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Rockland Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 304 students

 

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Posted May 2, 2013

We love everything about Rockland including the teachers, other parents, and principal. It's a wonderful, caring place that will go above and beyond to help children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

Math program weak. Most of the kids who are good at math have parents who supplement the sucky Every Day Math program. The ISAT scores are impressive but misleading and can be attributed in large part to parents/ demographics, quite a few Science and Engineering types. I am also guessing that some of the very low ISAT scores by some students are not counted in the mean because these students are classified as special ed.


Posted July 22, 2012

My two children had an excellent education here. Families get to know each other well as there are many great opportunities to get involved. The new (2012) principal is fantastic - he creates an optimistic environment for teaching and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2011

My children's teachers at Rockland have been exceptionally qualified, dedicated and caring. Many of the parents are down to earth and really value education. I was surprised, however, in the polarity of reading levels in my daughter's first grade class at the end of the school year. A good quarter of the class read below grade level, but then another quarter read way above grade level. Perhaps this reflects the demographics at the school? In addition, I believe there is too much funding and attention directed toward special education and special needs programs. This is not to say that these programs are not important, but if you look at the Rockland school staff, there are 4 special education/ paraeducators, 1 resource teacher, 1 OT specialist and 3 speech teachers serving a student body of 320 kids. No wonder our property taxes are outrageous! In contrast, the gifted program relies heavily on parent volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

The staff really cares about the students. The parents work to help make it a better place to learn. There is a family atmosphere at Rockland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

Throughout the years, D70 schools, including Rockland, have scored FAR ABOVE state standards in the ISATs. The schools hit in the 90-98 percent range of meet or exceed state standards. Teachers and administrators aim for 100 percent, a near impossibility, but it shows how the district competes against itself, not state scores. Since EveryDay math was introduced, the district has continued to see increasing scores in ISATs for math, at all the schools. It is one of the strongest areas for Rockland and the district. Check the State School Report Card. It tells the story.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2009

I love Rockland, not only as a student, but as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

Although students compare well against state some of that has to be attributed to demographic / parents. Math Curriculum is weak and the kids don't get any homework - good for parents :) Unfortunately are kids will not be competing against Illinois students to get into UI...they will be well prepared students from around the world. Our schools need to stop with the high five's when they perform well against the states low standards. Love the School but can't rate any of the above average unless they set higher standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

Last child is graduating this year - excellent school and teachers for all of years here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2007

Rockland School is a nice neighborhood school in a close-knit community. The teachers and administration really care about the students and work to help them achieve academically. My biggest complaint is the use of Everyday Math (which is district-wide.) At times the 'spiraled' format presents concepts before some children are developmentally able to comprend them. Parents are assured not to worry, since the concepts will reappear at some future point. This results in a disjuncted approach to math, and can be very frustrating to students and parents alike.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2007

It is a nice school in a together type community, although some of the Administration does not coordinate well with the parents and teachers on general day to day activities. If you call them in the main office for info they seem to push responsibility on teachers who seem to have no answers. For this county and state having some of the largest outrageous property taxes in the country I think residents are getting short changed. Academically the students are learning more reading comprehension and much less math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2006

I think Rockland is a wonderful, neighborhood school for a child to grow not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. The teachers care deeply about the students and always go the extra mile to make my child feel success. Although the staff is young, they are focused and committed to their job and do a great job keeping up with the latest trends in teaching. They are readily available, and are willing to go out of their way for each child. The reading program is top notch and my child's teacher was able to engage and develop my daughter as a reader. The math program, Everyday Math, has had many critics, but overall, it appears from the math ISATS that it is working to improve our children's math ability! I do wish that the school had a better computer curriculum and a designated computer teacher!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 8, 2006

I have had three children moving through this school. Overall, the teachers seem to effectively teach their reading curriculums, but are not so effective in teaching math and science. Many of the teachers are young and new to the profession, which I think has limited academic achievement. Our school tends to have the lowest test scores in the district, but these scores are still well above the state average. We have a new principal this year, which has had little impact either good or bad. She seems very nice, but is sometimes absent at school events which I don't like. Libertyville is a nice town and the schools are all great, so I'm glad to have my children here. I just wish that the teachers would improve their teaching strategies in math and science.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2005

While we liked the overall curriculum, we also felt some teachers are not as well prepared as others to use the math spiraled curriculum; some topics are touched on briefly, often before the child has had time to internalize- but returning to them later. The parental guide sheets provided to supplement class instruction were innadecuate. Extracurricular opportunities are exceptional, specially the band and orchestra programs. These instructors are world class. Overall, a good school with a lot of opportunities, but the math curriculum is too choppy, which does not work for all type of learners, and relies too much in alternative guimmicks and 'tricks' (i.e. the lattice method) that have left my child often getting the right answers without really understanding the concepts. Finally, the Character Counts program seems to be a big joke among the children. Schools should re-valuate its effectiveness. Nutrition of the hot lunches: grade F-.
—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 55% in 2013.

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92%

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98%

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98%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students92%
Female96%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female80%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students89%
Female87%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female97%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
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28%
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Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hispanic 3% 24%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Jeff Knapp
Gender
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160 West Rockland Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: (847) 362-3134

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