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K-5
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Colorado Springs, CO

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194 West Mikado Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

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(719) 234-5200
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November 21, 2014
Rockrimmon Elementary is a fantastic school. The teachers are great and the principal really cares. The school is safe and small. The school website offers all the communication and dates, which is good because there are tons of thighs going on at the school on a weekly basis. There are many clubs before and after school, and the IB program offers many opportunities for the children to participate. The PTO offers help for children who need help paying for field trips or needed supplies. As for the parent who complained about the Keurig coffee machine in the teachers lounge, the teacher's pay for their own coffee. If you choose this school, your child will not slip through the cracks because the teachers track the progress of each student on a weekly basis. I have had no problems communicating with my child 's teacher throughout the years at Rockrimmon. my child has had some issues and the teachers, counselor, and principal were very supportive. Rockrimmon is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2014
I am going to agree with some of the other parents on here. There is a huge lack of communication at this school. The teachers are not telling parents about the things going on at school. I have to call on a weekly basis to ask about test scores. I don't think this is something a parent should have to do. I have spoken with the principal about this, and she doesn't see any problems with her school or teachers. I will also say, there is a lot of paying for supplies at this school,as well. I don't mind helping with my child, but somethings like printer paper, staplers, and red grading pens should be the districts part. Something else I didn't take into account, is the school is Common Core. It seems like the teachers themselves have issues with understanding it themselves, let alone telling my child how to do it. Over all, I don't think we will be back next year. I'm checking into another district.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2014
I am so sorry the previous poster had such a bad experience with the school. It is always discouraging when you don't feel that your kids are getting what they need. Gratefully, we have had an awesome experience at Rockrimmon Elementary! This is our second year at the school and the teachers have gone above and beyond to meet our children's needs. I am amazed at the high level of learning and the deep commitment of the teachers we have met. The principal creates a warm and caring environment and there are many opportunities for extra activates. We love IB and the school seems to avoid letting testing get in the way of learning. They partner with the parents in our kids learning. My kids love going to school each day!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2014
This school is not what it seems. From the outside it looks quaint, but it's a bunch of teachers half butting their way through the day. A principal that doesn't seem to care. I've spent over $500 donating to this school for supplies for my child. Pto keeps hounding everyone for more money. An I've seen a KERIUG coffee machine with a cupboard full of the cups. So much time is spent on hounding the kids about Rise, when maybe the teachers and principal should reacquaint themselves with the meaning!! I've pulled my two girls out and switched to a new school. I will say, I've talked to a good many people and it looks like this school is on a down hill slide. I'm so glad we caught this when we did.

- submitted by a parent
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
March 06, 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
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
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
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
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
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
January 03, 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
January 03, 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
January 02, 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
December 02, 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
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.

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- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
March 15, 2007
The quality of this school has gone down due to crowded classrooms and poor leadership in the last year. The teachers and parents remain committed to the children, but have limited success due to lack of support from the administration. There are definite discipline and health safety issues at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2006
I have two children that has attended Rockrimmon Elementary for 4 years. It is an excellent school which in addition to offering an excellent academic program, its education is very well rounded with excellent teachers for Spanish, Music, Art and PE. The teachers and they principal are highly professional and educated. The school also offers the international baccalaurate program which my children has fully enjoyed.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2005
Great teachers who excercise tolerance.

- submitted by a parent
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Rockrimmon Elementary School
194 West Mikado Dr, Colorado Springs, CO  80919
(719) 234-5200
Last modified Rockrimmon Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rockrimmon Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top