Mission & Vision

Academics at the Rock School is committed to providing a quality, college preparatory program designed for students in the Professional Division.  We blend cutting edge technology with a progressive individualized academic plan to help students achieve a successful balance between their academics and intensive dance training.  Chosen for the talent and potential as dancers, Rock Academics students benefit from high caliber dance training with world-class instructors and choreographers in addition to a strong college preparatory program.  Our integrated approach to learning in combination with a nurturing residential life program provides young artists with a supportive environment and the tools they need to meet life's challenges with confidence, self-discipline, enthusiasm, and the highest standards of personal integrity.

Schedule, Courses & Activities

School Year Schedule

8am - 10am…………….ROCK ACADEMICS
10am - 1pm……….…….BALLET CLASS  
1pm - 1:30 pm………..LUNCH
1:30pm - 3pm………..ROCK ACADEMICS
4pm - 6pm……………..BALLET CLASSES

Rock Academics has supplemental courses and activities to augment the online curriculum.  These include but not limited to:

Students research a current event or issue and present their topic or findings to the class.

A bi-weekly seminar for advanced students where they learn to navigate the world of being a dancer and beyond.


Rock Academics students participate in a range of activities and trips outside the classroom, including but not limited to:

- Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary
- Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art
- Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Game
- Six Flags Great Adventure


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About Our Director

Robert Hodges received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in History from Rutgers University.  Prior to working at The Rock School, he worked as an Academics Advisor and taught courses on Early American History at the University of Maine, while pursuing his Doctorate in American History.  Robert is a very student-centered educator, working hard to create an environment conducive to student learning and where students feel valued, not just as a dancer, but as an individual. 

Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a minor in Business Studies from Stockton University. Katie has worked as a substitute teacher and teaching assistant over the last eight years. In addition to her work in an academic setting, Katie has worked with The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Kimmel Center and as a choreographer for local high schools and children's theatres in NJ. Katie is a certified yoga instructor for children and adults and enjoys both teaching and practicing therapeutic movement. Katie loves helping students meet new challenges and reach their goals, both academically and artistically.


For questions, please contact our
Director of Academics, Robert Hodges
at academics@therockschool.org
(215) 551-7010 ext. 1135



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Rock Academics is the reason I was able to fulfill my dream as a dancer AND graduate achieving all my academic goals. I had support, encouragement, and balance, which is everything I needed to be the best student possible. I would recommend Rock Academics to every student with a passion for both dance and school.
Rock Professional Division & Academics Alum Apprentice with Atlanta Ballet and 2017 Presidential Scholar in the Arts