. ...


Pilot Mill

The "100" and "200" Building inside the historic Pilot Mill.

Today Raleigh Charter occupies three levels of the historic Pilot Mill just north of downtown Raleigh. Originally built between 1892 and 1910, Pilot Mill served as a textile mill until the late 1970s. At its peak, Pilot Mill housed 425 looms, 11,000 spindles, and 300 workers that transformed 5,000 bales of cotton into 8 million yards of cloth per year. After production ended in the late 1970s Pilot Mill served as a warehouse but soon began to significantly deteriorate. Pilot Mill has since been restored after the City of Raleigh threatened condemnation in 1997. When the buildings were restored in the late 1990s, all salvagable materials were used. When these materials were not available they were either custom-made or salvaged from a similar mill in South Carolina. The restoration of the Pilot Mill was part of a larger plan by the City of Raleigh to revitalize an unsafe public housing project and other neighborhoods nearby.[2] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2176 × 1632 pixel, file size: 474 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Taken with an HP Photosmart E327. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2176 × 1632 pixel, file size: 474 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Taken with an HP Photosmart E327. ...


Today the Pilot Mill serves several tenants and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently, Raleigh Charter is interested in relocating, possibly to land that currently houses the Dorothea Dix Mental Hospital in downtown Raleigh, when their lease with the Pilot Mill expires. A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...


Basic Information

Currently Raleigh Charter occupies three levels of the historic Pilot Mill, where they continue to teach highly motivated students in a college preparatory atmosphere. Raleigh Charter is interested in possibly relocating after their lease with the Pilot Mill is up. Raleigh Charter is attended by about 500 students and the average class size is 20. The student to teacher ratio is 10:1. Raleigh Charter is located at 1111 Haynes Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. The Raleigh Charter mascot is the Phoenix. The school newspaper is titled The Flame. School hours are currently from 9:00 AM until 2:40 PM with a traditional six period school day, but students can also choose to take one of several classes offered during an optional 7th period class starting at 8:10 AM. The phoenix from the Aberdeen Bestiary. ...

A typical classroom at Raleigh Charter.

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Mission Statement

"To graduate citizens of the world by creating an interconnected learning environment that combines a demanding college-preparatory education with a curriculum that teaches and models citizenship skills. We will involve the students in the many resources of downtown Raleigh - the government, performing arts, social services and the international community. RCHS will be a place of opportunity for highly motivated students and actively involved parents."


Honors and Awards

In 2005 Raleigh Charter High School was named the 20 best public high school in the nation by Newsweek magazine based on the number of students taking Advanced Placement tests.[3] It was rated number 53 and 18 in 2006 and 2007, respectively.[4][5] In 2003, 99 percent of tenth grade students at Raleigh Charter High School met or exceeded the requirements of the North Carolina End-of-Course Tests. For five years Raleigh Charter's students have led the state's high schools in EOC scores. In addition, everyone in the senior class of 2004 was accepted into college.[6] The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... Advanced Placement (AP) is the term used to describe high school classes that are taught at a college level. ...


In the College Board's AP Report for 2005, Raleigh Charter High School had the highest percentage of students scoring a 3 or above on the Environmental Science AP Test for medium-sized schools in the world.[7] The College Board is a not-for-profit examination board in the United States that was formed in the nineteenth century as the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). ...


Athletics

Raleigh Charter High School is the home to the first high school rowing team in the state of North Carolina. They practice on Lake Wheeler in the fall and spring after school. Raleigh Charter also offers other sports including basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, swimming, track and field, cross country, and a non-school sponsored roller hockey team. They notably do not offer a football team or cheerleading squad, but pickup football is common. In 2006, Raleigh Charter was entered in the Mid State 2A/1A conference with other high schools including, Cardinal Gibbons, Cummings, Graham, Northwood, Cedar Ridge, Durham School of the Arts, North Carolina School of Science and Math, and Orange. A coxless pair which is a sweep-oar boat. ...


In 2005-06 the Raleigh Charter women's swimming team finished state runners-up for the 2A/1A classification. This article concentrates on human swimming. ...


The men's tennis team at Raleigh Charter has found tremendous success in the past couple of years. The 2005 team finished with an undefeated 14-0 and the 2006 team finished in the top four in the North Carolina state tournament, losing to Mount Airy High School in the semifinals. For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ...


The Raleigh Charter women's soccer team, the Lady Phoenix, has also done well in recent years. In 2005 and 2006, they were the only 1A team to reach the 1A/2A state playoff quarterfinals, effectively finishing as the state 1A champions. In 2007, the NC Soccer Coaches Association ranked them 3rd in the overall 1A/2A poll. In 2006 and 2007 the team was runner-up in the Saint Mary's School Shootout, an invitational tournament. The Lady Phoenix recently won the inaugural 2007 North Carolina 1A women's soccer championship. UEFA Womens Cup Final 2005 at Potsdam Womens association football is the most prominent team sport for women in many countries, and one of the few womens team sports with professional leagues. ...


Further information

The front entrance of the Raleigh Charter
  • Raleigh Charter hosts Flex-days and Ex-days multiple times each year for its students. Flex-days are two consecutive Fridays on which all regular classes are canceled. Instead, students participate in activities - many of which take place off campus - relating either to community values or the subjects they are currently studying. Ex-days are a Thursday and Friday on which the length of each class period is doubled. Students attend class periods one, three and five on Thursday, and two, four and six on Friday.
  • Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, students participate in a Citizenship day where they give a full day of work to the community once a semester.
  • Though the school has no gymnasium, students use the nearby Halifax Community Center for P.E. classes. Several sports teams including swimming and tennis use Peace College's facilities.
  • Raleigh Charter has no cafeteria or vending machines. Students may bring their lunches to school or purchase the food (Sub sandwiches, hot dogs, burritos, pizza or Chick-fil-a) sold every day in varying locations throughout the school. Lunch is eaten either outside on the patio, or in Designated Lunch Areas (DLAs), which are the vast majority of classrooms throughout the school.
  • Raleigh Charter does not supply transportation to or from school. They do encourage carpooling and keep a database to make it easier for parents to find one.
  • Clubs at Raleigh Charter include: Amnesty International, Classical Society (Latin club), Chess Club, Guitar Club, Key Club, RCCF (Raleigh Charter Christian Fellowship), Spanish, French and German clubs, Melting Pot (in support of diversity), Fencing Club, Math Club, GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), Brain Game and Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad, Art Club, Improv Club, International Thespian Society (Drama Honor Society), Drama club, Student Government, Jewish Cultural club, Social Justice club, Women's Issues club, Teens for Life (Pro-life), Film Club, Gaelic Society, Model UN, Student Legislative Assembly, Web Design Club, Prom Committee, and many others. Most clubs meet either during lunch once a week or after school. There is also a Pre-calculus Club (which meets daily at lunch), for students interested in taking that class in addition to their current course load.
  • Raleigh Charter's Quiz Bowl team, run by Eric Grunden and Betsy Newmark, is known throughout North Carolina and the southeastern United States for its dominating performances in tournaments and has won the North Carolina Academic Team Association (NCATA) championship four years running. In 2006 the team won its first PACE National Scholastic Championship.

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Notable Alumni

Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Jeopardy! College Championship is one of the traditional tournaments held each season on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! Contestants in this tournament are full-time undergraduate college students with no prior degrees. ... Kotecki in his Georgetown dorm room (from one of his early YouTube videos). ... Politics is the process by which decisions are made within groups. ... The term Blogger may refer to: A blogger, someone who maintains a weblog. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Jeopardy! College Championship is one of the traditional tournaments held each season on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! Contestants in this tournament are full-time undergraduate college students with no prior degrees. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Raleigh Charter emblem design
  2. ^ a b RCHS History
  3. ^ Newsweek Top Highschool
  4. ^ Newsweek Top High Schools 2006
  5. ^ Newsweek Top High Schools 2007
  6. ^ The Education Innovator
  7. ^ 2005 AP-Report-Nation

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  Results from FactBites:
 
newsobserver.com | Charters seek to tap lottery for school costs (566 words)
Raleigh Charter High School spends about $539,000 every year to lease the old Pilot Mill building it occupies near downtown Raleigh, but that expense comes from the same budget the school uses to pay teachers, buy textbooks and do everything else.
Raleigh Charter is joining charter schools across the state seeking to stake a claim to lottery money designated for new schools and other capital costs.
Charter schools were launched in North Carolina in the mid-1990s to spur innovative approaches.
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