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Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

I am thrilled to extend my warmest greetings to each member of the Research Triangle High School community as we embark on a new academic year filled with possibilities and promise. It is with great enthusiasm and a deep sense of responsibility that I assume the role of Interim Principal at RTHS, an institution renowned for its commitment to excellence in education.

I am honored to step into this role and continue the legacy of nurturing not only academic achievement but also the holistic development of our students. As your new Interim Principal, I am dedicated to upholding and building upon these traditions while also bringing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to our educational endeavors.

Together with our dedicated faculty and staff, I am committed to fostering an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a love for learning. It is my firm belief that education is a collaborative effort, and I invite students, parents, and teachers to work hand in hand to create an inclusive and nurturing learning community that fosters a culture of belonging.

At RTHS, we recognize the unique talents and potential of each student. Our goal is to provide a supportive and safe atmosphere where students can explore their passions, develop important life skills, and cultivate a strong sense of integrity and responsibility. We will continue to offer a well-rounded curriculum that not only focuses on academic excellence but also emphasizes character building and personal growth.

Communication is key to our success, and I encourage an open dialogue between all stakeholders. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. My door is always open, and I value your insights as we work together to provide the best possible education for our students.

As we embark on this exciting journey together, I am confident that with your support, we will achieve remarkable accomplishments. Let us collectively create a school year filled with achievements, growth, and memorable experiences.

I look forward to meeting each of you and forging strong connections within the Research Triangle High School community. Here’s to a successful and enriching academic year ahead!

Warm regards,

Akiba Griffin
Chief School Officer

RTHS was founded in 2012 to increase access to globally competitive STEM education. We choose to do that by teaching our students that knowledge is less important than what you do with knowledge. The world is awash in information, and the wealth of the future lies in what creative and innovative application of that knowledge our graduates can apply. 

We don’t believe that knowledge is contained in a classroom. Our educational program leverages access to the world through both traditional and newly minted means: a blended environment that mixes the immediate attention of a smart and caring classroom teacher with digital resources that provide opportunities for students to creatively capture and process knowledge. Our goal every day is to provide engagement for students with knowledge. Our school is built around the “flipped” model of education, in which teachers deliver content knowledge outside of class so that students can practice, apply, and build on what they have begun to learn. If our lessons end where the teacher finishes, then we have not been successful. 

The Research Triangle Park was founded to incubate innovation in science and technology. It seemed a natural place to start a high school designed to find novel ways to nurture and grow students’ love of learning.

We see school differently.

We see a place where what a student does is more important than where the student comes from, where success is rewarded but the effort that provides it is cherished. We seek to move students from dependent to independent learners, from receivers to creators of knowledge. We offer an unconventional way of experiencing conventional knowledge through experiential learning, and we bring the science of RTP into the curriculum.