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Carmel Creek Elementary School

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Posted May 3, 2014

Carmel Creek is a special place for our kids, they love it! The difference we feel here is that families get involved and along with their teachers are always looking for ways to make the children's elementary school experience well rounded and fun!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

The teachers are always absent. The level of some teachers absence is unacceptable. I don t understand how they can get away with it year after year. The school puts so much pressure to donate money, and they make kids to raise money all the time. There is no GATE program, and its definitely not a good school for gifted children. If they didn t have to pay so much money for substitute teachers, they would have more money for our kid's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2013

Despite getting a week of half-days during parent/teacher conference week, some teachers refuse to accommodate before or after school conferences. As a working parent I've had to hear about my kids progress second hand all year. On the upside, I have had the pleasure of organizing, and paying for, one-off child care for this random week as the kids are dismissed at 12. Thanks! In fairness, I've only come across one teacher in 4 grades with such an uncompromising stance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

My child loves this school, great teachers, great ambiance all around the school. Lot of interaction and learning engagement between teacher and students in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2012

Only positive experience I have from CC is my daughter was very happy because of the great teacher she had. But school doesn't provide kids with any extra-curricular academic experience like math, science clubs where kids can participate in competitions like Science Field Day etc. Principal doesn't have any clue that these exists. So kids in this school is falling behind compared kids in other sister schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2012

My daughter is currently in her 3rd year at Carmel Creek and I feel she has gotten an excellent education, comparable to a private school. All of her teachers have been excellent. The school is clean and offers a lot of extras; like a nice library, art, p.e., media center, computer room, garden patio, etc. Carmel Creek is doing a really great job and I am so thankful my daughter has been able to attend this great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2010

Carmel Creek is a fantastic school! Our children have excelled socially and academically there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2009

This is a great school! Teachers put real emphasis on students' psychological and academic development! Great foundation for kids' future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

Yes the test scores are high. That seems to be a huge emphasis. The principal is in denial about the burned out, tenured teachers. Most teachers are excellent with only x2 bad apples, which is very good for a public school. They took a week off in observance of presidents day. Parental progress is measured in fundraising dollars generated. Overall a good school, not a great school, with some obvious flaws.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

Both my children attended this great school, and I can say that I miss it a lot! from high academic expectations and very qualified teachers, they even have a school psychologist, and hold SST meetings with great concern for challenged kids. Star testing scores are way obove state average.Big thumbs up!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2007

My child has ADHD and is gifted. This school has developed behavioral programs with incentives for my child and helped her achieve in every way. They really bent over backwards to help me and her without judgement. Standards are high as they should be. My only complaint is the pressure on kids to sell giftwrap to earn money for the school. Especially so early in the school year. I'd rather make a donation and be done with it. More PE would be good as well. Some teachers are young with only a few years experience but seem to be really good, so I think the principal knows how to hire quality staff. Everyone from the teachers, principal, guidance counselor, nurse, and front office staff are truly exceptional. The after school child development program is pretty good and the enrichment classes cost money but are convenient, especially for working parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

Carmel Creek Elementary is a very good school when it comes to basic learning. There are only 3-4 male teachers in the entire school. There is not much emphasis on PE (15 minutes per day I think?). Tag is banned before school and possibly at recess. Parental involvement is excellent. Fundraising is constant. Also many events are geared towards fundraising.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

Great facility and devoted teachers. The discipline method a bit rigid and too much time spent on worksheet
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2005

Superb school in every respect!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

'Carmel Creek as a California School is slightly above the national average! It is not a great school especially coming from another state where education is given top priority. It is easy to see that this school has a way to go. Music, art, science, computer science and PE classes are shockingly poor. The computers in the classroom are outdated and often don't work. The principal, kind and warm, has a very limited ability to lead the teachers in change and growth. The curriculum is geared toward the state testing and not overall educational foundations little year over year improvement is seen. There are many ESL students that require special attention. Significant funds are diverted to help increase the teacher s compensation package; taking the teachers out of the classroom much too often. Without the heavy parent involvement and the few experienced teachers, the school ranking would decline in short order.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2005

Quality of academic programs: Good Availability of extracurricular activities: Good Level of parent involvement: Good
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2005

Superb school, great staff and super Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2004

Carmel Creek is an excellent school overall. This year they have moved the 5th and 6th graders to a new school so that it is no longer crowded. The principal has a philosophy that is developmental - not one size fits all. The teachers are very good at differentiating each child and his/her particular need. The faciities are excellent, new and clean. The school could be stronger in music and art. There is no stage. The computers in the classroom are outdated and often don't work. The curriculum is very challenging, but the homework is not overwhelming. There are many ESL students. Some are very transient in that their parents transfer jobs abroad frequently. This makes it difficult on the children. The teachers are terrific and take a personal interest in the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2004

So far, I am very happy with Carmel Creek. My only concern is that I would like to see more emphasis placed upon emotional skills, and a sense that teachers and staff are educated in gender studies. I sometimes get the sense that boys might have a hard time here, especially in the early grades, due to lack of understanding by female teachers who expect a certain docility. But the kids and parents are wonderful, as is the library, the after school classes, and the overall spirit of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2004

I was shocked to see a parent's negative comment about Carmel Creek. As a family, we've been involved with the school since 1995 and all three of our kids have had wonderful experiences. The teachers overall are extremely dedicated, warm, and highly qualified. There is a tremendous amount of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


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946

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2012 to 2013

-12

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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946

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Females82%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner82%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students89%
Females79%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner87%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Females83%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability56%
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females85%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability69%
Students with no reported disability95%
English learner86%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate99%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Females92%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students92%
Females92%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner79%
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 38% 11%
Hispanic 6% 52%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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