Rutherford Collegiate Prep Breaks Ground Alongside Governor Bill Lee, Paving the Way as Rutherford County's First Charter School

Oct 10, 2023 at 11:34 pm by WGNS News

Murfreesboro, TN – Rutherford Collegiate Prep (RCP) is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking moment in education as it prepares to open its doors as Rutherford County's first-ever charter school. The school will serve students in grades K-8, beginning with K-6 in the 2024-25 school year.

"Our groundbreaking is a testament to the dedication of our team and the tremendous support we've received from our community," said Dan Boone, Chair of the ReThink Forward Board. "Rutherford Collegiate Prep is more than just a school; it's a movement that will shape the future of education in Rutherford County."


RCP's mission is to provide a personalized, engaged, supported, and challenging learning environment that empowers students academically, socially, and emotionally. The school's new 8.23-acre, 64,000 square foot facility will be located at 4420 Manson Pike, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. It is scheduled to open in August 2024 and promises a host of innovative amenities.

The new RCP campus will feature:

  • Grade-level community classrooms fostering collaboration and camaraderie among students.
  • An atrium equipped with a collaboration area and an exhilarating slide, adding a touch of excitement to everyday learning.
  • State-of-the-art Science, Art, and Music labs to nurture students' creativity and scientific curiosity.
  • A spacious multipurpose field for physical activities and outdoor events.
  • A secured tot lot ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for our youngest learners.
  • Cutting-edge 1-to-1 technology to facilitate personalized and interactive learning.

We will be accepting applications for students who will be entering grades K-6 during the 2024-25 school year beginning December 1, 2023.

Join our mailing list at and you will be notified as soon as the application window opens. At RCP, we believe in fostering a strong community, and your contact information will help us keep you informed.

To stay updated on all things RCP, including our live community information sessions, we invite you to follow us on social media at @RutherfordPrep on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Join us in shaping the future of education in Rutherford County!

Rutherford Collegiate Prep (RCP) is a tuition-free public charter school opening in August 2024 that serves grades K-8. It will begin accepting applications for grades K-6 for the 2024-2025 school year with 7th grade added next year.  The Tennessee Public Charter School Commission approved the charter to open next school. The school is governed by ReThink Forward, a non-profit organization comprised of board members with many decades of educational experience with within the public and charter school realms. Board members include Dan Boone, Thomas Lee, Rebecca Dinda, Sharon Smith, and Steve Cherico. The board has partnered with Noble Education Initiative (NEI) to manage the day-to-day operations of the school.  NEI is a collaborative group of education professionals focused on addressing educational challenges in new and creative ways to set up students for a lifetime of success. NEI specializes in teacher preparation, school management, innovative educational curriculums, and educator training.

Visit us online at . For more information, visit the website, call (615) 600-4713 or email Find Rutherford Collegiate Prep @RutherfordPrep on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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