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How Words Work: Word Study across the Grades: Rocky Mount Elementary School

Rocky Mount, VA

Instructional coach Teresa Sanders and colleagues describe how the adoption of a rigorous, intensive Word Study program to teach decoding and understanding words has propelled student achievement to high levels.

An integral part of the core English Language Arts curriculum from Kindergarten through fifth grade, Word Study practices at Rocky Mount are now spreading throughout the district.

Download Rocky Mount’s 2011 National Blue Ribbon School application.


Read transcript of “How Words Work: Word Study across the Grades”

Contact Information

Current Principal: Mr. Jerome Johnson
Rocky Mount Elementary School
555 School Board Road
Rocky Mount, VA 24151-6614
Telephone: (980) 343-5435
Web site/URL:


Student Demographics


Number of Students pre-K – 5 387
Students eligible for subsidized meals 70%
Limited English proficient students 6%
Students receiving special education services 22%
Student mobility rate 7%
Hispanic/Latino students 5%
White students 66%
African American students 13%
Asian students 4%
Students of two or more races 10%
Average daily student attendance 96%