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Rock Island High School

Public | 9-12 | 1617 students


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Posted March 31, 2014

I currently attend Rocky and this poor excuse for a highschool simply needs work, I dont know what the money is being put towards but they need better budgeting skills. The outdated books arent helping either. They should fire all staff here and rehire more qualified teachers.The students are pure lazy as a whole.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 26, 2013

Rock Island High School has a large variety of students with caring professionals that are focused on making RIHS students the best they can be. Overall, a splendid school, staff, and student population to work with!

Posted June 9, 2013

Rocky as it is known is an interesting educational experience. About two thirds of the teachers in Rock Island have their master's degrees and in some schools their Doctorates. Rocky is the primary public high school that serves Rock Island and boosts among other: one of best athletic programs in the state, an active community offering drama, speech, an excellent art department and a conscious about community. The number of students going on to become great citizens is too numerous to share, but if you are looking for some of the best teachers in science, art, music, social sciences, ESL, and physical education look no further. Did I forget math and English? For those who need that special assistance, counseling and the professionals in special services are great. The diversity of the student population represents an opportunity in culture, humanities and education from some of our graduates who play sports for top 10 academic powerhouses, national merit finalists or community leaders. My only hope for this great tradition of learning is that more stricter guidelines for student behavior are followed as the nation embarks on a new platform called Common Core.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted November 11, 2012

I am currently going to rocky from Denver and this school is TERRIBLE don't come here you won't like it the academics are horrendous only 30 percent of the school pass the state testing DO NOT COME HERE.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 10, 2012

Rock Island High School is by far the best choice in the area. It has the highest number honor graduates of all the other schools in the area. The staff is committed to bring out the best in their students. Very innovative with curriculum. A progressive school that thinks out of the box. I am a graduate of Rocky and proud of it.

Posted February 11, 2009

A true Academic Diamond in the rough.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 27, 2005

I went to Rocky and graduated in 2001, I currently attend a top 10 University and will be graduating in June. For a small town high school Rocky had some AMAZING teachers, however, they taught primarily advanced level classes. As far as I know the teachers I remember have since retired and have not been appropriately replaced. I do believe if you have a capable son or daughter Rocky can give them the necessary knowledge to go to and succeed at a good school. I also think their sports teams were pretty successful and Rocky parents and past grads love to support the teams and the school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 24, 2004

I think it is a good school if you are college bound. In short, there are some really good teachers (i.e. make lessons relevant to students and care about the students on a personal level) but you have to be lucky or try to get them.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 9, 2003

I am not a parent I am a Rocky graduate of the year of 97 if you look at the statistics we dont really meet the teacher, student racio. There more students than teachers which makes learning hard and that is the way it has always been!! They need to hire more teachers to give students more one on one attention!!!

Posted August 22, 2003

Need more extracurricular activites, teachers need to be hard and more firm when dealing with these kids, kids shouldnt run the schools, the teachers should
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.









The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.








Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education


All Students28%
Native Americann/a
Low income16%
Non-low income46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities31%
English language learners3%


All Students37%
Native Americann/a
Low income23%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities41%
English language learners0%


All Students26%
Native Americann/a
Low income14%
Non-low income45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities30%
English language learners0%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 47% 51%
Black 30% 18%
Hispanic 14% 23%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1400 25th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 793-5950


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