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400 North Heritage Rd
Castle Rock, CO 80104

(303) 387-5150
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4 stars
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April 27, 2014
We have been at Rock Ridge Elementary for 5 years. Both of my children absolutely LOVE coming here and we , as parents, LOVE that they attend here also. Especially in the past 2 years with the new administration team!! WOW! We finally have true leadership professionals at the helm that totally "get it". The Admin Team is unbelievably supportive of ALL stakeholders; the students, the staff, and the parent community. They always do what is best for the child! The child (or parent) may not always like not getting what they WANT...but they will always get what they really NEED. The rigor of the International Baccalaureate Philosophy far surpasses the expectations of the entire school district!! There are very HIGH expectations for respectful behavior at RRE. Students are expected to be honest, kind, thoughtful, respectful, exhibit tolerance and a high level of integrity. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own behaviors or actions and the consequences that may sometimes follow. I cannot imagine being able to find a school that has higher standards than RRE does! We feel very blessed to belong to such a caring and communicative community!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
I am really surprised by this latest rating, as my own experience could not be more different. I have switched my kids from another school to Rock Ridge, and have found Rock Ridge to be profoundly better. My son experienced some bullying last year, and it was handled swiftly and effectively. My son felt very supported by his teacher and the principal, and the bullying stopped. I have two children at Rock RIdge, and I have found the teachers we have had to be skilled, caring and wonderful. I am very active in my kids' education, and volunteer in both their classrooms. I am at the school a lot, and can honestly say that what I observe on a regular basis is a very caring, skilled and respectful staff. I am thankful every day that we got out of our other school and found Rock Ridge.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
The administration at this school clearly does not have a handle on bullying. Issues are brought to their attention and they are swept under the carpet. The issue has been going on for years. Don't be fooled into thinking the new principal has fixed anything. In fact, things may be worse than a few years ago. Office staff is marginally friendly and teachers are hit or miss. It is an each man for themselves mentality and in that, the primary needs of the kids go to the wayside. No plans of return for us because we KNOW there are better schools out there. Schools who truly put the child first.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
My son is in kindergarten and his teacher is very nurturing. There is a wide array of learners in his class and I can tell she's trying to meet the needs of everyone. (She really deserves an aide though! This is kindergarten!) The office staff is very friendly and I feel my son is safe and happy.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
My three kids have been at Rock Ridge Elementary for two years now, and they love it! We came from Clear Sky Elementary in the Meadows, and Rock Ridge outweighs them in all aspects (teachers, office staff, and curriculum) in my opinion. We have never had an issue with anything at Rock Ridge. I know not all experiences will be the same, but to us they ROCK!!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
All 3 of our children attend this school and have always experienced the best teachers who really care! Politics aside I know my children and learning at their fullest capabilities and are SAFE while doing so.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Reading the reviews I wonder if anyone thinks that a lot of the problems stem from the district itself putting more emphasis on charter schools and less on long established local schools? I almost changed schools and am glad I didn't. I haven't had a bad teacher yet and the new prinicpal is doing a great job with what she started out with. My main complaint is parent involvment but I'm being optimistic that will improve as the school partners with FORR for better communication of needs and volunteer opprotunities. I'm glad my kids can ride their bikes to school, see their friends at the park, even their teachers at the store. There is nothing bad to say about the school except it needs investment and that really comes from administration there is only so much a school can do if the board doesn't do much to help. I firmly believe my children have learned what they need to but more than that learned to be a great citizens and compassionate leaders with a larger understanding of their world.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
We have been attending Rock Ridge for two years now and other than a few disagreements with teachers this school "Rocks" The front desk is friendly and through the staff is always helpful the new principle is great. They have a special needs program that is truly something you dont see every day, the teachers truly look at the individual and how he needs to be taught, I dont know how thye do it but I have no complaints. As far as regular classes, my daughter has been doing really well, she is learning quickly and talks highly of her teachers, she had some issues with kids bullying her and the staff took immediate care of it. Im not sure why this school is a 5, we have been to schools that are an 8/9 that we would never go back to. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
I really am not sure how anyone can leave great reviews about this school unless they settle for sub standard education for their kids. Go review testing scores of RRE against other Douglas County or Colorado schools. RRE is at the bottom of the pack. Why is that? Does that not matter? If testing scores do not matter, why does RRE spend weeks upon weeks making sure kids can take the tests. Something is very wrong to have such low testing scores year after year. Do parents just not care? Does nobody do research on the level of education being given at this school? Next, I too have heard from other parents and their kids that the Spanish Teacher is mean and yells at kids. Someone below said that new programs re coming to RRE. Really? What new programs? Why are parents not informed of this? We are really really really unhappy with the quality of RRE but have no choice at the moment, as the higher standard charter schools are full with long waiting lists.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
RRE is a great school with new leadership. I am proud to send my kids to RRE. They are changing the culture created from past administration. Teachers and parents are committed to the students. RRE is an IB neighborhood school that has a strong sense of community. The school is dedicated to serving students' emotional, physical, social, and academic needs. I would definitely recommend RRE to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2013
My family moved to the Founders village area in March 2013 and right away we had a bad experience with one of the 1st grade teachers. We had come from an elementary school that was rated number 5 in the nation for best elementary schools, so we had very high expectations and none of them were meet! The new principle and ladies in the front office are great but thats about it. The school is always dirty, the parking and dropping off is horrible and dangerous if you ask me. We are doing everything we can to not have to go back to Rock Ridge next year.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2012
I had 3 kids go thru this school and believe its one of the best in the state. the teachers and student body was great during our time there. Are first kid started in 1996 and the last one finish 2012. First is off to college the 2nd is an top student in high school. My point is this a great place to send your kids and have a good relations with the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2012
I went to RRE for 5 years and only have good things to say about it. The teachers are always there to help with personal problems and school problems. RRE is always trying to stop bulling, when I went there they put up posters and did all kinds of stuff trying to stop bullys. There principal left last year and with a new princpal they are still trying to figure out a few things. Send your kids to this school! They will have so much fun! Now that I am in middle school, I am in advanced classes because the teachers they to push you to be the best you can be.

- submitted by a community member
October 22, 2012
I think the negative reviews on this school are greatly exaggerated. Yes, the communication of the school and teachers could be improved (lots of emails and last minute requests from teachers). However, this is a school where the arts and PE are still available. Spanish is offered for 3rd grade and up. They still take field trips and offer Outdoor Ed. These are all things that better schools have decided to cut. My daughter is now in middle school and is thriving academically. She scored above grade level in reading and math and at grade level for writing. I look forward to sending my 4 year old next year. And there is a new principle, the old one retired at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. Education and academics is very important in our home, we would not send our children to a sub-par school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
I am a parent of Rock Ridge and floored by the negative comments regarding the school, and it's leaders!! Rock Ridge is an amazing school with an even more amazing staff... My son has received an outstanding education thus far and the school in it's entirety is 100% GREAT!!! Hats off to the Rock Ridge team for your commitment to our children and for all that you do for them. I feel it is my familys pleasure to be a part of the Rock Ridge community.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2012
My children have received excellent schooling here at Rock Ridge. They have been given an outstanding education thus far and have exceeded my expectations in every way.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2012
Rock Ridge is not a good school at all. The principal is really hard to deal with and so are the teachers and the office staff. They have a lot of bullying going on at that school. The principal and teachers do nothing about it. I would never recommend this school to anyone! This is a Very Awful school!

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2012
RRE IS A TERRIBLE SCHOOL WITH TERRIBLE LEADERSHIP. The teachers are awful they don't communicate well with the parents and ignore the bullying that is really going on. The principal is extremely hard to deal with... The principal also ignores the bullying! This is a very disappointing school and I would NEVER recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
I have a first grader and a pre-schooler who love RRE. The teachers we have had (PreK, Kindie and 1st) have been amazing. I feel like their teachers truly care about their education and truly care for my children! I am absolutely amazed at how much my children have learned! RRE also seems to be a school with very little bullying (if any, I have feet to hear of any). The students learn to help and trust each other even from different grade levels by having older "buddies" who they grow to care about and trust! Parent involvement in the school is phenomenal! Any time I have had a question, comment or concern, I am always able to speak to whom i need and everything is addressed right away! I would recommend Rock Ridge to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
Major lack of communication, slow on stopping the bullying....and not learning enough...3 major parental concerns.....don't have much to top that...try homeschooling or cyber schooling...

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
We opened enrolled our son and it was the best choice we made. I have never seen a staff so dedicated to its students. The administration has addressed all our concerns and the teachers have helped move my son forward in his education and self esteem. The staff I have had contact with demonstrate many of the IB (primary years) learner profiles as well as the areas of interaction that make learning attainable. I read something about the FORR group spending money on silly activities rather than on good teachers. To be honest, that build community and a sense of responsibility. My family has benefited from all these activities. My son now sees his school as a place to learn but also how socialize and resolve conflict. Also, the parents involved do not make decisions on who RRE hires. That is up to the hiring committee. I work full time, like many parents and I have had many opportunities to get involved in school. To you that are unhappy, I hope you find a school that best fits your needs. That is extremely important. Good luck to you!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
I am glad I found the postings below. I now know that I am not alone in my experience with Rock Ridge Elementary. I do not want to type out all the problems we have had---and there have been MANY and in just one year. Just know, with the staff and leadership at this school, what they say to you with a smile is not in line with the actions they perform, to include treatment of students. They just do not have the time or the patience for your child if there are learning or behavior issues. My child is not happy. I am not happy. The school has been a huge disappointment---we will not be returning for another year. Be careful in your dealings with this school...

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
I totally agree with the last post, I am having the very same experience. The right hand has no idea what the left hand is doing and so forth. The school is very disorganized and way overcrowded. The student/teacher ratio on greatschools.org is WAY off, it is much higher than 17 or 18 students to a teacher. Unless your child is fine with being on their own to learn, I would not send them to this school. It is very unfortunate that I based enrolling my child totally on the opinion of two other parents and not on the numbers that I saw. Now I have to deal with trying to get my child into a different school and uproot her yet again. My only saving grace is that my child lucked out with getting a good teacher this year, but I don't think I can take my chances next year.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2010
I agree with the previous parent post about being "astonished by rave reviews" of Rock Ridge Elementary. He or She was not stretching the truth about the front desk staff being not friendly. WOW, is all I can say. The leadership of the school's priority, in my opinion, is "how can we get this done the easiest way" and that includes academics, special programs, or even fund raising. Does your child have any issues what-so-ever? Do not go to this school, do not. You will find yourself and your helpless child/children in a frustration loop with a staff that points fingers at anyone but themselves. We are taking our children running, not walking, to another school next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
I am really astonished by the rave reviews for Rock Ridge. I have had many issues with most every teacher my children have had. The leaders of this school have in no way been helpful. The front office staff are not friendly. The school is overcrowded. Their PTA is called the Friends of Rock Ridge. They spend money on foolish things like ice cream socials and back to school barbecues, really? How about spending money on hiring better staff and worth while field trips. Honestly, I don't know what they're going for here, they want to known for their IB program and above average academics, but the childrens are the losers here. They are not receiving the education they deserve.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
The teachers, principal and staff are highly dedicated to providing the best possible learning experience and curriculum with care and devotion.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
The best school ever! It's a little overpopulated, but once Sage Canyon Elementary pops up, it'll bring down that a little bit. Also they should move the sixth graders to Mesa permanently, instead of bringing them back and fourth all day.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 14, 2010
caring, concerned, the most amazing principal in ever sence of the word. dedicated to each child

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Teachers are involved and care about students overall well being and education.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
I have 2 children at RR in 2nd and 5th grade my children have problems with learning especially reading and RR has done miricales for them they have both been on ILP's every year including last year which has helped them get up to grade level and when they fall behind thier teachers always take notice and get them on track with extra help before and after school. My daughter has a learnig disability that they found and are helping her to learn with her disability. Our family has also had some huge family tragidies over the last 3 years and the school has been there for not only the kids but the whole family through all of it. I think the IB program they have started is wonderful both my kids have begun to learn spanish amoung other things I was never taught in school. And,the principal is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2009
I have two kids attending Rock Ridge. Although I haven't been thrilled with every teacher they have had, I've always been able to air my concerns and work on a solution with the teachers. One of my kids is very bright and his teachers have gone out of their way to make sure he is challenged. The principal at Rock Ridge gives much of his power away to the teachers to ensure they have what they need to do their jobs and the focus is always on the kids. I would encourage anyone who has a problem with Rock Ridge to volunteer on the SAC committee. You'll get the background knowledge you need to understand how the school works and it's the best place to influence future decisions for the school. As for the overcrowding, there's not much you can do about that until more schools are built.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2009
We are not impressed with Rock Ridge. The school is overcrowded, which makes attending activities a nightmare. I have had issues with two teachers and the principal and vice principal were of absolutely no help. There are a couple of good teachers. The staff is not very friendly, anytime I need to talk to them, I feel as if I am bothering them. Three more years and we are out of there.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
We recently moved to the RR area. On the surface, the school, faculty and parents appear to be very involved and dedicated. Over time though, I have come to find that there is too much focus on frivolous things and not enough focus on academics.....there seems to be a lot of social activities. (wonder where this money would be better spent). RR has recently implemented the IB program, HOWEVER, I think this is going to prove to be a huge mistake. My child(ren) can no longer recieve ILP services, cannot memorize times-tables and at mid-5th grade level, still do not know how to property prepare a writing piece....and meanwhile are earning A's and B's. Seems to me there needs to be more focus on the basic academic fundamentals rather than social activities and the school's 'status' as an IB school.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2008
I was a teacher at Rock Ridge Elementary for five years. All of the staff, from adminstration down to part-time instructional assistants and nutrition services are 100% dedicated to helping all children that attend Rock Ridge. Staff go out of their way to dedicate their off time to the school, learning programs, and community events. The school's motto, 'Every child, every day.' is the cornerstone of instruction and relationship development at Rock Ridge. With the initiation of gaining IB International Baccalaureate status, Rock Ridge will continue to be a school that meets all children's needs with the utmost integrity and highest level of instruction. In my experience, Rock Ridge is not only the best elementary school in Douglas County, it surpasses any of the elementary schools that I have taught in throughout the country. Rock Ridge is a very special place.

- submitted by a teacher
December 13, 2007
We have been very pleased with the administration and teachers at Rock Ridge. they have provided our daughters with an excellent learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2007
My son started aug 07, 2nd grade, with a new teacher who is awesome! i volunteer - which there are plenty of- and am able to see the action firsthand. My son is excelling in his subjects (his scores were ave. And below ave. In a few subjects in 1st grade). The concern for the kids safety is none like i've ever seen. I have been very impressed with everything at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
We started at Rock Ridge in January of 2006. We had just moved from California and my boys, ages 6 and 8, were entering school mid year. The teachers met with them before school started and made them feel very comfortable. I had more conversations with the principal at this school within the first week, than I had with our principal in California the 2 years we had been there. The staff is very friendly and the teachers have been wonderful so far. The communication between the teachers and parents is great. I do have one thing to add about the principal. Rock Ridge elementary does not tolerate any bullying. We had a problem with bullies on the bus and for a week straight the principal took the bus home with the kids to handle the situation. I was rather impressed, and the bullies stopped. This made a huge impact.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
We haven't been terribly impressed by the leadership (principal) or quality of teachers at RockRidge. No child left behind is an echo in the distance. Be cautious and don't be misled by the staff at RockRidge. If this district and especially this school gives you their word it may only be good until you leave the room.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2007
I have 2 students in Rock Ridge. I think Rock Ridge is a very good school. The administration is wonderful and puts kids 1st. We love Rock Ridge!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
I've been very pleased with my son's involvement with Rock Ridge preschool so far this year. He's an introverted child, and his teachers have made a special effort to get to know him and make him feel comfortable and welcome with his first experience with formal 'school'. He's talking more than ever, and doesn't seem to be as shy as he once was.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
I haven't been terribly impressed with Rock Ridge Elementary. My child had never had learning issues until he came to Rock Ridge. His teacher was very harsh with him, ignoring the fact that he has a hearing impairment. The school is too crowded and the big, family activities are frustrating because you can barely walk with all the people in the building. Needless to say, we are moving to a different school district.

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Rock Ridge Elementary School
400 North Heritage Rd, Castle Rock, CO  80104
(303) 387-5150
Last modified Rock Ridge Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rock Ridge Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews.