Rockwood students are renowned for their achievements. The school district's 33 schools and supporting programs collectively make up one of the highest performing school districts in the country.
Rockwood students are performing at high levels in the content areas of Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies on state assessment tests.
In 2017-2018, Rockwood offered 31 different AP courses. Eighty-four percent of Rockwood AP students earned a 3 or higher, compared to 62 percent at the state level.
On the ACT, Rockwood students average a composite score of 23.9, outperforming the state average of 20. The percentage of Rockwood students meeting all four College Readiness Benchmarks remained steady at 48 percent in 2018. The Missouri average was 22 percent. Each year, several Rockwood students from all four high schools score a perfect 36 on the ACT. Among the most recent stand-outs are Emily Liu, Ethan Budge, Nathan Humphrey, Maxwell Yu, Janvi Huria, Amanda Mittanck, Bhavya Perma and Keven Zhou.
All four Rockwood high schools received top rankings by U.S. News & World Report on the "2019 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 first, Rockwood Summit ranked third, Eureka ranked fourth and Marquette ranked eighth.
All four Rockwood high schools were named "America's Most Challenging High Schools" by the Washington Post. Marquette Eureka, Rockwood Summit and Lafayette high schools earned state and national recognition by the publication. Only 20 Missouri schools made the list.
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.com, Lafayette High School ranked second in the state. Marquette High School ranked fifth, Eureka High School ranked eighth and Rockwood Summit High School ranked 11th.
Graduation honor cord ceremonies were held at St. Louis Community College (STLCC)-Wildwood, May 9. Among members of the graduating class of 2019 are 26 seniors from Rockwood School District, who are part of Early College Partnership, a joint venture between STLCC-Wildwood and Rockwood. Those students have earned both a high school diploma and a college associate degree.
Rockwood 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, Lafayette High and Blevins Elementary have been named 2019
National Schools of Character (NSOC) by Character.org (formerly the Character Education Partnership).
The Bosons robotics team from Eureka High qualified to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, April 17-20. They won the 2019 Missouri State Rockwell Aerospace Innovate Award at Missouri S&T, to qualify. Physics teacher Dustin Klenke coaches the team, along with teacher Cooper Rinehart.
"The criteria for this award is about using innovative solutions in the engineering challenges," said Klenke. "Judges are looking for outside-the-box-thinking."