A School of Choice
The Ray-Pec School District provides a wide variety of choices for students for life after graduation, whether students choose to attend college, join the military, or enter the workforce. #ASchoolOfChoiceRP
Chamber of Commerce brochure
A team of Ray-Pec High School students has been working with the Peculiar Chamber of Commerce to develop a brochure for the organization. On April 5, the students presented their ideas during the Chamber of Commerce meeting. #realworldlearning #ASchoolOfChoiceRP
Student internships at the Ray-Pec Administrative Services Center
Trinity Hunter, pictured below, is an intern in the Finance Department.
Several ways to earn college credit
Ray-Pec provides several ways for students to earn college credit while in high school:
- Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment - Students receive, simultaneously, both high school and college-level course credit.
- Online/Virtual - Students earn credit through online courses.
- Advanced Placement* - Students can receive college credit based on AP exam scores.
- International Baccalaureate* - Students can receive college credit based on IB exam scores.
- Articulation - Students receive high school credit only. College credit is awarded after additional coursework at the college in accordance with an agreement between the high school and the college.
Read more in the Ray-Pec High School Career & Educational Planning Guide. A new guide, for the 2022-2023 school year, will be available soon, as students prepare to select courses for next school year. #aschoolofchoiceRP
Computer Science and Networking
Ray-Pec High School Junior Derek Nissen spends part of his school day at Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit where he learns more about computer science in a program that allows him to apply what he learns to real-world problems and projects.
He is studying Network Operations Concepts (this semester) and Advanced Operations Concepts and Cloud (second semester).
In these pictures, Derek is working with Cisco, industry-standard equipment for cloud computing. Recently he was involved in a class activity where students were racing against each other to complete the parts of an Ethernet Frame. These students can correct octet sizes and describe the purposes for each part of the frame.
The Networks Operations Concepts course helps prepare a student for the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician certification exam.
The Advanced Operations Concepts course helps prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification exam.
Recently, STA's industry partners have defined the future workforce need for students to have a cross-categorical understanding of software development, cyber security, and network operations. Students at STA acquire the knowledge, apply those concepts with industry-standard equipment, and amplify those experiences with internships with more than 50 business partners in the Kansas City Metro area.
Following his path at STA, Derek will be well on his way to having a high-wage job in a high-demand area.
Computer Science is just one of the career programs available to Ray-Pec High School students through STA. Other areas of study include Engineering, Health Sciences, Human Services and Finance, and Arts and Communication. Learn more about STA.
Applications for off-site programs for the 2022-2023 school year
Applications for Cass Career Center (CCC), Summit Technology Academy (STA), Southland CAPS (SCAPS), and the LEAD Center are now available for high school students for the 2022-2023 school year.
For program information, please visit their website or plan for your student to attend an informational presentation or open house.
Lead Center: Application
APPLICATION DEADLINE: All off-site applications must be submitted by Feb. 4, 2022. Any application turned in after this date will be automatically placed on a waiting list.
Helping MDC with Trout Stocking
Students from the Ray-Pec High School Enterprise & Design program are helping the Missouri Department Conservation improve the process for stocking Johnston Lake in Raymore with rainbow trout.
The students are developing a proposal for the MDC to use a quicker process that will reduce stress on the fish during the stocking process. The Ray-Pec E&D students are Brynn Elkins, Caleb Dula, Ryan Canon, Ethen Reddel, and Jesse Simpson.
On Nov. 9, MDC stocked Johnston Lake with 900 rainbow trout. Read more about the trout stocking project: https://tinyurl.com/fxbkky3e
Ray-Pec E&D is a half-day program through which students earn credits in English, science, social studies, and/or business, while working on real-world projects. #aschoolofchoicerp
Students repair car for donation to veteran
Four students in the Raymore-Peculiar High School Enterprise & Design program are fixing up a car for future donation to a veteran or first responder. The project is in partnership with the Cars 4 Heroes non-profit organization in Kansas City.
The students working on the car are: Malachi Carver, Kessler Richard Bunger, Aiden Churchwell, and Jake Walsh. The project is especially meaningful to them because their teacher, Darrick Gray, is a U.S. Army veteran.
Dr. Kristel Barr, Director of Secondary Education, said that the Ray-Pec E&D program allows students to earn credits in several courses while working on real world projects. Juniors and seniors are eligible to enroll in the half-day program, which is located at the Ray-Pec Academy building. Next school year, the program will be located at the new LEAD Center at M-58 and Foxridge Drive. #aschoolofchoiceRP
Learn more about Ray-Pec Enterprise & Design.
Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing
Did you know that Ray-Pec High School students can learn computer integrated machining and manufacturing skills? Students earn dual credit through Metropolitan Community College, and the courses prepare students for jobs in machining and manufacturing immediately after graduation or to pursue additional education toward an engineering degree.
Currently, 10 seniors participate in the half-day program housed in the Ray-Pec Academy building. Beginning with fall 2022, the program will be located in the LEAD Center at M-58 highway and Foxridge Dr. LEAD stands for Learning, Experiences, And Discovery.
(At right, Chance Bronson uses a Manual Mill to cut a hexagonal head on his project.) While most of the coursework takes place on the Ray-Pec campus, some Saturdays may be spent at the MCC Engineering Student Machine Shop at the Business and Technology Center. Seniors are eligible to apply for the program.
(At right, Evan Holman and Quinn Hime use a CNC Mill.)
Credentials Earned in the Program
OSHAA 7100 Certificate
Potential NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) Certifications for the following: CNC Lathe Operations, CNC Mill Operations, Drill Press I, Milling I, Turning I, and Job Planning, Benchwork, and Layout.
Of the students enrolled in 2021-2022, four plan to study engineering in college, one plans to use the training for work placement in the military, and three plan to participate in a Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing (CIMM) internship during the summer.
For more information about the program contact the instructor, Abe Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org. #aschoolofchoiceRP