The PTA of Rock Creek Forest Elementary School thinks it is unfortunate that Robert and Valerie Slater focus on the color of the children rather than the content of the educational program {" 'Equal' Education, Separate Experiences," Close to Home, Sept. 23}.

The authors assert that Rock Creek Forest is a failure because the magnet program has not fully integrated the school at the classroom level. Let's keep in mind that the ultimate purpose of integrating schools is to ensure that all children receive a quality education. Our goal as a society should be to prepare students, both academically and socially, to be responsible citizens in what is becoming a more culturally diverse community.

Rock Creek Forest provides its students with a first-rate education. During the past several years students have consistently scored in the 80th and 90th percentiles on the California Achievement Tests. In fact, our minority students fare better than at many other schools in Montgomery County. In 1989, black third-graders scored in the 84th percentile -- the second highest score for that group in the county. Everyone concerned with quality education should applaud our school for its exemplary performance in meeting the educational needs of all its children.

The Slaters also stated that students in Rock Creek Forest's English and Spanish immersion programs have no contact with one another. The school is well aware of the need for interaction and consciously arranges opportunities for the children in both programs to learn together.

We feel that parents in our community are fortunate to have two first-rate programs from which to choose.

-- Jan Taylor is president of the Rock Creek Forest Elementary PTA.

The piece by Robert and Valerie Slater reminds me once again that the final score is determined after the game is played, not on the statistics bandied about prior to the game.

Luckily for the students of all races, ethnic backgrounds and economic circumstances who attend Rock Creek Forest, the staff of the school has decided to play the game and not rely on a series of statistics that reveal nothing of significance.

Those statistics on the racial composition of the school's two language programs, which the Slaters contend are not successfully integrated, do not reveal anything about the dedicated and imaginative teachers, the first-rate support staff and a most wonderful and caring principal who seemingly spends all of her waking hours either in the school or within the community working with parents. Children grow at Rock Creek Forest and they learn. That cannot be said for many schools in this area -- and they do it in two languages.

Statistics do not a classroom make. -- Bill Montross