Rock Quarry Elementary School-Beyond the Numbers
Rock Quarry Elementary School provides instruction to 550 students in grades pre-K through five. A large percentage of these children represent families with different home languages. We have 43 staff members with 80% holding advanced degrees and 100% are fully certified in their area of teaching. RQES is a member of Powerful Conversations Network (PCN) provided through the Alabama Best Practice Center. We have a tremendous amount of parent participation at our school as demonstrated through an active PTA. We also have engaged school adopters and other various stakeholders.
Focus on Students
The Culture and Climate at RQES reflect an environment that is focused on students needs, both academic and social. We have a student ambassador program. Project Lead the Way, AMSTI, International Day, ROCKFEST, Junior Achievement and Second Step Guidance Programs. In addition, there are extracurricular activities after school: PARA, art, chess, karate, music and Children’s Theater.
Focus on Reading
In coordination with TCS to focus on building readers by third grade, we place a strong emphasis on reading instruction. Our efforts are supported by teachers with strong success in teaching reading skills. We offer a variety of educational programs and teaching supports to provide excellent reading instruction for all students. We use student data to support our efforts and strengthen the reading skills of our students.
Focus on Learning
We are ongoing learners at RQES. Our faculty and staff engage in regular professional development to strengthen their craft by learning from colleagues. We participate in PCN (Powerful Conversations Network) professional development through the Alabama Best Practice Center. We have served as a model for site visits and participate in schoolwide “RQE Learns” professional development, Learning Walks and classroom visits.
Focus on Partners
We enjoy a partnership that includes two Adopt-a-School agencies. Parent volunteers and a strong PTA support our school and our students. Our PTA provides recognition of our teachers and students on a regular basis. In addition, parents volunteer in the office, library, classrooms and with the Parent-Teacher Leadership Academy through The University of Alabama.
Rock Quarry Elementary School
2000 Rock Quarry Drive
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35406
Ranked top 10 among Elementary Schools in Alabama.
Member of PCN-Best Practice Center
Established and Highly Qualified Faculty
Diverse Population speaking more than 20 Languages.