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Willow Creek Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 116 students

Individualized project-based instruction in a safe, family-like environment.
 
 

 
 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 2, 2014

Willow Creek Charter has been a fantastic experience for my daughter, now in 6th grade, and son, in kindergarten. My daughter has been there since kindergarten and formed fantastic relationships with both her peers and teachers. It is great that they keep the same teacher for 2 years, and class size is small so they individual attention! I would love to see them bring back Spanish for all the students. Can't wait for my youngest to start!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

I attended Willow Creek Charter School between the years of 1999 and 2004. It was a small school where everyone gets to know each other very well and the teachers are completely invested in the students education and well-being. It also allows for the students to work at their own pace; I was able to advance rapidly ahead of my grade in mathematics while also staying with my peers socially (I didn t have to skip a grade). I have now graduated with a bachelors degree in engineering and am now pursuing a masters degree and as far as I am concerned this school was instrumental in setting me up for success.


Posted May 16, 2013

My kids went to Willow Creek Charter for most of their elementary and middle-school years. Loved the multi-age classrooms, which helped to drive them to be better students. They had no problem transitioning into a larger high school and have all been very successful in high school and college. They always felt safe, because of the bully-free environment and loved the extra attention they received in the small school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

FANTASTIC SCHOOL!!!! We love Willow Creek. The teachers go out of their way to make you welcome, the kids want to be at school and always love to learn. You can't say that in a school with 500 students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2013

My daughter absolutely loves her new school and so do I. We recently moved here from another state and visited many schools. We chose Willow Creek Charter School because of the small class size, their teaching philosophy along with their fabulous teachers, and the overall environment. I feel my daughter is in a very safe and enriching school. She has made wonderful new friends and is really blossoming. She even wants to go on the weekends. We couldn't be more thrilled!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

GREAT SCHOOL, GREAT TEACHERS! If you want you're child to receive a great education in a small school with small class sizes then this is the school for you. Great art, music, spanish, p.e., reading, and math programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

I visited the school and after meeting the teacher and principal decided not to enroll my son. The teacher had many small toys/figurines on the side of her desk (which the kids walk by everytime they enter and exit the classroom). The teacher seemed very irritated and upset that my son touched a plastic McDonald's toy. She could have put them on the other side of her desk so that it would not be so tempting for kids to touch. I am sure my son was not the first child to do so. The principal told my son (who has ADHD) that if he gets distracted in class he will be sent to her office so he can focus better (meanwhile missing his class instruction and work). The receptionist who I talked to prior to visiting the school told me there will be 2 certified teachers in the class. There was a teacher and and aid who was a parent of a student without a degree or experience teaching elementary grades (just Pre-K).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2012

This school has no regard for the well being of its students and parent concerns are completely ignored. My child will no longer be going to this school for these reasons among others. I do not recommend this school. The staff is completely unprofessional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

I taught at this school for a number of years and was disappointed by the lack of strong leadership who could do what was right by students. The idea of discipline was threatening to call police. The idea of school reform was hiring barely out of high school students as "parapros" to teach arts programs and tutor struggling students. As a starting teacher in middle school I entered a classroom filled with beginner reading books. Compare test scores.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 23, 2010

My child was struggling in public school and attended this school for a while. He has had to return to public school and no longer struggles but excels. If this school is so out of date, under trained and just doesn t have it together, what does this say about the public school system. I think the school is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

I'm a parent at WIllow Creek Charter School and I feel so blessed to have my child there. Everyday, I am confident that he is surrounded by the wonderful teachers and staff that care deeply for my child's well being, emotional development and academic achievement. When I visit the campus I am greeted by friendly faces and a family-like atmosphere. Thank you all for the amazing work you do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2010

I taught here for a couple of years. I believe every staff member cares about children. Unfortunately, leadership is poor. The turnover rate for teachers and students is very high. Little Parent involvement. Astonishingly, no school-wide intervention or assessment plan is in place. So students wait to fail and then get tested for special education. As for curriculum goes, Saxon Math & Open Court is used halfhazardly. The materials are old and teachers don't get proper training on how to use them. Much of the instruction is done by teacher aides who have little to no training. Aides teach Art, P.E., Computers, Spanish, and Music. There are no after or before school activities. Discipline problems are prevelant. After working hard to better the lives of the students at this school it is disappointing at how little has changed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 8, 2010

A lot has changed since 2006, there is a lack of strong leadership and the arts programs are no longer what they were. A sad disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2006

wonderful curriculum, the teachers care about the students and their abilities to learn, and the rules of the school are strict. No one has the right to interfer with anothers learning. The school does not put up with drugs, name calling, disapline problems, disrespect, etc. They are on the student immediately for any infractions. The State of Arizona should offer more funding for a school like this one that offers safety and a wonderful learning environment.' The staff is willing to work with all students to assure they receive the academic education they require, whether it be by assisting a student who is delayed or helping a student accelerate beyond his/her grade level. 'Wonderful school. It feels more like a family atmosphere. Because it is smaller, most of the teachers know every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

Wonderful school. It feels more like a family atmosphere. Because it is smaller, most of the teachers know every student. Parents are encouraged (but not required)to volunteer inside and outside the classroom. The multi-level classrooms allow the students to work at their level or above. Computer classes are taught at every grade level. The fine arts program includes music, drama, drawing, painting, ceramics and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2004

I am so thankful for Painted Pony. The staff is willing to work with all students to assure they receive the academic education they require, whether it be by assisting a student who is delayed or helping a student accelerate beyond his/her grade level. My child loves Painted Pony. At Painted Pony, everyone is a part of the family. If only all schools could be so close knit and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2002

Painted Pony has been a wonderful alternative to Public School. Public Schools have gotten out of control (lack of supervision by Principals, drugs, uncaring teachers, unsafe playgrounds, teasing, etc.). Painted Pony, although small, and in need of additional funding, has a wonderful curriculum, the teachers care about the students and their abilities to learn, and the rules of the school are strict. No one has the right to interfer with anothers learning. The school does not put up with drugs, name calling, disapline problems, disrespect, etc. They are on the student immediately for any infractions. The State of Arizona should offer more funding for a school like this one that offers safety and a wonderful learning environment.


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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.

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53%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

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86%

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73%

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42%
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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.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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50%

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43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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78%

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64%
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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
23%

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 63% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

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n/a

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38%

2011

 
 
50%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

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85%

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86%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

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36%

2011

 
 
38%

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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 58% in 2013.

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50%

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10%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

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67%

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60%

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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 "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 42%
Hispanic 13% 42%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 0%
Two or more races 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Asian 0% 3%
Black 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 4:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Terese Soto
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (928) 776-0009

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Hybrid
  • Multi-Age Philosophy
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • After school interventions
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Character Education
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Side by Side Reading
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • At Willow Creek Charter, we believe in the potential of every student and are committed to the success of all. Education comes alive by incorporating a multi-age, project-based curriculum that emphasizes academic excellence. Each student is valued as an individual and we celebrate the unique qualities he or she brings to our family-like community.
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2100 Willow Creek Rd
Prescott, AZ 86301
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