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Academic Achievement

Rockwood students are renowned for their achievements.The district's 34 schools and supporting programs collectively make up one of the highest-performing school districts in the country.

Top Rankings

All four Rockwood high schools received top rankings by U.S. News & World Report on the 2023-2024 Best High Schools list. Nearly 18,000 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 ninth, Marquette ranked 11th, Rockwood Summit ranked 22nd, and Eureka ranked 27th. Six other Rockwood schools — Chesterfield Elementary, Crestview Middle, Kehrs Mill Elementary, Rockwood Valley Middle, Wild Horse Elementary and Wildwood Middle — also ranked in the top 3.5 percent of state public schools in U.S. News & World Report's K-8 school rankings this fall.

This fall, Chesterfield was one of only 353 schools from around the country and eight from the state of Missouri to be recognized as a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Chesterfield is one of 263 elementary schools in this year’s Blue Ribbon class and one of 270 schools from all levels honored as an Exemplary High-Performing School, schools that rank among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests., 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 15th, and Eureka ranked 30th. See how we did as a district.

High Scoring Assessments

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)

Rockwood students continually perform at high levels in the content areas of Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies on state assessment tests.

Group Language Arts Math Science Social Studies
Rockwood 60.1% 57.8% 58.2% 55.0%
Missouri 43.5% 40.4% 39.0% 39.2%

MAP results 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.


Rockwood Class of 2023 students scored an average composite score of 23.5 on their best attempt on the ACT, outperforming the state average of 20.1. On their most recent ACT attempts, Rockwood students scored an average composite score of 22.7, outperforming the state (19.8) and national (19.5) averages. Eleven Rockwood students earned a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. On the ACT, based on our students’ best attempt, 40 percent of Rockwood students who took the exam met or exceeded all four College Readiness Benchmarks, outpacing the state and national averages. The ACT defines College Readiness Benchmarks as minimum scores needed to indicate a 50-percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or a 75-percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses. Using students' most recent ACT attempts, 37 percent of Rockwood students met all four College Readiness Benchmarks, compared to 20 percent of Missouri students and 21 percent of students nationally.

Group Composite Average College Readiness Benchmarks
Rockwood 23.5 40%
Missouri 20.1 NA

Above and Beyond Learning

In 2022-2023, Rockwood offered 32 different AP courses. More than 1,900 Rockwood students took at least one AP exam. Rockwood students took a total of 4,207 AP exams, and 87 percent of Rockwood students who took an AP exam earned a score of 3 or higher (out of 5).

Students work the equipment in an Engineering class

For the fourth straight year, all four Rockwood high schools earned the Distinguished School designation from Project Lead the Way (PLTW). They are among 262 schools from around the nation and 25 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.

More than 68 percent of the graduating class earned a B or better through coursework from the Advanced Placement or Advanced Credit Program.

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 St. Louis Community College. 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.

Character Matters

A Rockwood student smiles as he works at his computer

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, three Rockwood schools — Kehrs Mill Elementary, LaSalle Springs Middle and Wild Horse Elementary — were named 2023 National Schools of Character by Chesterfield Elementary, LaSalle Springs, Marquette High and Wild Horse were also named State Schools of Character.

(page updated Jan. 2024)