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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. Each of our schools provides programming for high-ability learners through a variety of programing practices, including curriculum compacting, content acceleration, and flexible and cluster grouping. For students whose needs are more intensive than can be met in the traditional classroom setting, the District offers the center-based Discovery Program.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the Gifted & Talented pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/gifted-and-talented.

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Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

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You can learn more about DCSD’s Special Education department by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/special-education.

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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. Each of our schools provides programming for high-ability learners through a variety of programing practices, including curriculum compacting, content acceleration, and flexible and cluster grouping. For students whose needs are more intensive than can be met in the traditional classroom setting, the District offers the center-based Discovery Program.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the Gifted & Talented pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/gifted-and-talented.

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English Language Development

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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. English learners are served through a variety of programming options based on their individual learning needs. Practices include collaboration, coaching, co-teaching, and direct English language development and content instruction.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the English Language Development pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/English-Language-Development.

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Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

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Rock Ridge Elementary School

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Our school is an International Baccalaureate school, which means: We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century. IB Mission Statement: "The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB organization works with our school, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right." What does an IB Education at RRE look like? *We offer academic breadth and depth *Our kids care more about the process of their learning than just the results. *It creates independent learners that feel prepared for the world *We are genuinely "internationally/globally minded". *IB encourages Critical Thinking - kids can look beyond just the facts and analyze things * Inquiry-based instruction and learning * Subjects are not taught in isolation -- we have a transdisciplinary learning approach. *The IB Learner Profile offers 10 high quality character traits which include: Balanced, Risk Taker, Open Minded, Principled, Inquirers, Thinkers, Caring, Reflective, Communicators, and Knowledgeable. These traits form a framework for an international education that goes much deeper in meeting the needs of a constantly changing world. *Our students also have the opportunity to learn a second language, Spanish.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
International Baccalaureate
Home of the: 
Eagles
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-5152
Principal: Peter Mosby
Calendar: Conventional
8:30am - 3:30pm
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School At A Glance

400 North Heritage Road
Castle Rock, CO 80104
United States
Phone: (303)387-5150
Fax: (303)387-5151
Principal Name: Peter Mosby
Mascot: Eagles
Strand: International Baccalaureate
School Start Time: 8:30am
School End Time: 3:30pm

School Life

School Size: 
Large
Limited – Still accepting students who open enroll, however some restrictions may apply by grade.
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Limited
Class Size Philosophy: 
Rock Ridge makes every effort to keep our class sizes at an optimum size. We work hard to ensure that we are keeping classes as small as we reasonably can.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
Rock Ridge has a dedicated location where students may seek mental health support and guidance from qualified school counselors.
Garden
Rock Ridge's garden was added to our school for several reasons, primarily as a learning environment for our students. The garden also acts as a bridge between groups, bringing students, families, staff and communities together around a central goal. When building the gardens our students learn about stakeholders, budgeting, working with other departments in DCSD. The hands-on aspect of gardening provides great outdoor time for our students and gives them a chance to study how healthy foods can positively impact their lives.
Innovation Spaces
RRE's innovation spaces are physical environments that promote community, learning, and creation. These spaces provide opportunities for our students to (1) engage with people, ideas, and technologies, (2) experience participatory culture, and (3) acquire the literacies and skills needed to be successful in the 21st century. They can access the information they need in all its forms — books, the internet, electronic resources, digital technologies. Not only do we want our students to acquire new knowledge, literacies, and skills, but we also strive for them to experience a welcoming environment to nurture friendships, self motivation, sustain a sense of community, belonging, and support in their inquires.
Library Media Center
Rock Ridge Elementary Learning Commons is staffed with an experienced Teacher-Librarian. This space maintains a flexible schedule. We have a Teacher-Librarian that collaborates with classroom teachers and provides in-service training to other staff members as well. Our learning commons has larger and newer collections that include digital resources and there is also technology available for all learners. YES, we still have books that are in print format! There are flexible learning spaces with flexible furniture, which provides collaborative spaces for different learning purposes. Our Learning Commons has more student and class visits than ever. Our Teacher-Librarian provides students with the resources they need for research and teaches the Information Literacy skills students need to be college and work-force ready. Library instruction should not be done in isolation from what teachers are teaching in their classroom.
School Tech Center
RRE offers two traditional centralized technology labs where students can plan, research, and complete projects. We also maintain a cart of Chromebooks for teacher check out to supplement the technology that lives in classrooms.
Tech Lab
Two tech labs and the Learning Commons are options for spaces that will allow staff and students to invent and explore with technology.
Resources
After School Tutoring
Many of our teachers will offer before and after school options for struggling students as well as our advanced learners.
School Outdoor Ed
Full-Day Kindergarten
Middle School Transition Program
Middle School Transition Description: 
Rock Ridge, in partnership with Mesa MS, offer several opportunities for 6th grade students to become familiar with middle school, including but not limited to; the 'Passport to Mesa' which is an evening of information, tours, and class visits; then 6th grade students have another day that they are bussed to Mesa MS and have the opportunity to see the day in motion and tour the building; Mesa MS staff come over to RRE to talk with the students about classes and middle school opportunities with clubs & sports; lastly there is a 'New Beginnings' summer opportunity for students to spend time at Mesa, get their schedules early, practice their locker combination, practice walking through their schedule and getting to class on time.
Student Wellness
School-Level
• Healthful food choices in appropriate portion sizes • Healthful meals in the school cafeteria with adequate time to eat • Healthful items in vending machine • Healthful items in fundraising classroom parties, and rewards in school • Fresh produce from Colorado farms when practical • Access to adequate amount of drinking water throughout the day •Access to age appropriate and culturally sensitive instruction designed to teach lifelong healthy eating habits and healthy levels of physical activity
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Implemented Student Wellness & Prevention Framework
The wellness of our students is central to their capacity to learn. Our Health Services and Prevention & Intervention departments are dedicated to supporting our students and providing for their physical, social or emotional needs. Douglas County School District values the safety and well-being of each student. In fact, we know before we can create an environment conducive to learning, our students must feel safe, secure and supported. That is why we have developed an innovative Student Wellness and Prevention Framework to proactively address bullying, suicide and school violence: Support parents, students, staff and administration in encouraging positive social/emotional development; Empower healthy habits among students; Educate kids about when and where to get help for themselves or a peer; Meet the requirements of the Concerning Measures to Reduce the Frequency of Bullying in Schools ACT (Colorado HB 1254).
Staff Development
Bullying Prevention Training
Rock Ridge believes that everyone should "Be more than a bystander. Stop Bullying". What is Bullying? Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include: 1. An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people. 2. Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once. We ask our students to: *Treat Everyone with Respect Follow the Golden Rule, by treating others the way you want them to treat you. No one should be mean to others, so think twice before doing or saying something that could hurt someone. *Stand Up for Others When you see someone being bullied, take action to stop it, safely. *Get Help If you or someone else you know is being bullied, ask a trusted adult for help.
Sustainability
Bike/Walk/Ride to School
Rock Ridge is using Walk or Bike to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old. Here are some reasons to support walking and bicycling to school: 1. It’s Fun! - Walking and bicycling bring a sense of joy and independence. 2. Healthier Habits - The trip to school is a chance for children (and adults!) to get the physical activity they need. 3. Cleaner Environment - Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can reduce congestion and air-polluting emissions. 4. Promoting Safety - Building sidewalks, providing education programs and adding traffic calming measures are some of the ways to improve safety. Encouraging walking and bicycling to school can help build support for infrastructure improvements in the broader community. 5. Community Benefits - Reducing traffic congestion, boosting a sense of community, and improving neighborhood connections benefit the community.
Recycling
Rock Ridge Elementary staff and students believe that "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle are the key components to a comprehensive school waste reduction program". Why did we create a Recycling Club? - Recycling makes a difference. A school recycling program is a hands-on, interdisciplinary lesson that educates students about the environment, personal responsibility, community action, and solid waste management. School recycling programs not only impact students and their families but also impact communities and the overall waste diversion in a community. Our students are involved and have a genuine understanding that: - Recycling reduces the amount of waste going into a landfill, helping to prolong its useful life. - Recycling saves energy. - Recycling creates jobs. - Recycling saves natural resources. - Recycling reduces pollution. - Recycling provides raw materials for industry.
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Calendar: Conventional
8:30am - 3:30pm
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
Weekly specials rotation schedule.
Art is taught during weekly specials rotations and is integrated into transdisciplanary units with other subjects including reading, writing, math, and science. We use varied authentic and engaging resources for Art throughout our school that are dependent on the concepts and skills being studied.
Lunch: 
Everyday. Time is determined by the grade level.
Music Allotment: 
Weekly specials rotation schedule.
Music is taught during weekly specials rotations and is integrated into transdisciplanary units with other subjects including reading, writing, math, and science. We use varied authentic and engaging resources for Music throughout our school that are dependent on the concepts and skills being studied.
Physical Education Allotment: 
Weekly specials rotation schedule.
Physical Education is taught during weekly specials rotations and is integrated into transdisciplanary units with other subjects including reading, writing, math, and science. We use varied authentic and engaging resources for Physical education throughout our school that are dependent on the concepts and skills being studied.
Recess: 
Everyday at lunch time and a 2nd recess is embedded during the school day.
Technology Allotment: 
Flexible & Open Scheduling Times
Information Technology
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
Douglas County School District supports an initiative that allows students to bring personally owned technology devices into school for educational purposes to enhance learning opportunities. At Rock Ridge, 1st - 6th grade teachers have the option to allow personally owned devices (PODs) in their classroom.
Support Staff
Certified Librarian
Building Resource Teacher
Mentor Teacher
Professional Learning Specialist
Psychologist
Social Worker

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
Springboard Before and After School Care.
Rock Ridge offers a Full Day Kindergarten option for families.
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutrition Services is committed to providing the highest quality meals for your child. We also work to create an environment where your child can learn to make healthy decisions that lead to a healthy lifestyle. School meals are important to your child because they help develop sound nutritional habits by exposing students to a variety of foods. We offer many food choices and provide healthful fruits and vegetables daily. In addition, the well-nourished student has better attendance, is more attentive, better behaved and has an increased energy level. All of these elements are tied to academic success. 1. School Meals are Safe. Food safety is our first and foremost concern. We have implemented a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Program throughout the District to reduce the chance of a food-borne illness event. Temperatures of all food products are monitored throughout production and service. 2. School Meals are Nutritious. School meals contain 30 percent or less of total calories from fat, less than 10% total calories from saturated fat, 35% sugar and contain at least one third of the RDAs for protein, Vitamins A and C, Iron, Calcium and calories. 3. School Meals are Balanced. Every day, students choose their meals from a variety of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Each school has a Harvest Bar which features a variety of fresh produce in season. 4. Parents are welcome! We invite our parents and families to come and see how school lunch has changed. Parents are always welcome! We are proud of our program and our hard-working employees and we encourage you to eat with your child. DCSD Nutrition Services invites all parents to have lunch with their children at any time during the school year. The cost is just $3.25 for an adult meal without milk; with milk the price is $3.75.
Transportation
Transportation
Daily bus service is provided to and from schools, for field trips and special events, as well as for students with special needs. Rock Ridge is serviced by the West terminal and there is a Special Needs terminal as well to serve the schools in Douglas County. Parents who have child(ren) enrolled in Douglas County School District can search the bus route database to determine where the bus stop is located in their neighborhood and at what time the bus will arrive at the stop.

Personalized Learning

Meeting the Unique Needs of All Learners

The Douglas County School District is dedicated to serving a full continuum of learners, where students feel safe, valued and connected in order to reach their highest potential.

English Language Development

ESL specialists and content teachers make instructional decisions to ensure that English Language development and content learning occurs throughout the school day.

Gifted and Talented

Gifted education contact will collaborate and/or consult with classroom teachers to appropriately extend the content for identified gifted learners.

Literacy Intervention

Content teachers and literacy interventionists collaborate to provide specialized reading and writing support.

Health Services

Providing for the needs of students with an emphasis on those with health challenges, so that all students have an equal opportunity to excel.

In a multi-tiered system of support, Health Services provides:

  • Medical training and support to school personnel
  • Prevention efforts for communicable diseases
  • Advocacy for students with health concerns
  • Implementation of accommodations so students can focus on learning, including case management for students with intensive care needs

School nurses are healthcare connectors who keep students in classrooms, ready to learn.

Special Education

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

Personalized Learning
Center-Based Special Ed Program
Reading Recovery

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 73% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 71% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 65% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 63% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 67% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 68% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 73% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 81% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 54% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 48% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 51% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 50% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

We have many wonderful parents volunteering in Classrooms, the Learning Commons, for our Watch D.O.G.S. program (Dads Of Great Students), school-wide special events, and during field trips.
Frequency: 
Monthly
Meeting: 
Every third Tuesday of the month at 3:45pm
Parent Teacher Organization
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly
PTO: Meeting Times: 
Every second Tuesday of the Month at 6pm in Learning Commons