The Rite of Passage Experience (ROPE) is a three phase community approach to prevention and positive youth development. R.O.P.E begins the transition from childhood to adulthood and addresses important adolescent issues by promoting self-esteem, teaching decision-making, problem-solving, team-building and understanding peer pressure.
It is integrated into the sixth grade Health curriculum of both Middle Schools and facilitated by Human Services staff. This program includes classroom and outdoor experiences that includes a "Final Challenge" day on our ropes course.
A parent orientation is offered during Open House at the beginning of each school year. Seventh and eighth grade students also participate in a variety of outdoor/adventure based activities that reinforce the R.O.P.E. program and its challenge by choice philosophy in preparation for the transition from middle to high school.
We also offer a "Community Building" initiative for fifth grade students that assists with the experience of transitioning into middle school.
The SCORE after-school program entitled Student Challenge of Recreation Education, begins the second phase of R.O.P.E. for all middle school students. Its purpose is to connect the important environments of school, community and family and offer youth opportunities to meaningfully use their leisure time.
Seasonal programs include, Horseback Riding, Indoor Wall Climbing, Geo-caching, Adventure Club, Canoeing, Social and Cultural activities and much more.
The third phase of ROPE encourages youth and young adults to give back to the community through voluntary service projects. High school and middle school youth are involved in a variety of service projects from cleaning up our town and state parks to high school aged mentors working with middle school youth.