Rock Canyon High School

5810 Mac Arthur Ranch Rd, Littleton, CO 80124
(303) 387-3000
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1700 students 18 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2013-2014 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.
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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The CSAP is no longer used by Colorado, instead they use the TCAP.
  • This school in 2011
  • Douglas County School District No. Re 1 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The CSAP is no longer used by Colorado, instead they use the TCAP.
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Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2013-2014 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • This school in 2011
  • Douglas County School District No. Re 1 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Rock Canyon High School is a public high school in Lone Tree. 1,700 students attend Rock Canyon High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 2% of the 1,700 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Rock Canyon High School is 18:1. Highlands Ranch High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% 77%
Hispanic 7% 13%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Asian 5% %
Multiracial 3% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    This is our first year at RCHS. My daughter is in 10th grade and she LOVES this school. She plugged right into the theater/choir departments and was welcomed by both students and teachers. She fines her classes challenging and the teachers and staff approachable. The counseling department has been a life saver not only for her but for me as well. We came from a very small school and I was worried how she would do at RCHS. From the first day we stopped by we have felt at home and supported.

  • (6 months ago)

    Generally good teachers those that aren't are weeded out relatively quickly. For my two kids that went/go here 50% teachers excellent 25% okay 25% just reading from the slides. Kids are generally well prepared when they graduate. Sports programs are generally very good although like anywhere else a case of nickel and diming as taxpayers are too cheap to pony up for fully paid education. Principal is excellent cares about kids and relates to parents. Would have given 5 stars but the guidance counseling system is seriously broken! Counselors must be overworked as it is almost impossible for my daughter to get time to discuss her college ambitions classes etc. It seems they only have time for problem kids. Also the assistants that "guard" the counselors' time should be put through a serious training program or replaced. They are rude to the kids that are earnestly just trying to get help. My daughter spends an inordinate amount of time just trying to make an appointment never mind actually getting to see a counselor.

  • (1 year ago)

    I attended this school there appears to be a lot of good school spirit when it's time to show it but many of the students who show all that spirit complain about the school all the time. The administration and much if the staff are only interested in helping the kids who are really thriving and excluding those who are struggling. Many of the students are judge mental and rude and overall it's not an environment I would ever want to be in again nor would I allow my children to be in due to the high amount of bullying from both peers and teachers. The only reason I give this school any stars is because they have phenomanal sports programs and a lot of after school club activity options.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school provides challenge and support for students to excel. there are several clubs and activities to keep them engaged. This is a happy and engaging environment for kids to learn in. A great variety of classes for the students to pursue their interests and prepare for college!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Very pleased with overall student outcome at graduation. Teachers are valuable commodity for students. Love the administartion.

  • (2 years ago)

    My school is awesome! We really have fun while we learn. Teachers are great I've never had a teacher I disliked. The other students here are great and it's a very welcoming community. )

  • (2 years ago)

    We had 2 kids go through RCHS. One went to private school afterward (Carnegie Mellon) and one went to CU. Both were very well-prepared to compete in every academic and extracurricular area they participated in with the ability to get in to the 10% academically wherever they ended up. RCHS is a great school that balances the social aspects with high level academics.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teacher to student ratio is not accurate. When there are 35 -40 students in many core subject classrooms and only one teacher. It is more like 1 teacher to 35 students in a classroom.

  • (4 years ago)

    Good school overall. I have a Sophomore and a Senior attending the school and have had alot of problems with the Math teachers. They have a new principal and athletic director so we are waiting to see what impact the new administrative leadership will have on the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Rock Canyon was an amazing school. I was well-prepared for college. For the most part the teachers were exceptional providing constant encouragement support and superior education. You can't get a better public school education anywhere! One of the best things about RC is the emphasis on education. Sure we have great sports teams but academics are always #1 even to coaches and athletes. I'm so lucky I went to Rock Canyon. The opportunities there are endless!

  • (4 years ago)

    RCHS is a top-quality school. Excellent administration staff and students. I currently have a freshman and a senior there and have only had one complaint over the years -- one bad teacher. Even the principal stood by me when I refused to allow my freshman to have this teacher going against school policy. Academics are the top priority athletics and activities are abundant and students perform community service as a grad requirement. RCHS students are excellent representatives of this community and we're proud to send them so well-prepared into the world.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school!!! This school is awesome and it is the top high school in the douglas county schools district. The teachers ROCK and our school has like sooo much school spirit here. I love all the events and clubs and activities at our school. With so much fun it's hard to believe that our school's academics are the top in this whole state!!! I love being a Jaguar!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    After coming from a nearby Douglas County High School and transferring into Rock Canyon I can definitely tell how exceptional this school is. It seems like everyone from the teachers to the students really care about education. Theres great school spirit and overall its just a great school and in my opinion better than the other schools in Douglas County.

  • (7 years ago)

    Rock Canyon is a great school that truly strives to give the students a positive high school experience and prepare them for college. My only criticism is that I don't think they do enough for students that struggle but are not identified as special needs. They do however provide a terrific environment for motivated students.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great people great faculty great overall happieness and spirit. I wish I still lived in state and had the opportunity to be a part of such a great school.

  • (7 years ago)

    The atmosphere is great. The people are fun and the teachers know their stuff. It shows! Being a Jaguar is something to be proud of!

  • (8 years ago)

    Everything at Rock Canyon is mediocre but the student newspaper The Rock which won 1st place Best of Show. Susie Typher the Executive Editor is beautiful smart and is brilliant with her diction!

  • (8 years ago)

    Rock Canyon is an safe school where students feel they can reach their potential. We are very satisfied with the academic rigor and activities.

  • (9 years ago)

    Administration at this school is lacking to say the least. The teachers are above average but student morale and academic progress is low due to poor administration. For a middle to high sububan school this school suprisingly does not test well. Parent involvement is normal clubs and sports are abundent.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is a terrific and safe learning evironment that strives to achieve excellence in achedemics and offers a wide variety of core and elective courses with top of the line teachers. They also have awide variety of extracurricular activities including sports and clubs. Parents are also are welcomed to many events and are well informed as to what is going on with their child's education. I am very pleased with everything this school has to offer!

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