Incredible INVOLVED principal. Outstanding teachers. Best arts-culture program in the district!!! Parents are passionate and excited about the school.
This is our 2nd year at willow creek and we are still so happy here.The principal is great and in the mornings will stand outside the front door and great the kids as they walk in. The teachers are amazing! They really want the children to do well and succeed in all areas. The parent involvement is 2nd to none which is a major factor in why this is one of the #1 schools in Colorado. There is a variety of families from high income to low that attend this school and I don't see and prejudices directed at either. One of the best things is that this school does NO fundraising. There aren't enough great things I could say about Willow Creek!
We are new to this school and we love it! My child's kindergarten teacher is friendly, kind and patient. She really gets to know the students on an individual basis. I'm so glad we chose to move to this area. The school is totally worth it!
The teachers are very well trained and always put the children first! I find them very responsive to me and open to my questions.
We absolutely love this school. We are in district, but this is not our home elementary so we enrolled through Colorado "School of Choice" options. We investigated nearly all of the elementaries before we chose this one. This school encourages parental involvement - many of the lower grades have at least one (and sometimes two) parent volunteers (for about an hour each day). The teachers treat the kids with respect, and they get respect in return. The older kids are supportive of the little kids - my 1st graders report several 5th grade "friends". I have one average child and one advanced child. Both childrens needs are met in the classroom, and I feel like both kids are challenged appropriately.
Willow Creek is as great as you want it to be. It could be better if the traffic flow at morning and afternoon pickup was less chaotic and intimidating. (The streets and fire lane are not designed for discharging and picking up passengers while double parked. Pedestrians should cross at the crosswalks - they're staffed!) The library, gym and other facilities are awesome- esp since th ebig remodel. The teaching staff are great - an excellent balance of newer teachers and been here forever teachers. G&T feels a little stale and set in it's ways. Also too easy for parents to push their kids in. The neighborhood is awesome and having the school in the community is great.
This school is the worst school my son has been through. The teachers are not friendly and knowledgeable. And sometimes you can feel that some of them even do not like kids. What I can say is that this place is a nightmare to children.
My husband's and my favorite part about AA is the flexible grouping system. Students are tested all year long to gauge their current ability levels and to identify learning gaps. For example, my son, an early reader and a quick student, had fallen behind this last year in comprehension skills. Instead of keeping him in the advanced group, he was moved to the standard group for more support. He's getting the attention he needs at the level he needs right now, and he's doing great. Maybe next year he'll be in advanced again, maybe not, but he's being taught according to his NEEDS. How many schools can say they identify and then address and accommodate each student at that level of detail? Not many I imagine. We are thrilled by the school's determination and ability to make "challenging each student at their level" a priority and a possibility.
I agree with previous comments that Willow Creek is a tremendous elementary school. We have been very happy with the education our children have received here. Now, for the downside: For many years, the neighborhood has been divided when it comes time for our fifth graders to move up to middle school. Half go to West Middle School and half go to Campus Middle School. There doesn't seem to be any explanation for this, other than "it's always been this way." I consider this a bad situation, which is further compounded when the middle schools unevenly distribute our students amongst units, leaving some kids without a social support system during the tender first year of middle school. It's time for CCSD to fix this problem, and the sooner the better!
My daughter has been attending this school since 2nd grade and we love the school. The teaching methods employed by the teachers, their selection of syllabus and the way they challege the students to excel is commendable.
I am in agreement with these posts. This is a great school. We also go out of district and love this school.
We are out of district and had to apply to get into this school. We are so fortunate because nearly every grade has a wait list. Since we transferred we have not been disappointed. Our school search was extensive and involved interviewing public, charter, private, and magnet. After at least 15 interviews this was our #1 pick because of its balanced approaced towards education. The parent involvement, quality of teachers, and administrative leadership are execellent. This school is a two time Blue Ribbon winner. Its high academic standards are balanced with a nurturing and caring environment that teaches students about compassion, responsibility, and wellness. As the post below states it is worth it to stand in line to enroll at this school. You will not be disappointed.
Our daughter graduated from Willow Creek, where she attended K-5. Now in Middle School, she was so well prepared that she's a straight A student. Our son is in 2nd grade now, and also takes speech therapy at WCE. We love Willow Creek's teachers and staff and parent community. Absolutely supurb private quality public school!
4 years and counting. One student so far, one yet to start. This place rocks! I've toured numerous elementary schools in the area and met even more principals. The only shortcomings are no full day kindergarten, partially offset by a solid 'enrichment' program. And a weak pre-school program- typical of the CCSD district.
Fantastic school. I am a working mom. My kids have gone to Willow Creek since Kindergarten and they are now finishing up 5th grade. I can't imagine a better place to have sent my kids. They love Willow Creek. The kids feel safe at school, they are challenged, and obviously feel like part of their school family. The communication between the teachers and parents is great, I always feel in-touch with what is going on at school. Top notch teachers at every grade level. The principal is quite frankly superb. In all respects, he goes well above and beyond. He is approachable, and actually listens to parent input. He really is looking out for each individual child, quite impressive. You should have no reservations about enrolling here. If you had to (and I don't believe that you actually do) you should stand in line to enroll at this school.
I love Willow Creek. It feels like private school. All the teachers are great..the parents involve on many occasions..the Principle is awesome!
My kids love Willow Creek. The teachers are really caring and really put forth a lot of effort to make sure that your child succeeds. The principal is awesome. He is very involved with the school and you will see him at many (if not all) school functions and every day at pickup. It is our first year at Willow Creek and I have found this school to go above and beyond any expectations that I could have imagined. The academics are great. I really like the emphasis that the school places on teaching kids how to write well.
My son went from private school to Willow Creek and had a little difficulty adjusting, but his new teacher worked hard with him to assist the transition. He has really enjoyed the new environment. Parent involvement is heavily emphasized here, and there are many parents helping with the school. The teachers stay in close touch with the parents, and feedback on my child's progress and needs has been very helpful.
we lliked it for K-1 and the teachers were very helpful with my child who always had an abundance of energy in the classroom.
Overall Willow Creek is a great school. I wish the school would have more art classes and music.
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