• Welcome From Principal Finney

    Dr. Jaren FinneyPrincipal Jaren Finney
    Dear Rockdale Staff, Families and Partners:

    I continue to be honored and excited to be a member of the Rockdale Academy Family. As your incoming principal, I look forward each day to strengthening the relationships that I have begun building with all of our wonderful students, family, talented staff and partners. I am a proud CPS alumni who is a lifelong learner and brings a strong commitment to students, families and our stakeholders. I am married, have two children and one grandchild. I have been serving children, families and communities for over 22 years and strive to create a positive learning community.

    As it has been in previous years, we will continue our commitment to helping all children develop their intellectual capacity, academic skills, and social competence so that they will be prepared to effectively negotiate the demands associated with living in an ever-changing 21st century. Beyond the rigors of their academic program, it is our aim to instill within each student the essential principles of pride, respect, and responsibility so that they will become productive and contributing members of our increasingly global society. I feel extremely blessed to be working with such an exceptional group of students, families, staff members, and the engaging community.

    Rockdale is immersed in building a foundation for all students to become active learners through the Vision 2020: Global Conservation. High expectations, which have been established by our qualified and dedicated staff, will be maintained while also providing a safe and nurturing student-centered community that fosters respect for individual differences. At Rockdale, we will strive to make the learning process a positive and rewarding experience while maintaining a desire to develop a generation of inquisitive young people who will become lifelong students in their various pursuits of excellence. 

    I look forward to our partnership in education and am very excited about serving our students, families and communities!

    With Rockdale Pride,
    Dr. Jaren N. Finney