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Walnut Creek Elementary School

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Posted March 27, 2014

I been with this school 3 years I am greatly appreciative of the staff here at W.C.E.S. they treat people with respect and they give u any help u need with your child I am very involved in the school i recommend this school to everyone. i love the way they communicate with the parents when your child did something he or she was not supposed to do. i get to walk my kids to there class and even have breakfast or lunch with them. u can sit in the class for a minimum time only as long as u get an approval this is county policy not the staff. people always judge too quick with out really knowing. REMEMBER IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY WITH YOUR SELF OR WITH A SITUATION U HAD WITH A STAFF MEMBER THAT DONT MEAN EVERYONE OR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL IS BAD OR CLICKISH. I LOVE THE EDUCATION MY KIDS HAVE RECEIVED HERE AND WILL KEEP RECEIVING TILL THEY GO TO MIDDLE SCHOOL. THIS SCHOOL REALLY CARES OF OUR CHILDRENS AND PROTECT THEM ALOT. I GIVE W.C.E.S. A BIG 100+ IN EVERYTHING THEY THE BEST SCHOOL AND THERE PTO IS THE BEST TOO. GOD BLESS W.C.E.S.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

LOVE THIS SCHOOL THE STAFF. THEY ALWAYS TREAT U RIGHT. THEY PROVIDE ME WITH INFORMATION AND GUIDE ME THE RIGHT PATH FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF MY TWO KIDS THEY HAVE HELPED ME WITH THE SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR MY CHILD I DIDNT EVEN KNEW MY CHILD HAD LEARNING DIFFICULTIES KEEP UP THE GOOD HARD WORK WALNUT CREEK STAFF AND ADMINISTRATORS. THE VOLUNTEERS HELP TO THEY DEDICATE THEIR FREE TIME TO HELP TEACHERS AND OUR CHILDRENS WHEN THEY ARE IN NEED OF HELP. THIS IS MY #1 SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

I love Walnut Creek! Both of my kids have been going here for years! The teachers and staff are awesome. They all work with me to do what is best for my children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2014

As a testament to two other similar reviews this school is definitely cliquish and they do tend to single out certain parents/students. It's undeniable that there is a no open door policy at this school. You will get a conference but you better believe it will be at "an ideal" time, everything will be set up, and all faculty involved coached for your arrival especially if they feel you are coming to address a concern that may reflect negatively on one of their staff. It is a "very well controlled/orchestrated environment" when you visit. Do not be surprised at how quickly they ban together under the "teachers' code" nor at how they will hurriedly put together a "teacher team meeting" to back each other up and cover each other's tracks. Though this method does nothing to address the lack of accountability on behalf the staff, at this school they uphold the teachers at all costs. If what you want is a strong, fair educational environment where your child's emotional and educational well-being is first and utmost then by all means I strongly suggest you consider other possible options!!!!!


Posted July 26, 2013

In general, students are top priority! Walnut Creek continually progresses. Teachers here are screened well enough that they end up advancing to other areas via lateral or advanced promotion in the district. Principal and Assistant Principal are strong leaders, accept constructive feedback, and care about the school climate. The school is small, title I and has some great positives such as "walk to reading" and "walk to math" to help differentiate instruction. The PTO is well-lead, too.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 14, 2013

To say that this is the best school in Henry County is SCARY! This has to be the worst school (principal and assistant principal) I have every encountered. I have two children there and this will be ABSOLUTELY the LAST year we will be at this school. We tried to hang in there with this school. Most of the good teachers left last year, there are a few that remains and I mean a few. But the leadership is horrible and some of the teachers don't seem to even like kids. The Henry County Board of Ed is no place to go to complain. They are a huge click and will cover for each other to the detriment of the children. I remember when I was in school, we actually did LEARN. That is definitely not going on here. My son HATES this school. He has nothing to do, no homework, I am giving him work after he gets home. If you value education, this is NOT the school for your children. If you are one of those parents that don't care at all. Then you will be happy here and they will LOVE you. I' not trying to be mean, but this school is horrible. My children have never had any disciplinary problems but the education is lacking to say the least. I am hands on & spend a lot of time there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2012

This school has the worst principal I have ever encountered. She along with the assistant principal are horrible. I am used to a school with an open door policy and these two have completely run this school to the ground. You are not allowed to go to your child s classroom nor walk them to class for any reason. I understand that the children are there to learn how to be independent but I if my child is there I do not want to be shut out. The school does have good teachers but a number of them are leaving at the end of the school year due to poor leadership. Both my children have come home crying on many occasions complaining of how mean the principal and the assistant are to them. I went to the school board to file a complaint but there was no help there they are all affiliates so they cover for one another when you file a complaint. I have never been happier to see the school year come to an end because my children will NOT be returning there. Choose wisely if you are considering this school. I am offering a very honest parent review because I love my children very much and want all other parents to know the truth about this AWFUL school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

We are a military family new to the area. Finding a good school was very important as my son was just starting kindergarten. I am pleased to say we all love Walnut Creek. I like the size of the class and the size of his classroom. Mrs. Fletcher and Mrs. Winkles are great. And, more important, my son likes it and he is learning a great deal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

Walnut Creek is the best in McDonough. My son came to Walnut Creek as a first grader and had been having problems in school since he started in private school at the age of 3 yrs. He was kicked out of private christian school at 4 y/o and had a rough time in another private christian kindergarten. The year started off rough for him due to his behavior, but with the help of his first grade teacher, Ms. Silveri, and the woderful school counselor, Ms. Brown, things smoothed out very well or him. He received numerous academic awars and was nominaed as Reader fo The Year for his first grade calss. My family is very pleased with all of the staff at wWalnuit Creek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2008

Walnut Creek Elementary is the best elementary school in Henry county as far as I am concerned! My child was in Mrs. Ergle and Mrs. Fletcher's kindergarten class and she learned SO much! I am very proud of my child's accomplishments and look forward to another GREAT year next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

I did not feel the principal or assistant principal to be very friendly. I felt that the school was very clickish. If the parents did not know you they did not try to know you. I offered my services for several things and was never contacted. I was very happy with the second and fourth grade teachers. The school needs to present itself more friendlier. I was happier with our other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2008

The staff is great! I feel my son has learned a lot. I like the faculty to student ration. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

This was the opening year for Walnut Creek but so far so good. Of course a few kinks had to be ironed out but that was to be expected. My kindergartener had a rough start but is now ready to start first grade with confidence and enthusiasm.
—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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

76 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

76 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 85% in 2010.

72 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

72 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

72 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 88% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
74%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 55% 37%
White 30% 44%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3535 McDonough Pkwy
Mcdonough, GA 30253
Phone: (770) 288-8561

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