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Rock Chapel Elementary School

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Posted March 18, 2014

My son attends this school for kindergarden and 1st grade. My daughter attends pre-k. Staff are friendly tho I didn't care for his kindergarten teacher she seemed too young and short patienced with the children. My sons first year of school with her was miserable for him, he dreaded going almost every morning. Education wise they are alright. They focus alot on reading, so you'll have to homeschool your child with math if you want them to be above average. The principal was very attentive last year,this year not as much. They keep changing the bus times,drivers etc. Yesterday the school dismissed students almost 30 minutes early, the bus driver let my kids out at the bus stop alone. My kids told the driver no one was there for them yet, he told them they had to get off the bus. My 5&6 year olds walked home alone. The school never called or emailed to say they were letting out early. No problems with my daughters teachers but I will say I taught her how to write her name, numbers, address etc. aside from this she hasn't learned much from what I can see. I don't think I can do another year here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

As a parent coming from private school to public, I was very concerned with the amount of care that could be given to my first grader. Rock Chapel (Mrs. Hudson & Mrs. Walker) have welcomed my son with open arms! They have kept in constant communication with any of my questions or concerns, helped my son adjust to public school and it's schedule and just made our transition from private to public smooth. I appreciate the open door policy they both have as well as the Counselor & Principal have. This school is improving and completely begins with PARENT involvement with a child's education. The school's can't do it alone. So with this being said, you get out of the school what you put into it. These reviews on here are sometimes written by parents who expect to just drop of their child and the teacher performs magic over you child. Teachers are PARTNERS with Parents and at the school that is what SUCCESS comes from. Without the PARENT involved don't expect your child to excel. I don't mean to preach, but it is what it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

Our child is in PreK at Rock Chapel so we are very new to the school. I cannot share a huge amount of feedback of the staff as a whole but I can say this- the PreK teacher, Ms. Williams is awesome!!! We've been very happy with the way she helped our son adjust to being in school. She was voted Teacher of the Year this year and it is well deserved. Even before we enrolled our son there, we heard great things about her. We have not been disappointed. The principal seems very professional and is very visible and accessible. I also like that when we call the school, the phone is answered in a very professional and friendly manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

Rock Chapel School is a Great School where children feel safe and are constantly engaged in the learning environment. Mrs. Jennings is a Great School Principal who cares about my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

I love you Rock Chapel and so does my child Zenita. It has changed lots from 07. My daughter attends and I'm sad to take her out, we are moving back to New York. Thank you Mrs. Coffin you are a wonderful teacher. Mrs. Jennings the principal is great at her job. The staff and parents care very much for our kids. Its a family feeling environment. I believe all of the staff knows all the kids by name, which says alot. My daughter is on Principal Honor Roll list for the second semester. I like that they test the kids nationally so we know how their doing and where they may need help. Also that they reward all the kids almost daily with bull dog bucks my daughter loved pushing herself to do better so she purchase things in school. Rock Chapel you were her rock and will be missed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

The school is average. My daughter was in the first grade for the 2006-2007 school year. Teacher out a lot. Didn't return calls. Not attentive. Had to work to get results. If you are looking for a school with less work for you, this is not the one. Overall it's average but could be better due to great location and community. Upper-middle class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2006

Not at all pleased. School seems extremely harsh for an elementary school. The main focus seems to be keeping kids in line vs. teaching them. Not all kids are delinquent. Additionally, I question what my child is learning when I see her homework and assignments. How can you cram 6.5 hours of learning into a young children and expect them to retain it all? Kids burn out just like adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

Our children are new to Rock Chapel and I can say I am impressed with the Principle's view regarding our children education;they like the school and there teachers. I commend faculty/staff/teachers who really love the teach and have a dedicated heart to want to help our children that really want to learn and give 100% in learning.. So keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2005

my child attended Rock Chapel from pre-k to 5th grade, and I can say I have been satisfied with the teachers and principal. The staff works well with the parents and students. The students feel safe and have a lot of fun while learning. I can say that the level of parent involvment could be a lot better but that is not the schools fault it is the parents. The school offers music,arts, and other fun extracurricular activities for the kids. I do think there should be more academic clubs or programs for the students for motivation and some athletic programs too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2004

Rock Chapel....I can't blame the Rock Chapel 100% but what I can say is that it is sad that schools are forced by the Board of Education to met certain scores. My son is diagnosed with ADHD and is an honor roll student but because of his condition and the teachers having to meet their goals, my son is consistently put out of class and/or written up. When trying to work with teachers the first thing they want to know is he taking medication instead of trying to work together to control my son's diagnosed behavior. So my son will likely fail academically at Rock Chapel because numbers have to be met.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2004

Rock Chapel Elementary seems more like a military school than a school for learning and teaching. The principal is very hard on the parents, as well with the students! It's hard for the staff to work with parents instead of blaming them and helping them solve many of issues within the walls of Rock Chapel. As a tax payer of Dekalb county I hope Rock Chapel does better for the school year '2004'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2003

This school is one of the ones that doesn't inform parents about anything. I have yet to recieve anything in the mail about when school starts or when open house is. Sure they have it on the sign in front of the school but it doesn't tell you a time.
—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.
English Language Arts

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

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

66 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

66 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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

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

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
63%
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

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
58%
Social Studies

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
35%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
54%
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
Black 89% 37%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
White 2% 44%
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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  • Patrick Muhammad
Fax number
  • (678) 676-3810

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1130 Rock Chapel Rd
Lithonia, GA 30058
Phone: (678) 676-3802

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