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Rochelle School of the Arts

Public | PK-8 | 821 students

 
 

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Posted January 18, 2013

Rochelle School of the Arts is not the good school you hear about anymore. I enrolled my child there in 2011 and began to see that the good things I heard about were disappearing. The bullying was bad something I didn t know about for a while. I tried to address this with the principle but she seemed to be unconcerned. I wish I hadn t had this experience because the school use to be one of the best. I also wish it wasn t in such a high crime area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2012

The teachers are great and they deserve respect and the students doesnt seem to understand that,I've been waiting for a long time for my child to attend this school, because I felt like it would be an honor for my child to go there because I've heard such great things about the school, and I'm very disappointed in how there seems to be no limitation set for the children to discrurage them from misbehaving, I feel if the children doesn't know how to behave their needs to be some kind of guideline set to get the kids out that are misbehaving so that students who want to learn can get accepted sooner than 5 yrs, I feel so sad for those poor teachers who are verbally abused and unappreciated at this school! I would not recommend this school to anyone and it has NOTHING to do with the teachers there it's mainly the behavior, The school could use better structure in my opinion...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2011

The music department at this school is awesome! They have high expectations for the students and can seem strict at first until you realize how much they care about the students and the quality of the music. I was so glad when they introduced Orff and Guitar last year, and even though they took Orff away this year it is all my sons ever talk about. I am very thankful for the wonderful music teachers at RSA!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

i am an 8th grader at Rochelle and i agree with some of you. The school is very dirty, the teachers never really pay attention to the students if they are being bullied except for mabey one or two teachers, there isn't a very good disciplinary system, the teachers arnt very good teachers, they're kinda mean, there isn't a list of rules set down so you dont really know if your doing somthing wrong, and i have been bullied alot. The other day someone pinched me twice and left gigantic bruises on my arm and the teacher was sitting right there and didnt do anything! and this same teacher has thrown things at us when she gets mad because we didnt do something right! this school doesn't have excellent teachers, a strong principal or school leadership, or challenging academic programs. the only challenging class that i have is chorus.


Posted June 2, 2010

My daughter started Rochelle this year as a 2nd grader we're very dispointed. Had ongoing problems w/name calling, spitting, & choking all yr. She didn't even know the principals name until 2 weeks before the end of school this yr because we'd been addressing things throughout the year w/the guidance counselor and VP Mr. Linholm. We were repeatedly told they were "handling" the harrasment w/both the boys and the girl involved to no avail. Finally she got punched last week and we're pulling her out and send her to her zoned school next year. I had to raise cain to get the boy suspended, the teached hadn't even reported the incident to the office, hadn't called me or the kids parents - nothing - my daughter came home and told me about it, just like every other time, no one knew but the teacher. Ridiculous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I think Rochelle is Awesome! i've been going there since kindergarten and i'm now in 8th grade, about ready too move on to Harrison! True, we could use some help with the filthyness issue, but they did install some cameras so that there is less bullying, and standing around in the halls. As for the academics issue, I'm a straight honor roll student, and I just was published for my poem. Another plus is that the arts programs rock! I'm a music major and have been a music major except for the first year. I love all of the teachers in the music programs and I know all of the other arts teachers as well. we are a close knit family at Rochelle, and the bullying happens slim too none now. I'd recomend Rochelle to anyone who loves to dance, draw, sing, act, or play instruments anyday! I love Rochelle!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

All three of my children go to RSA, and we love it! My son is in 7th grade, and my girls are in 5th & 2nd. My son has been there 5 years, and my girls followed after him. We've not had too many issues, and if/when we do, they are handled promptly and appropriately. All three of my children make great grades, and excell in the arts -- and I think that this school has given them wonderful opportunities. We are very happy there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

I love Rochelle so much!! its a great place to learn! the teachers and staff are amazing too. the only thing wrong with the school is... its dirty!! but that doesnt matter. all what matters is that the school is a great place to learn new things! i recommend Rochelle to everyone. especially if your child loves the Arts.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2009

Polk county schools just won the John F. Kennedy Center award for outstanding support of the arts in part because of the outstanding arts programs at Rochelle. No school is perfect but I can honestly say my daughter has thrived both academically and artistically in the (almost) two years she has attended Rochelle. The kindergarten and first grade teachers are outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

Very good school i have had 4 kids attend your school and have one more i would like to sign up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2008

My son and daughter both attend Rochelle and have found that communication and organization from administrators are severely lacking. Recently, changes in the drop off and pick up procedures wreaked havoc with traffic patterns around the school - simple communication would have lessened the impact. As a chapperone, I have also witnessed disorganization with respect to field trips to the point where I questioned whether or not students safety was a consideration. In addition, my daughter has consistently received very good grades for the past 7 years (AB honor roll every grading period) and yet seems to lack some very basic knowledge especially when it comes to the social sciences and American history. I believe that this is the result of developing the cirriculum based on FCAT testing and lenient grading standards. This school does offer the benefit of a focus on the arts, which I believe translates well to academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

I agree with many of the parents about the school being dirty. Sometimes i dont want to even go into the restroom! We nned a clean up. But on the other hand the school is terrific. The teachers and staff and everyone around is great. If you are looking for a school for your child/children i recommend Rochelle. I'm in the 7th grade and have been going to Rochelle since kindergarden. I recommend this school all the way!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2008

I went to rsa when I was a child and now my son goes. I too feel that the school has gone somewhat down hill. It seems that they are not as strict and discipline is taken lightly. My son too has been bullied by the usual troublesome kids that you have in every class. Finally, he had enough and slugged one of them, got sent to the principles office, and they said they would talk to other stundents. After talking with teacher, nothing has been said. When my son got kicked in face and his lip was bleeding still when we picked him up after school, no one called to warn us and no one sent a note home. His grades are slipping and he doesn't like being pulled into the center of attention. If your child doesn't have thick skin and is shy, not the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2008

My 12 year old son went here for his 6th grade school year. However, we transferred him in late January because of the constant harrasment he went through. He was bullied often by this 7th grader and the administratives did nothing to prevent it, or gave any consequences. His grades slowly dropped. However, the music program was pretty nice. He made a small group of friends he shared something in common with, which is chorus. But besides that this school is going downhill, it is dirty, and there is no discipline. I give it a one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

The teachers and music department at Rochelle are amazing! There are, however, many weaknesses in this school. The administration is weak and the school is filthy. The PE program is not good and certain children are allowed to be bullies without consequence. There are many problems at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

This school is a great place for kids of all ages, because of the support they get while learning. The teachers are very nice and use discipline when necessary.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2007

My children went there at the start, grandchildren there now...school discipline has become my greatest concern. The children are not as well behaved, expectations of them seems to have dropped a notch. Academically the school on a whole does well (just a few teachers are less than motivated/dedicated), the arts program is a wonderful motivator, the PE program is less than desirable, room for improvement all around however all schools have problems and RSA has probably the fewest of major problems. Parent involvement is great (some are dedicated to helping in a multitude of ways on a daily basis), lots of caring staff members, and on a whole an enriching, positive role for all the students who attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2007

This school is going down the drain, grades dropping and lack of learning its still an a school but not for long.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

I think this is a great art school. But I am not happy with the No open door policy. I love to work in the classroom helping children read etc.. but this is not allowed at this school. I'm not even allowed to walk my child to the classroom door.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

Great school, wonderful principal. If your child is involved with the 'arts', this is the perfect school for them to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


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 58% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
56%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 52% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 51% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "A".
  • 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 47% 23%
White 37% 42%
Hispanic 12% 29%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%66%61%
Master's degree 32%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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