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PK-5
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Apopka, FL
Students enrolled: 715
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2400 Rock Springs Road
Apopka, FL 32712

(407) 884-2242
(407) 884-6225
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July 10, 2014
Test scores in the past have made this school not look as good as surrounding schools but being that my child has attended several of these local schools, I can honestly say my child is receiving a top notch education at Rock Springs Elementary. I love the teachers and when I walk in the office or attend an event I always feel like like they are happy I am there. We are hoping to stay in one place so our child never has to attend another elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
What an amazing difference! This school just recently got a new administration and a beautiful new campus. The previous AP became their new principal (which he has always been great) and they received a new assistant principal. I went to "Meet the Teacher" and could not believe the changes from previous school years. ALL of the staff seemed super excited for the future of the school. Both administrators seemed extremely friendly and willing to work with me in regards to concerns I have for my children. From what I could tell they have a genuine love of their jobs and of working with children. (They were actually interacting with the parents and students which did not always happen with the previous principal.) I have seen previous reviews that were not favorable towards administration and can say that this new administration is a positive change. The teachers have always been great but I think with the new administration they will not be as stressed and it will be an awesome year. In regards to school grades, please do not be discouraged by the grade the state gave them. My kids have been there a few years and it is an "A" school all of the way.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
Often times parents don't realize the administrative responsibilities of a school principle. They often forget the major move to an off-site campus to a new building. All of this has occurred within a year and a half. Add to that, the administration of the entire staff and 750 students. I believe that is the duty of the assistant principle is to meet and challenge students. Yes, he has done that and I believe that the principle has done an excellent job in "managing" the administrative affairs of RSE.

- submitted by a community member
March 31, 2013
Great school with wonderful teachers. The principal is a NIGHTMARE. I can honestly say that I hate the woman - and pity the poor teachers who look like an anvil is about to drop on their heads at any moment. The new assistant principal is fabulous... I wonder how long until the principal breaks his spirit, too.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2013
I believe the school has great and dedicated teachers. In addition, the principal managed enormous projects this past year with the building of a new school, two physical moves, and managing staff, students and yes, parents. It was a herculean task and I, personally don't know of any one individual in the business world that singularly managed as many tasks as Dr. Pender. I wish that there were more Science based classes or after-school activities, such as Lego or robot builders. Parents and grandparents need to volunteer at least one hour a week to help students with reading or math difficulties. By the time a child is in the third grade, it is an indicator of whether this child will graduate or not. If they cannot read and comprehend what they read well by the third grade, only 30% will graduate. It is vital that children have books in the home and someone who will listen to them read.

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2012
Both of my children have been at Rock Springs Elementary since Kindergarden & they love it. Right down to my daughters Kindergarden teacher coming to my house to introduce herself before my daughter started school there. That said alot to me. The teachers & staff go out of their way to help EVERY child succeed. There are alot of parents involved, like myself, which helps me realize that we all need to get involved every change we get. Dr.Pender, the Principal, is dedicated to helping your child in any area that is needed for advancement. I love this school! My daughter has gone on to Apopka Middle and this is my son's last year here. I am a proud parent of a Rock Springs Rocket! Sincerely, Sabrina A Wesa

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2011
Rock Springs Elementary provides my child with a good education. After four years, he has had three simply wonderful teachers! They have been willing to meet with me anytime and discuss strategies to help my child succeed. The parents at the school are active and there seems to be little bullying and misbehavior. The principal, on the other hand, is a major disappointment. She is impersonable, rude, dismissive of ANY activity or idea that doesn't directly improve FCAT scores, and generally a morale buster. The word in the school is that the teachers dislike the environment she creates. On several occasions, she has said one thing one day, and months later said something entirely different, claiming no knowledge of the first statement. I do not trust her, I believe she drags down the quality of the school, and I cross my fingers for the day when she finally leaves RSES! With such a great team of teachers, it is a shame that they don't have a principal that can lead them to even higher levels of quality and success.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
We have been with RSE for a long time now. It is a great school and the teachers are very involved with the students. I had wanted my children in private school, but after being at RSE, I don't feel the need to pay the money when this school is just as good as any of the local private schools. The only thing RSE is lacking is a good principal; not only do the students not like her, as a parent I am very unimpressed with her communication sklls, and her teachers don't enjoy working 'for' her. The dean, on the other hand, is great!

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2009
Rock Springs Elementary is an excellent school. It has been a place where my children have been encouraged to grow academically, as well as in character. They have received much encouragement and praise from all of their teachers, even when they have gone back to visit them years later. The school has gone through many changes, and new faces, since my first year as a parent there. The staff continues to be dedicated and caring. I was not surprised to continue to see the such a positive attitude and dedication to their profession continue even in these tough financial times for schools. The staff at RSE started off this new school year with more enthusiasm than ever.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Sad to see the yr come to an end! Loved my daughters teacher! Assistant principal and most staff are very nice!! Dont have much to say for the principal~ or some of the staff! Not friendly at all!!Rude, even out in public, outside of the school!

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March 20, 2009
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January 12, 2009
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March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
March 25, 2008
The teachers at this school are great. They have done everything in their power to help my child. I would have marked it as higher if it were not for the principal. I tried to have a meeting with her and she was very impersonable. I have also witnessed her interacting with her teachers and she does not empower them at all. If anything, I think the teachers are afraid of her. I really feel for the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2008
The enthusiasm of the 'new' teachers at the school is infectious!

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February 01, 2008
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September 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
I have an older daughter that spent 4th and 5th grade at this school and it was great then. Since they replaced the principal it has really gone down hill. I have 2 other children now attending. The teachers pass out work and expect the kids to just do the work. If they cant do it on their own they are behind on grade level. I am not a teacher and dont feel that I should be responsible for teaching my kids everything at home. The new princible is absolutly no help!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
This last year has been an adjustment for us all. My daughter had the best teacher in the fourth grade. Loved her. New principal has done ok but she had very big shoes to fill and still has a long way to go. I have issue with the county for taking a seasoned principal away from an 'a' school and putting in a first time principal in and you wonder why our garde dropped to a 'c'. Maybe the new principal should go back to what worked before she came and don't be afraid to have fun.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I think Rock Springs is the best elementary in Apopka (new school not considered). The experience levels of the faculty and staff are great, as well as the quality of academic programs. My daughter has been back to school for only two months and has impressed me greatly with the new things she has learned already. They have wonderful availability of programs and the level of parent involvement is most impressive. I was already offered several opportunities to help out and volunteers are always welcome. I can even go to her class and help out any day that is good for her teacher and I. Wonderful school! Great staff! LOVE IT!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
Excellent school. My child was reading at an alarming rate and his first grade teacher was phenomenal. Great school.

- submitted by a administrator
April 10, 2006
I have been so happy with Rock Springs. My son has been going for two years and I have had no problems what so ever. I love the fact they they encourage parent envolvment and have such open communication. My son is above average in every subject and his teacher have been able to challenge him on an individual level. I think anyone would be happy to have their children attend Rock Springs!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2006
This school has great parent involment. The teachers & staff really care about the students. The school promotes charactor values into the daily learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
I could not be happier with this school. I am a very protective parent and actually can relax knowing that my son is safe and being well educated. Every member of the faculty that I have come into contact with is very attentive the the children's needs. Any parent of a prespective student reading this should feel good about enrolling their child at Rock Springs Elementary School. It seems that most of the parents at this school are involved in some way with the various programs and activities. My son is blossoming at this school, and I can only thank the staff for that. I believe there should be more P.E., but I understand that there are time constraints.

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January 02, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
October 13, 2005
I think the school is great!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
Very good school! They really want there students to succeed. I am a mother of biracial children and a christian and the love from students and teachers is really wonderful and comfortable. The principal relly hires cring teachers with a good educational background.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2005
The academic programs are average however, a few teachers pass out packets of language, math, and reading dittoes or worksheets. They sit at their desks while the children do their work independently without assistance. Children are told to do their busy work quietly and not complain. The principal does not visit classrooms to keep an up to date assessment of how the teachers are interacting or teaching the children. The school is too crowded and the facility is extremely poor especially the plumbing and drinking water.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
Rock Springs is a very good elementary school. It has an organized professional staff who all have a genuine interest in seeing the children succeed.

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June 28, 2005
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June 25, 2005
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June 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
When rating Rock Springs amongst other schools in the area it does rate relatively well. However if you've attended school anywhere else in the US you'll notice it has MUCH to be desired. The faculty and staff are mediocre at best. There are no sports programs at all. The school is overcrowded and the teachers will be the first to let you know it. My daughter missed the bus from school no one knew where she was. My son's teacher refuses to communicate with us. The one plus side to this school is that before long we will be moving out of this state!

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March 11, 2005
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February 20, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 28, 2005
My experience with this school was exceptional in 'most' areas. All 3 of my kids attended. One particular child fell behind early in his elementary years. It was noticed by his teachers, testing was recommended, testing was done, but he didn't quite qualify for any additional help or disabilities of any kind. This is where I believe the school fell behind in their responsibilities. I wanted to hold my son back but they convinced me that they would do everything to ensure he caught up, plus they said he was too tall to hold back. He would stand out (which he already did anyway because of his height). The teachers were great, most of them he dad did an incredible job teaching and really cared about the students. So I'd say that my issues were more with Administration than anything else. Great school, great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2004
I was a student at this school! I graduated from 5th grade 3 years ago. It was very nice, helpful, wonderful school with a really great principal and teachers! Everything about this school is really good. The lunches weren't that good. But who cares. Pack your own! Education is more important!

- submitted by a student
no rating July 17, 2003
I have been a parent at Rock Springs for 6 years and have another 5 to go. I have seen many changes over the years that have benefited the school enviornment and education of the students. The administration is very accesible and willing to help in any circumstance. The teachers are well prepared and easy to approach. However, with the current emphasis placed so much on achieving high scores on one standardized test, the FCAT, I believe that students are not getting the education that they should be due to the 'teaching of the test'. The parent involvement at RSE is wonderful. The PTA contributes all of the money they raise back to the school in many different ways to benefit all students. Rock Springs is a great place to be and I am very happy as are my children.

- submitted by a parent
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Rock Springs Elementary School
2400 Rock Springs Road, Apopka, FL  32712
(407) 884-2242
Last modified Rock Springs Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rock Springs Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top