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Rocky Plains Elementary School

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Posted May 23, 2014

Rocky Plains is a great school! I was very hesitant at putting my children in a public school, but I have been very pleased with RPES in the four years my children have attended. The teachers are wonderful and do an excellent job. We think very highly of the principal as well. Most everyone is always very pleasant and greet us by name whenever we are there. My children have done extremely well and have exceeded in all areas on their CRCT. If you are looking for the best school in Newton County, this is it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

All three of my children attended RPES. I have one gifted child, one special needs child, and one average child. The principal and administrators, far from capable of doing their job. They are incapable of even the most minimal of tasks. The teachers, while caring and willing to help, can not do so. Special needs children are over looked or swept under the rug at opportunity. It is as though they try to find ways not to do their jobs. Unless your child is average, this school can not and will not help your child in anyway. No wonder Newton County Schools ranks 93rd out of 150 systems in the state of Georgia. SAD........just SAD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2013

As a parent, I am very impressed with Rocky Plains. The access to technology is amazing & each teacher my daughter's have had so far have been great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2012

Rocky Plains is an awesome school. The teachers there really care about the students. My child has struggled in Math this year and her teacher has worked so hard to help her develop not only her math skills but also to build her confidence. She has even worked with her afterschool to be sure she really gets the concepts they worked on in class. I also know of other teachers who have volunteered their time afterschool to help students who are struggling. We have been at Rocky Plains for several years and I have always found the teachers and principal to be supportive of all the students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

Overall I am very pleased with Rocky Plains. Our children attended private school last year so this was a drastic change for all of us. The communication is great between the staff and parents. Most all of the teachers I've encountered have a desire to see the children excel. I have been very impressed with Dr. Jones. For a school as large as Rocky Plains, I don't think there is one student who she doesn't know their name. She is always talking with one student or another and always has a smile on her face. We went to her earlier in the year about a problem my child was having with some other students and she immediately handled the problem. I wish there were more options for children who are advanced in their class. We do have a problem of our children being bored occasionally. I am very surprised at how well most of the children behave. Discipline is definitely not an issue here, the administration doesn't put up with disruptive behavior. Overall, again we are very pleased with Rocky Plains.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

The sincerity and dedication from the teacher's and staff is endless. They truly care about the progression of your child's future. I'd nominate this school for excellence in providing a remarkable education for our young future leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2010

I love this school! And my daughter does too!!! She transferred during the half of first grade from a Christian School. I was so upset but the first day was incredible! The teachers are AMAZING! They are one on one with the students and take time with them. The staff is very friendly and always helpful! Dr. Jones is always in the hallway in the morning speaking to the children and parents and her door is ALWAYS open with cares and concerns from parents and teachers! It is truly amazing when you get up in the morning and drive your kids to school and get smiled and greeted by 2 awesome coaches who do a WONDERFUL job keeping things moving!! Bottom line this school has amazing children and teachers!! So thanks to EVERYONE at RPES!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

My children have attended RPES for two years and they will not be back. When they come home everyday I have to teach them what their class learned for that day. I will home school them before I send them back. The teachers only focus on what will be on the CRCT, and even then there are still some topics that the students are tested on without any instruction. The students behavior is horrible and shocking, and it is tolerated because the teachers are tired of dealing with it, so it is repeatedly ignored. My children will definitely not be back to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

I wrote a review of this school last year and I am back again this year. Nothing has changed, the school has to be forced into helping my child with his disability. The teachers are much too laid back. I agree with the parent that said these teachers are nothing more than overpaid babysitters. Someone really needs to step in and take a much closer look at this school and the problems it has. Removing Dr. Jones as principal would be the perfect first step in making RPE a better school. Very happy the Ms. Dinardo left this year, thats one improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

I am not pleased with this school at all. My children transfered from Ficquett and they were great. The teachers here are not as outgoing (as they should be with the younger children) and they also have no other activities to do. The teachers act like they don't care if the kids are happy. I am not the only one that thinks that. I also know that a friend of our transfered to another school and her child has always been at the top of her class and now she is having to play catch up because RP is way behind them. So I don't think that they push the kids enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

My daughter has been with Rocky Plains since she was 3 (Mar. '08). She is in the Special Needs Pre K class with Ms. Kinney. She has Downs. In only seven months, I have seen a tremendous improvement! She was testing over 12 months in delay and now tests only at an 8 month delay. The team at Rocky Plains is extemely supportive and loving! They are true advocates for the kids. There is not one teacher in that school that does not know my daughter. She is so happy! My kudos go to Ms. Kinney and her team as well as the principal, Dr. Jones. Thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

I am from a different state and the school my kids were attending was far more productive.I am very displeased with the kids actions that attend this school as well. They act as if they have no home training...my kids come home and tell me about the horrible things they heard other kids say. The teachers are to laid back as well. I don't think we will be attending this school for much longer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

I've had a very good experience with Rocky Plains. My son has been there since they opened 3 yrs. ago. The 3 teachers he has had have been excellent, I only hope it continues. I will say it is big for kids that age. Not sure of the total number of students this year, but again the school is 3yrs. old and they already have mobile classrooms outside. This county is growing way to fast and the shool system is having a hard time keeping up. To be a new school though I've been impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2007

This school is not the best school. These teachers are overpaid babysitters as far as I'm concern. I think this school needs to be looked at alot closer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2007

I love this school!! My children are going to have to go to another school this upcoming year due to us moving and I am very upset about. I dont want them to miss out on the great teaching that I know Rocky Plains will give them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My kids and I moved from Decatur, Ga and its very quiet and calm down here in Covington. The school and teachers are more caring. The only thing is that Rainbow Elementary, the school they transferred from had sports (football team) for the kids to participate in. I think we the parents should try to get that going here at Rocky Plains and the school will be perfect then. It will give the kids something to do plus its nothing like watching your child out on the field. My boys love the school and the classrooms. Their grades even show the improvement. It could be the environment also. As far as I can see, the school is big, clean, and great. We just need a football team/sports like the other schools have to make the school complete.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

156 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

156 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

156 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

148 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

148 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

148 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

113 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia 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
White 59% 44%
Black 29% 37%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5300 Highway 162 S
Covington, GA 30016
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