John Dewey believed “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” It’s a conviction that Darol Rodrock has long held – first as a teacher, a coach, and then as a family man and residential real-estate developer. It’s for this reason that every one of Darol’s 80-plus communities is situated in only the finest of school districts, including Spring Hill, Blue Valley, Olathe, and De Soto.
Take for instance Stonebridge, where neighborhood trails lead students to the award-winning Prairie Creek Elementary School. Darol’s strong partnership with the school district helped ensure a new middle school will be built in the future adjacent to the elementary school.
Matt and Betsy Bunker have had three children attend Prairie Creek Elementary. “After considering many areas of Johnson County, we specifically chose to move within the Spring Hill School District because of the commitment to excellent education,” Betsy says. “We did our research regarding test scores and class sizes, and the Spring Hill schools were definitely the best choice for our family.
“We also wanted our children to grow up attending a true neighborhood school, where families know each other and are involved in school activities,” Betsy continues. “We’re very happy with Prairie Creek Elementary, and we’re thrilled that our school has received the Governor’s Achievement Award.”
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“Currently, we are the fastest growing school district in Kansas,” adds Wayne Burke, Spring Hill School District superintendent. “We have a 4A high school, one middle school, and three elementary schools serving the needs of more than 3,000 students.”
With the expected growth of 1,500 students over the next five years, the school district is preparing for a bond issue in September, including a new elementary school, a new middle school, an addition to the high school, and more.
“We believe in partnerships with our families and encourage you to visit our schools and become acquainted with our principals, our teachers, and our support staff,” says Burke. “Our outstanding, award-winning staff members are dedicated to meeting the needs of our children. It’s my belief that our vision statement, ‘Maintaining small town values, achieving world-class results’ is at the root of who we are and where we want to go.”
But Spring Hill is only the beginning: the Greens of Chapel Creek is in the De Soto School District, which welcomes 7,000 students through the doors of its 12 campuses, with seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools.
The district states it “has built a record of achievement in instructional program quality, policy development, efficiency of operation and student co-curricular activities…This dedicated service, combined with the support of civic leaders and the cooperation of other community organizations and institutions, has resulted in the outstanding success USD 232 is now experiencing.”
And that success includes the superior ranking of De Soto High School as No. 4 among the top-rated high schools in Kansas by U.S. News and World Reports.
Meanwhile, some four communities – including Riverstone, Southwick on the Lake, Cottages at Woodridge, and Sundance Ridge – are in the highly coveted Blue Valley School District. Established in 1965, Blue Valley is one of the largest school districts in the Kansas City area. This award-winning district has more than 22,000 students, spread across 34 campuses. With a mission of “unprecedented academic success and unparalleled personal growth for every student,” Blue Valley’s strong schools are a draw for families all over the area.
In fact, all five Blue Valley high schools were named to the Washington Post’s 2015 most challenging high schools list, Newsweek’s 2014 top public high schools list and The Daily Beast’s 2014 list of America’s top high schools.
Rounding out these impressive educational offerings is the Olathe School District, which is the second-largest district in Kansas, with more than 29,500 students in some 48 schools. With a vision that states, “Students prepared for THEIR future,” Olathe has some 17 Blue Ribbon School Awards, more than any other district in the state.
Each Rodrock Development is uniquely designed to help families succeed, thanks to countless amenities, numerous family-friendly events, and the finest schools in the state. Each school truly helps breathe life into these communities – and our future.
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