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Rockledge Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted August 29, 2014

This school is great! My little one loves his teacher. The school administration and the teachers provide a warming and welcoming environment to teach the children. The facilities are always clean and the overall school facilities are in great shape. The PTA is very organized and the community participates activelly!! We plan to spend the next four years in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2014

Ms. Seidel who is the principal does not work with parents. I have had an issue for the last couple of years and I did not get a resolution. I had to get the school board involved to get action taken. When you talk to her she seems like she cares, but when you try to follow up she puts up a bunch of barriers that don't make things happen. Also combing grade levels isn't working at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

Rockledge used to be a good school. A couple of years ago I could have given it a 4. There were some changes that were made without putting kids first. The principal comes off as really nice but doesn't address parents concerns. I'm really disappointed in the direction this school is going.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

The 2013-2014 has been rough on my child. The principle is horrible, there are no other words to describe her. She comes off as very nice and caring but when an issue needs to be addressed she completely changes her tone. She talks down to parents and is not receptive at all. I am not the only parent that has had the same issue with her. Some of the teachers are ok but others not so much, My child's 3rd teacher leaves a lot to be desired. My child is extremely bright but the way they have set up his classroom with both 3rd and 2nd graders is not working. A lot of children are struggling, not just mine! I have so many complaints about this school. I would not recommend it to any parent at all. IF you are considering enrolling your child into this school, I would suggest to explore other options. My child will NOT attend this school after this year, even if I have to homeschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2012

The 2011-2012 school year at Rockledge Elementary was challenging. The new Principal is a better fit for High School. The new Principal does not have a great connections with parents and make decisions without considering the impact on the school community. The tone "loud" of the Principal is also not conducive to an elementary school environment. The multiple changes in staff over the last year has been terrible. Rockledge was previously a great school with a warm environment and deserving of 4 stars despite being overly crowded. I am not sure the school can get back to the strong sense of children first, team and strong community with the new Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2012

2011-2012 has been a rough year for Rockledge. Unfortunately I have to give a rating of only two stars, where last year it would have been a 4 or a 5. Many changes happened during the 2011-2012 school year including a new Principal, Vice Principal as well as some other key employees. The Vice Principal has changed a couple of times in this year alone. The transition has been rough, and many parents are very unhappy. The school is also overly crowded and uses temporary classrooms (trailers). There is talk of redistricting so that may be solved as some students are moved to Yorktown. The Principal is very nice, however after several complaints to her nothing has been done to fix the situation. There is one teacher in particular many parents have complained about and nothing has been done as of January, half way through the year. Let's hope Rockledge can turn it around, but as of now I couldn't recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

Our 3 years at Rockledge have been wonderful. My daughter is reading above grade level, has a very strong interest in science and math, and loves the culture of the school. The teachers are attentive, supportive, and yet provide a challenging curriculum. She has homework every night and participated in several academic themed, extra-curricular events this year (e.g. "write a book campaign.") I was a bit concerned about the county public school system but Rockledge has certainly changed my opinions. Point of caution: for the 2011-2012 school year, there will be several changes and I am concerned about how those changes may affect the school's success rate. The principal, assistant principal, and guidance counselor are retiring. Let's hope Rockledge can maintain the great track record.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

This School Rockledge Elementary is excellent the principal and All staff. This is school have a great team...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

My daughter has attending this school for 4 years and the experience has been great. Of course there has been a teacher that I am less than pleased with. However, the principal is open and willing to mitigate solutions that are best for the child. Some of the teachers have attendance problems, but I believe the principle is on top of that. This year my daughter loves her teacher and speaks extremely high of her daily, Mrs. Coats.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

We transferred our daughter (3rd grade) from private school to Rockledge this school year and have been thoroughly impressed with their method of teaching, as well as, the structure to which they are teaching the children. We were very concerned initially, with how our daughter would adjust, because there was was such a resistence about the change, but she did very well. She even surprised herself with how well she liked the school. We are very pleased with our decision to make the transition. The study methods, the teaching styles, the daily activities, the parent involvement, as well as, the support of the teachers and the principles, all have proven it was well worth the move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2008

I was a student teacher at Rockledge and it was a school where I felt that I was truly viewed as a member of the staff. The teachers are very supportive of one another, as is the administration. There was an assembly every month - an opera singer, deaf dancers, and the 4th graders performing a folk tale - to name a few. There is a good amount of parental involvement, especially in the younger grades. Great school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 27, 2008

My daughter is in Kindergarten this year. The school is GREAT! Mrs. Landry, the Principal, is a great motivator and the spirit is passed on through the teachers. They all are interested in the children, their education, and their Rockledge experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

Rockledge is a wonderful school. The teachers are experienced and very caring. The principal is a strong leader who wants the best for all Rockledge students. All of my daughter s teachers have been exceptional. My daughter has had a wonderful experience there and I am excited to have my son attend in the fall. Lot s of parental involvement as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2005

Blue Ribbon MD School. High parent involvement. Many military children. Wonderful teachers. Very safe environment. In my opinion, best school considering its in PG County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2004

My son is a new (6th grade) student at Rockledge . I have been impressed with the homework assignment he brings home. I was a little worried when I moved my son to a Prince George County scool , but I was happy to find a school that focused on higher standard of learning with the moto it starts at home.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 60% 35%
Hispanic 15% 12%
White 13% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Two or more races 6% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7701 Laurel Bowie Rd
Bowie, MD 20715
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