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Rock Canyon High School

Public | 9-12 | 1700 students

 
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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted Thursday, July 17, 2014

I attended this school, there appears to be a lot of good school spirit when it's time to show it, but many of the students who show all that spirit complain about the school all the time. The administration and much if the staff are only interested in helping the kids who are really thriving and excluding those who are struggling. Many of the students are judge mental and rude and overall it's not an environment I would ever want to be in again nor would I allow my children to be in, due to the high amount of bullying from both peers and teachers. The only reason I give this school any stars is because they have phenomanal sports programs and a lot of after school club activity options.


Posted October 22, 2013

This school provides challenge and support for students to excel. there are several clubs and activities to keep them engaged. This is a happy and engaging environment for kids to learn in. A great variety of classes for the students to pursue their interests and prepare for college!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Very pleased with overall student outcome at graduation. Teachers are valuable commodity for students. Love the administartion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

My school is awesome! We really have fun while we learn. Teachers are great, I've never had a teacher I disliked. The other students here are great, and it's a very welcoming community. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 14, 2013

We had 2 kids go through RCHS. One went to private school afterward (Carnegie Mellon) and one went to CU. Both were very well-prepared to compete in every academic and extracurricular area they participated in, with the ability to get in to the 10% academically wherever they ended up. RCHS is a great school that balances the social aspects with high level academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

The teacher to student ratio is not accurate. When there are 35 -40 students in many core subject classrooms, and only one teacher. It is more like 1 teacher to 35 students in a classroom.


Posted August 28, 2011

Good school overall. I have a Sophomore and a Senior attending the school and have had alot of problems with the Math teachers. They have a new principal and athletic director, so we are waiting to see what impact the new administrative leadership will have on the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2011

Rock Canyon was an amazing school. I was well-prepared for college. For the most part, the teachers were exceptional, providing constant encouragement, support, and superior education. You can't get a better public school education anywhere! One of the best things about RC is the emphasis on education. Sure, we have great sports teams, but academics are always #1, even to coaches and athletes. I'm so lucky I went to Rock Canyon. The opportunities there are endless!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 14, 2011

RCHS is a top-quality school. Excellent administration, staff, and students. I currently have a freshman and a senior there, and have only had one complaint over the years -- one bad teacher. Even the principal stood by me when I refused to allow my freshman to have this teacher, going against school policy. Academics are the top priority, athletics and activities are abundant, and students perform community service as a grad requirement. RCHS students are excellent representatives of this community, and we're proud to send them so well-prepared into the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

I love this school!!! This school is awesome and it is the top high school in the douglas county schools district. The teachers ROCK and our school has like sooo much school spirit here. I love all the events and clubs and activities at our school. With so much fun, it's hard to believe that our school's academics are the top in this whole state!!! I love being a Jaguar!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2008

After coming from a nearby Douglas County High School and transferring into Rock Canyon I can definitely tell how exceptional this school is. It seems like everyone from the teachers to the students really care about education. Theres great school spirit and overall its just a great school, and in my opinion better than the other schools in Douglas County.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2008

Rock Canyon is a great school that truly strives to give the students a positive high school experience and prepare them for college. My only criticism is that I don't think they do enough for students that struggle, but are not identified as special needs. They do, however, provide a terrific environment for motivated students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2008

Great people, great faculty, great overall happieness and spirit. I wish I still lived in state and had the opportunity to be a part of such a great school.


Posted November 3, 2007

The atmosphere is great. The people are fun and the teachers know their stuff. It shows! Being a Jaguar is something to be proud of!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2007

Everything at Rock Canyon is mediocre, but the student newspaper, The Rock, which won 1st place Best of Show. Susie Typher, the Executive Editor, is beautiful, smart, and is brilliant with her diction!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 27, 2007

Rock Canyon is an safe school where students feel they can reach their potential. We are very satisfied with the academic rigor and activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2005

Administration at this school is lacking to say the least. The teachers are above average but student morale and academic progress is low due to poor administration. For a middle to high sububan school this school suprisingly does not test well. Parent involvement is normal, clubs and sports are abundent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2005

This school is a terrific and safe learning evironment that strives to achieve excellence in achedemics and offers a wide variety of core and elective courses with top of the line teachers. They also have awide variety of extracurricular activities including sports and clubs. Parents are also are welcomed to many events and are well informed as to what is going on with their child's education. I am very pleased with everything this school has to offer!
—Submitted by a student


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 39% in 2013.

449 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%
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 34% in 2013.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

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 Students59%
Female58%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%

Reading

All Students87%
Female90%
Male83%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian93%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%

Writing

All Students79%
Female83%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian93%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%
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 Students54%
Female52%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian73%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial59%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%

Reading

All Students88%
Female90%
Male85%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian97%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Science

All Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian87%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial76%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Writing

All Students71%
Female80%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic52%
Multiracial65%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Colorado. Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

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Student growth rating 20132What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

94%

Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

95%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 56%
Hispanic 7% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 2%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Rocky Heights Middle School
American Academy Charter School
Cresthill Middle School
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • John Irwin (2011)
  • Newsweeks Best Schools (2011)
  • Mock Trial State Champions (2012)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Ballroom
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School Leader's name
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • DECA
  • Dance club: Ballroom
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Forensics club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model congress
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
150
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
150
Students typically come from these schools
Rocky Heights Middle School
American Academy Charter School
Cresthill Middle School

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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5810 Mac Arthur Ranch Rd
Littleton, CO 80124
Phone: (303) 387-3000

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