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Principal's Message


Tom RyanWelcome to the Rock Island Academy. My Name is Mr. Tom Ryan and I am excited and honored to be part of the Rock Island Academy team. I am deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. It is our goal at the Rock Island Academy that all students are prepared academically, socially and emotionally to assure they transition to the next level in their educational journey and to college, careers, and life readiness prepared and inspired to contribute to the world.


The Rock Island Academy is a K-6 elementary school that educates over 400 students to include our exceptional learners.  Twenty-five percent of our population is comprised of English Learner students that speak up to thirteen different languages, with Kirundi, Karen, and Spanish being the most frequently spoken by our newcomers.  We have over 45 staff members that serve your students.


Our mission at the Academy is to empower diverse learners in a safe and respectful environment.  Our students and staff embrace this mission daily by living out our Academy Expectations, which are; 1) I can be safe.  2) I can be respectful, and 3) I can be here and ready.


Our philosophy is that all students belong to all adults, and all adults belong to all students.  We are a family that recognizes that we are all accountable for the teaching and learning that takes place.  We believe that mutual respect is at the heart of building these strong and powerful relationships.


We welcome you to the Academy, and we welcome your involvement.  Our doors are always open.  Thank you for taking the time out to learn more about the Rock Island Academy.


Thank You,


Thomas S. Ryan, Principal

Rock Island Academy