The Rhoades School was founded in 1980 by Dr. Charlotte Rhoades-Glinski. Dr. Glinski’s experience and wisdom as an educator and a national figure in gifted education led her to envision a school specifically designed to meet the needs of gifted children. In the spring of 1980, she brought her talents, passion, and three students together to begin this unique school. By the fall of 1981, the school had grown to eighteen students and the rest is history!
Families from all over the greater San Diego County area found the mission and curriculum of our school so compelling that enrollment quickly soared. Located in a small business setting in Encinitas, the school outgrew its physical setting by the late 1980’s. With a necessity for more space, Dr. Glinski located the ideal venue to construct the contemporary, spacious facility at its present location of 141 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road in Encinitas, CA. Development of the current site was completed in the spring of 1991.
In 1994, Mrs. Luanne Kittle assumed leadership of The Rhoades School as the new Director. As a former teacher and Assistant Director of the School, Mrs. Kittle’s expertise in gifted education allowed her to continue to guide the mission and growth of the school. Enrollment grew to 300 under her leadership and curricular programs continued to expand. As a result, two classrooms and a lab building were constructed as an addition to the original facility to meet the gathering numbers and emerging curricular needs of our students.
Dr. Regina McDuffie joined The Rhoades School in the summer of 2012 as the Head of School. Dr. McDuffie served as the Academic Dean and Lower School Principal at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California. Prior to her work at St. Margaret’s she was both a middle and high school teacher, Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Adjunct Professor in Westchester County, New York.
In 2010, The Rhoades School celebrated its 30th anniversary and in concert with Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., The Rhoades School remains a safe haven for the intellectual, creative and human potential of gifted and talented children well into the 21st century.