Rockwood School District Annual Report to the Community 2016-2017

Welcome to Rockwood!

Nearly 21,000 students are enrolled in Rockwood schools. The district’s 30 schools and supporting programs collectively make up one of the highest performing school districts in the state and nation.

At Rockwood, we believe a strong character education program is the foundation for our students and their learning - both inside and outside of the classroom. Rockwood was designated as a National District of Character, which reflects our dedication to character development relating to academic achievement, student behavior and school climate.

Rockwood has consistently earned the accreditation of Distinction in Performance by the Missouri Department of Education. This is the highest rating a school district can achieve on its Annual Performance Report. Our premier school district is noted for its high student achievement, outstanding teachers and staff, and great community support.

Mission, Vision and Core Values

View our Strategic Plan: 2015-2019

Message from our Rockwood Superintendent

Read a letter from Dr. Eric Knost

Meet the Board of Education

Learn more about the School Board

Student Achievement

The Rockwood School District continues to be a state and national leader in education. Our mission of doing whatever it takes to ensure all students realize their potential is at the center of our work. In Rockwood, we want every child to succeed.

View the Student Achievement Report

Best High Schools - U.S. News & World Report
America's Most Challenging High Schools - Washington Post
America's Top High Schools - Newsweek

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)

  Communication Arts Math
Rockwood School District 80.7% 70.5%
Missouri 63.1% 48.9%

% of students proficient

Read more about MAP Testing in Rockwood

AP Student Scores 3 or Higher

Rockwood School District

Different AP exams in Rockwood
Students who took AP exams
Student Achievement

Effective Educators

  • Rockwood Teacher of the Year Jennifer Bettis was recognized as St. Louis Region 8 Teacher of the Year.
  • Three Rockwood teachers were honored with the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2016.
  • A Rockwood teacher was selected as the 2016 Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Middle School Teacher of the Year.
  • A Rockwood teacher was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2016.
  • A Rockwood teacher was named as Missouri’s Outstanding Biology Teacher for 2016.

Rockwood Rocks!

  • The school district is Accredited with Distinction, the highest level of accreditation possible from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • Rockwood was named a Top Workplace in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
2016 Top Work Place


Have Advanced Degrees


Average Years of Experience


National Board Certified Teachers of the highest in Missouri!

Safe, Caring Schools

Rockwood is a top-performing school district. has designated Rockwood as one of only four National School Districts of Character in 2016. Each year, this national program selects school districts that are dedicated to character development relating to academic achievement, student behavior and school climate.


National Schools
of Character


Missouri Schools
of Character

16 Rockwood Schools were recognized for 18 Promising Practices in 2016

These are unique, specific and effective character education strategies that can be a model for schools across the country.

Promising Practices at Rockwood
WEB Program

The WEB program, or
Where Everybody Belongs, is active in middle schools and high schools. Older students mentor younger students and model lessons in character education, anti-bullying and positive school climate.

The Leader in Me program has been used as a model in several Rockwood elementary and middle schools.

School Report Cards

With more than 21,000 students, Rockwood is the largest school district in St. Louis County. In addition, the district’s 19 elementary schools, six middle schools and four high schools collectively make up one of the highest performing school districts in the country.

Visit a Rockwood school and you’ll see great things: successful students, caring employees, enthusiastic volunteers and a commitment to excellence in education. Each Rockwood school produces a school report card to highlight their students’ achievement, enrollment and staffing. Click on your school to find their report card.

View the District Report Card

Rockwood Finances

Rockwood recognizes the importance of being held accountable to its patrons for the financial health of the school district and is dedicated to professional, prudent and conservative financial management. These financial challenges have strengthened our commitment to ensuring that taxpayers' money is invested wisely in public school education.

2016-2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Enrollment 20,905 / Staff 3,484

2017-2018 Operating Budget - $217.9 million

Rockwood Community
Partners In Education

Partners in Education links community resources to Rockwood classrooms. PIE facilitators partner with volunteers willing to share their expertise or special talents with students.

This community connection enhances curriculum, making learning more meaningful and relevant for students’ education.

Community Education

The Community Education partnership between the Rockwood and Parkway School Districts serves as a model for districts across the country.

It offers a broad range of programs and services including aquatics, adult education and literacy, enrichment, outdoor education, school-age care, sports and visual and performing arts.

Parkway-Rockwood Community Education