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RMS History

Rugby is located in a rural/ suburban setting in the Mills River Valley of Henderson County, and is part of the Henderson County Public Schools System.

Rugby has a proud and strong tradition dating back to 1840 when the first Rugby School was built. A replica of the one-room log school sits on the current Rugby campus as a living historical classroom.

The land on which the school is built today was donated by Leander and Vernon Johnson to the students of Rugby. The Johnson Farm, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is located across from the Rugby campus.

Anchored in the past and looking to the future, Rugby Middle School continues to offer a quality education to its students.

School Mission Statement: The Rugby Middle School community is committed to sharing the responsibility for creating a diverse learning environment where all students are embraced and empowered so they can achieve their full potential in the 21st century.

School Beliefs (Core Values)

  • We believe students will care when they know how much you care.
  • We believe education is a partnership involving student, teacher, parent, and community.
  • We believe all students can succeed.
  • We believe in promoting the expectations of Responsibility, Manners, and Spirit.

School Vision: RMS strives to create a learning environment of high expectations that promotes acceptance for all students; honors and celebrates diverse learning styles, cultures, and opinions; and prepares them for a global society.

RMS Today

Rugby Middle School (RMS) is one of seven middle schools recognized in the United States that has received the School To Watch Recognition for the third consecutive evaluation cycle. RMS has an enrollment of more than 900 students. An outstanding professional staff of 61 certified staff members, of which 18 are Nationally Board Certified, serves RMS. In June 2010, RMS met 21 of 21 AYP Goals with a North Carolina Composite Score of 89.4%. The composite score is the 35th highest score for the middle schools in North Carolina. RMS has well developed exploratory programs which provide differentiation opportunities for all students. Through effective use of field trips and real world activities, RMS students enjoy real world experiences and / or activities that enhance the educational experiences of our students.

Over the last three years, RMS’s staff set a goal to fully implement the effective use of technology in the classroom. Additional use of technology has been implemented using a variety of technology tools (i.e., flip cameras, iPods, web-based programs) to support projects and processes to extend higher order thinking skills. Every class has excess to a LCD and document camera with 87% of our classes having these tools mounted in the classroom. Our students have access to six computer labs in addition to a laptop lab and an iPod lab.

In our third year of implementation, the development of a school-wide PBIS Program with detailed expectations in all areas has been developed. Through PBIS committee developed lessons and the parent – student handbook, our staff teaches and implements our behavior expectations. In addition, the “Rugby Raiders Navigators Program”, a mentor program implemented by our counselors, has assigned select eighth graders to mentor sixth grade students in small groups to address topics such as middle school adjustment, bully prevention, and other character education topics. Additionally, all eighth grade students are currently involved in a variety of service projects through our social studies classes.

RMS has worked to establish better communication with all stakeholders. We have focused on increasing parental communication through our web page, email correspondence, and Alert Now messaging system. Each teacher makes a timely effort to communicate with our parents about the success and/or needs of their child. The administration is committed to giving information in a timely fashion to staff, students, and parents concerning school events.

RMS’s staff sponsors a variety of clubs, fine arts programs, athletic programs, academic societies, and academic contests for our students. In addition to a well rounded extra-curricular program, we have a Day Treatment Program that currently assists some of our most needy students in experiencing success at RMS. Our goal is to have every student involved and have a positive experience at RMS.