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Personalization is the hallmark of RUHS. The interests, perspectives, and prior experience of each student define their educational path. Located on the Blackhawk Technical College campus and meaningfully connected to a wide variety of community and business resources, RUHS students have unique opportunities to participate in real-world learning.

Working independently and with faculty mentors and peers, students blend coursework with firsthand experience to achieve personal and professional success. Faculty mentors guide students through an inquiry and project based curriculum that encourages students to view issues from multiple perspectives, ask tough questions and thoughtfully arrive at solutions. Learning follows a natural, authentic path of inquiry.

Some of the programs our students participate in annually build some of the foundations for learning and real world applications.

National History Day:

An academic competition for students in grades 4-12, has a goal of having students develop thinking, research, and communication skills through the study of history. Nationwide, over half a million students participate by completing entries in contests at the school, regional, and state levels, and then, ultimately, to the National Contest.

Great World Text:

Provides students and teachers with the opportunity to examine and discuss classics in literature. Over 1,000 Wisconsin students from over a dozen schools participate, coming together at the Annual Student Conference to share and discuss their work and hear from exciting speakers. Heather DuBoise Bourenane, spokeswoman for the Great World Texts program says, “Putting students in conversation with great world literature and with each other is one of the most important things we can do. The benefits of that are both immediate and long lasting.”

Critical Issues Forum:

We are especially proud of our students who participate in the Critical Issues Forum. Sponsored by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, students from the United States, Russia, and Japan study and tackle such issues as nonproliferation, disarmament, and international peace. Last year, a group of eight of our students were chosen to participate in the forum held in Nagasaki, Japan. Students from Rock University High School are part of an elite group of students chosen from just five high schools nationwide.

Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate:

Rock University High School is also excited to offer our students the opportunity to earn the Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate. The Global Scholar Certificate and Transcript Endorsements shall be awarded to students who have demonstrated a dedication to global education by successfully fulfilling the recommended criteria in the areas of academic coursework, school-sponsored activities, cultural literacy and community service.