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The Nash-Rocky Mount School System has become a consumer favorite, generating important state and national recognition for academic excellence and instructional innovation. It is the only school system in North Carolina recognized as a "Model of Excellence" for helping students make the transition from school to work and one of only two systems in the state to qualify two teams for The Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. It is also home of the innovative Rocky Mount Charter School, created in 1992 from two ancestor school systems serving students in Nash and Edgecombe Counties. A national front runner in character education, the school system made headlines in 1999 as the subject of an Eye on America segment on the "CBS Evening News." The school system was selected from among 10 model programs across the country recommended to CBS by Dr. Philip Vincent, a consultant on character education.

Significantly, performance indicators for student achievement are on the rise for the school system as standardized test results have repeatedly shown overall improvement. The school system serves more than 22,000 students on 28 campuses.

The Edgecombe County Public School System features innovative teaching techniques and utilizes computer technology; honor courses, advanced placement and accelerated curriculum available for the academically gifted; received grants to capitalize on individual learning styles of children, to enhance science, math and technology instruction in grades K-12, and implemented a Montessori concept for ages 3 through 3rd grade; characterized by rising test scores and declining dropout rates. Believing in the motto: "Keys to Success: Home, School & Community," the system is soaring ahead in increasing the levels of student performance, parent involvement and community participation. The 14 schools in the system serve over 9,000 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in a decentralized organization based on high expectations of performance for both students and teachers. Each school has developed a comprehensive instructional plan complemented by many special programs to provide maximum educational opportunities for each child. Teachers, administrators, and supervisors are encouraged to explore innovative methods of teaching and to use modern technology in an effort to meet the individual needs of each student.

The system has supplemented a comprehensive curriculum with many special programs to facilitate learning for all children. Advanced placement and honors courses are available on the high school level, which utilizes a concentrated scheduling known as "4x4."

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