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K-8
Public charter
Sausalito, CA
Students enrolled: 360
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636 Nevada Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

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(415) 331-7530
(415) 331-1622
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June 09, 2015
Willow Creek has worked out really well for us. It's a very supportive community of parents and teachers, and the kids are really engaged. My son is in second grade and is testing way above grade level in math and reading. More than that, he is really excited to go to school, he loves his teacher, and is consistently inspired by something that he is learning. Nothing is perfect, there could be more resources, and at times it seems a bit unorganized, but it's been very good for us overall.

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February 06, 2015
All three of our children are at WCA even though we live in Mill Valley. Our 5th grader started WCA while we lived in Sausalito. We loved the school so much we stayed even after moving out of the district. We feel that our children are thriving in the project based learning environment where parent involvement is encouraged. We have felt listened to by the current administration and the past. The school has a strong community feel to it, where you can develop a strong relationship with your child's teacher as well as the other teacher's on campus. We feel our children are not only learning how to learn, but how to be a positive part of a community. As a parent we could not ask for a more well rounded school to send our children.

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February 05, 2015
Project based learning and parent involvement are two of the reasons Willow Creek stood out to us when looking at schools. Project based learning allows for hands-on, creative and more dynamic learning. Willow Creek teaches kids how to learn, so that they will be lifelong learners. The kids' ideas are encouraged, they contribute to the class, to the lessons, and explore ideas together in a safe environment. Willow Creek is a place where creativity is sparked and confidence is built. Both the kids and parents have the opportunity to contribute to the benefit of the school in a huge variety of ways. It's so much more than a school, it's a community, everyone helping and lifting one another to higher heights.

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February 04, 2015
Willow Creek Academy Charter School is a superb educational community. Our son, a 4th grade has attended WCA since kindergarten. Each year we are once again grateful for the quality of education and attention his teachers provide in the classroom, on field trips or outside. The combination of the interactive and multi-dimensional learning experience, (whether the teacher's instruction is in the classroom or outside) , the natural beauty of the campus, create an exciting learning environment which our son loves and 'digs' into each day. Lastly, my husband and I, as parents, feel a deep sense of pride as we too continue to learn, support and contribute to the growth of our school together with the dynamic, multi-ethnically rich community of Willow Creek's children and families.

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February 03, 2015
Love this school! Have a fifth grader and a third grader. It is an amazing program with big focus on academics, project based learning and field trips. Love the art and music program too. Only bad thing to say is that the lunch program could be more tasty.

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February 03, 2015
This is our first year at Willow Creek (my daughter is in K) and we couldn't be happier, especially her which is what really counts. Every morning she's excited to go to school. Her teachers are extremely experienced but are also continually updating their skills with new techniques, the classroom size is perfect (18 kids, 2 teachers), the project based learning style gives the kids a great depth of learning they respond well too (even I'm learning a thing or 2...) and there is a real sense of community around the school. I also get the feeling that the school is not happy with the status quo and is continually looking for ways to better itself overall. So I can't recommend it enough!

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February 03, 2015
Willow Creek academy truly has wonderful teachers! I really like that they communicate with parents all the time about their childs' academics. My son is happy to go to school everyday! Wonderful head of school and assistant head of school also. Always smiling and and on top of academics at the school.

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February 02, 2015
My child started at this school in 5th grade of 2013/14, in fact we moved to Sausalito for it, Mistake! I thought it would be a great school as the younger grades look very happy, the Upper campus is an entirely different story. After the first 2 weeks of my child's 5th grade time, the teacher quit - for reasons unspecified- and the rest of the year was a horrible experience for my child with a substitute, non-credentialed teacher. Behaviors were out of control and academics were just rote drills from outdated workbooks. There was no Math Curriculum and it was known that this teacher taught students math using mostly videos. I tried numerous times to reach out to the principal and was routinely given excuses to reasons about behavior or told to speak to the teacher. I tried a few times to talk to this teacher and was at first listened to, but after no change in academic rigor or behavior strategies I was frustrated as a parent. The teacher met with me for a 3rd time and was extremely disrespectful, telling me I had no idea what I was talking about or that I had no business telling them how I felt my child was doing in their class.

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November 12, 2014
We love it here. The administration is approchable and caring. The parent involvement makes for a good community feel.

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May 14, 2014
Our child is in 5th Grade currently, has an amazing teacher, loves the program, and has made great friends. We love the community, the arts emphasis (amazing music teacher!), opportunity for leadership development through PLAYWORKS, and the ongoing collaboration of administration and parents to constantly improve. The campus is beautiful! If we were to ask for anything it would be to expand foreign language instruction through middle school, and grow the tech program which I know is currently being evaluated. School is placing strong emphasis on Middle School through parent/school taskforce to ensure the best experience for the kids and most of all that they are ready to hit the ground running in highschool.

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May 13, 2014
Absolutely wonderful! Our daughter is thriving in 1st grade. The teachers are incredible and the school has very forward looking leadership in Royce & Tara. We couldn't be happier! We especially love having our community participating in their local school. Love it!

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May 12, 2014
Willow Creek Academy is a uniquely wonderful school. The parent community is involved and welcoming. The student body is diverse in many, many ways -- this is increasingly difficult to find, especially in Marin. The curriculum is project-based and not limited to rote learning or preparation for tests. My daughter happily heads off to school every morning. The school is continually transforming and becoming better, thanks to leadership that encourages parents to make our ideas become reality.

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May 12, 2014
Willow Creek Academy is a fantastic school. My daughter has been there for a couple years and has really enjoy learning at this amazing campus. I can't say enough about the faculty and range of additional programs including spanish, art, music, and nutrition. I can't wait for my son to join her.

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May 12, 2014
WCA is a vibrant, devoted and passionate educational facility at every level and in every facet. The staff, the parents, the children and the administration. I can think of no other school, public or private, that I would rather be a part of.

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January 24, 2014
Willow Creek Academy is an excellent school. My son is in his 2nd year there (in 2nd grade) and is thriving both educationally and emotionally. The atmosphere at the school is great and I love being able to be involved in my son's classroom. The project-based learning is a plus for us and the school is in an exciting growth time.

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November 26, 2013
My school is Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito. My child is in first grade and she loves her school very much. She's excited to go and is disappointed when she has to miss a day! But in full disclosure she does not like her Spanish class:) I as a parent of course love that she has Spanish so young! I love the parent involvement and the accessibility of the administration. Overall I think WCA is an excellent school and look forward to watching my child flourish.

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November 11, 2013
Willow Creek has been wonderful - our son had an awesome Kindergarten experience and is continuing that in 1st grade. The school is ever evolving which keeps it interesting and current. It is so amazing to have this public school option in Sausalito. Thank you WCA founders, administrators, staff, and parents!

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November 01, 2013
Willow Creek is an amazing place and should be ranked a 10. What you find here is community. Kids are academically challenged while learning to be involved and engaged. The school keeps getting better too. We've been a part of the school for 5 years and our kids are thriving.

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October 27, 2013
Willow Creek Academy is a great public school! Our two children are thriving there and we love the community-based feel.

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October 18, 2013
Our family feels very fortunate to have a school like Willow Creek Academy in our backyard. This K-8 school is lead by great administrators and supported by a group of outstanding teachers who really advocate for the students. Add a powerhouse community of caring parents and you have one of the best, well rounded schools in Marin. Check WCA out if you are interested in helping your child become a caring, intelligent global citizen-this school is making all of these things a priority.

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October 18, 2013
Willow Creek Academy is a spectacular school for many reasons. I find the teachers and staff to be highly engaged and proactive when it comes to providing an academic curriculum that challenges and excites students at all levels. The Willow Creek Foundation contributes greatly to the budget to ensure the Arts and PE are not cut. While parent involvement is most evident in K-3 grades, there is an effort underway to re-engage parents in the middle-school grades. It is hands-down the most diverse school in Marin. The new head of school is not only listening to parents, teachers and the community, he's taking action to improve and course correct what's not working. Overall, I'm ever-so grateful that WCA is my daughter's K-8 school.

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October 17, 2013
My child is thriving at Willow Creek. The teachers are using current methods of teaching reading and math, making it fun to learn. The diverse group of students are well-behaved and respectful. The school sets clear expectations on behavior. The new head of school is kind, intelligent, and energetic. He is helping create more order and sense of school community as the school has grown significantly in the past few years.

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October 17, 2013
Amazing! My daughter has bloomed at it. From learning how to start her own business to restoring the creek and filming a documentary about it all of this in just third grade!!! The school has amazing teachers, a new principal and a great campus with bay views.

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October 15, 2013
Don't be fooled. Charter members and administration lack basic management skills. Teachers and parents work very hard. Unfortunately the administration is very lacking in their role. Should be a 5 star atmosphere, but has very little chance of making it.

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September 16, 2013
WCA follows the guiding principals of the Responsive Classroom approach. Sharing these principals should help illustrate why we believe WCA will turn out future citizens who will be confident and prepared to succeed in a world where modern societies are highly interconnected, intercultural and heterogeneous. 1. The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. 2. How children learn is as important as what they learn: Process and content go hand in hand. 3. Much cognitive growth occurs through social interaction. 4. To be successful academically and socially, children need a set of social skills: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. 5. Knowing the children we teach - individually, culturally, and developmentally - is as important as knowing the content we teach. 6. Knowing the families of the children we teach and working with them as partners is essential to children s education. 7. How the adults at school work together is as important as their individual competence: Lasting change begins with the adult community. We are very pleased with this approach and believe our children excel in this environment.

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September 16, 2013
Willow Creek offers my children a great education, both inside and outside the classroom. The teachers are passionate about making sure kids establish a solid educational foundation and learn to love learning. Students also learn from each other, benefiting from one of the most diverse student bodies you will ever see. Outside the class, students go on numerous field trips to museums, nature preserves, organic farms, and other interesting places directly related to the core educational themes for that year. Finally, I think we are building a special community that positively impacts the Sausalito/Marin City overall by attracting and keeping families that would have moved elsewhere in the past. There are still things to improve, like managing the growth over the last few years, but Willow Creek is well on its way to being one of the best in Marin.

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September 07, 2013
WCA is a wonderful learning environment for children and a long overdue community asset for Sausalito and Marin City. It is inclusive and welcoming learning for all students, but like any school, the teachers and staff can only do so much to educate and prepare students for life. Parents are the key ingredient and this is what sets WCA apart. By its charter, it strives to include parents and community via involvement and volunteer time in the educational process. This helps make parents more involved and accountable for their child's academic progress and social growth.

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July 17, 2013
Willow Creek Academy is a phenomenal school with an amazing group of committed parents, teachers, and staff. Our learning inside and out philosophy helps kids learn in ways that inspires a lifelong love of learning.

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July 15, 2013
Willow Creek Academy is not just a great school but a fantastic learning community that puts kids first. Thanks to a dedicated and talented staff, my two children have been thriving academically and socially. They love going to school -- it feels like home to them. Most importantly, the school has fostered a love of learning that drives them even outside the classroom. Ama.zingly, as the school grows, it just keeps getting better!

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July 14, 2013
Wow! Imagine a school that is diverse and engaging that provides a great education with teachers AND parents that care This may be the ultimate success story, especially in a School District that has struggled in the past. Willow Creek Academy is really an amazing place and we are lucky to have found it for our kids....and it get's better every year with more and more involved parents.

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January 09, 2013
Willow Creek does okay with the lower grades but dont care at all about the upper grades. The teachers are rude to students and they don't learn very much. Many kids who graduated dont do very well in highschool.

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July 25, 2011
My daughters began school at Willow Creek last year and the teachers, Head of School and the academic program far exceeded my expectations, and were comparable, if not better, than the Marin private school from which we transferred. Communication about my childrens' progress and activities was constant and the artwork and other projects that came home were imaginative and thoughtful. In addition, the parents I've met are warm and friendly, and truly care about the school, which is shown by the significant amounts of time they devote to the school (voluntarily), despite their full time jobs and other committments. We are thrilled to have such a wonderful (free) K-8 school in Sausalito and look forward to many amazing years to come!

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July 06, 2011
My son started going to this school in the Kindergarten and I felt like he was in a very strict boot camp. Then the next year when he was in the 1st grade the teacher was even more stricter my son know longer liked school or his teacher, because he said she didn't like him and she was to mean. Also, they need a better playground and more outside activities for the kids to play with, computers for 1st graders, school bus for trips, and a cafeteria to eat their lunches instead of them eating lunchesin their classroom or outside on dirty benches.

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June 05, 2011
This school is Marin County's hidden gem ... a wonderful, warm, inclusive community, a beautiful campus and garden, terrific 'learning inside and out' programs, a new Spanish language program, arts and music interwoven with the core curriculum and -- unlike most Marin County schools -- incredible diversity. I moved to Sausalito because of this school and the people who are running it and the school keeps exceeding my expectations.

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August 27, 2009
Excellent teachers and Head of Shool is visionary educator. Peaceful, beautiful campus. Arts and music are integrated into class work

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February 05, 2009
Willow Creek provides an outstanding education for my son. The teaching staff is talented, committed, and energetic. Each year he has been presented with challenging and interesting lessons; even the weakest teacher my son has had (and she's no longer there!) was very good. The school has extra-curricular activities such as an incredible music teacher, quality PE coach, and environmental education. The student body is diverse--ethnically, racially, and socio-economically. I value the fact my son's friends run the gamut of backgrounds and upbringings.

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November 29, 2007
school is outstanding and provides extra help where needed. Works with kids to find a way to excite them about learning. Lots or encouragement to be creative. Divesity is also great!

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Willow Creek Academy
636 Nevada Street, Sausalito, CA  94965
(415) 331-7530
Last modified Willow Creek Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Willow Creek Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top