Rural School Takes Meeting Student Needs Seriously

Rugby Middle School, Hendersonville, N.C.

Rugby Middle School (PDF) is a 2012 North Carolina Middle School Association Redesignated School to Watch. Located in rural western North Carolina, the school takes meeting the students needs seriously. Rugby is a "community of practice, going beyond rhetoric to reality." Teachers, staff, and administrators do whatever is necessary, creating clear-cut, well-understood expectations for everyone in the building. All students are eager to talk about how good their school is and how much they enjoy being there. The school feels warm, safe, and inviting, providing a rich teaching and learning experience for all.

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