My daughter has been attending Creekside since pre-K and she is now in the 5th grade. Solid school in both academics and emotional development. There is also heavy parent involvement in class room and PTA enriching the learning and fun for the children. If the school didn't have contributions of money and program/class volunteering, I don't think it would be nearly as good of a school. I wasn't too keen on the old principal but the new one seems to be much more personable and approachable. Most of the teachers are fantastic but a few may need a change of career or a break from teaching and dealing with demanding parents. I image that teaching is not an easy job and add to it some parents with unrealistic expectations. The ESS program is stellar. Facilitators are organized, kind and nurturing with the children. I have to also put in a plug for the office staff. They are so welcoming, friendly and nurturing with the children. Overall I am very happy with my daughter's experience here over the past 6 years!
My daughter have attended creekside elementary preschool for the school year 2011-2012 & she had gained immense knowledge & skill throughout the whole year. She grown both socially & academically. The approach the lead Teacher Ms. Daisy & her fellow group of teachers use is comprehensive in embracing academics & family like atmosphere where the students feel very much at home and encouraged to explore their innate skill & interest. The curriculum is designed to make the young children to recognize the basic human rules and good morale and what is expected of them as a member of society at an early age. Eg. Children are given the the opportunity to choose between group of activities & encouraged to follow thru what they have started yet allowed to take on more challenging activities for those who freely expressed their bordum of finishing the job. The teachers work together in understanding each child and solving problems. They'll make sure to create an opportunity for each child to learn and share their knowledge by creating a special topic/agenda during circle time & weekly activities etc. making them more than ready to start Kindergaten. We've already enrolled our son @the PK.
I love my daughter being in this school... the kindergarten program here is superb, and her teacher is the best. She has made so much progress in not only her education, but her social life and discipline this year. The school is clean and safe, and the ESS program is top notch. I would recommend anyone that is thinking of moving to San Diego to move to Poway and enroll their children in this school... I feel very fortunate that my daughter attends.
I am a parent of 2 elementary school kids that go to this school. The nice thing about this school is that the building is new and they have decent facilities. A lot of the teachers have moved from/to other schools and some say that some of the better teachers have left the school. The principal is rigid in her approach. My son when he started first grade with this school was at 3 rd grade math and reading level and now he is in the 2nd grade and is still at 3rd grade math and reading. The school is not doing enough to encourage brighter kids and aims at even-ing out the children. The class room teachers are not adequately stocked with material for over achievers nor does the school encourage kids to attend higher grade for subjects. The principal offers very little support for gifted kids.
Wonderful teachers and a fine school. Wish I could say the same about the new principal, but perhaps she'll come around. My kids have loved all their teachers, the test scores are high, overall a great experience
I'm a Grandma involved in my grandchildren's lives so I'm often at Creekside Elementary and see the Principal, Teachers, Staff and Volunteers doing an excellant job. This has to be the best Elementary School in San Diego, CA.
We love Creekside! This is a top notch school and are so happy our children are here. The principal is not well-liked and seems to have control issues. In spite of that it is still a terrific environment with an active PTA and Kids Korps program.
If the principal was more approachable she would be made aware of the unhappiness of a majority of parents over some of the things she has chosen to stand behind. People are afraid to speak their mind and they also know that their opinions will not matter in the long run. Success is based on more than test scores - moral and support of families should also be of utmost importance. If the school parents were polled annon. the results would be astounding.
Don't listen to any of the bad reviews below. The principal is awesome, the teachers are wonderful and this school is a wonderful place to be. As a long time Creekside parent, I can assure you that this is one of the best elementary schools around. The PTA, CEF and Kids Korp help enhance and already amazing elementary school.
As a longtime Creekside family, we are very happy with the school. The school, under our new principal, is definitely better than it has ever been before. She is wonderful, and so are the teachers. Yes, there have been changes over the past couple of years, but they have been improvements. I would give the school, principal and teachers an A+
Creekside is an amazing school. The Principal, teachers and support staff are so approachable, nothing is a problem. They go the extra mile to ensure your child is in a happy learning environment. The scores are a reflection of this 'can do' attitude. Safety of the student on campus is an extremely high priority of the Principal's. This is reflected in the many changes she has implemented this year after meeting with parents on several occasions during the year to get their views. Also I love the positive way students are disciplined and the way parents are always kept informed.The office staff and custodians are always courteous and friendly. There is an awesome team spirit at this school that makes parents wish to volunteer!
Creekside is a great school. Lots of parental involvement and dedicated teachers. The new principal is not very approachable and support staff are not the most helpful, however, the school as a whole is a wonderful place for children to learn and grow.
We've had 2 children at Creekside for the past 6 years. We've been very lucky with our principals and teachers. We'll be getting a few new teachers next year ('06-'07) because some of the current teachers have decided to move on with the old prinical to her new school. What also makes this a good school with high scores is having a lot of parent participation and volunteers. We also have some extra programs such as a music teacher, an art program, and a PE teacher that make this a unique school.
Creekside is a lovely, new school. Academically, it is among the best rated in the county. Unfortunately, there has been some (considerable) teacher turnover during the school's short history. The instrumental music program is limited to 5th grade, though there is some musical enrichment daily (e.g., at the end of morning anouncements, there is a featured classical composer and a sample of his/her work is played -- though not necessarily discussed). There is also no formal time alotted for art, though arts and craft projects are embedded into the curriculum at all grade levels. Physical education is a regular (though not daily) activity. Children are also taken to the library and computer lab on a regular basis. The level of parent involvement is quite high. There is also an afterschool program as well as several fee-based enrichment activies on campus afterschool (art, science, sports, drama, foreign language).
Creekside elementary has been wonderful for my daughter. The teachers are all very willing to work with parents - and encourage more parental involvement. The extra activities provided for the children are wonderful, entertaining and educational. The School website has been a great help at keeping me informed of all the happenings at the school and I can't say enough good things about the principal. She is very approachable and really cares about the quality of education and patents concerns - her daughter attends as well! The quality of education is tremendous! I've heard other parents compare Creekside to a private school saying the education and attention to our children couldn't be better. I couldn't be happier with our experience and look forward to the next 3 years here!
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