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Rock Springs Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 887 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 24, 2014

Their Special Ed program is horrible. My daughter has been in speech since the end of Kindergarten for fluency. Finally last year (1st grade) after a horrible year I asked for additional testing and was finally told that she has receptive and expressive language disorder. The test scores were so low they measured her to a 3 to 4year old in some areas. I cannot understand why you would have her in your speech class for an entire year and not notice this. All I ever received was horrible comments about her each week from her teacher. Last year was so horrible that I did not want to send my child back there. Well this year has started exactly like last year ended. even with an IEP I'm getting all of the same horrible comments " This was read to the student and she had several attempts to get it right" ok well she did not obviously she did not understand the way you presented it to her. I thought that with the iep that she would get the proper attention and help. I guess the special ED department forgot to tell her new teacher that she has an IEP. It's going to be a long stressful year. I guess it's a great school if you have over achieving children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

We are not members of this school yet, but we are considering it for our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

One of the best if not the best Elementary School. Teachers have a exellent leadership and all the staff in general are great, counselors are always talking to the kids, Mrs Brown you are the best!! If you have a Kindergarden, move to the area so your child can experience the Eagle pride.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

My oldest went to Rocksprings for her 2nd, 3rd, and now 5th grade years and my youngest did some Kindergarten, and now 1st there. We love the school and the teachers! When we moved back the main stipulation was that the home would be in this school district. They really take great care to make sure the children are learning and keep me updated about ALL of their progress. It is a great school and can't wait for our newest child to attend when he is older!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2011

I love this school, both of my kids have gone to RSE. All of the teachers are exceptional people as well as educators. All the staff at RSE are exceptional and always so friendly and willing to help with what ever needs to done to increase your childs experience at school. I can not say enough good things about this school. A good sign of a great school is when the turn over is very low, and RSE is a good example of that. There have only been 2 principals and one of the VP's Mrs. Wolfe was there when my son was there and he is graduating from HS now. He was the first class at RSE and I can only say it has continued to stay great school. Finally, we now the EAGLES!!! Love ya RSE!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2010

This is an excellent school, I loved this school. We moved to GA from another state, and I really didn't know how would I like it. But, I tell you my son's teacher Mrs. Gegen made my son's transition as smooth as possible. She is a wonderful person & excellent teacher. They have so much extra-curricular there, he just loved it. Every staff member there was so friendly, it's just a great school & I loved it. I reccomend this school to anyone that stays in the area or out of the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

Only one of my children attend Rock Springs now, however my oldest has moved on to middle school. My kids absolutely love Rock Springs. There are numerous events the school does on weeknights and weekends. They are very well organized and my husband and I have never met anyone on the Rock Springs staff that wasn't as pleasant as could be. We would recommend this school for anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

Rock Springs is a very good school. To the parent who wrote about lack of extra curricular activities I would like to add that the school and teachers are already working at maximum capacity. There are plenty of organizations offering everything you could possibly want for your child. Personally I would rather the school focused on what happens in school time. Parents should take responsibility for the rest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

This is by far a great school.This will be my daughter's 3rd year at this school and she looks forward to returning each year.The entire staff has been helpful each year and we look for to this year being even better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

I must admit I was a little concerned about enrolling my son in public school after years of Private School and Pre-school. However, the reviews about Rock Springs from most parents I'd spoken with were awesome and I must agree it is a great school. My son just completed Kindergarten with Ms. Mazzarrella and she is an outstanding teacher! Not only did she challenge my child but she was extremely creative and 'out of the box.' I highly recommend Rock Springs and Ms. Mazzarrella!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

As the parent who wrote the critical review, I would like to respond. My main complaint is the lack of an after school program. Most counties in Metro Atlanta have them. They are a good way for the schools to offer extra curricular activities like music and drama.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2007

My kids (4th and K) just started here this fall and after relocating from a large NE metropolis so its a bit early to provide too deep a commentary on the schools performance. So far, my boys are enjoying Rock Springs from their student perspective. As a working parent who's popped in to take my children to school on occasion, I like how their day to day operations appear to run smoothly and organized. I do have a few concerns, however. There is no music program advertised (instrument lessons) and my oldest son does feel less challenged than in the public school from which he came. I'll have to provide this extra challenge at home. The previous review is a bit harsh without stating the reasons Rock Springs Springs 'is the worst experience by far'. Not very helpful to others since it may be something we've 've also noticed. Needs to elaborate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

Mrs. Wilson made Rock Springs the great school it is. As a result of her leadership and willingness to let her teacher's actually teach, she has encouraged the growth of not only her students, but teachers as well. When teachers work in a pleasant environment everyone shines! Thank you Mrs. Wilson for making the first two years of my child's educational experience amazing. We will miss you dearly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2006

I absolutely loved Rock Springs. My child had to transfer, and I miss the school dearly. I think it is one of the best schools in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

My children have attended this RS for six + yearsa and it has been a ok experience. The special ed program is not good. The teachers (75 %) are great. It is the best that Gwinnett County Schools has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2006

This is by far one of the best schools in Gwinnett County. All the teachers are great starting from the principal, Mrs. Wilson to Rose in the clinic. There is a lot of parent involvement which in my opinion it helps children be better students. Just about every month there is some type of activity going on at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2005

My first impression of this school was awesome. From the time you walk in, to the time you walk out, the teachers and staff are polite and welcoming. Students' classworks adorn the hallway walls. The children seem cheery and happy to be there. The lunchroom facility and its atmosphere are very inviting . The overall 'feeling' of the school is nothing but excellent. Mrs. Wilson's leadership skills are the best I have witnessed. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2004

Rock Springs is the closest thing you will find to a small neighborhood school ( like I attended in the 1970's) that you will find in metro Atlanta. Ms. Wilson ( the principal) has the children's best interest in mind. The first time I saw her using a mop in the cafeteria, I knew she was treasure! She is right there with the children. Due to her wonderful personality, she hand picks some of the finest teachers I have known ( I a former Kindergarten teacher myself). The office staff are very kind and pleasant and the school itself is bright and inviting. Even the cafeteria staff smile! The key to a great school is parent involvement and there are plenty of opportunities to be involved. When you see gradparents helping out...you know things are A+! This is a school you want your children to attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2004

I have had 3 conferences monitoring my child's progress and the teacher and teacher's assistant as well as the AP were very helpful. They provided websites, reading material and just their overall support to making sure I as well as my child felt comfortable.
—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.

About these ratings

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.
English Language Arts

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

145 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

146 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

145 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

145 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

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

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Social Studies

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

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

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

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
93%
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 35% 44%
Hispanic 24% 12%
Black 22% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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888 Rock Springs Rd
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: (770) 932-7474

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