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Rocky Bayou Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 725 students

We are best known for education of the whole person.
 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $219,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $840.

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Posted September 25, 2014

I love this school! My child started in K5 last year and is in 1st grade this year. We love the christian environment, the bible studies and the one on one attention my son gets.I was very worried as I didn't care for any of the public schools and the moment I walked into Rocky bayou I knew this was the perfect school for him. The attention, communication and service from the school and the staff is amazing. The Destin campus is a blessing to us Destin locals!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2014

My husband and I have worked at RBCS since we graduated from college and have been doubly blessed to have had all six of our children attend RBCS from kindergarten through high school graduation. Thanks to their RBCS education, followed by college and grad schools, the first four children are all blessed with great careers in engineering, law, science and banking, respectively. Our last two children are still in college, studying to be a nurse (practitioner) and a high school volleyball coach/physical education instructor. All of our children's teachers and coaches at RBCS helped to make them the successful citizens/students that they are today. The academics prepared them for college and career, but the mentoring, character building and leadership training prepared them for life, both in and beyond their schools and jobs. We thank God for Rocky Bayou Christian School, not only for our own six children, but also for the thousands of students we have been blessed to teach, mentor, and train in Christian character. (Typically all of our staff contribute to our Annual Fund, so I do look forward to a capital campaign soon for some more buildings, especially our own "cafetorium".)
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 15, 2014

I have 4 girls, 3 of which attend Rocky....We are coming from a homeschool environment to a Public School for 5 months and this school is an answer to prayer! I trust every teacher at the Destin Campus. Each teacher that represents the grade my girls are in have shown the love for not only the class, but for my individual child. Their love for Christ pours in the classroom, out of the classroom, into the hall right and right out the door! It is AMAZING. The next best thing to Homeschooling! I am soooooo happy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2014

Our family loves Rocky Bayou Christian School. My child attends the Destin Campus and would couldn't be more blessed with such an amazing school. The teachers are wonderful at teaching each child with their individual needs. My child loves going to school and is always eager to learn more makes me confident that we are at the right school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2014

I love that Rocky has a Destin elementary campus. The facilities are great and the smaller school feeling gives my girls the opportunity to know all of the kids in the school, from K5 to 6th grade! My girls' teachers do a fantastic job presenting everything with a biblical worldview and a customized touch to meet their individualized needs. The parent community is exceptional and unbelievable!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2014

I am thrilled that RBCS has a campus in Destin too!!! I have two sons there who absolutely LOVE their school!! We are so blessed with the faculty. They are truly dedicated and don't just teach the test like the public schools, but actually teach their students to master the concepts. The teachers push their students to reach their full potential and challenge them academically. I love the smaller class size and the fact that my boys are getting a Christian worldview in ALL subjects. I also LOVE the fact that we have Music and put on programs at Christmas and the end of the year. It is amazing to see and it teaches the children how to speak in front of an audience and build their confidence. The students also have the opportunity to participate in Spelling Bees and Art competitions. Nothing makes me more secure in my decision to put my children at Rocky than when I pick them up everyday the first words out of their mouths are, "why didn't you come late? We didn't want to go home yet!" Then I ask them how their day was and they both say with great enthusiasm, "It was AWESOME!!!" I
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2014

This is our 2nd year at RBCS Destin. My daughter loves going to school it and I love the what she is learning. We can tell that the teachers and staff have a passion for what they do. Plus, RBCS was awarded the honor of being listed at one of the TOP 50 PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN THE UNUTED STATES IN 2014.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2014

We love RBCS. It's staff loves our children and help guide them in the way they should go. They are here to assist parents in the education of their children to help mold each student into what God has for them to be. All of my children's needs are able to be met. We have a daughter with special needs and they teach her in ways she can learn. With the educational therapy and occupational therapy on campus, she has made great progress. They push her but not to the point of frustration. My other children are in the regular track and their teachers are always seeing their potential and trying to help them reach it. Sometimes that means doing it a little differently. They are always available to help them when they need it. My children come home with smiles and singing. They are loved by the school and we love the school too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2014

Rocky Bayou Christian School is the school that educates your whole child. Body, through our great athletic department, mind, through our challenging yet accommodating curriculum, and most importantly your child's soul, through our integrated Biblical worldview basis. The education "Bang for your Buck" is here. No other school even attempts to do what Rocky Bayou Christian School accomplishes with grace.


Posted September 12, 2014

I am an alumni parent with two students that graduated from Rocky Bayou Christian School. Both of my children (now 25 and 19) have had wonderful experiences in the colleges they attend. Over and over again they give RBCS the praise. Their professors have said their freshman work was like that of third and fourth year college students. What I have been most thankful for is the fact that RBCS partners along with parents teaching biblical world view and helping develop Christian character and skills necessary to fulfill God s calling in their lives. If you are looking for a biblical school that teaches God in every subject, look no further!


Posted September 12, 2014

Rocky Bayou Christian School is a wonderful school that has greatly impacted by children. The Faculty and Staff truly love the students and demonstrates God s love for all. Not only have my child experienced a wonderful and caring environment, but they have also grown to love school. They previously attended a public school and were failing. The extra attention from teachers and small class sizes have helped my children exceed academically. I feel truly blessed to have my child attend Rocky Bayou.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2014

Rocky Bayou Christian School provides the best biblical education for my kids. I am thrilled with the high academic standards, the loving and qualified teachers, and the family atmosphere. I would not send my children to any other school since I have enrolled them at RBCS. It is making an eternal difference in the lives of my kids and in my life too. What a wonderful experience we are having!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2014

My kids have been going here for four years now. They have learned so quickly, and learning things that public schools don't teach (cursive writing in kindergarten). Both come home enthusiastic about their classes, and ready to go back for more the next day. The teachers are hands on, and truly show they love their students. The school does need work on the grounds, but I have seen their future plan, and I can see God has a great plan for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2014

I found Rocky Bayou's reviews on this website just today, and would like to make some counterarguments to the reviews giving one star ratings. First, one review says that Rocky Bayou is business or money focused rather than Christian based. Every school has a purpose. Do universities like Princeton, Yale, Harvard etc. that charge $50,000 annual tuition exist only to make money? Public schools get government funding. Private schools do not. In fact, the government spends more per child at a public school than parents at Rocky spend per child, yet Rocky receives no tax credit. Rocky receives only how much is needed to run the school and grow it. Second, a review said the school is poor academically. My children passed all the AP test with 4's and 5's. They scored over 700 on most of all the SAT and SAT subject tests. They couldn't have done it without some of the brilliant teachers at Rocky. In English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Bible etc. all are taught by excellent teachers. Through academic progress that started here, I have two sons doing very well in both Princeton and Northwestern University. This school provides a rigorous and challenging academic program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2014

I have three children attending Rocky and they love it. It is laying a foundation so they will be able to stand firm in their convictions when they enter college. The teachers and staff are wonderful providing a solid education and a loving environment. Combine all of that with a great sports program and you have RBCS! I am so glad we chose this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

I agree with the other poster. This school doesn't feel like a school based on Gods teaching rsrather ran like a business. Not horrible yet if ur looking for a Christian school this isn't it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

My daughter transferred from Bluewater and has thrived at Rocky. They not only emphasize Christian principles but also have an outstanding academic program. She learned cursive writing in kindergarten - they aren't teaching that in public schools anymore. They take a lot more field trips than public school, the kids aren't given candy in class, and the teachers are very caring. Technologically, they're advancing, and using iPads and touchscreen whiteboards in class. They also don't subscribe to the Common Core teach-to-the-test nonsense that's in the public schools now. I'd love to hear solid facts behind the negative opinions of the previous reviewer, who says this is a bad school without saying why. I'd encourage parents to visit the school and research it themselves; I'd be surprised if they weren't highly impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

This place is a scam. Unqualified staff, poor classroom conditions, a complete waste of money. The school hides behind what it calls it's "Christian" purpose. However , the only God these people worship is money. Everything about this place is for your money. Your kids will always be secondary. The "glowing" reviews are misleading and probably written by the staff. Do not waste your money or time at this place. If you are concerned about your kids education to NOT go here. Enroll them in Niceville High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2013

Ou experience with Rocky has been far beyond our expectations. The school has brought out the best in our girls. It is probably the best thing we could provide our kids. The atmosphere, academics, opportunities, WOW!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2013

My daughter attends RBCS-Destin campus. This is our first year at this school and we are pleased with the level of instruction she has received. The academics are strong and she loves her teachers. We are happy that she is eager to go to class each day and is learning so much. We recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a high-quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


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College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school St. Mary School/Calvary Christian Academy
Home school
Local Public Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 70% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 20% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 4% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 4% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of West Florida
Florida State University
Liberty University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Behavioral health specialist
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Educational diagnostician
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Korean
Russian
Spanish
Tagalog
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Brain Bowl State Champs (2014)
  • Ideas Eng. Fair 1st place (2014)
  • VPK 100% Readiness Rate (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Prudential President's Volunteer Award (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Hearing impairments
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Engineering
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 3:10 am
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Michael L. Mosley
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • none
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (850) 729-2511

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Internships
  • STEM
  • University Dual Enrollment
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Hearing impairments
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Aviation via Embry Riddle DE
  • Engineering

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Behavioral health specialist
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Educational diagnostician
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Spiritual/academic counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Academic Team
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Leadership Trek
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • Naitonal Beta Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
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
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • Weekly chapel services afford students worship and fellowship, while God’s Word is taught in Bible classes and is integrated into the curriculum for each subject area. Leadership Trek trains young people as Christian servant-leaders and forms the basis for a prefect-based Student Government Association. Students, alumni and faculty participate annually in mission trips to third world countries for multiple ministry adventures, including school devotions, street evangelism and construction work.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
145
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
220
Students typically come from these schools
St. Mary School/Calvary Christian Academy
Home school
Local Public Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$5000 - $18000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits
Ministerial

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Samford University
University of Florida
Auburn University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 70%
4 year college - 20%
Military - 2%
Vocational - 4%
Workforce - 4%
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2101 Partin Drive North
Niceville, FL 32578
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Phone: (850) 678-7358

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