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Ivy Creek Elementary School

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted July 29, 2014

We love ICES!!!! My daughter has attended for three years now and have nothing negative to say. If you had a bad experience, it's probably because you handled it with the wrong attitude. You get out what you put in. STOP your complaining.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

One size fits all is this school's motto and if your child does not fit their mold look out, they will be ostracized, talked about , and labeled by these teachers. From kindergarten to fourth grade my son was singled out and watched through out his time at this school. The teachers did not like him and his fourth grade teacher made sure my son's fourth grade year here was stressful and miserable. She watched him like a hawk and would write down every single action he had throughout the day. " he got up without permission" "he's going to the bathroom too much" "he's picking at his shoes" "he's sneezing a lot and I think it's on purpose and it's a distraction". And on an administrative level it's even worse. Our experience in his fourth grade year was so bad and traumatic we moved out of county to get him in a new school and since then he's flourishing and having such success it's amazing. Despite his labeling at ivy creek which was obviously wrong. Parents beware...they are a crct test score school, that's their bottom line and what they focus on
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2014

This school has alot to be desired. There are huge discrepencies between teachers abilities and skills at every grade level. let me give you an example. In third grade, my first child was given homework every day and had a strict teacher who worked with kids who needed xtra work. My second child had little to no homework each day as this teacher stated they had enough work while they were in class. My child was then behind when attending 4th grade although she was an A-B student. This teacher was then allowed to follow and teach the same class of kids the next year. I realized this and wouldn't allow my child to have this teacher again. Some teachers would rather be your kids and your best friend. They offer focus classes and amazingly all of the teachers kids have been chosen to attend. I asked about the testing procedures and was told that it was a combination of tests yet the teachers and faculty couldnt be specific as to what was needed or what my child needed to do to qualify. Somehow the teachers kids who attended Ivy Creek all qualified. Finally you will be bombarded with requests for your cash from letters, to emails to texts with nothing pertaining to your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

My child attended this school K-5. She was involved in activities and clubs every year. She did everything from sports, arts, music, and math club. She always felt safe and comfortable at this school. She is a good student without discipline problems so I never really got to know the principal or office staff. I volunteered at the school several times each and there always several parents at every event.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

This school absolutely horrible! My family moved to GA one year ago and enrolled our 1st grade daughter in ICE...from day 1 we've had nothing but setbacks, disappointments and sheer ignorance from this institution. My daughter was enrolled in private school in our previous state and we decided to take a chance on public schools based on our realtor's recommendation. The staff here for the most part are incompetent; half of them are not trained in the subject area that they are required to teach (i.e. math). The teachers here do not send home agendas therefore as parents we have no idea what our children are learning on a daliy basis, so how can we assist them at home? The teachers send home subpar homework assignments, yet test the kids on completely different subject material(it would be nice to send home relevant homework). The teachers that we've been so unfortunate to have teach our child are completely clueless as educators and need to find new professions. It is now clearly evident why the state of Georgia ranks so low in comparison to the other states when it comes to public school education. Needless to say we will be returning to private schooling and I urge others to also
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2012

The front office staff most definitely needs a class in social skills. People should be greeted and welcomed and asked how they can be helped. There are some very good teachers at the school but there are also some subpar ones that need to move on to a different profession. The young school counselor needs to do her job and make herself available when needed - not seek out issues that do not exist. The school also needs to have more activities for the younger children. 99% of the after school clubs are for 4th and 5th graders and children want to be involved in music and sports much younger than that. Needs an anti-bullying program. Needs a sports program instead of the existing PE class that most kids seem to dislike.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2012

Ivy Creek has a very strong student leadership component that teaches children how to think and solve problems, challenge themselves to continuously improve and grow and be the best person they can be. The staff are very supportive of each other and most of the teachers are fabulous. The after school and before school clubs and supports offered are amazing and serve all student needs. Ivy Creek strives to remediate and enrich all students going above and beyond just a "adequate yearly progress". My children love Ivy Creek and so do I! I would move to remain here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

Not impressed at all! Who is the principal? I have never seen her and my children have been at the school since the beginning of the school year. We came from another school just down the road and this school has been nothing but a major disappointment!! Front office staff are rude, administration is subpar and are very snotty. The only positive is 1 of my children have a great teacher the other teacher again is subpar. We will not be returning to ICE even if it means shelling out big bucks for a private school. ICE has been a major disappointment!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

From everything I have seen ICES is a great elementary school. I go to have lunch at times with my child, holidays, or school programs and I have never left there upset about anything I have experienced. I leave feeling thankful that my child is in a great school. Every teacher may not be a 'star' teacher but I have always been pleased with the teachers I have to deal with and they take the time to explain things to me about my child. The principle may not be standing in the front office or walking the halls - because she is running a school full of kids. I'm sure her paperwork has grown over the years the same as in any business. I'm sure a few parents have complaints because all children are not the same. Some don't like school, some are not taught respect and manners at home, some don't receive the help with schoolwork that they need at home. Kids are kids and that is just a fact. Parents can get upset when a kid does what kids do about school...complain. My experience: Front office is helpful and friendly along with teachers. If someone doesn't have a smile, well, maybe they have lost a loved one or their spouce has lost their job. I fell blessed with ICES!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2011

Not impressed! We just moved here 2months ago and purposely picked this area to live because of the schools and how "great" they are. They treat new students like cattle. They do not give new kids the opportunity to visit the school and teacher before attending. You are to bring them in, register them, and they take them to their classroom. The front office staff is uninviting and of no assistance. They wouldn't dare get uo out of their chair to assist. The teacher was not compassionate and quite inappropriate to an intimadating situation my 8 yr. old was in. She apologized, but made excuses. I get no updates and do not even know what my child is learning. I never know anything about her assignments and had to email the teacher to ask about due dates, yet, we are suppose to purchase assignment books. I've had no notification of a parent/teacher conference which I would assume was last month. Neither myself nor my husband feel comfortable walking into that school. My daughter doesn't say much, but does not want to go there. We are quickly trying to find another school. Good test scores don't mean a "great" school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2011

my experience with Ivy creek has been a complete night mare! the principal and vice principle have no concern with any thing but test scores and the kids that excel! my son has been bullied in that school since we moved here in 2007 not much was done about it seems to me they wanted it to be brushed under the carpet. vice principle is an interrogator and should be working in a jail not with elementary students! this year i have finally had it and have got the professional support i need to pursue making sure this stops! all though my son is moving on to middle school they have not seen the last of me! If any thing it well save the next victim from the emotional stress my son has had to go through!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

I love ices. My son started pre k here and did great, then i sent him to a new pre k that i thought would be better and regretted it. Now he is back for kindergarden and its even better! I love this school and words cannot describe how wonderful mrs durbin is. I love it. My husband is driving 2 hrs to get to work because i don't want to lose this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this school. The staff and teachers are absolutely wonderful. They have always been very polite, helpful, eager to assist and answer questions, among others. In the 2009-2010 year, my 3 kids were enrolled from K-3. This was my fourth year at Ivy Creek. Thanks to the teachers and staff, my children have a love for learning and enjoyed going to school each day. They have all received wonderful grades and I attribute that to their teachers who truly cared about them. I'm sad to leave this summer due to relocation but I wanted to take this moment to write this review to let other parents know how great I think this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2010

My daughter just completed her second year at Ivy Creek ES, and I could not be happier! Her teacher this year, Mrs. Jones, was wonderful - keeping parents involved and updated daily and weekly; her interactions with the children; allowing parents in the room on a daily basis to help with whatever needed to be done. The PTA is wonderful and very present in all that happens around the school. Having been involved with the PTA the last two years, I can say that I have never seen a group of parents more dedicated than those at Ivy Creek ES!! Unfortunately, we will be moving out of state this summer. If I could take ICES with us when we move, I would definately do that!! A wonderful school, dedicated teachers, and a wonderful front office staff that will be missed!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

There are some wonderful teachers at this school. But I've experience one that is terrible so far. The principal lacks personality and she doesn't return phone calls. She doesn't seem to be concerned about your child well being. I though that was a part of her job!. I left several messages for her so I could tell her my concerns. She never called me back. I went to the school to speak to her and the front desk told me she wasn't there. Two minutes later she walked right past me. Then they wouldn't let me speak to her. I've called the school board and I hope they will do something about this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Ivy Creek is a wonderful school. I have been nothing but pleased with the experiences I have had with everyone I have come in contact with. Every staff member is warm and friendly, and you can't pass through the halls without someone greeting you. The school goes above and beyond to provide creative and fun activities in addition to an exceptional learning environment. The school is impeccably clean and organized. The teachers are wonderful and caring and focused on helping each child to succeed. I feel so fortunate that my children have the opportunity to learn here. Everyone at this school cares about its students and I have no doubt that children leave its doors well prepared for their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2009

I love my daughters teacher and think her class is excellent, the front office staff is terrible. I have been lied to about my daughters vaccinations and verbally disrespected when I presented them proof of their mistake, watched crossing attendants send cars through crosswalks with people walking and laughing about it and had terrible experiences with the persons who answer the phone. Registration was very inefficient and poorly run then repeated again a week before school started. It is always disappointing when you are treated so poorly and told 'that is just the way it is' when you dare to challenge the process. We as parents the attitude of the staff has not infected the will of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2008

Great school, like the other reviews said principal is not visible, but teachers are ok , I've been pleased with them, school has lots of free clubs for after and before school. I'm sad that I have to move for any new parent looking for a great school this one meet and exceed expectations, the PTA is great always. and fundraisers like the boosterton are a great alternative to sell candies like other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

The teachers are well trained and working for and with the children to help them excell. The school has many, many free clubs and very inexpensive after school help for those who are struggling or want to get ahead. The PTA is very active and the numerous volunteers in the building daily are amazing! Even our bus driver goes above and beyond. We are very happy with Ivy Creek!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2007

I have three children that attend Ivy Creek Elementary, and we have been very pleased with the quality of education that they are receiving. Of course there are some teachers that are exceptional and others that are not quite as good, but I believe that you will find that in any school. The teachers have always communicated will with me as a parent about the progress of my children, and they have been willing to address any concerns about my children and their education. The staff and leadership (including the principal) have always been available when we have had a need for their assistance. I have enjoyed my experience with Ivy Creek, and my children have as well.
—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.

About these ratings

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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

137 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

137 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

137 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

132 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

133 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

132 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

165 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 44%
Hispanic 17% 12%
Black 13% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Buford, GA 30519
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