The Rock University High School (formerly known as the Janesville Academy for International Studies / JAIS) opened in 2005 and features technologies as a primary tool in helping students investigate and connect with a wide range of global issues while applying information and media literacy skills.

In 2014 based on the schools best practices the program moved from a half day program to a three year high school serving the Rock County Wisconsin area.  RUHS is a public, tuition free, high school for 10th, 11th and 12 grade students in the School District of Janesville.  RUHS scholars are recognized by the University Wisconsin system, including the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater, and UW- Rock County. In addition, technical colleges such as Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville and other colleges and universities, such as the prestigious Beloit College, recognize our graduates. This three-year high school provides a unique transition from high school to higher learning institutions and to pursuing other avenues of training. Formerly located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Rock County, our school, starting the fall term of the 2016-2017 school year, is now located at the beautiful Blackhawk Technical College facility.

How is Rock University High School related to the Janesville Academy for International Studies?

Rock University High School is absorbing all the best practices, the focus on global competencies and real world learning into a full day high school curriculum. The Janesville Academy for International Studies offered three credits to high school seniors only. Rock University High School takes all the best practices and incorporates them into a full-day high school for grades 10-12.

The Janesville Academy for International Studies student did not receive a diploma for the three credits; they received a globally charged learning experience and earned a certificate in addition to their traditional high school diploma from Craig, Parker or the Virtual Academy.

Rock University High School students earn a high school diploma from Rock University High School. In addition, students at Rock University High School are eligible to apply for a Wisconsin Global Education Certificate that will recognize them as a well-rounded global scholar for colleges and universities.

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The Tuesday, May 9, 2017 edition of The Janesville Gazette contained a feature story about Rock University High School.

"[Tom] Murphy is an ordinary kid who found his niche at Rock University High School. The high school . . . designed for students interested in global studies and foreign languages.  

In 2014, the program evolved into a charter school for sophomores, juniors and seniors. This year, it moved to Blackhawk Technical College, where it has been warmly embraced by the college's administration. The atmosphere is more like college, and students must be able to work independently.

During their senior year, students do a capstone project, which designed to showcase their knowledge on a particular topic using the interdisciplinary approach. The complexity of the curriculum attracted Murphy." 



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