East Rutherford High School (ERHS) is located in Bostic, North Carolina. A rural comprehensive high school, we currently serve approximately 710 students in grades 9-12. ERHS has 59 certified staff as well as an additional 27 non-certified staff members. We serve an eclectic group of students coming from varying socio-economic backgrounds. 100% of our current students qualify for free or reduced lunch through a USDA federal grant. A large percentage of our student population will be, potentially, first generation college students.
Employment opportunities in Rutherford County have declined over the past few years with the loss of vital manufacturing plants and the lack of new employment opportunities, leading to a dramatic change in the economic makeup of the county. ERHS has experienced an increase in student population, from 697 during the 2017-2019 school years to 710 in the 2019-2020 school year. There has been a decline in teacher population as two and a half of the two positions that experienced teacher turnover in the 2019 school year were not replaced. Despite these conditions, ERHS continues to show consistent academic growth, as well as, a rebound in student population during the 2018-2019 school year.
ERHS operates on a traditional block schedule, and students can earn a minimum of eight credits each year. ERHS students must adhere to state requirements, as well as, earn an additional six credits, totaling 28, in order to be eligible for graduation. With the implementation of MTSS approaching in 2020, ERHS has also incorporated academic enrichment groups for freshman students, three times a week for 30 minute periods. At ERHS in the 2018-2019 year, the student attendance rate was 93.7%. The average class size at ERHS for the 2018-2019 school year was twenty-five students per class, and our curriculum is vast as we offer Career and Technical Education courses, Honors and Advanced Placement courses, academic support courses, virtual/video conference courses, and college coursework through a partnership with Isothermal Community College. Our students currently have the unique opportunity to enroll in college courses free of charge because of this partnership through the Career and College Promise program. In 2018 - 2019, eligible students completed 620 college courses. We currently have 15 students on track to graduate in 2020 with their associate’s degree, and over 30 students the following year.