Rockwood School District

Annual Report to the Community


Welcome to Rockwood!

The 2021-2022 school year has reinforced the bedrock principles that make the Rockwood School District a special place to learn and grow. With the continued challenges of a global pandemic, the school district welcomed the majority of our students back for in-person learning and has worked to safely keep students and staff healthy and in school.

Our more than 3,500 teachers and staff members go above and beyond to ensure a quality learning experience each day for over 20,000 learners. This includes looking after their instruction as well as transporting them safely to and from school, providing nutritious meals, caring for their health and providing social-emotional support during turbulent times. Our students, families and community members, in turn, have shown tremendous grace and flexibility, along with an overwhelming willingness to practice mitigation efforts that help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.

These collective efforts uphold a reputation founded on high student achievement, outstanding teachers and staff and great community support.

"We should all be very proud of the outstanding work that continues in our classrooms despite the ongoing pandemic," Rockwood Interim Superintendent Dr. Tim Ricker said. "Our students are the reason we forge ahead with determination, flexibility, understanding and excellence. Kudos to everyone who has gone the extra mile to ensure our students are well and have the opportunity to realize their potential."

Mission, Vision, and Core Values

What is The Way Forward?

Meet the Interim Superintendent

Get to know Dr. Tim Ricker

Meet the Board of Education

Your educational advocates

Student Achievement

The Rockwood School District continues to be a state and national leader in education. Rockwood students routinely perform at high levels in the content areas of Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies on state assessment tests.


  • National District of Character
  •'s Best Schools of 2021
  • US News and World Report Best High Schools Silver Award

Graduation Rate

The Rockwood graduation rate continues to be significantly above the state average. We want all students to graduate and be prepared for college, career and citizenship.

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Group Graduation Rate
Rockwood 95.3%
Missouri 89.2%


More than 97 percent of 2021 Rockwood graduates participated in at least one administration of the ACT.

Group Composite Average College Readiness Benchmarks
Rockwood 23.2 40%
Missouri 20.6 24%
United States of America 20.3 n/a

More about the ACT in Rockwood


The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) offers statewide grade-level assessments for students in the academic areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Figures below reflect percentages of students who scored "Proficient" or "Advanced."

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Group Language Arts Math Science Social Studies
Rockwood 63.7% 51.6% 56.7% 66.3%
Missouri 45.2% 35.4% 37.1% 41.9%

More about MAP Testing in Rockwood

MAP testing resumed in 2021-2022 after being canceled the previous year. Due to the unusual testing conditions during the 2021-2022 school year, 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.

Highly Qualified Staff

  • Lafayette High Principal Dr. Karen Calcaterra was named the 2021 High School Principal of the Year by the St. Louis Association of Secondary School Principals (SASSP).
  • Three Rockwood educators received a 2021 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, and Rockwood Teacher of the Year Lauren Schoellhorn was one of seven finalists for Missouri Teacher of the Year.
  • Fourteen Rockwood nurses have received National Board Certification.
  • Rockwood provides ongoing professional development for all employees. We have a comprehensive program for the development of teachers and staff at all levels.

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National Board Certified Teachers

Safe and Caring Schools

A District of Character

The health and safety of our students, staff members and our entire community will always be a top priority in Rockwood. To help ensure the safety and security of our school communities, we recognize the importance of continually collaborating with emergency management officials to ensure best practices are implemented for school safety; reviewing and evaluating the district's comprehensive safety plan; and providing professional learning on safety for staff at all levels.

Rockwood also believes strongly in the importance of character education, and our district and schools are dedicated to character development relating to academic achievement, student behavior and school climate.


National Schools of Character


Missouri Schools of Character

We care about our students. We recognize that relationships matter. Our core values drive our work as we connect with students so they can learn, grow and reach their highest potential. Rockwood Student Services provides social-emotional support for all students.

Visit Rockwood Student Services to learn what we do for students

School Report Cards

With almost 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 student achievement, enrollment and staffing.

Select a school below to view their report card.

Visit our Annual Report online at to browse each school's report card.

Responsible Finance

Awarded Highest Rating (AAA) by Standard and Poor's Rating Services

Awarded the Meritorious Budget Award by the Missouri Association of School Business Officials

For the 12th straight year, Rockwood School District has earned a top ranking as a AAA-rated district from Standard & Poor's. The AAA rating reflects organizations with exemplary financial strength and discipline in meeting all obligations.

According to Standard & Poor's, a AAA-rated organization has an extremely strong capacity to meet its financial commitments. A AAA credit rating is the highest one issued by Standard & Poor's, and Rockwood is one of only four districts in the state to earn such a high bond rating. Rockwood has also earned the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation by the Association of School Business Officials International for 22 consecutive years.

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Operating Budget

Revenue and Expenditures

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Source Amount
Local Property Taxes 68%
State Foundation Formula 15%
Other Local, State and Federal 6%
State Sales Taxes 8%
Desegregation Aid 3%


Expenditure Amount
Instruction 72%
Facilities and Maintenance 12%
School Support 7%
Central Admin 5%
Transportation 4%

Exceptional Community

Rockwood Community Partners in Prevention

Rockwood Community Partners in Prevention (formerly the Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition) provides leadership, education and resources to prevent and address substance use among our youth.

Community Partners in Prevention is composed of volunteers from all sectors of the Rockwood community who come together to serve the group's mission.

Rockwood Community Partners in Prevention

Partners in Education

A good education requires a partner. In Rockwood, we have PIE (Partners in Education).

PIE facilitators collaborate with volunteers willing to share their expertise or special talents with our students. This community cooperation enhances curriculum and affords our students a real-world view of what their future might look like.

Partners In Education

Parkway-Rockwood Community Education

Parkway-Rockwood Community Education offers a broad range of programs and services for youth and adults in several areas, including aquatics, adult education and literacy, enrichment, outdoor education, school-age care, sports and visual and performing arts.

The collaboration provides high-quality programming and services to enhance quality of life for residents.

Parkway-Rockwood Community Education

Rockwood Early Childhood Education

The Rockwood Early Childhood Education program has a longstanding reputation for excellence in educating children from birth to kindergarten with resources such as Parents As Teachers, screenings, preschool, diagnostics and special education.

All teachers are certified by the state in Early Childhood Education and/or Early Childhood Special Education. The preschool program features a curriculum aligned with Rockwood's high standards.

Rockwood Early Childhood Education

Rockwood Gives Back

Rockwood Gives Back is a group of volunteers who support Rockwood students and families in need. Rockwood Gives Back cultivates a spirit of generosity and donations, connects families with services to strengthen our school district and develops a districtwide culture of support for our children.

Rockwood Gives Back works closely with district and school staff members to nurture a close, caring school community.

Rockwood Gives Back

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