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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:

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

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

OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES

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. 

MEET ACADEMICS ASSOCIATE, MOLLY MURPHY
Molly Murphy received her Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies and minors in Dance and Chinese. During college she worked as a freshman resident assistant and as a teaching assistant for the Swarthmore Dance Program. She is excited to work with the Rock Academics students this 2018-19 School Year.

CONTACT ACADEMICS

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


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THE KEYSTONE SCHOOL

The Keystone School is an online degree-granting program designed to provide a quality alternative to traditional public and independent schools. The Keystone School is licensed by the State Board of Private Licensed Schools, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and accredited by a variety of associations and organizations. The Keystone School's Instructional program is designed to meet the individual needs of students, including the unique daily/yearly schedule of Rock School students.

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DWIGHT GLOBAL ONLINE SCHOOL

The Dwight Global Online School blends 150 years of the Dwight School's educational tradition with 21st century emerging technologies, Dwight makes it a priority to focus on and develop each child's spark of genius. Dwight kindles students' interests, developing inquisitive, knowledgeable, self-aware, and ethical citizens who will build a better world. Dwight offers a full range of Advance Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

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COMMONWEALTH CHARTER ACADEMY

Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) is a public cyber school for the state of Pennsylvania that combines online and offline resources from leading educational publishers and curriculum specialists to deliver comprehensive, high-quality online education. It's designed to provide structured lessons that are blended with self-paced learning to ensure that each student reaches his or her full potential. CCA is accredited by both AdvancED and the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools.

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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.
JULIANA MISSANO
Rock Professional Division & Academics Alum Apprentice with Atlanta Ballet and 2017 Presidential Scholar in the Arts