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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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...
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