Rock Springs Elementary

Summary:

Rock Springs Elementary is a high-performing public elementary school in Denver, North Carolina, serving 647 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Lincoln County Schools district, which is ranked 68 out of 243 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating.

Rock Springs Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in North Carolina, with students outperforming state and district averages in proficiency rates for end-of-grade tests in Mathematics, Reading, and Science. For example, in 2022-2023, 78.3% of 3rd graders, 82.4% of 4th graders, and 80.8% of 5th graders at Rock Springs Elementary were proficient or better in Mathematics, compared to 61.1%, 55.3%, and 55.9% at the state level, respectively. The school also has a significantly higher percentage of white students (84.39%) compared to nearby schools and a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (21.79%) than the surrounding area.

While Rock Springs Elementary's academic excellence is impressive, the school's unique demographic profile and lower percentage of economically disadvantaged students raise questions about equity and access to high-quality education for all students in the region. Further investigation into the school's funding, staffing, and resource allocation could provide valuable insights into the factors contributing to its exceptional performance, as well as how to ensure that all students in the area have the opportunity to succeed.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 3633 Hwy 16 N
       Denver, NC  28037


(704) 483-2281

District: Lincoln County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
106th of 1,502 North Carolina Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,824 Help


Students who attend Rock Springs Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    North Lincoln Middle
High:    North Lincoln High

Student/teacher ratio:  16.6 Help
Number of students:  647

Racial breakdown:

White:
84.4%
Hispanic:
5.4%
Two or more races:
4.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  21.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Rock Springs Elementary ranks better than 92.9% of elementary schools in North Carolina. It also ranks first among 12 ranked elementary schools in the Lincoln County Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 90.01. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Rock Springs Elementary has the largest elementary school student body size in the Lincoln County Schools District. Racial makeup is: White (84.4%), Hispanic (5.4%), two or more races (4.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 21.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Lincoln County Schools District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Rock Springs Elementary is 16.6. 11 elementary schools in the Lincoln County Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Rock Springs Elementary is $7,824. 11 elementary schools in the Lincoln County Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Rock Springs Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Rock Springs Elementary 106th of 1502 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See Rock Springs Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Lincoln County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Lincoln County Schools 68th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Rock Springs Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Rock Springs Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 86.46 88th 1276 93.1%
2007 88.28 50th 1293 96.1%
2008 89.48 69th 1324 94.8%
2009 82.91 154th 1354 88.6%
2010 86.76 93rd 1363 93.2%
2011 84.31 135th 1381 90.2%
2012 88.93 51st 1388 96.3%
2013 93.37 66th 1403 95.3%
2014 91.50 85th 1390 93.9%
2015 84.23 167th 1440 88.4%
2016 91.33 73rd 1425 94.9%
2017 93.62 39th 1429 97.3%
2018 94.48 34th 1434 97.6%
2019 93.13 52nd 1473 96.5%
2021 95.57 44th 1489 97.0%
2022 93.45 71st 1514 95.3%
2023 90.01 106th 1502 92.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Rock Springs Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.58 91st 1332 93.2%
2019 83.29 116th 1361 91.5%
2022 84.84 90th 1366 93.4%
2023 83.01 120th 1437 91.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Rock Springs Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.12 48th 1405 96.6%
2019 93.29 32nd 1424 97.8%
2021 96.93 21st 1440 98.5%
2022 92.14 69th 1458 95.3%
2023 88.89 106th 1459 92.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Rock Springs Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 81.72 73rd 878 91.7%
2021 88.75 29th 646 95.5%
2022 97.21 5th 634 99.2%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Rock Springs Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 65.91 69th 612 88.7%
2021 72.51 80th 494 83.8%
2022 60.12 236th 500 52.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Rock Springs Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.66 23rd 1413 98.4%
2019 90.84 79th 1430 94.5%
2021 92.08 78th 1444 94.6%
2022 92.30 68th 1464 95.4%
2023 87.90 121st 1461 91.7%
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Rank History for White students at Rock Springs Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.07 89th 1178 92.4%
2019 84.65 118th 1183 90.0%
2021 87.85 92nd 1172 92.2%
2022 84.24 131st 1194 89.0%
2023 78.04 209th 1183 82.3%
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Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Rock Springs Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 534 39 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 574
1989 529 40 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 573
1990 447 35 5 0 0 n/a n/a 0 487
1991 455 29 6 0 0 n/a n/a 0 490
1992 447 37 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 488
1993 490 38 3 1 0 n/a n/a 0 532
1994 492 26 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 519
1995 536 41 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 581
1996 536 41 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 581
1997 530 43 5 5 1 n/a n/a 0 584
1998 582 34 4 7 2 n/a n/a 0 629
1999 602 32 1 8 2 n/a n/a 0 645
2000 481 23 0 3 4 n/a n/a 0 511
2001 483 28 0 4 6 n/a n/a 0 521
2002 466 35 2 4 5 n/a n/a 0 512
2003 466 35 2 4 5 n/a n/a 0 512
2004 469 20 2 5 5 n/a n/a 0 501
2005 498 19 4 6 2 n/a n/a 0 529
2006 489 24 5 11 3 n/a n/a 0 532
2007 527 12 5 20 3 n/a n/a 10 577
2008 544 11 6 27 5 n/a n/a 14 607
2009 564 34 6 32 3 n/a n/a 0 639
2010 581 32 9 29 3 n/a n/a 0 654
2011 605 12 4 31 1 0 10 0 663
2012 583 12 7 27 1 0 17 0 647
2013 582 16 6 29 0 0 13 0 646
2014 592 15 5 29 0 0 13 0 654
2015 632 19 6 39 0 1 15 0 712
2016 487 13 3 25 0 1 9 0 538
2017 490 11 2 22 0 1 12 0 538
2018 516 9 3 30 0 1 11 0 570
2019 530 9 3 28 0 1 16 0 587
2020 527 14 3 23 0 0 17 0 584
2021 496 10 3 23 1 1 20 0 554
2022 492 19 12 30 1 1 22 0 577
2023 546 23 10 35 1 1 31 0 647

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 Springs Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 574 30.0 19.1 11.1
1989 573 30.0 19.1 15
1990 487 30.0 16.2 30.2
1991 490 27.0 18.1 30
1992 488 27.0 18.0 8.6
1993 532 24.0 22.2 13.9
1994 519 28.0 18.5 17.3
1995 581 29.0 20.0 31
1996 581 29.0 20.0 31
1997 584 30.0 19.5 19
1998 629 34.0 18.5 18.3
1999 645 34.0 19.0 20.5
2000 511 25.0 20.4 25.2
2001 521 27.0 19.3 17.7
2002 512 25.0 20.5 0
2003 512 25.0 20.5 0
2004 501 29.0 17.3 19
2005 529 34.0 15.6 25.7
2006 532 32.0 16.6 23.1
2007 577 n/a n/a n/a
2008 607 33.1 18.3 22.3
2009 639 34.2 18.7 26.8
2010 654 35.6 18.3 26.6
2011 663 36.1 18.3 30.5
2012 647 39.3 16.4 32
2013 646 37.4 17.2 27.7
2014 654 39.3 16.6 25.8
2015 712 41.0 17.3 24.7
2016 538 34.0 15.8 19.7
2017 538 30.2 17.7 17.7
2018 570 31.3 18.1 18.9
2019 587 32.4 18.0 15.8
2020 584 32.9 17.7 14.6
2021 554 33.3 16.6 10.6
2022 577 35.5 16.2 7.3
2023 647 38.9 16.6 21.8

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 Springs Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 574 30.0 19.1 11.1
1989 573 30.0 19.1 15
1990 487 30.0 16.2 30.2
1991 490 27.0 18.1 30
1992 488 27.0 18.0 8.6
1993 532 24.0 22.2 13.9
1994 519 28.0 18.5 17.3
1995 581 29.0 20.0 31
1996 581 29.0 20.0 31
1997 584 30.0 19.5 19
1998 629 34.0 18.5 18.3
1999 645 34.0 19.0 20.5
2000 511 25.0 20.4 25.2
2001 521 27.0 19.3 17.7
2002 512 25.0 20.5 0
2003 512 25.0 20.5 0
2004 501 29.0 17.3 19
2005 529 34.0 15.6 25.7
2006 532 32.0 16.6 23.1
2007 577 n/a n/a n/a
2008 607 33.1 18.3 22.3
2009 639 34.2 18.7 26.8
2010 654 35.6 18.3 26.6
2011 663 36.1 18.3 30.5
2012 647 39.3 16.4 32
2013 646 37.4 17.2 27.7
2014 654 39.3 16.6 25.8
2015 712 41.0 17.3 24.7
2016 538 34.0 15.8 19.7
2017 538 30.2 17.7 17.7
2018 570 31.3 18.1 18.9
2019 587 32.4 18.0 15.8
2020 584 32.9 17.7 14.6
2021 554 33.3 16.6 10.6
2022 577 35.5 16.2 7.3
2023 647 38.9 16.6 21.8

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Rock Springs Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $403 (5.2%) $7,420 (94.8%) $7,824

Data source: North Carolina Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Rock Springs Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 52nd of 1473 Elementary schoolsRanks 106th of 1502 Elementary schools
 3.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Rock Springs Elementary)89.978.3
 11.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Lincoln County Schools)7266.2
 5.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)64.361.1
 3.2%
3rd Grade Reading (Rock Springs Elementary)76.867
 9.8%
   3rd Grade Reading (Lincoln County Schools)62.852.3
 10.5%
   3rd Grade Reading (North Carolina)56.848
 8.8%
4th Grade Mathematics (Rock Springs Elementary)84.782.4
 2.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Lincoln County Schools)66.462.7
 3.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
4th Grade Reading (Rock Springs Elementary)83.876.5
 7.3%
   4th Grade Reading (Lincoln County Schools)6563.7
 1.3%
   4th Grade Reading (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Rock Springs Elementary)8380.8
 2.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Lincoln County Schools)69.966.2
 3.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)60.255.9
 4.3%
5th Grade Reading (Rock Springs Elementary)8268.3
 13.7%
   5th Grade Reading (Lincoln County Schools)66.655.1
 11.5%
   5th Grade Reading (North Carolina)54.648
 6.6%
5th Grade Science (Rock Springs Elementary)93.989.4
 4.5%
   5th Grade Science (Lincoln County Schools)8173.9
 7.1%
   5th Grade Science (North Carolina)72.665.3
 7.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students587647
 10.2%
African American923
 155.6%
American Indian01
Asian310
 233.3%
Hispanic2835
 25%
Pacific Islander11
White530546
 3%
Two or More Races1631
 93.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients15.8%21.8%
 5.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Rock Springs Elementary

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

Middle : North Lincoln Middle
High : North Lincoln High

Students at Rock Springs Elementary are 84% White, 5% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 4% African American, 2% Asian.

Yes. Rock Springs Elementary ranks in the top 7.1% of North Carolina elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 647 students attended Rock Springs Elementary.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction.

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