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Rockrimmon Elementary School

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3 stars

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Posted April 17, 2014

Rockrimmon Elementary has a great sense of community. Being a small school it feels like you are part of a family and not just another parent of some nameless child. We have had some great teachers and we have had one mediocre teacher. I think it all depends on your child and what that child needs. When I have had concerns the administrators have listened and helped resolve them. It appears that there will be some changes in the administration in the next few years and I hope that it does not affect the school negatively.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

My son started kindergarten at Rockrimmon last year. We absolutely love this school. The teachers are professional but fun- they really know how to engage the kids. For example, each year the kindergarten class goes on a gingerbread man hunt throughout the school, so that they are familiar with the layout of the building and get to know all the staff. Recently the first grade class dug clay and made homemade bricks as part of a unit on building materials. The varied approach they take to teaching means that all types of learners get what they need. The IB program incorporates RISE behaviors (respect, integrity, safety, and empathy) throughout the curriculum. I like that beyond teaching academics, this school emphasizes being a good human being. The students are motivated to exhibit RISE behaviors through creative rewards, like being allowed to have a class "pajama day" or an extra PE session. The school itself is quite small, and I like that it's tucked away in a residential area. There's no through traffic, and the school really emphasizes safety. There's so much more I want to write but can't due to the space constraints! I would 100% recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

Here's something I never thought to consider: In their last school, the kids were given UNLIMITED time to complete tests in school. Here, there are 2 days set aside for TIMED tests. Regardless of how much the teachers & administration say that it's NOT timed, BOTH my girls came home almost in hysterics because they were NOT expecting that and missed many questions while they were reeling to figure out what happened & what to do. So, tell me how they are expected NOT to do poorly? In 4 months, my eldest has changed from being excited to going to school to not much caring. They have killed any LOVE or excitement for learning. The TAG teacher is ridiculously strict and the program was even confusing to ME, the parent! Situations where "red flags" should have been thrown up to have me brought in weren't ever done or considered. The teacher is downright horrible & we were promised that she would still be tracked for Middle School TAG. Then a few months later, we got the note that the TAG teacher had been replaced for this semester. I assume that now my daughter is no longer someone that will be "tracked", if they were even going to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

Although Rockrimmon teachers seem to be highly qualified, loving, caring professionals they are functioning at a high stress level. I heard a lot of yelling at students while visiting the school in the afternoon. Leadership seems to focus on cheerleading as opposed to appreciating the commitment and quiet dedication of hardworking and experienced staff members. Due to internal restructuring, teachers are worried about the stability of their positions. Something wacky is going on there! I'm so glad I pulled my child out and moved him to a more stable environment this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

Excellent elementary school with IB program. Manages to avoid the super stuffy atmosphere of other Rockrimmon elementary area schools while retaining an excellent and well rounded experience for the kids. Not sure why the principal is rated lower by some folks we really feel like Principal Barton is a wonderful administrator and is very approachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2013

Rockrimmon is an excellent school with great parental involvement. Our kids have been there since kindergarten and I have tried other schools and we love Rockrimmon. It is smaller than other schools in the area and combined with the welcoming office staff and friendly, smiling teachers, you are given a warm feel from the time you enter the building. They do an amazing "World Tour Day" in May which is outstanding for the kids and the parents are always invited to come volunteer, eat lunch with their kids, or participate in Field Day, assemblies, field trips, and special events. We also love the art and p.e. teachers which are important to our kids since they love sports and being creative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

Rockrimmon Elementary School has been the best decition we have made in our children's education. The small class sizes and outstanding teachers insure they are getting a top quality education in a public school. The kids feel safe and are able to learn through the IB program all they need to know and more. Parental envolvement helps the school excell even more! Great School!! I think the community rating is too low for the quality of the education received at Rockrimmon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2012

Dropping off your children in the morning is not a dangerous situation at all! There are 3 to 4 teachers every morning who open your child's car door and personally hold the door while your child exits. The reviewer who wrote about dropping off her children is incorrect. It is very safe. Rockrimmon is a small, caring community and the school reflects this. The academic standards are very high and I know that my children are going to be taught the basics as well as Science and Social Studies because of the IB program. The teachers are hard working and dedicated. The principal is very concerned about making the school safe. The extra activities and PTO are awesome. As far as fundraising, of course PTO needs money for the children's activities. But you DO NOT need to give money. In fact, if you don't have money for an activity for your child, PTO is there to help. My child is getting a private school type education in public school. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2012

We love Rockrimmon. It is a great school and we are so lucky that our children go to a school where they feel safe, important and cared about by all the staff. There are a few teachers who stand out among the rest, but there is not a teacher there that I wouldn't feel good about my child having.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2012

my kids have been at Rockrimmon since kindergarten, and are near finishing. We have loved the school. I know that when my children get to middle school that they will be prepared, unless they weren't paying attention in class. Teachers are wonderful. The writing program has prepared my kids to move into Middle School ready to go. We looked at many schools, but chose Rockrimmon because of its small classroom size and great community feel and we haven't been disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2012

Really love this school. We are in our 2nd year and look forward to all three boys there next year. Great parental involvement, passionate teachers. Looked at going to TCA and Foothills, and really happy we're at Rockrimmon
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2011

This school clearly has issue communicating with parents. They need to comprehend they have a job because they are there to educate our children. Safety is very big issues especially when it comes to dropping a child off at school in the morning. Administration does not communicate well with parents, Principal yawns in IEP meetings and vice president scolds you for reporting incidents. PTA is over zealous and parents are expected to purchase or donate all the time. Politics are liberal & teachers are not supported for being an 'IB' school. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2009

If you are prepared to spend a lot of time working after school with your child on assignments then this is the school for you. The P.E. program is fair; they offer computer learning and Spanish. Parental involvement is discouraged but is not entirely unwanted. To date, I believe it is the only elementary school in the district that does not have air-conditioning but it is an open plan so the windows and the doors can be left open for circulation. The curriculum is 'innovative' and they are always trying something new.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

We've been extremely disappointed with Rockrimmon. Parents are great, but the principal and vice principal bring the school down. They don't seem to grasp what's important and spend a lot of time worrying about matters such a new mascot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

I like how the school is smaller and I feel like my son has gotten great one on one attention. They cater to individual needs and really get the parents involved. It's also an IB school so that's a plus as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

Very disappointed in this school. In the last 2 years overcrowding & safety are very big issues. Administration does not communicate well with parents & does not back up teachers for being an 'IB' school. Check out other options before enrolling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

I would defiantly check out other options before enrolling in this school. Overcrowded classrooms, administration is not very supportive or friendly with parents, and safety of the children seems to be an issue. I had heard this was a wonderful school a couple of years ago. The shift of administration has taken a toll on this school. Parent involvement seems to be wonderful but that only goes so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

Rockrimmon is an excellent school committed to what is best for kids. We have great parent involvement that creates a wonderful learning community. Administration as well as staff are dedicated to the success and academic growth of all students. Internationally-minded students are the main focus of the IB program. Schools across the nation come to Rockrimmon because of its excellent reputation in the IB community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 18, 2007

Some good teaching and good activities happening at this school are now overshadowed by the disappointing performance of current administration. Parents are not looked upon as valuable partners, and communication from the leadership is limited to cheerleading rather than as an effective way to open dialogue and provide information on issues and concerns. There is a tendency at the school for some teachers to discipline by class, especially with punitive approaches rather than positive reinforcement. This negatively impacts the morale of students eager to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2007

Rockrimmon Elementary was a great school until new leadership took over two years ago. Serious integrity and communication problems with the new leadership has affected the entire school. Parental involvement remains high and is the best asset of the school. The PE program is excellent too with great facilities and instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students96%
Female100%
Male94%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant96%

Reading

All Students95%
Female100%
Male91%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant95%

Writing

All Students82%
Female91%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students91%
Female85%
Male97%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant91%

Reading

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant91%

Writing

All Students76%
Female82%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant84%

Reading

All Students91%
Female96%
Male87%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant91%

Science

All Students66%
Female54%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Writing

All Students81%
Female86%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 56%
Hispanic 13% 32%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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