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Cottonwood Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 379 students

 
 

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Posted September 6, 2013

I am thoroughly impressed with how clean this school is and how disciplined the students are! The teachers seem more than qualified and the security of the school is the best that I've seen so far!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

Cottonwood Elementary is a wonderful school! Their academics and quality of teachers are exceptional! I can not speak highly enough of the unique family like enviornment Cottonwood provided for my children. Cottonwood has helped my children strive to reach for their full potential and have held them to high standards of academic excellence while keeping them motivated towards obtaining outstanding goals.. I give this school an A+!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

This school has AMAZING teachers that are truly dedicated and passionate about their students. They pride themselves on high curriculum standards and encourage all students in positive ways to strive to be the BEST COUGAR possible. We've had 2 boys attend Cottonwood and deep down, they will ALWAYS be a COUGAR. We couldn't be happier and you won't be disappointed if Cottonwood is your choice. The 3rd- 5th graders will be learning with IPADS this coming Fall so Cottonwood is now known as an ACTION school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

Our daughter started out with reading difficultys when we moved here from Oregon. This last ending of the school year she was awarded the AR reader of the year. They really embraced her and that she had difficultys and worked with her to where now she does unbelievable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

Cottonwood Creek Elementary has excellent staff that truly care and connect with not only your children, but the entire family. They are energetic and enthusiastic about learning. I absolutely love their reading and phonics curriculum. I cannot say enough great things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

This is an excellent school. Consistent high expectations and a caring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

The teachers, support staff and parents thrive on the challenges faced with the education, entertaining, and safety of all the students at Cottonwood. Music, athletics to drama and art clubs. You will find what your child is eager to participate at this school with the best coaches and instructors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2007

Cottonwood is simply the best. Support staff, educators and parents combine to form a harmious and caring environment for children. It is wonderful to be a part of such a community focused school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female90%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students83%
Female83%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American67%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American69%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students56%
Female43%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American25%
White66%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant54%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female87%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American69%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students65%
Female69%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American57%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant64%
Special Education with Accomodation20%

Reading

All Students78%
Female81%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American71%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Special Education with Accomodation10%

Writing

All Students74%
Female78%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American64%
White77%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Special Education with Accomodation20%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 18% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Black 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Two or more races 0% 8%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Wasilla, AK 99654
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