School Details

R-S Central High School

641 U.S. 221, Rutherfordton, NC 28139
(828) 287-3304

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 877 students 15 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Rutherford County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

R-S Central High School is a public high school in Rutherfordton. The principal of R-S Central High School is Mr Phil Rogers, who can be contacted at 877 children attend R-S Central High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 55% of the 877 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at R-S Central High School is 15:1. Rutherford Early College High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 75% 74%
Multiracial 5% 7%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 12%
Asian 0.8% 0.5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.04%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0% 0.01%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 72%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has rising sophomores freshmen and Juniors with great potential. Their rising students are taking the initiative to work hard for their future and make their school proud. I see how the students at the school work and I am just utterly joyous when I think of the future of R-S Central high-school. The faculty and staff go out of their way to work with these hard-working students to help them reach their full potential . They do not show favoritism towards those who excel in specific areas but do their best aide all students in all areas with regard to the department in which they operate. However one area the school can improve in is the helping of children who are less fortunate. Many students go through many problems that are easily seen on their face but because of lack of finances the school cannot implement many plans and or start many clubs that would aide the many less fortunate this school sees everyday. There are many intelligent students discouraged by financial obstacles that have been placed in their path and I know that if the school had the means to give more help to all of its students R-S Central would experience its full but hidden potential.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has really gone downhill in recent years. It once was new clean and the students respected it and were proud to be there. Now the administration is unfair and runs it like a prison looking to "kick out" as many students as they can. It has gone from a school with 1200 to fewer than 900 with many students choosing to attend the local charter school. Avoid it if you can. A few of the teachers really care but there has been lots of turnover as the better teachers are leaving to go elsewhere. We moved here years ago when my daughter was young and visited the school and were very impressed. Not so anymore.

  • (5 years ago)

    I would give this school a 8 out of 10. The staff is very nice and the teachers are great as well. Our family will be moving soon to another state and my daughter will miss her friends & RS Central but thank you for the memories you have given her. My daughter will do well wherever she is BUT the school your children are in have a huge impact. Thanks for being a great school and a beautiful one as well as RS Central is very neat and clean.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a 07' Graduate of RS and I have to say it is the greatest school I have been to. I felt at home among my peers friends and teachers. You definitely have a real sense of belonging at this school! The traditions that are carried throughout a students years are ones they will never forget. From Passing of The Torch from Graduating Seniors to Upcoming Seniors to Senior Picnic The Class Monument Grad Nite Senior Video & the Senior stage it just makes you feel like a second home. I LOVE RS CENTRAL! My home away from home. I'll leave you with the Passing of The Torch Quote...'Hold high the torch you did not light its glow Twas given to you by other hands you know yours to keep burning bright Yours to pass on when you need no more light! Hold High The Torch!

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school safe enviroment great faculty safe area well-kept semi-new facility.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a R-S Central graduate of 2006. R-S Central is more than a school you could say it's home to the majority of the students. Any public school out there has students with bad attitudes. R-S Central practices many traditions from years before (Passing of the Torch etc.) giving the student an actual sense of belonging which isn't heard of in any of the surrounding schools. The faculty and staff are outstanding giving 110% dedication to helping students achieve their full academic potential but also willing to assist students with other issues as well. If it weren't for a teacher there I would've never even wanted to go to college. My kids will go to R-S Central and be proud Hilltoppers. -Amanda Thrift c/o 2006

  • (9 years ago)

    How can you say that about one of the greatest schools in North Carolina? Is that why I turned out the way I am? I am an Airman 1st Class in the United States Air Force! How could a school that is so horrible lead me in the direction that I am going in now? On my way to an excellent career as a Security Forces member serving my country and for what? To read this page to hear people degrading the school that has lead myself and many others to a life that is rewarding and successful. The teachers and staff at R-S Central put in long hours of hard work dedication and devotion to each and every student. I think they are doing an awesome job. -Lisa Craig-C/O 2005-United States Air Force

  • (10 years ago)

    I hate to say it but this school is not a good one. No it's not a 1 but it sure is close. I base this solely on the students in the school because that's what counts. The students are cocky and have terrible attitudes. They think they're of the greatest breed. I would sincerely recommend you check out other schools in the county or immediate area. R-S Central made my child what I wish he had never turned out to be. I do NOT recommend this school at all.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is outstanding! Every single teacher will help you do what needs to be done. This shcool is a family. The campus is clean and safe. R-S Central is a wonderful school I suggest that you vist this fine establishment if you ever have time.

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