JD Bussell, Principal
1545 Lake Cumberland Road
P.O. Box 1410
Mt. Vernon, Kentucky 40456
Phone (606) 256-4816
Fax (606) 256-3755
School Enrollment: 880

RCHS is a rural high school with an established trend of academic progress. Serving students in grades 9 through 12, it is our vision “to produce life-long learners for a mobile society” and our mission “to equip all students with sufficient skills to become contributing members of society.” RCHS offers a wide variety of educational opportunities. RCHS and the Rockcastle Area Technology Center align curriculum to create seamless pathways to postsecondary careers. We also utilize articulation agreements with the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Sullivan University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Advanced Placement classes, Independent Study, Co-Op programs and distance learning opportunities round out our academic program. Various student organizations also enhance learning and promote academics, community service and leadership.

Other Important Information About Our School

State Contest Results: RCHS students consistently excel at the state level in many areas. Six of our students were selected for the Governor’s Scholars Program in 2006.

Academic Team: 2006 District Champions Future Problem Solving Team; 2006 3rd Place Lake Cumberland Academic League.

RCHS Marching Band: 2006 KMEA State Concert Band Festival; 2006 KMEA State Marching Band Semifinalists.

We also had the State Technology Award winner at the KLA/KSMA Fall conference.

Extracurricular Activities: Rockcastle County High School offers its students 8 athletic teams as well as an academic team, ROTC Rifle and Raider teams, ROTC Color Guard, Chorus, Marching band, Brass Ensemble and Color Guard, newspaper and yearbook. RCHS also offers more than 20 clubs and organizations for its students who have a wide variety of interests. We encourage every student to participate in at least one club or organization at RCHS.

Awards & Recognitions: RCHS has made continuous academic and athletic progress for four bienniums. In 2005, our Football team, Volleyball team and Girl’s Cross Country team won the region. In 2006, our Girl’s basketball team won the 12th Region, our cheerleaders won Regional competition, Girls’ Track won the region and our Girls’ Indoor track won the State title. In addition, we received the “We the People” bookshelf award from the American Association of School Librarians.

What We are Doing to Improve: RCHS collaborates in meetings of the general faculty, department chairs, departments, school council and school council committees. RCHS faculty are working aggressively to reduce gender and socio-economic gaps, using data to select and evaluate improvement activities. Individual Learning Plans are begun at our middle school and developed one on one with teacher advisors each year through our Academic Advisory program.