Robertson County Schools Prepares Students for Real Life
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When students graduate from high school in Robertson County, TN, many of them are leaving with more than just a diploma in hand. Thanks to the school district’s dual-enrollment program, which allows students to take college courses and receive dual credit, many graduating seniors will have also earned an associate degree or obtained professional certifications. These students are incredibly well-prepared to pursue the next phase of their lives, whether their goal is to pursue higher education or enter the workforce.
“We really are the Goldilocks of school systems because we’re big enough to give the opportunities and resources that all students need, but we’re also small enough to keep that community feel,” says Dr. Chris J. Causey, director of schools.
The school district’s mission to prepare students for life after graduation includes a heavy emphasis on technology, as evidenced by their 1:1 implementation, which ensures each student has access to the tools they need.
In lower grades, this means iPads are used in the majority of classrooms. Computer classes are also included in the related arts rotation for elementary students. Those in sixth to eighth grade are allowed to check out and take home laptops assigned to them as needed.
Upon entering high school, however, new freshmen are given their own new laptop loaded with all the software needed for classes. The students keep the same laptop year after year, until they graduate, at which point they get to keep it — for free. Talk about an incentive to stay in school!
“We really are the Goldilocks of school systems …”– Dr. Chris J. Causey, Director of Schools
Technology is also a key component of the district’s magnet school, Innovation Academy of Robertson County, which places an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Districtwide, all juniors and seniors have access to the dual-enrollment program, which is possible thanks to partnerships with local universities and community colleges.
The course options accommodate a wide range of interests and careers, including agriculture, criminal justice, welding, machining and even certifications for nursing assistants and EKG technicians.
All of these Robertson County Schools offerings provide students an invaluable advantage and give a great head start for whatever path they choose to pursue once the tassels are turned on their mortarboards.