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