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Curriculum & Academics

How to navigate this page:

Below are quick links to various information about the curriculum programs and academics offered. Click on any link to view content. Some links will take you to the Rockingham County Schools website for general district information. 

Curricula Overview:

The curriculum followed is determined by the State of North Carolina in our Standard Course of Study -

Students at Booker T. Washington Learning Center receive instruction in small groups.  The curriculum may be delivered by small group instruction, cooperative learning groups, independent study, dual enrollment via Canvas, or through the APEX Learning System.  


Students with IEPs receive support as indicated by their IEP, either through inclusion classrooms or EC classroom instruction.

Quick Links

Driver's Ed
Driving Lesson

Driver's Ed

Find information on requirements and state license procedures by visiting the RCS Driver's Ed page. To schedule your class or for information about the class, see additional information below.


Overdrive eBook Library

Our digital library website:

  • Download the "Overdrive" APP from your APP store. 

  • Add the "Western Rockingham Middle" library to your library choices. 

  • Click on "e-read" format.

  • Enter your login information according

  • Choose "never" when it asks if you want the browser. 

  • Choose a book to download and read.

Login information for staff:

Username: (net id)

Password: (DOB) YearMonthDay

Ex: 19800115 

(Jan. 15, 1980)


Login information for students:

Username: (net id)

Password: (DOB) MonthDayYear

Ex: 01151980

(Jan. 15, 1980)

Overdrive eBook Library
Young Women with Backpacks


There are TWO programs that serve the needs of our students: 

  • The Long Term Placement Program (LTPP)

  • The RCS Day Treatment Program (DTP)


Data on LTPP

Long Term Placement Program

Students are assigned to the Long Term Program through the Office of the Superintendent following a hearing for violation of state or district rules and policies. Students may also be referred via the Central Office Referral Committee, an interdisciplinary team of educational professional who, following an initial home-school evaluation and interventions, assess if placement is in the student's best interest.


Long Term Students are assigned for the duration of the existing semester (minimum). During their assignment, emphasis is placed on maintaining or improving academic standing, addressing the behaviors that brought them to the SCORE Center, participation in one-on-one or small group sessions, and improving their attitude and behaviors through the use of our PBIS program. Students may receive a combination of direct instruction and computer based instruction through the APEX model.  

RCS Day Treatment Program

The RCS Day Treatment Program provides an alternative school setting for children and adolescents who have significant difficulty in a traditional school setting due to behavioral and/or emotional issues. The program is designed for students/consumers in grades Kindergarten through 12 who exhibit a variety of mental health disabilities. The focus of our Day Treatment program is to address the mental health issues while providing classroom instruction.  Students receive ongoing mental health interventions during the school day in addition to character education, therapeutic skill development, behavior management, adaptive skills training individual and group counseling, and related positive behavior support activities and reinforcements.  Classrooms have a maximum of 10 students served by a certified teacher, qualified professional, and paraprofessional.


All students are required to participate in an on-site orientation session before enrollment is finalized in either program. Parents/Guardians are required to attend.  Any other supportive adults are welcome to attend as well. 


Outdoor Study Group


Practicing your reading skills and building your vocabulary are excellent ways to spend your time!  Whether you want to be the next great rap artist or impress a potential employer, the more you read, the better you will speak. Reading: it's not just for nerds!! Use the menu to the left to find online resources related to English/Language Arts.

Reading passages for students

DOGO NEWS -high interest current events articles with embedded vocabulary and comprehension questions.  Includes video clips on the reading topic.


TWEEN TRIBUNE  - Science articles available at a variety of reading levels (lexile).


Newsela - hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.


KQED - News resource on educational topics and social issues that relate to kids.

Vocabulary Building

Quizlet - Vocabulary flashcards.  Great for practicing vocabulary!  Students can login with their rock gmail.


Merriam Webster  -Word of the day, online thesaurus, games


Brain Pop   -Grammar, Study skills, Writing, and more!

Ted Talks (click the link to view the latest topics)


As described on their website:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.  TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

Students are expected to develop critical listening skills by the end of twelfth grade. 


Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.


Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.

NCDPI English/Language Arts Standards


Apex Learning

If students require a reset, they must first complete the study guide.  Students who have forgotten their login, password, or need to have a section unlocked may email their teacher or Mr. Hicks for assistance.


Parents who are concerned with student progress in Apex can provide an email address to Mr. Hicks and can receive weekly updates from Apex.

Discovery Education
Earth and Space

Discovery Education

Click on the link below to visit Discovery Education. 

Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts large and small, rural and suburban and everything in between.


Accelerate student achievement in your district by capturing the minds and imaginations of students with the fascination of Discovery, tapping into students' natural curiosity and desire to learn.


Discovery Education offers a portfolio of opportunities for districts to meet students where they want to learn in the digital age. With award-winning digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, virtual experiences with some of Discovery's greatest talent, classroom contests & challenges, professional development and more — Discovery is leading the way in transforming classrooms and inspiring learning.

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