Academic Achievement

  • A male elementary school student works with pipe cleanersRockwood students are renowned for their achievements. The district's 33 schools and supporting programs collectively make up one of the highest-performing school districts in the country.

    Rockwood students continually perform at high levels in the content areas of Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies on state assessment tests. During 2020-2021 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing, 63.7 percent of Rockwood students measured proficient or advanced in English Language Arts (state average = 45.2 percent), 51.6 percent in Mathematics (state average = 35.4 percent), 56.7 percent in Science (state average = 37.1 percent) and 66.3 percent in Social Studies (state average = 41.9 percent). Due to the unusual testing conditions during the 2020-2021 school year, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has cautioned that last year's MAP results should not be used to interpret test scores in the same way as previous years and should be used in tandem with other data points–such as learning environment and other contextual factors–to understand student performance in relation to academic goals.

    In 2020-2021, Rockwood offered 31 different AP courses. Nearly 1,900 Rockwood students took at least one AP exam. Rockwood students took a total of 3,591 AP exams, and students scored at least a 3 on 78 percent of their exams.

    On the ACT, Rockwood students averaged a composite score of 23.2 for the 2020-2021 school year, outperforming the state average of 20.6. The percentage of Rockwood students that met all four College Readiness Benchmarks as defined by the ACT was 40 percent, outpacing the state average of 24 percent. In 2021, a total of 13 Rockwood students recorded a perfect score on the ACT or SAT.

    All four Rockwood high schools ranked highly in US News & World Report's annual rankingsAll four Rockwood high schools received top rankings by U.S. News & World Report on the "2021 Best High Schools" list. More than 17,000 public schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. In the state of Missouri, Lafayette ranked eighth, Marquette ranked ninth, Rockwood Summit ranked 18th, and Eureka ranked 20th. Four other Rockwood schools–Chesterfield Elementary, Crestview Middle, Rockwood Valley Middle and Wildwood Middle–also ranked in the top two percent of state public schools in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever K-8 school rankings.

    Niche.com, a website that helps families discover schools and neighborhoods, recently revealed its top public high schools, and all four Rockwood high schools made the list. According to Niche, Lafayette ranked third in the state, Marquette ranked seventh, Rockwood Summit ranked ninth, and Eureka ranked 13th.

    Each year, up to 30 Rockwood high school seniors earn their associate degree at the same time as their high school diploma through the Early College Partnership, a joint venture between Rockwood and STLCC-Wildwood. Students enter the two-year program before their junior year of high school and take dual-enrollment courses in order to earn their associate degree and get an early start on their future.

    A female middle school student works in a classroomRockwood believes in the importance of character education to support the social, emotional and ethical development of students. Because of their efforts in character education, two Rockwood schools–Geggie Elementary and Woerther Elementary–were named 2021 State Schools of Character by Character.org (formerly the Character Education Partnership). Woerther was also named a National School of Character.

    For the second straight year, all four Rockwood high schools earned the Distinguished School designation from Project Lead the Way (PLTW). They are among 204 schools from around the nation and 26 from Missouri to be named a Distinguished School, a designation that recognizes schools that are committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in PLTW courses. Rockwood offers an assortment of biomedical science and pre-engineering courses that align with PLTW standards, providing transformative learning experiences for students and teachers through courses that cultivate an engaging, hands-on classroom environment in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

    (Updated Jan. 2022)