The number of students participating in the distant learning program has risen to 20,087 in Rutherford County Schools. That number represents approximately 42% of the total student population.
It looks as if high schools in the county have the highest number of students studying at home as opposed to the classroom.
LaVergne High School has the highest number of students at home with a whopping number totaling 1,165 (approximately 763 students are expected to be in the classroom).
Smyrna High School comes in second with 1,034 students learning at home (approximately 940 students are expected to be in the classroom).
Third on the list is Blackman High School with 968 students at home (approximately 1,443 students are expected to be in the classroom) followed by Rockvale with 930 students enrolled in distant learning (approximately 670 students are expected to be in the classroom).
Riverdale ranks number five on the list for having the fifth highest number of pupils staying home at a count of 863 (approximately 1,212 students are expected to be in the classroom).
When looking at past ACT scores, it appears as if the high school with the highest number of students participating in distant learning also has one of the lowest ACT averages. According to a 2019 report that was released by the Rutherford County Schools, LaVergne High has an average ACT score of 18.3. Number two on the list for the highest number of students studying at home this upcoming school year is Smyrna, which had an average ACT score of 19.3, right behind LaVergne.
The number of students learning at home during the 2020-2021 school year could change at any time, depending on the number of COVID-19 cases throughout the year.