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Rocky Top Middle School

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Posted March 19, 2014

This is a great school! My son has for the first time been excited to go to school each day. He joined a great Science club and is starting to really want to achieve. The teachers are very good and don't fall for his creative excuses for not turning in work. He seems to really be thriving. Thanks Rocky Top!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Awful place. Staff yells at kids all day. Very stressed. AVOID! Do your kids a favor and find an alternative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

When I purchased my house in the area. I wanted my kids to attend at the Rocky Top Middle School. This is one of the best public school in Adams 12 five stars. The teachers and staffs are wonderful and very helpful. Thank you Rock Top Middle School. I have 2 more kids and will be attended at the RTMS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

It's incredible to that we have a week of hot weather out hear in the Denver area this spring and suddenly all the Adams 12 school's air conditioning units are 'broken'. So let me see if I understand this correctly, while the students are preparing for finals, the Adams 12 administrators are too cheap to turn on air conditioning so the kids can actually study and learn in class? Are you kidding me? The kids tell me the classrooms hit 85 degrees today. Where is this extra money saved going? Teachers? Admin salaries? Since I own and manage some commercial properties in the area I really doubt that both middle and high schools in the district all have the same problems at the same time and they don't have HVAC maintenance contracts. I don't know of any sizable commercial or public buildings that don't have these contracts. This is simply pathetic lying behavior from this district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

We were able to choice our daughter into Rocky Top and we feel truly blessed. She has been challenged and has excelled. The teachers are amazing!! They truly care and go way above and beyond for the kids. Rocky Top has a wonderful staff that kids feel safe, comfortable and loved! THANK YOU Rocky Top for a great education and middle school experience!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2011

Grandparent of a prospective student. I am interested in learning more about tho middle school.


Posted September 2, 2010

My daughter recently entered Rocky Top Middle School as a 6th grader this year. She registered for Math Honors and Language Arts Honors. We recently received a note from the principal indicating that these classes will no longer be offered as "honors" and this term will be removed from the classes. However, there are now colors to denote the separation in workload and expectations. For example, if you are in the "Blue" math group, it means you have more work and the expectations of your learning are higher than those in the "Green" math group. I am very disappointed in the fact that this appears to be an effort to remove "honors" as a category because it makes the non-honors student feel inferior. All other middle schools within Adams 12 that are relatively close in proximity to Rocky Top continue to have "Honors" classes offered. Disappointing!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2010

RTMS is a great school. That Is All i Have to say about it. You should Attend Rocky Top Middle..


Posted October 28, 2009

this school is the best but sadly Ill be leaving Rocky Top next year but luckly Ill have all the great memorys Me and Rocky Top have shared your crazy if you dont choice in to this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2008

I am a student at Rocky Top currently, and I have to say, being a student there is something I take great pride in. Rocky Top has absolutely the best teachers I have ever had, not only in the fact that they teach well, but also because all teachers are very good in dealing with students. Middle school has been such an amazing experience for me, and I am really sad that I'll be leaving Rocky Top next year for high school. Although, I am happy to say that in the three years I have been there and from over the 17 teachers that I have had, I loved all of them with the exception of one or two. Also, all other staff that I have come across are always friendly. Rocky Top is a beyond amazing school, and I will miss it for sure.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2008

It is by far the best school in the district. The teachers are so amazing and my child has learned so much. She is getting straight A's!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2008

Rocky Top is one of the most professional schools I've ever had the priviledge of working at. The leadership of Mr. Jami Miller and the amazing teachers and other staff at this school is beyond the norm. I've never seen such dedication to the students and the superb teaching that goes on there. It is with great love and dedication that I rate this school the best I've ever worked for. Lisa Royster


Posted June 5, 2008

rocky top middle school is the most exciting school in the state. There is always 4.0 around 50 students get 4.0 average ever trimester. The teachers are absoultly perfect and great help. This school is awesome inside and out and contiunes to improve every year. And we are very matue of every sport and accomplishe so much with lots of dedication.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2008

I go to Rocky Top and I have amazing teachers. My math teacher, Ms. Sucharova is the best math teacher in the state! We have a lot of fun at pep assemblies and rock the house. We have lots of cool ac tivities before and after school. Our CSAP scores always turn out high and sports we always go to championships and softball has had two undefeated seasons in a row. In national junior honor socierty we have lots of chances for community service, and have lots of chances to babysit for parent-meetings, so I have no clue what that one person is talking about. Rocky Top is a very inviting school. I shouold know because I am in a wheelchair and at some otherf schools I was treated luke a thing that always needed help, not with true dignity or independence.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2007

Eventhough the school is within its first few years of opening, we tried to keep an open mind after the first few 'issues'. Having dealt with five schools as our children progress; a few district mapping changes; and teacher replacements, all handled very well in Adams Twelve Schools, we thought we had experienced our share of issues. Then one of our children entered Rocky Top. I have never felt like 'us against them' more than I do now. Even when we have significant proof of student intimidation; the insistance to 'handle the complaints in-house' was insulting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

Academics seem very good. Overall my child has had wonderful, caring teachers. The administration does an excellent job keeping students safe and does not tolerate bullying. Communication of academic progress to parents is outstanding, grades are e-mailed weekly. Homework assignments are posted on their web-site. Extracurricular activities are sparse with very little variety. The school is welcoming to parents only when they have been invited to a school function. The school doesn't have a parent group despite parents expressing interest in starting one. The administration is not supportive of parents having an organization. There are very few volunteer opportunities at this school.The minimal parent involvement is not due to lack of parent interest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2007

I go to RTMNS and i absolutley love it! It is a great school and everything abokut it is awsome! I ove all of my teacherd and they teach us great! If you are looking for a middle school, come to Rocky top! You will love it!
—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.

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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 62% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%
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 55% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

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

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%
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 Students76%
Female75%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian78%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Reading

All Students78%
Female85%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian72%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible62%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Writing

All Students63%
Female69%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian72%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%
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 Students70%
Female67%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian81%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligible60%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%

Reading

All Students76%
Female80%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian82%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligible65%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Writing

All Students70%
Female76%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian85%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligible70%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%
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 Students64%
Female66%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian76%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Reading

All Students78%
Female84%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian81%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Science

All Students74%
Female77%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian76%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Writing

All Students66%
Female76%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian76%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%
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 72% 56%
Hispanic 18% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 14%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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