the Scotland High Schools
School of Math, Science and Technology the Scotland High School of Math, Science and Technology encourages students to learn through independent thought and collaboration with teachers, students, businesses and the community at large. Students learn in an innovative environment along with traditional pedagogy. Both students and staff understand the commitment necessary to implement a rigorous and relevant curriculum. Students focus adapting their individual learning styles in an environment that requires the use of the newest technology available. In addition, students will explore ethical issues involving technology using Socratic seminars, as well as learn valuable life skills such as how to manage their time efficiently, how to set and achieve goals and how to integrate themselves successfully within a team as they begin their quest to complete problem-based learning assignments. The School of Math, Science & Technology’s 262 students are served by 23 teachers, a guidance counselor and a principal, Dr. Mark Duckworth. Duckworth, a 22-year veteran of education, is in his second year at the School of Math, Science and Technology.
School of Health Sciences
The School of Health Sciences is designed to enable students to enter post-secondary programs covering the entire range of health care professional opportunities. It is a preparatory program characterized by academic rigor, intensive career planning and advising and required clinical and/or mentoring experiences. The School of Health Sciences’ mission is assisted by the support and involve“Ninth grade is a critiment of health care profescal year for students. sionals throughout Scotland County. students’ success in the Currently the School of ninth grade year sets the Health Sciences’ 346 stutone for the remainder dents are served by 23 of their high school exteachers, a guidance counselor and a principal, Mr. perience.” Billy Simpson. - Carol Fowler Simpson, a Scotland CounPrincipal, SHS Ninth ty NAtive and SHS graduGrade Academy ate has spent 13 years as a teacher, AP and Principal at the school.
School of Leadership and Public Service
The School of Leadership and Public Service is designed to be a preparatory program for students whose interests in postsecondary studies might be in areas where helping and protecting others is a priority. This focus includes the practice of law, government service, military service, education, culinary arts, the hospitality industry, social work and a variety of liberal arts fields. Program Highlights include the opening of The Bagpiper, an on-site restaurant/kitchen and training facility for the Culinary Program, the JROTC Command Inspection, an on-site daycare supported by the Early Childhood program, expansion of the Teacher Cadet program, student participation in the Teaching Fellows program, and further development of the mock trail program with special emphasis in political science. Currently, the School of Leadership and Public Service’s 310 students are served by 22 teachers, a guidance counselor and a principal, Mrs. kay Fuller. Fuller, in her third year at the school of Leadership and Public Service, is a 30-year veteran in education - 11 in Scotland county.
School of Business, Finance and Marketing
The Scotland High School of Business, Finance and Marketing offers a variety of business related courses preparing graduates for positions in accounting, computer technologies, business management, marketing and office support occupations. Technical training is integrated into all business curriculum along with essential workplace skills, such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, team building adn decision making. Many programs include opportunities for practical work experiences through job shadowing, internships, cooperative learning experiences and post-secondary education. The School of Business, Finance and Marketing’s 207 students are served by 24 teachers, a guidance counselor and principal, Mr. Fred Thomas. Thomas, a 34-year veteran of education, is in his third year at the School of Business, Finance and Marketing.
School of Visual and Performing Arts
The Scotland High School of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) includes five areas of interest for students: Music, Art, Theatre, FAshion and MultiMedia. The music program includes instrumental and vocal music instruction. The visual arts program coaches the beginning, as well as the experienced artist. The theatre program prepares performers and technicians for live productions. The fashion program is twofold: emphasizes creativity and career opportunities in the fashion industry. The Multimedia programs focus on the technical and artisitic skills required for video production and print journalism. the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ 282 students are served by 23 teachers, a guidance counselor and principal, Mr. Rodney J. Hassler. Hassler is a 30-year veteran of education in Scotland County. This is his third year as the principal of the school of Visual and Performing Arts.
SCotland High School
While Scotland High School has transformed itself to better meet the needs of today’s learners, it has preserved the traditions that have highlighted the school’s rich history. The School has maintained its traditional athletic teams, drawing students for competition from all of the smaller learning communities. The award-winning, tradition-rich Fighting Scots Marching band is also open to students from all schools. Campus-wide services on the Scotland High Campus, including the Media Center, Transportation, Athletics, the cafeteria and building maintenance are under the direction of Mr. Joe Critcher. By handling these roles, Critcher, a 26-year veteran of education in North Carolina ensures that the principals of the Smaller Learning Communities and the Ninth Grade Academy are free to be instructional leaders within their schools and free to build meaningful relationships with students that promote academic success.
Even though the new Scotland High Schools represent a paradigm shift in high School education, students are still afforded traditional extra-
Scotland High Schools’ Principals (from Left) Joe Critcher, Fred Thomas, Billy Simpson, Kay Fuller, Carol Fowler, Rodney Hassler and Dr. mark Duckworth.