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Rock Springs Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 715 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 6, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted February 9, 2008

The enthusiasm of the 'new' teachers at the school is infectious!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted August 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 1, 2006

Excellent school. My child was reading at an alarming rate and his first grade teacher was phenomenal. Great school.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2005

I think the school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 58% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
85%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
51%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 50%
Hispanic 31%
Black 15%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 146%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 211%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%66%61%
Master's degree 30%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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2400 Rock Springs Road
Apopka, FL 32712
Phone: (407) 884-2242

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