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Boulder Creek Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 735 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted September 17, 2013

We purchased a home in this district and i couldnt have been happier since it was rated 9. My daughter is in kindergarten so we were very excited to have this as her school. After her being in the school for almost 2 months, i have to say we couldnt be happier! the teachers and staff are so great and after only a couple weeks they all personally knew and loved my daughter. They are friendly and so full of knowledge, im amazed at how much my daughter has learned in such a short time. She is also in Speech therapy and the speech therapist is wonderful!!. The principal is so hands on and really shows how much she cares for everyone of her students. The only thing we've had a problem with are the buses, they have had quite a few break down, but thats not just the school thats more PV district. A++++ from this happy momma!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2012

We moved into the Boulder Creek district specifically for the school. I have always read and heard great things about the school and teachers. I have heard a handful of complaints but only from those that tend to complain about everything. The parent involvement is great from just being able to come into the school or volunteering when needed. The teachers know their job and always keep the kids on track. We plan on staying in the neighborhood at least until the kids are out of elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2012

My children have had to switch schools and one in 4th and the other in 6th . there is no diversity but a small percentage of bullying. i have seen inprove ment in there drive to learn more. so the best school i would sent my children there if i was sending my kids to a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

The April 28, 2011 review really hits the nail on the head. I have two children who are about to attend their fourth years at Boulder Creek. There has been one teacher that we adored, one other unmistakeably dedicated teacher (who has moved on to another school), two who have no business dealing with children's learning (yet STILL teach there). The rest have been less than memorable. The principal has lied to us through trying circumstances, and at other times been completely unprofessional in other ways. The staff can be rude, but are competent. The only reason this school is continually 'excelling' is because of parental involvement. After three years, my wife and I agree, given the level of parental involvement, this school most likely does more harm than good. When we moved to this district we viewed the parent-teacher relationship with respect and significance and attempted to coax the relationship from this perspective. Now, since we will not be moving before our boys move on from Boulder Creek, our approach toward teachers will be one of reluctance, of avoiding them until they seemingly inevitably bring their petty gripes to our attention with no hope of reverse listening.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2011

My children have been attending Boulder Creek for 6 years. We have found the parent involvement excellent, most of the teachers are supportive and encourage the children to excell. I am happy that my children have had the opportunity to attend Boulder Creek
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

Amazing and caring staff, drive out of PV school district to get my daughter here and it is so worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2011

If you want your kid to struggle and get ignored at school this is the place for you. The administration is anti-parent. The help needed for a struggling child is below par. PV might have a good reputation..but not for here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

My child has attended Boulder Creek since kindergarten. The teachers have been hit and miss. One year a wonderful, experienced, patient teacher who ignited the learning bug. The next a grumpy, rude, loud teacher who made my child want to cringe every morning while getting ready for school. The principal seems to be more concerned with the teachers than the students. He never attends any of the wonderful choral/band programs even when principals from other schools have come over for their children. He is rarely seen at other events that are not during school hours. I realize he is hired retired but if he has no interest maybe it is time to move on. Collecting two paychecks (salary and retirement) would seem to be enough motivation to participate. The office staff is extremely rude. One woman who lives in the neighborhood works in the office has been there for many years, she seems to hate her job. She is rude to everyone parents and children alike, they are treated like an inconvenience. It is commented on constantly but nothing ever changes. How sad that this is the first impression of the school. I guess this speaks volumes. No recommendation here, I am removing my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

We just moved into this school district from Peoria and I was worried that my honor student son would miss out. He continued to excel and made honor roll every semester with a great supportive teacher(Mrs. Hamsher). My daugher also started in kindergarten and came in knowing nothing as she was in a in home daycare.Her Teacher(Mrs. Tritscherler)was great! And my daughter is so confident.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

My daughter just finished her first year. I was impressed with the attention of the school. Her teacher kept me updated continually on her progress. The assignments were challenging and she always had quality hw assigned. The school is well organized from the front office to the classrooms. My daughter flourished. I feel so lucky that my kids will be attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

Im a Facilitator at the Chapel Rock course an I have to say that this was one of the best groups that came through. We worked with the sixth graders and had lots of fun.


Posted August 18, 2008

I have a 4th grader -- 3 years attending this school and Love this school, and the admin office staff. As a parent I believe the teachers have great support from the admin and their principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

I love this school. I have two kids that attend Boulder Creek. One is just finishing up Kindergarten and the other a wonderful year in Second Grade. Mrs. Plaza is the most wonderful teacher I have ever met. I feel so lucky that my son was able to get her. I can't imagine another teacher being able to match up to her. There are a couple teachers that Boulder Creek could do without, but I have not had to experience them on a personal basis, so I stay out of it. ;) Great school, Great principal, great front office staff, wonderful school nurse, and great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

Parent of a Child who is currently in Kindergarten. She loves her teacher and classmates. I'm happy where she is academically. She can can write her name and her friends (she could do her own in preK). She sounds out words and has started to spell. The parent teacher meeting was okay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2006

This school has no parent involvement, as well as a principal who coul care less. The curriculim is very outdated as well as the teachers who are very un-invested.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2006

The school has a good mix for all students. They have several activities to keep parents involved and encourage parents to come and go as much as possible. The make your day citizenship program also makes the school vastly different from others. The children learn a lot because they are in a very structured environment, but also have a lot of fun. There are also many extra curricular activities that allows your child to be very well rounded. We love Boulder Creek. -Parent of 3 - 4th grade, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

my child likes the school and the teachers I think the programs are ok
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2006

2nd grade program is good for mainstreaming students. However, there is not much flexibility for allowing high achieving students to excel with additional challenging work. Wish they treated students more as individuals. Recess not very well supervised.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

Boulder Creek is a wonderful,enriching school. It was elvated to an'excelling' rating this year and it shows. The Core Knowledge Curiculum is challenging and fun. It inspires the kids to want to learn. The teachers care about the children and the quality of learning. We chose to move to this neighborhood because of the school. The principal is new this year, but he is visable and accessible.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 14, 2005

This is a fantastic school. The principal is dedicated, strong and a joy to encounter. The core knowledge is so benificial to each student. The sense of harmony and collaboration is astounding.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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 69% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 42%
Hispanic 12% 42%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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22801 North 22nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85024
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