My two children have been at RRE for almost 4 years, and the school has gone down hill since being under the leadership of the current principal, Peter Mosby. He lacks integrity and does not seem to make students' needs his priority. I moved my 3rd grader out of this school mid-year when I discovered issues with his teacher. I discovered these issues are long standing and were brought to the principal's attention last school year by other staff, and the principal had done nothing to correct or address the issues. My 6th grader has struggled all year in a class with an ineffective teacher and classmates who act out and misbehave. I did not move him, as we decided to tough it out since he will be going off to middle school next year. I do not recommend this school to anyone, and would certainly avoid this school if you have a child with special needs.
The school is good with teachers who care. The problem is with leadership. Peter Mosby is basically an absentee principal with little integrity. He was fired from his last job as a high school principal for his lack of integrity. Sadly, he has not improved. He needs to go. I know this sentiment is felt among many of the teachers and staff of the school.
Our school used to be pretty great, and most of the teachers still are. However, since Peter Mosby took over we have seen a big change for the worse. I hope that he will be removed for the next school year and we will regain the integrity of our school once again.
I couldn't ask for a better school for my 3 kids. Don't let State test scores fool you. Academics are a priority, but equal to the emotional and social elements of growing up. The school has an amazing SPED and Mental Health team. My kids aren't perfect students, but every "mistake" is considered a learning opportunity by the teachers, fellow students, assistants, and administration. As parents, we are always in the loop and collaborative members in the decision-making process. Kids are always the focus and much attention and discussion goes into determining next steps. We feel supported as do our kids. If you are looking for a partnership with your school in a nurturing elementary environment, then look know further. The staff genuinely KNOW the students and have authentic relationships with each kid. I am continually amazed at the connections and relationships I've witnessed between adults and kids. It's a neighborhood family-oriented school. Visit...you'll love it!
We are new to Castle Rock. I am so happy we decided to move here, it's the small town feel but not a small town. The people are so friendly, our neighbors are so nice. And Rock Ridge so far has been the best school we have put our kids in. We have moved a lot because my husband was in the Marine Corp. We finally settled down in our home state. The principal is so awesome and on top of it. The Teachers work hard with the parents and bullying issues are handled immediately. The special education staff are on top of your kids needs and wants. Rock Ridge is our number highest rating ever. We give then a 10 out of 10.
Our family is a blended military mash up. My ex is military and my current husband is also military. My son has been going to Rock Ridge for 3 years now and during his second year, my military side received orders to NC. We decided to keep my son in Colorado because of this school. He stays with his dad for school and with me all holidays and breaks. The staff and his teachers find every way to keep me involved with his studies, events and even text/email me pictures of him doing projects! On top of that he tests for math at 4th grade level and instead of ignoring his needs to do different work, they made him a whole new curriculum to keep him advancing and not bored and falling behind. I couldn't ask for better teachers or staff. This school is the tight knit community that you can depend on to fit your kids needs.
I have had multiple students at this school for over four years, our first year was great! The second year brought new staff, while still good, issues of bullying were ignored and staff began shutting down, Year three brought 9 news and more mess and headache, nothing fixed and the loss of beloved office staff. Year four, so many great teachers have been lost and now the office is full of power hungry staff. if you have special needs children expect coloring pages, not enough Para's, bust the worlds BEST and lacking leadership. Gen ed classes, well good luck! The pre-school program however is top notch with amazing staff, support staff and a real feeling of community. Years after leaving preschool, my students still go say hi, and we are always welcomed with smile and love.
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!!!
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.