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PK-5
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Aurora, CO
Students enrolled: 667

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5756 South Biscay Circle
Aurora, CO 80015

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(720) 886-3400
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February 19, 2014
The school may present a pleasant face to those interested in joining but it's a very different environment once you get there. My child was really unhappy at Rolling Hills and we needed to move to another school. Unchecked bullying was a big problem at the school and was not addressed in a meaningful way by the administration. Another problem was the weak instruction; we had several teachers who just didn't do much teaching and so we had to hire private tutors and work at home to compensate for the lack of learning at school. This was not our first experience with a cherry creek elementary school and we have found with several of our children that cherry creek schools just don't deliver! Our kids have been so bored at school and Rolling Hills is the worst. If your child is an average or high learner, don't send them herel, they will be bored silly. If you ask for more challenge, the teachers seem to "take it out" on your child at school. I've even had teachers I don't know give me dirty looks in the hallway if I dared to question my child's teacher about curriculum! Don't look to the principal for any help at this school, just keep your head down.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
I called to set up a time to come in and tour the school. With his learning needs, I wanted to get a better feel for the overall school. I was greeted by a helpful and friendly staff member who immediately said I could come in any day between 10am-2pm. She also said she would have a contact name and number for me when I arrived of a special educator who could answer my questions about providing services for my son. I am posting this because I did not receive such an open door when I called with the same request at a school nearby, Trails West. Thank you Rolling Hills for being so open and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
Our child has attended Rolling Hills for several years and we would never recommend it. With few exceptions, the teachers communicate poorly and take little pride in their work. This is not a caring environment and some teachers on the staff are poor role models for children. Parent involvement is discouraged and the unspoken rule of engagement is that children can and will be punished in the classroom if parents ask too many questions. There are numerous reports of teachers humiliating and demoralizing children in class there are truly some teacher bullies here. The principal maintains low expectations teachers are unprepared, differentiation to skill level is virtually nonexistent, leaving many children unengaged. Teachers are not expected to grade work, meet with students or communicate with parents. Many families are forced to hire private tutors. Yet despite the additional expense for tutors, the school is always begging for more money. The time has come to stop rewarding bad performance: tax increases and donations should cease entirely until Cherry Creek reins in its awful schools and starts demonstrating accountability.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
I am a 8th grade student now and I went to Rolling Hills Elementary all through 4th grade. It is by far the best public elementary school in Denver, Colorado. The staff is great. The teachers will go out of their way to help a student. There is a no tolerance rule, so your children won't have to worry about bad days and bullies. There is a class that your children will go to called Assets. It teaches about not to take anything that looks like candy from anyone. That class can help your children to learn the difference of what candy and drugs look like, so they have knowledge. I don't know who the principal is there now, but the past principal was the best and she was really nice. Otherwise, the school is great from what I remember. I hope you parents reading this will consider to enroll your child/children to this school. It's phenomenal.

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2013
To my one star parent I am leap-frogging, no a teacher did not post immediately after your rating. I am a parent of a first grader who has been with this school for 2 yrs now. I found your rating sad and shocking as I have not experienced anything great things from this school. I had a specific concern and was put in touch with the principal who took it upon herself to personally call me at home during school time. She allowed me to voice my concern and we were able to discuss things to try and change at the school. I personally love the idea of the assets class on bullying. They taught my rather shy and passive daughter how to stand up to bullies. We have not encountered a bully but I feel with a class like during school hours is a wonderful idea. My understanding is that it's a zero tolerance at RH. I think very highly of this school and have received nothing but care, concern, and attention for my daughter from the start.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
I concur with the previous post. My child was miserable here. When I expressed concern about my child's progress, the claws came out, from especially the Principal. Silly me expected a school/home partnership to address academic concerns. It became clear, they will do nothing to help my child. In fact, they even said so. Principal and teachers were very unprofessional. I started getting dirty looks from other teachers. My child started to be treated poorly. The principal seems nice at first, but once you ask a direct question, she never answers directly, just educational jargon. She told me to be happy that my child was not the worst one in the class. Oh gee thanks! I also got the "budget cuts" excuse. It was such a negative experience for our family, and my child's self worth was reduced to nothing thanks to this school. I withdrew my child, and it was the best thing I ever did. My happy confident kid is back. We are still working on academics at his new school, but at least he doesn't feel worthless. I can't express how horrible this school was for us as a family. We all try and forget about this horrible experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
This is a horrible school with a culture that tolerates and fosters bullying by both students and teachers. As long as parent involvement is restricted to donations, supplying food and treats for teacher events, gift giving at Christmas and year end, then parents are welcomed. BUT, start asking questions about what your child is being taught, how it is being taught, the level of challenge, helping children reach their true potential and you will soon see the knives come out. Teachers will begin to ridicule and demoralize your child in class, fostering similar treatment by the other children. It is appalling behavior. AND YET CHERRY CREEK SCHOOLS AND THE STATE ASK ANNUALLY FOR MORE MONEY. SAY NO TO ANY MORE TAX INCREASES UNTIL THERE IS DEMONSTRATED IMPROVED PERFORMANCE. NO MORE EMPTY PROMISES.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Seems another posting by a teacher or administrator of this school posting as a parent. It seems more than pure coincidence that immediately following a negative post, this one pops up. Previously, people were posting about once every 10 days or so. Now, one negative post and there is an immediate response. As far as the Assets class, the emphasis is entirely misplaced and the focus is incorrectly placed on the victim. There is all sorts of hand holding and instruction to the victim on how they should respond instead of making it very clear to the bully and the parents of the bully that the behavior will not be tolerated. That is where they emphasis should be. The current method makes the victim feel that somehow they have done something wrong, or not handled it properly. That is not the way to deal with a bully.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
The 2013 test results haven't been posted here yet, but they have been released. Not surprisingly, the test scores went down. They only catch up 11% of kids in math now and still 23% in reading. I can only speak to regular education, upper elementary grades. They do not work with kids that begin to struggle, and their test results show it. Check out schools that do a much better job, Willow Creek, Coyote Hills, Dry Creek, even Peakview does a better job. This school is terrible if you are 3rd - 5th grades and even begin to struggle. They will ignore kids and do nothing. The test results prove what I am saying is true! It really is a terrible school. A school needs to teach kids more than they already know, and this one doesn't at all. We moved from out of state and have attended quite a few elementary schools. I have also worked as a teacher. This is the worst school my kids have ever attended. The community is great. The kids are great. The parents are great. The school is not doing their job. Parents should stop paying for extra tutoring and demand more! The kids desearve it. The principal is also terrible!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Rolling Hills Elementary has been a strong elementary schools since I have moved in 2002. All parents I know support the school, and only have nice things to say. My children have IEP's and my children get above and beyond help. The staff is professional and happy to be at RollingHills.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Rolling hills elementary is an amazing school. Nowhere else will you find the parent sign in sheet full by 930am with parents volunteering in the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
My 8-year-old son has high functioning autism, ADHD, and a sensory processing disorder. He just started his 4th year at Rolling Hills. If you knew him in Kindergarten and saw him today, you wouldn't believe difference. The teachers and educational support staff have been amazing with him. They let him bring a stuffed aninmal to school and keep in his desk every day to help him with separation anxiety. They gave him a special chair that allows him to fidget and move while still being seated. They developed several classroom procedures he could use to ask for help and feel heard without disrupting the teacher's instructions. The school has been with us side-by-side every step of way, ensuring my son has the best education possible!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
I have a child who is on an IEP and did not know what to expect -- but Rolling Hills continues to surprise me daily. It is not just a school, but a warm, caring community. The teachers seem to know everyone's name. A positive behavioral incentive system is used throughout the school that rewards kids for behaving well, rather than writing them up every time they make a mistake. The parents are very committed and a large percentage of them volunteer in the school in some capacity every day. My child is respected as an individual, and the communication with the teachers, providers, and the principal herself is superb.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
The teachers are fabulous and dedicated to the students. A great school to send your kids too.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
This is the 3rd year my son will be attending this school. I believe this school was a very good choice for our family. The principle has an open door policy and puts the children first. The teachers are excellent! They care deeply for the kids, not only academically, but also them as a person. I would recommend this school to anyone. They also have a very good before and after school program, although the homework club in after care could be beefed up.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
I couldn't be happier. The teachers are all great, and my child is thriving. My son is excited to go to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
Amazing school with caring, patient, and professional staff. The entire learning community is made to feel welcome - including parents, younger/older siblings, and extended family members. Classroom and Event volunteers are a vital part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
Putting our kids in Rolling Hills was the best choice we could have made for our 2 children. The teachers, staff, and parents are amazing. It's not a school, it's a family.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
Great teachers, they show genuine concern over the students, approachable principal, all around great staff

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
Make sure you check out the Colorado Growth Model of each school before you go to this one. They catch up only 23% of kids within 3 years in Reading and 28% in Math. That is a very, very poor showing. This shows you how much they ignore the kids that need instruction. I wish I would have known that before my children went here. This is a horrible school with staff who are condescending and demeaning towards parents who are usually footing the bill for outside tutoring and instruction. PTO pays for teacher assistants so they can make copies for teachers instead of helping kids. Don't know what happened to this school, but they should be ashamed of how they treat children and parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2011
LOVE this school!! Teachers are better than the best. My daughter loves it here and I can't wait for my youngest to attend as well.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!!! Two kids attending Rolling Hills and it is a WONDERFUL SCHOOL!!!! Academics to "Specials" it is TOP Cherry Creek Elementary School!!!! So thankful for everyone involved there! :-) Special THANKS to all the parental involvement!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
I was a former student of rolling hills about 5 years ago. It was a wonderful school that had taught me a lot. It was probably one of my favorite experiences that i had. The teachers were awesome who really impacted me and my life.

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
Rolling Hills is a great school and definitely has a lot to offer. Unfortunately for the younger kids that excel (kindergarten-2nd) there are no programs that cater to these individuals. The Gifted and talented is offered to 3rd grade and above. As so many other activities. Due to costs these younger kids do not have the same opportunities as the older kids, this is a major disadvantage. I also think they need to offer second languages to all students.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
This school is wonderful! The 'specials' (music, gym, computer, assets and art) the kids are envolved in daily are exceptional....especially assets. As to the parent who wrote a negative on having 3 principals in 3 years. The first one retired (I believe that should be ok to do). The second one that left was a Vice Principal that moved onto another school to become a Principal (I believe that should be acceptable too). The last principal the writer is speaking about is currently in her second year at Rolling Hills and is doing a great job. I have seen many great changes due in part to her coming to the school. The parent who wrote a negative about 1st graders doing research papers...what's wrong with challenging a 1st grader on a 1st grader level. As far as physical activity...the children have 2 recesses daily, plus gym class when it's their week.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
The school is great There is incredible parent involvement and people are highly encouraged to get involved in the classes.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
1st graders at Rolling Hills are required to do research papers. Physical activity has virtually no place in this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
I have quite a different opinion from the other writers, unfortunately. I wish I had their view. I have experience 3 principals in 3 years. Not a great track record. The teachers surely perform and their test results prove it. Sadly, I have removed both of my children from this school into a charter school. They are so worried about their scores that I almost feel like they would rather you leave. Please check this school out further if your child isn't an academic sponge. It would be worth it to find out ahead of time that your child won't fit.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2006
This is an awesome school. The teachers and staff go above and beyond and take an interest in each child both academically and personally. I am moving my family out of state, and only pray that the teachers and staff are half as good as the those at Rolling Hills.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2006
Best elementary in Cherry Creek! Teachers go above and beyond their jobs. Small classes. Academics are great. Test scores prove this. All staff is caring. Parent volunteers are abendant and really make a difference. Only draw back-Year Round school though so different from traditional. Kids go 9 weeks to school and then have 3 weeks off. School ends in June. Most tracks start right after fourth of July. Most elementary schools in Cherry Creek School District are year round.Just too many kids. Great before school program.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
I moved from the Denver Tech Center area over to a neighborhood that feeds into Rolling Hills, specifically to get my daughter into this school. In my opinion this is the best elementary school in the Cherry Creek District which probably makes it the best in the State. The only thing that I think this school needs to improve on is extracurricular activities. Affordable foreign language classes, a choir, sports etc.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
Rolling Hills has extremely high quality academic programs. We have been very favorably impressed with the teachers' experience and the curriculum. There is a good amount of parental involvement. In fact, the PTO purchased a room full of computers for the computer lab last year! We are very pleased with Rolling Hills Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
This is a great school with parent involvment and teachers who care.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2005
I have been very please with the progress of my kids in Rolling Hills since Kindergarten. The teachers really care and spend time with each of them as necessary.

- submitted by a teacher
March 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2004
My children have attended Rolling Hills since Kindergarten. Now my daugher is off to Middle School and my son is in 4th grade. I can't express how wonderful my experience has been a Rolling Hills. They are an exemplary school with lots of programs to support the kids. There has been a great acceptance of the difference kids have in learning styles and abilities. Parent participation at this school is fostered and welcome and makes an impact on the atmosphere. We may have to leave the area due to job chances and I am using School net to see if I can find even something remotely as great as RH has been.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
Incredible school! We moved to this area because of this school. The teachers are fantastic, we love the open-door policy, and the caring environment our children walk into every day!

- submitted by a parent
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Rolling Hills Elementary School
5756 South Biscay Circle, Aurora, CO  80015
(720) 886-3400
Last modified Rolling Hills Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rolling Hills Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top