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Rocky River Elementary

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Posted September 25, 2012

My daughter is a 1st grader at Rocky River. Since I only have 2 years of experience with this school, I cannot grade the entire school, but the 1st grade is awesome! Her teacher communicates with me regularly and allows me to stay involved with her education. Kindergarten was okay, but her teacher did not communicate with me (didn't return notes in my child's folder, didn't respond to emails). I had to go to the school to get a response. The principal is awesome and responds to concerns quickly. I have lunch with my daughter once a week. The students seem well behaved and the teachers have control of them. One thing I am concerned about is that the office has never asked me for identification when I've had lunch with my daughter. The doors inside the school are locked and you can't get in unless someone in the office unlocks it for you. They've always unlocked it and never asked for identification. Also, my husband had lunch with her when she was in kindergarten. He wasn't aware that he had to sign in at the office, so he went into the unlocked doors where the buses park, didn't have a "visitor" sticker on his shirt, had lunch with our daughter and no one ever questioned him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2012

I am a teacher at Rocky River. I love our school, and I love our system. I have taught school for almost 18 years, and every year teaches me something new. It is all about the kids. We do everything for the kid and for them to grow to their highest potential. We teach students to think independently,and to connect with many resources during their learning process. ....Our staff is a great team of teachers who are flexible and willing to work together for our kids! "KIDS FIRST!"
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 28, 2012

All 3 of my children attend RRES and we LOVE it. When we were buying a house, the very top priority we asked our Realtor to keep in mind was to stay in the RR district. My children are performing way above their respective grade levels and they are even in the AIG programs. The teachers are very compassionate and they love the kids like they're part of a big family. My youngest son is in Kindergarten and has been diagnosed with ADHD. His teachers are working with him and helping me to come up with ways to keep him focused and on his best behavior. My fifth grader's teacher pushes him to reach for his true potential and she won't settle for sub-par work. It is so refreshing to have teachers care so much for their students. I have also seen the principal working with the kids and he is never stumped to guess a name. Mr. Lamm is the perfect educator to lead our kids. I would absolutely recommend RRES to anyone new to the area or just looking for a better school. How this school hasn't received the highest rating is beyond me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2011

We just completed our first year at RRE. We loved the teachers our children had been assigned to. The principal is new and seems to be very involved with RR. The library/office staff have always been very pleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

This is my daughters 2nd year at Rocky River Elementary and the Regular Education setting is good. The teachers do a good job of teaching, although aren't pleased with mainstreaming and making modifications for special needs kids. I've been struggling for the classroom teacher to incorporate the necessary modifications identified in the IEP consistently. If I had a "regular student" this school would be fine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Rocky river has been a great family oriented school for my kids. They have taught them to respect them selves, patients, family and responsiblity. The staff does what ever it takes for the safety of each and every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

Not at all impressed with this school. Feel like I am sending my child to a prison, instead of a place for education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

My daughter entered Rocky River in kindergarten and is now in 2nd grade performing on a 3rd grade reading and math level. I have been very happy with Rocky River. Her 3 teachers have been awesome....Ms. Furr for kindergarten, Ms. Brafford for 1st grade and now Ms. Banks for 2nd grade. She loved all of her teachers and Ms. Banks is her absolute favorite. She loves to learn and looks forward to going to school; whichmakes a parent very happy. I'm especially impressed with Mr. Lamm this year, who've I've seen more than I ever saw the previous principle. He is much more accessible, approachable and down to earth. His presence is definitely a plus. Please keep up the good work!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

This is an excellent school. The teachers have always been great and now the school has a great principal. Thank you, Mr Millard Lamm. The students are hard working and put forth extra effort to do their best.


Posted January 7, 2010

Seems pretty good to me, teachers are very active with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

Rocky River is a very good school. My child is performing well above average. I am pleased that the teachers he has had have broken students up into groups based on their performance and taught each group at their level instead of teaching all students at the level of the lower performing students. However, I am concerned with the ever growing immigrant population and what effect that could have on the school's curriculum. I give this shool an 'A-'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2008

I am very dissapointed in this school thus far. My daughter transfered from Weddington where she was doing great, and then we come to Rocky River and it has become very apparent to me that this school does not want to communicate. I have tried to reach the principal with regards to the picking up your child policy and she has yet to return my call. The staff really does not know how to communicate with parents. I am blown away that the prinicpal does not check her messages every day what kind of principal does not check her messages. I was told this by an office staff member that if she checks her messages she will get back to me. This school needs to learn to communicate so the kids are not stressed out about simple things at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2007

This is our first year at Rocky River and I can't even express how disappointed I am in this school. The principle has very little involvement and lacks communication skills, as do all the assistant principles and office staff. The things that occur in this school are unacceptable and no one seems to be concerned. I've been blown away at how far the staff at Rocky River will go to back each other up instead of admitting mistakes and looking for the Child's Best Interest. I completely regret moving into Rocky River's boundaries. The Only good I have is that I think my children have good teachers. But the teachers alone don't make a school a good one. The leadership is in need of massive repair in all areas. The most recent test scores are an embarrassment. I am hoping a reassignment is possible for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2006

My children attended RRES from California. I have to say that I am very pleased with their curriculum, and teachers. My son was in 3rd grade at a 7th grade reading level, and my daughter, in 1st grade could finally read and write. The school and school grounds are beautiful. They actually wanted my son to skip a grade or be in the GATE program. The teachers always stayed on top of thier game, and always maintained contact with me. We recently moved to Florida, and I want to go back to Cabarrus County specifically because of our experience at Rocky River.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2005

We recently moved to Concord from Charlotte in hopes that Cabarrus County Schools would be more beneficial to our kindergartener. I am very happy to say that Rocky River is doing something right. My five year old for the first time read a book by herself all the way through. Im not sure if it has to do with her kindergarten teachers or the DI program. I am very proud and pleased to say that my daughter attends Rocky River. Keep up the good work....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

The academic programs are not very well structured. Too much is crammed in. The principal is not involved enough with the children. What ever happened to visiting rooms and have children read to you or you read to them. Children need this involvement from a principal. They use the children to raise money for the school when they are very well funded. Very liberal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2005

I think that I lucked out on my daughter's teachers. she is a pleasant child and willing to learn. I was rather disappointed though. She was excelling in reading, but struggling in math. I found out that even though the school is a tiltle I school and has extra funding for those needing help with reading and english skills, the tutoring and extra help is not an option for difficulty in math. I feel that the teachers are more than willing to go above and beyond their call of duty to help the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2004

My son attended Rocky River Elementary School 1st-5th grade. This is an excellect school. The entire school staff cares about and supports the students. The school addresses the needs of students from all ability levels. Each child is addressed as an individual. The school staff believes that in order for a child to experience success everyone must be involved. I take an active part in my children's education. The only parents I have ever heard complain about the school were the parents who never attended any school functions or took active rolls in their children's educations. The school offers extra tutoring during and after school for students needing extra help. They also provide transportation for these students.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 47% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students39%
Female40%
Male38%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students43%
Limited English proficiency29%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female44%
Male39%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities21%
Non-disabled students44%
Limited English proficiency6%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students43%
Female28%
Male56%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities40%
Non-disabled students43%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students38%
Female30%
Male46%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled students40%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant38%
Academically gifted92%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students31%
Female23%
Male37%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students37%
Limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant31%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students28%
Female29%
Male27%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students33%
Limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant28%
Academically giftedn/a

Science

All Students21%
Female12%
Male28%
Black9%
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students24%
Limited English proficiency20%
Proficient in English21%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant21%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 52%
Black 28% 26%
Hispanic 19% 14%
Two or more races 4% 4%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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5454 Rocky River Road
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