Randolph residents Janis and Rodney Clark home-schooled their four children through elementary school. When their children reached the age of middle school, the Clarks decided to send their children to the Randolph Public Schools. The partnership with the schools has produced great results.
Two of their children have already graduated from the high school. Their oldest child, Stephen, who graduated in 2012, is currently attending dental school at Howard University after graduating from Hampton University in Virginia, where he was an Honors student.
Their daughter, Leah, a 2014 RHS graduate, is currently studying Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Twins, Rebecca and Joanna, are juniors at Randolph High School. While at the high school, each participated in sports programs.
According to Mr. Clark, he and his wife never pushed their children into sports, but allowed them to follow their own interests. Both Rebecca and Joanna have been swimming since they were seven years old, making use of the town pool. Both girls now swim on the high school team, competing in the freestyle event. Rebecca and Joanna both said that they like to “motivate each other and encourage their teammates.” Joanna said that “meeting new friends” is also a benefit of being on a team. While swimming is their favorite sport, both girls play high school soccer which they picked up recently while at the high school. Older siblings Steven and Leah also participated in sports while at the high school. Stephen played basketball for four years, and Leah was a member of the softball team. Mr. and Mrs. Clark supported their children’s efforts in athletics, noting how team participation “teaches camaraderie and good sportsmanship.”
While the Clarks stated that “initially they had doubts about public school,” they note that their children have been well prepared for the academic rigors of college. Each of them has taken AP and Honors level courses, as they have sought to “challenge themselves academically.” Currently, Rebecca studies AP Psychology and AP Literature. Joanna also studies AP Literature, but mentions Biology as her favorite class. Both girls said that they “find a way” to balance sports and academics. These are “life lessons” that the Clarks say are critical to the development of their children. At the high school, the Clarks feel their children have had a “positive experience and studied with some terrific teachers.”
Both parents, as well as their children, mention that “faith and family are central to their lives.” Worship at the Jubilee Christian Church informs their daily lives. Rebecca and Joanna are members of the youth group at their church and volunteer at the church’s nursery program. With their strong values and work ethic, the Clark family has contributed to the Randolph Public Schools and, in turn, have taken the learning and skills acquired here beyond their home town, making the Randolph community proud.