Rock Creek Elementary

Summary:

Rock Creek Elementary is a public elementary school in Ankeny, Iowa, serving 732 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. It is part of the Ankeny Community School District, which is ranked 33 out of 311 school districts in the state.

Rock Creek Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Iowa, with a statewide ranking of 87 out of 565 schools. The school's students outperform state and district averages in ISASP test scores across all grade levels and subject areas, including English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, Rock Creek's 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students achieved proficiency rates of 73.2%, 88%, and 83.8% respectively in English Language Arts, compared to the state averages of 66.3%, 73.1%, and 68.3%. In Mathematics, the school's students also scored significantly higher than the state averages.

While Rock Creek Elementary has a relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (17.62%), some nearby schools, such as East Elementary (36.56%) and Heritage Elementary (30.33%), have higher percentages of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This suggests that Rock Creek Elementary may serve a more affluent community compared to some of the surrounding schools. Additionally, the school's racial makeup is predominantly White, while nearby schools like Southeast Elementary have a more diverse student population.


Detail:

Public K-5

 3800 NW Abilene Rd
       Ankeny, IA  50023


(515) 965-9629

District: Ankeny Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
87th of 565 Iowa Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,986 Help


Students who attend Rock Creek Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Prairie Ridge Middle School
High:    Ankeny Centennial High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.6 Help
Number of students:  732

Racial breakdown:

White:
80.1%
African American:
7.0%
Hispanic:
6.3%
more

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  17.6% Help


 See top rated Iowa elementary schools

 Compare Rock Creek Elementary to nearby elementary schools!

Performance Trends
Help
Compare Details Rock Creek Elementary ranks better than 84.6% of elementary schools in Iowa. It also ranks 5th among 9 ranked elementary schools in the Ankeny Community School District. (See more...)
Help
Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 79.06. (See more...)
Student Body
Help
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (80.1%), African American (7%), Hispanic (6.3%). (See more...)
Help
Compare Details 17.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Help
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Rock Creek Elementary is 16.6. 5 elementary schools in the Ankeny Community School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Help
Compare Rock Creek Elementary employs 43.8 full-time teachers.
Finance
Help
Compare Details The average total spent per student at Rock Creek Elementary is $11,986, which is the 3rd highest among 9 elementary schools in the Ankeny Community School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Rock Creek Elementary was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Ankeny Community School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Ankeny Community School District 33rd of 311 Iowa school districts. (See district ranking list.)

Average Parent Rating:

Read all reviews and ratings detail for Rock Creek Elementary.

What do you think?

Your rating for Rock Creek Elementary?

Rank History for Rock Creek Elementary

Help
Compare
Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2016 84.43 38th 599 93.7%
2017 91.60 3rd 574 99.5%
2018 89.24 13th 567 97.7%
2019 82.56 74th 603 87.7%
2021 85.20 45th 567 92.1%
2022 80.81 75th 574 86.9%
2023 79.06 87th 565 84.6%
See the entire list of Iowa Elementary School Rankings!

Data source: test scores: Iowa Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rock Creek Elementary Test Scores
Tests: 
  
Grades: 
  
Years: 
  
Group by: 
District Scores:
State Scores:    





Data source: Iowa Department of Education

Review counts

All ratings (Avg rating: 3)
50%

0%

0%

0%

50%

  

by a parent
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Open Quote Great school, great teachers. My kids love going to Rock Creek. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, April 10, 2017

Open Quote Awful! So many problems with this school. Pick another in Ankeny. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Rock Creek Elementary

Help
Compare
Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2015 509 13 7 20 0 0 25 0 574
2016 611 10 13 26 0 1 35 0 696
2017 643 7 5 20 0 0 37 0 712
2018 592 10 15 34 0 0 30 0 681
2019 599 14 30 48 0 0 24 0 715
2020 602 16 30 51 0 0 25 0 724
2021 580 16 30 55 0 1 26 0 708
2022 584 39 36 53 0 0 29 0 741
2023 586 51 19 46 1 0 29 0 732

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Rock Creek Elementary

Help
Compare
Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2015 574 30.0 19.1 8.2
2016 696 32.0 21.7 5.2
2017 712 37.1 19.1 7.2
2018 681 39.1 17.4 13.2
2019 715 38.8 18.4 14.7
2020 724 41.8 17.3 14.1
2021 708 42.7 16.5 10.6
2022 741 41.8 17.7 14.6
2023 732 43.8 16.6 17.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Rock Creek Elementary

Help
Compare
Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2015 574 30.0 19.1 8.2
2016 696 32.0 21.7 5.2
2017 712 37.1 19.1 7.2
2018 681 39.1 17.4 13.2
2019 715 38.8 18.4 14.7
2020 724 41.8 17.3 14.1
2021 708 42.7 16.5 10.6
2022 741 41.8 17.7 14.6
2023 732 43.8 16.6 17.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Rock Creek Elementary

Help

YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $349 (2.9%) $11,637 (97.1%) $11,986

Data source: Iowa Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Rock Creek Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 74th of 603 Elementary schoolsRanks 87th of 565 Elementary schools
 3.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Rock Creek Elementary)77.473.2
 4.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ankeny Community School District)77.378
 0.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)65.366.3
 1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Rock Creek Elementary)89.781.9
 7.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Ankeny Community School District)86.383.8
 2.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Iowa)71.775.3
 3.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Rock Creek Elementary)79.588
 8.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Ankeny Community School District)8586.2
 1.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)70.573.1
 2.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Rock Creek Elementary)85.884
 1.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Ankeny Community School District)88.884
 4.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)72.572.9
 0.4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Rock Creek Elementary)84.483.8
 0.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Ankeny Community School District)84.980.7
 4.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)67.368.3
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Rock Creek Elementary)85.285.6
 0.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Ankeny Community School District)87.782.8
 4.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)69.471.3
 1.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students715732
 2.4%
African American1451
 264.3%
American Indian01
Asian3019
 36.7%
Hispanic4846
 4.2%
Pacific Islander00
White599586
 2.2%
Two or More Races2429
 20.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients14.7%17.6%
 2.9%


Schools Near Rock Creek Elementary









Frequently Asked Questions about Rock Creek Elementary

Students at Rock Creek Elementary are 80% White, 7% African American, 6% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 3% Asian.

Students who attend Rock Creek Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Prairie Ridge Middle School
High : Ankeny Centennial High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 732 students attended Rock Creek Elementary.

Rock Creek Elementary ranks 87th of 565 Iowa elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


Rate Rock Creek Elementary!



Sign up for updates!

Be the first to know when there is an update for Rock Creek Elementary!




SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Iowa Department of Education.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.





Diagnostics

None retrieved from Database in 27 milliseconds.