Rocky Branch Elementary School

5250 Hog Mountain Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677
(706) 769-3235

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 599 students 15 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

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Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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About this school

Rocky Branch Elementary School is a public elementary school in Statham. The principal of Rocky Branch Elementary School is Evelyn Wages, who can be contacted at 599 children attend Rocky Branch Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 3% of the Rocky Branch Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 19% of the 599 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 19% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Rocky Branch Elementary School is 15:1. Malcom Bridge Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 82%
Hispanic 7% 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Asian 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 5%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 23%
Limited English proficiency 3% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 19% 25%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    As a parent of 3 I can tell you first hand this is by far the best Elementary School any of my children have attended. This includes Jefferson City Elementary in Jefferson Timothy Elementary in Athens and Oglethorpe Elementary in Athens. We have been very involved and the children not only are pushed to excel but they are free from bullying which was not taken seriously in the Athens schools. My children also have additional learning needs which have been handled very well as they also were in the Jefferson City School. We moved to Oconee from Clarke County for the schools and because our issues (bullying of our children) were not promptly dealt with by Clarke County Administrators. We have never been happier and prefer the strong Science and Math offered by the Public Schools vs. the local Private Schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    My husband and I visited RBES to eat lunch with our granddaughters for Grandparents Week. We were very impressed with all aspects of your school the security measures (while at the same time receiving a friendly welcome) the structure discipline and behavior of the students the attentiveness of teachers and support staff to the students and to us and the cleanliness and overall culture of the building. I am proud that my grandchildren are able to attend school in such a loving caring atmosphere and the academics speak for themselves! I know this was not just for Grandparents Week because anytime I ask the girls "How was school today?" "It was awesome." Is their reply! From a very thankful Gigi and Papa G

  • (3 years ago)

    I moved to Oconee County over six years ago. Several of my family members live here. One of the main reasons we chose Oconee County was because of the schools. Excellent teachers. We have loved all the teachers we have gotten to know. I am a parent and foster parent. Several of my foster children came to my home and needed to be enrolled in school here as soon as we could. i called the schools and they worked with me to complete the paperwork to get them in a class right away. One of my children and several of my relatives children were and are enrolled in the Oconee County Public School System. Nothing but positive things to say. Very friendly helpful staff. Always there for the students and parents. Love everything about Oconee County Public Schools. My son is special needs and the schools are very helpful and supportive of that. Always willing to do what is needed and proactive. I feel as though it's a team effort. My son is in first grade. I pray he will stay in Oconee County Public Schools for the next 11 plus years. I have a two year old foster daughter that I am in the process of adopting so we will be staying in Oconee County for years to come.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have a 5 year old at RBES and I can tell you first hand what a horrible experience we have had so far. My son's Kindergarten teacher should not be allowed to teach children. We complained to the principal and she was less than helpful. Out of all of the schools I have had children in within Oconee County this is the worst and only bad one we have found. Oconee Primary and Malcom Bridge are much better schools with great teachers and administration. RBES does not care about your child they only are concerned with what is best for the teacher and their test scores.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school provides a very personalized education and caring hands on administration.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff is tops! We love all the teachers and para pros!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two children attending RBES. We are in our second year here. We were at another elementary in Oconee but were rezoned to the RBES district. From day 1 I was impressed with how friendly the staff were you actually feel welcome as soon as you enter through the doors. My kids adjusted well to the move made friends easily but had a harder time adjusting (at first) to the higher level of education taught here. I'm very impressed with all of the teachers & the curriculum taught. Communication is by far the absolute best I've ever experienced. There is not a problem with giving medications if you fill out the form allowing them to give meds to your child. I would highly recommend anyone come take a tour of RBES.

  • (5 years ago)

    Safety is a problem at this school. Administration of medication is sometimes forgotten. There is low income apartments that are located within a mile of the school and makes riding the bus a danger to children. The school system has no control over safety of the bus stop. The school does not recognize chronic asthma as a serious medical condition and will not aid parents with a child with this condition with any special edcation services to help with excessive abscences due to this chronic condition.

  • (5 years ago)

    Rocky Branch is a FABULOUS school! The teachers are very dedicated and always go above and beyond to suit the needs for students. If teaching 'their way' is not being afraid to step outside of the box to teach students of the 21st century instead of the old-fashioned do-it-because-it's-always-been-done-this-way style that WE were taught...give me 'their way'!!! Excellent fine arts program as well.

  • (6 years ago)

    People wonder why we in Oconee County GA are willing to pay so much for our homes and taxes...visit this school and those questions are answered! Moving my children from RBES is not an option. This is an incredible educational experience in all areas. Top notch in every way!

  • (6 years ago)

    I can not say enough about RBES. It has been a great experience for our family. It all starts with a great principal and filters down to the teachers. It is a school of excellence that wins all sorts of awards. As a matter of fact they were chosen as one of the top thirteen schools in the state of Georgia as a school of excellence. They also have some of the highest test scores in the state as well. I highly recommend RBES.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school!!! They have the best teachers. They challenge the students and receive great results. It is a small school which makes it feel like a family.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have waited 7 years to get in this school system...and I have yet to be disappointed! I love it! The teacher's are excellent they 'break the mold' of boring just-here-for-the-benefits teachers. They are here because they love our children and the kids know it!

  • (7 years ago)

    Nice facilities and some great teachers. However there are some poor teachers who insist on teaching your kids 'their way.'

  • (10 years ago)

    RBES is a great school! My children look forward to school every day. I give the school a 5-star rating as far as overall quality principal leadership teacher quality parent involvement PTO and safety. I feel like my children are truly getting the best education they can get.

  • (10 years ago)

    My son is currently in kindergarten at Rocky Branch. I have been very pleased with the PTO his teacher the principal and every other aspect of the school. He is being taught at his level of understanding and he very much enjoys going to school there.

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