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Owl Creek School

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Posted April 13, 2014

We are completing our first year at owl creek, and have a 3rd and a 5th grader. I have volunteered in the classrooms and have worked with the school and the counselor to do fundraising for books and school supplies. The staff seems very happy overall, and there are really good teachers that our kids really love. I think there may be a few teachers who just don't want to be here, but the majority seem to really like the administration and work well together. There are a couple of PTO moms who are very difficult and have caused people to stop volunteering out of frustration. I am really surprised by the remark about the discord over the continuous learning calendar. The parents and teachers I have talked to are excited about the new calendar. I haven't heard anything but positives about that. We recommend Owl Creek to other families. We find the staff to be innovative and creative, and the children feel that they are an important & active part of their school. When we have had questions, the teachers and administration have been helpful and worked with us. I would like to see another bicycle rack out front.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

I enjoy Owl Creek. After reading all the past reviews I will say that I agree with several of the negative and positive remarks. They could inform parents a better on when a field trip is, maybe should update their Facebook page on important events, and be better on informing parents about failing grades. They do have an online grade book however not everyone has internet. There are some amazing teachers who communicate with parents and some that provide little communication. I think that part of this falls from the parents lack of involvement and the teachers not knowing how interact with parents. The PTO needs new leadership, the lack of personal interaction causes a decline in volunteers. The women in the office do at times seem gruff but they are the people who get the complaint calls or the upset people who walk in and not to mention the kids who visit the office. Everyone has bad days but once they warm up to you they are really nice. I agree there does seem to be an intimation factor with the teachers vs the administration. I think this comes from a discord over the continuous learning calendar issue. The school is not perfect but it is not the worst school I have seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2014

There is a place for everyone at Owl Creek, and we love the diversity that our children take for granted--they have friends from all over the world. The teachers are terrific, and they really care about the students (even coming to soccer games to cheer my daughter on)! I have found all of the staff to be very helpful. We love our school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2013

My family and I love Owl Creek! It has undergone a lot of changes in the last 5 years since the new admin has come. Several teachers that needed to leave have left-sure, there's a few more but every school has some. It has won several awards and recently been named an achieving school for their test scores. They offer lots of after school activities like violin, drum line, drama, and cooking classes. The PTO has been busier this year than in the past trying to get more parents involved. My family has really enjoyed Fall Festival and the International Festival. I feel that my kids are loved and get lots of attention from their teachers. The teachers have been very approachable. They have different interventions for reading that were very effective. We are thankful we moved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

Owl Creek struggles with leadership issues. The teachers seem intimidated by the Principal and her other administrators; a lot of unspoken communication is shared during meetings between staff members and parents. What are we supposed to think? Meetings with the administrators are unproductive and very frustrating. Open choice means LOOK elsewhere and hope you can get a transfer! Owl Creek seems to cater to just a few people, we must not have been the right ones...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

The staff at this school is very unprofessional. If your child gets in trouble one time, they pick on that child for every little thing they do forever-after. They're children! They are NOT going to just sit in their chairs like little miniature adults all the time. The teachers use in-school suspension as much as the old "go sit in the hall trick". You would think anything with the word "suspension" attached to it would be a big deal. Apparently its not anymore. The school lunches are NO good. Our kids would rather go hungry than buy a lunch. On top of that you could eat McDonalds for the amount of one of the overpriced lunches. The teachers dont teach- we end up spending hours at home on homework. Ive never heard of a school having so many substitutes in a school year! If your kids are having trouble on a subject in class? You wont find out until you receive their report card with a note from the teacher saying that assignments are missing. Not homework assignments either, CLASSROOM assignments. Im sorry, but if my child is not turning in their assignments during class and it has caused them to have a failing grade I feel I should have been notified before they actually failed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2013

My kids love their teachers and their school! We also enjoy the Healthy Cooking classes and the Zumba and sports nights as a family. My older daughter is in GT, and I see both of my children excited about learning and school everyday. We appreciate the strong academics and the diverse student body, and we are really looking forward to the International Festival again this year. Owl Creek helps our children see world cultures everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2013

Great school that we are proud to be a part of! The teachers care about the children, and they take the time to get to know them. They won a national award this year for being an outstanding school. Go, Owls!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2012

Very dedicated teachers and good principal. Has the potential to be a very good school in coming years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

This school is a joke! Most of the adults that work here are very rude and once your child has been punished for another childs wrongdoing they are singled out by the staff. If your child is bullied then tough luck. If you care at all about your children DO NOT send them to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2012

This is the best school in Fayetteville! My child has been at Owl Creek for the last three years--the teachers are amazing and are really willing to go the extra mile, and the principal really cares about the students. Lots of chances for families to get involved, and they have phenomenal clubs and activities for students, including Strings, Lego League, Drama, and Gardening. The rating on this page does not do this school justice. I can't wait for my younger son to start Kindergarten next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2011

They have some of the worst teachers I have ever seen since my girls have been in school. This school is very disorganized and fails to tell parents about school events in advance. Teachers do not answer emails or notes sent from home. Office staff is very rude when answering the phone and when face to face. Teachers fail to communicate about student's progress until the last minute. Teachers also give questionable grades. Just an overall bad school with failing test scores, if you value your child education do not send them here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2011

School is very disorganized and teachers do not communicate with parents well. Worst school in Fayetteville.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2011

My 5th grader is currently begging me to change schools! Why you ask? Because the teacher she has is often rude to the children that go off to G.T! The principal when my child was teased about her gender was basically told to suck it up! Plus field trips are hardly ever there! Also academics are way off! When she went from a Springdale school to here she was surprised by her spelling list. She went from learning how to spell 'honeybee' and 'Arkansas' to 'boat' and 'see'. What the heck! Often the children are cruel and mean. ALL the girls think they need makeup and boyfriends. THEIR IN 5TH GRADE FOR HEAVEN SAKES! the cliques are already formed. Once my daughter over heard an inappropriate joke from the 'cool' clique. God DON"T SEND YOUR KID HERE! Plus after their old music teacher nobody can teach here. My kid knows more about the Civil War than her teacher does. Stupid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2010

My child has been a student at Owl Creek for the past four years. The teachers are dedicated, they are fresh with new ideas, and always there to help my child succeed. The principal has an open door policy and really knows the students. The student body is a mixture of individuals of different social economic statuses but they are like typical students. I love the outdoor classrooms. The school is improving the the teachers and principal are the reason why. The parent involvement is improving. Owl Creek Rocks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2010

I have found the kindegarten teachers to be warm and very willing to help. I think they do a great job of keeping parents informed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

My son is finishing Kindergarten up there, I can say he has learned a lot but it has been a very interesting year. If you are looking for teachers who communicate with parents about what is going on with their students or a school who has enough funding to do field trips, etc then you dont go here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

Great teachers and staff. Very warm and caring, and they really go the extra mile!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2010

wonderful teacher and great staff. I couldnt ask for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2009

Teachers and staff seem overwhelmed. Students are rough. Parents of students are not involved.
—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.

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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.
Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 79% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 85% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 84% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 73% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 77% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 77% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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n/a

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the End of Course Exam to test high school students in Algebra I, Geometry and Biology. The results for End of Course Exams administered in the spring of each school year are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The End of Course Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 64%
Hispanic 18% 10%
Black 17% 21%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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375 North Rupple Rd
Fayetteville, AR 72704
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