How do I apply?

For enrollment, please give us a call at (507) 282-3325 or email Margaret Helm at mhelm@rocchs.org for more information.

Can a prospective student and family tour Rosa Parks?

Of course, if you are interested please give us a call at (507) 282-3325.

What are Rosa Parks’ hours of operation?

Our students required to be in school Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 3:15 pm and Friday, 8 am – noon. School year building hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm. The building is closed on days when students do not report for classes. Summer hours may also vary.

Is there transportation available for students to use get to/from school?

Rosa Parks provides one bus pass (10 rides) per student each week. In the mornings, students can ride the city bus downtown to the Mayo Civic Center where a staff member will pick them up to bring them to school. In the afternoons, a staff member will drop off downtown in front the bus area, where they can take the city bus lines home.

What is Project Based Learning?

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a technique that lets students design and execute their own projects with teacher guidance. With project-based learning, students can chase their own interests while displaying all they’ve learned in the classroom so far.

Our students meet all of the Minnesota Academic Standards for high school graduation. They do so in a way that best utilizes their learning style and celebrates their strengths. One of the greatest benefits from project-based learning comes from the inherent life skills that are developed through projects, including:

  • Time management
  • Goal setting
  • Self-motivation
  • Perseverance through challenges

What is Teacher-Powered?

A teacher-powered model is where teachers and support staff take on the roles and responsibilities of an administrator to make important decisions for the school regarding curriculum, budget, personnel, etc. With a teacher-powered model, a teacher/support staff is able to create a customized learning plan for each student and feel a sense of ownership and accountability. Teachers/support staff are given the ability to make changes quicker that they feel are necessary.

Why did ROC change its name to Rosa Parks?

For years we’ve been questioned about our name. What campus are you off of? Why are these kids off campus? Why can’t they be on campus? We were always open to changing our name but no name offered seemed to fit.

On another one of those days where the name change came up, numerous students offered their best/worst choices but one stood out. A student said “What about Rosa Parks?” In response to his peers question of who she was, he said “…you guys, she’s just like us. She was tired of the back of the bus, we were tired of the back of the room. She was sick of being ignored and disrespected…so were we. She knew it needed to change and she knew if it was gonna change it had to start with her. So she took a stand. We did the same thing. We knew it needed to change, it needed to start with us so we walked into ROC. See guys…she’s just like us.”

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