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Harvest, AL
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16049 Sanderson Rd
Harvest, AL 35749

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February 22, 2015
All 3 of our kids attend Creekside and have for the last 6 years. We have enjoyed watching our kids grow with a friendly and welcoming staff. Most all of the teachers genuinely care about their students and it shows. Everything rises and falls on leadership and certainly Principal Matt Scott and his staff are to commended for the success they have had during his tenure.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2014
This review is only a review of the first grade. My child is in first grade at CSE, and WOW it is disappointing. In kindergarten the teacher seemed to care about the kids, and worked hard to teach them, but first grade is totally different. In first grade my kid comes home with work books, the kind of things you think they will do in the classroom, you know the stuff they should be learning in class. I always thought homework is for reviewing what the child has learned that day, and this year it would appear I thought completely wrong! In at least my child's first grade class the teacher reads them stories when they are not at things such as lunch or PE. THE TEACHER JUST SITS AND READS TO MY KIDS! WHAT KIND OF LEARNING IS THAT?! MY KID IS IN FIRST FREAKING GRADE NOT PRE-SCHOOL! Then my child comes home and I spend an hour teaching my kids to read and spell, once again me, I'm teaching my child first grade stuff not the person paid to teach. CSE First grade, story time for school work and home time is for learning! CSE first grade If you want your child to go here you might want to go ahead and get a degree in education.

- submitted by a parent

March 20, 2014
I teach all over Huntsville and have seen a lot of schools. My children go to Creekside, and I m pleased. As for "cold offices," I agree they need more warmth.But the front desk is knowledgeable or will find an answer, unlike many schools. It s efficient, warm or not. Parents shouldn't have full access to school.Lunchtime, crafts, parties, and reading is plenty, save distractions/authority issues.Not every parent is safe. I don t like PE. Too many kids, not enough space, not organized for games or learning fitness.Early gym classes don t get outdoor time due to the temp. Kids need fresh air every opportunity. They re behind in electronics. I do NOT like how teachers are using ipads to constantly test in other schools, but see the benefit for other purposes. All the arts are minimal and underdeveloped. Scholastically it s excellent.Teachers are thorough, loving, communicate well, and take time to go back to review things the class does not understand.They are learning driven instead of results driven.They address leadership in a way that teaches kids to do their best and work well with others.They work with the new systems our govt. is enforcing and making it work despite its flaws.

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2013
CES is what you make of it. It's a county school so funding has to be split amongst smaller county schools. The school is great about finding alternative ways to get what it needs, through PTA, etc. There are a handful of teachers I would probably cry if we got placed with but our personal experience has been amazing. The teachers go above and beyond what's required to keep the kids challenged and working hard. My problems with the school can only be fixed if they get additional necessary funding. We are bigger than a city school and have less resources to work with. When you look at it like that, Creekside is going above and beyond any other local school around here.

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2013
I love Creekside Elementary School and my daughter does as well. She, as well as every student who attends, has many opportunities in which to be a leader. The administrators and faculty work well together. Parents are very supportive and involved at Creekside. No school is perfect...that includes CES. I feel CES, like other great schools, is constantly looking for ways to improve.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2013
CES is not a school which cares about children with special needs. The only people who like Creekside are those people who are part of the 'in crowd '. The school is run based on popularity. Only the people who kiss up to the principals are happy with the way the school is being run.

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2012
CES is a great school with great students, teachers and principals. I totally disagree w/ the last post concerning special education. I think this school goes above and beyond for all students. Mr. Scott, Mr. Taylor and Mrs. Adams and the teachers have high expectations for the behavior of all of our kids. All of the teachers my kids have had are excellent, well-prepared, challenging and loving. Everyone @ CES genuinely loves kids. My kids love the PE teachers, Art and Music as well. I do wish more parents would get involved. My kids love to go to school and CES is a GREAT school.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2011
If you have a child with special needs,I would not recommend this school.Never have a been made to feel worse about the "behaviour" than I have here.I am very hurt & dissapointed in what my child has been through!

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2010
Creekside is an excellent school. I feel my son is safe, nurtured and challenged to be the best young man he can be,

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 13, 2009
I completely agree about the front office being cold. They do not smile when I walk in to pick up my child or even say hi. The curriculum is not challenging enough. They treat these children as if they are in boot camp. The staff are very unprofessional. I am very dissatisfied with this school. If I had a choice about where my children go to school it would not be at Creekside Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 18, 2008
My daughter just started her 3rd year at Creeksde. We all love this school. We have never had any complaints about the principal, teachers or anything else that concerns her education.

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no rating
June 24, 2008
My child has been attending Creekside for the past 2 years now nad loves this school. The teachers have been very attentive and forthcoming with me as a parent. I do agree with some earlier comment that some parents get treated better than other because of 'financial' issues but in my opinion, they have the kids that are going to grow up and be snobby and only care about material things when education should be their top priority. I do believe that Creekside should/could offer some extra activities after school such as a basketball team, football team, cheerleading squad. There are plenty of parents that would be willing to help in these areas.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2008
Creekside is an awesome school with great leadership and teachers. Mr. Scott does a great job and it is apparent all the kids love him. Mr Hamilton is very personable as well. I have 2 children, 1 in 5th grade the other in 3rd and they have received support from all their teachers and great instruction. We worked very hard to move to this school district and are very pleased.

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January 16, 2008
I've not been happy with this shool at all. The front office people are cold and really make me wonder what the school is doing with my children as they will not let you in without an appt. My oldest is so unhappy. His teacher get's on him about not turning in homework. Only to find that he had and she graded it but did not put it in her grade book. Out of all the schools we've been to this is the worst. My child has never had this problem before. He's very good about doing his homework and turning it in on time. At this time all I want is for my child to get through this year and get him out of the school. My other child has a great teacher, no problems at all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 13, 2007
Very good school overall. I agree there are a few areas of improvement but there are always a few at most schools. We have had wonderful teachers every year...very good with the students and great communication with parents. Mr. Scott is a wonderful principal. The growth of the school comes with some growing pains...like larger class sizes and added portables....but I think this school works hard to do the best with what they have and in our years there each school year seemed better than the one before.

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2007
I totally disagree with what some of the below comments said about the leadership in this school. The Principal is doing a fantastic job and always makes me feel welcome when visiting. I agree that the front office staff is a bit cold at times and need to show a bit more 'southern hospitality' to the parents; however, in today's world, you can never be too careful. Maybe they are just very cautious about security which we need. My #1 praise for this school are the caring teachers. The ones I've had go over and above their call of duty. My only complaint is the PTO. I signed up to get involved 2 years and have yet to receive a phone call. We also need a monthly newsletter to stay informed. I think parents would participate more and we would feel more a part of the school. Go Indians!

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2007
There are some issues I've had with the school, and I don't see them changing anytime soon, but I am blessed in the fact that my child's teacher really cares about the kids and tries to make their day fun and educational. The office staff can be a little cold and rude, and playtime outside should not be [where it is] in my opinion, but what can one person do about that? I think there are safer, more fun places they could be for free time. I think some ridiculous policies are the most enforced ones and the ones that really should matter-don't. That upsets me. But, my child's teacher tries to love each child individually and really cares, in my opinion. That accounts for something and also makes up for what is lacking in the school.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2007
Car line is very organized. PE is too strict, I agree, this is not boot camp. The reception is very cold in the office. Grade 4 has been a nightmare for my son here . Out of classroom services ie. counselor and aid teacher sided with teacher on every problem, not listening to me the parent without a question. Had no problem the year before. They need a monthly newsletter to pull parents into the school (not everyone has internet) and some afterschool activities would be great.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2006
My son attended Creekside the first year it was open. He was a 5th grader. I have never been so turned off by a school in my life. And my 3 older children have attended many schools all over the country. Some 'preferred' parents were treated very well. But I agree with the folks here who said they felt it is a cold enviroment. Now I have a child nearing Kindergarten age and I'm really worried about sending her there. It appears nothing has changed in 5 yrs. What a shame! I spent as much time as possible volunteering and felt like I was NOT welcome any further than the parking lot most days!

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2005
This school needs to work on its leadership.It would see its parental involvement increase as a result. The administration caters to a select group of parents and teachers in an attempt to maintain harmony rather than order. Also, where is the much-hailed new principal during morning car duty? Dr. Gartman was there every morning.

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2005
I don't know what school the last person was talking about, Creekside is a wonderful school with caring people. Maybe the problem is in your view of your self. I have always been treated with respect and a willingness by the administrators and staff to help me with anything I have requested. With a school as large as Creekside, I am sure is difficult to see and accomodate everyone everyday. Maybe a private school is what you need, but I'll bet you will be back! Satisfied Creekside Chief Parent!

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2005
I have been very pleased with the teachers at Creekside Elementary. I would love to see more parental involvement. Parents are discouraged from coming to the school. I too have filled out the volunteer forms and have offered at the office with no response. To truly have a successful program it takes teachers and staff working WITH parents. I hope to see a change. I was told over the summer that with the NEW principle we would see change. So far it is still a very cold environment. I have considered private school.

- submitted by a teacher

August 25, 2004
My son has gone to Creekside for the past three years. I have been very satisfied with all of the teachers and faculty. I highly recommend Creekside Elem. It is a wonderful school. I do not feel that it is closed off to parents. But in this day and age increased security measures have to be taken to insure the safety of our children. I have always had access to my child. My experience with the Limestone County Education System has been very positive.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2004
My child has been to other schools, and (by far) this one is the most closed off to parents. Parents are not allowed in the building before or after school (which was allowed in the other schools my son attended and was a primary source for me to talk to his teachers about my son's performance (he has special needs) and to see if the teacher needs anything for the classroom). Last year, they did their homework in class and turned it in, so I had no idea how he was doing until graded papers came home (too late to help!). Also, there is no notice of extracurricular activities (soccer, karate, etc) like at the other schools (we used to get fliers). It's not a bad school, but I almost feel like they're hiding something. Maybe because it's so close the prison, I don't know.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2004
This school needs to improve their interracial skills. My child has attended this school for 3 years and is in the minority. It seems to me, as well as others that I have spoken with, that A difference is made in children of minority races. I have offered my time to volunteer each year, and remain overlooked each time. It does not matter to me that we are in one of the wealthiest areas of Limestone County, all the children deserve the same educational opportunities. The principal situation is a shame. Also I agree that the PE curriculum is a little stiff. There might be a little more parent involvement, if visiting the school didn't require a federal clearance.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2004
We have been with Creekside since the doors opened and love it! RE:VOLUNTEERS-If you haven't been called to volunteer, have you considered just showing up? Even if you are just having lunch with your child occasionally, you will discover a place where you are needed or you will be approached by the volunteers that are there on a daily basis. I have never been turned down, neither will you. RE:PRINCIPALS-Dr. Gartman does help with carlines and even Mr. Witt did upkeep on the school grounds. This shows they are willing to exceed the boundries of the office. RE:CAR LINES-Were you there the 1st year when cars conjested the roads? There have been improvements and if you have answers then offer details. Otherwise you could consider the bussing system which(by looking at the car line)isn't being used. RE:PE COACHES: If parents would turn off PlayStation then PE wouldn't seem so tuff! MOM

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2004
I have been impressed with the teachers and the administration at Creekside. They seem to really care about the students. Dr.Gartman seems to be a great principal. She can be seen every day helping with the car line- even during a thunderstorm! How many other principals have you seen that are willing to do the 'dirty work'? She has been available for parent conferences when I needed to talk with her about my child. She is a good leader for the school. The parents are involved and welcome at the school. Every day you will find volunteers working on various projects that support the school.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2004
In 4 years this is the 3rd? principle? Something isnt right. Parent involvement is very low. I personally have sent in notes and calls saying I am available to help in any way and have not been contacted at all this year. The pick up lines after school could use some work, ad also the morning drop off.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 28, 2004
It disturbes me to know we are a new school and have had four principals. Also, our school is in one of the wealthiest areas of Limestone County and we still have the threat of losing our Art and Music programs. In addition, parent involvement seems to be low.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2004
Under the leadership of Dr. Gartman Creekside will make steady progress in meeting academic and social goals expected by the splendid community that it serves. Maintaining focus on the cognitive and social development of our yourth is challenging for anyone. There is no one more qualified than Dr. Gartman to provide the leadership needed to bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of our youth.

- submitted by a community member

December 24, 2003
The P.E. Coaches are too hard on the kids. P.E. is all about getting some exercise during the day I'm all for that but how about having some fun too? This is an elementary school not boot camp. The coaches need to ease up and stop being drill sargeants. These are our children.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
Creekside is on their fourth principal in three years. This is very disturbing. Consequently, there is very little parent involvement with things such as PTO, etc. due to the ever changing atmosphere. However, they have a good caliber of teacher who strive for their students.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2003
This is a wonderful school that has a staff that really cares about the student's academic and personal growth. The involvement of the parents is outstanding. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
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Creekside Elementary School
16049 Sanderson Rd, Harvest, AL  35749
(256) 216-8702
Last modified Creekside Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Creekside Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top