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Willowcreek Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1173 students

 
 

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2011:
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Posted June 28, 2013

Hello, I am now a former student of Willowcreek middle school and I beleive, in general that it is a good school, There are three types of teachers here, the "cool" teachers, the regular teachers, the "bad" teachers. I can think of one "cool" teacher for each grade level, these teachers are typically still in there 20's or 30's at most and they are well liked by students because they are like students, they don't give much work. Most teachers fall into the regular teacher category, they care about students and try to challenge them, I only know of one "bad teacher", someone who does not care about their students, so much so that he tells them that he does not care. Over all most of the teachers are good. The principal is a great lady she comes on the announcements each day to give her "words of wisdom" which are basically famous quotes. She tells us Willowcreek students have the COURAGE to be responsible, respectful, fair, compassionate. She always comes to see the band, sports, clubs activities, I do not know her personally but I think she genuinely cares. The school is clean, most students except for a few bad apples care about grades, sports, and their futures to.


Posted October 24, 2012

This is more of a question for the others who attend or parent from this school. Is it normal to get cut from tryouts of any sports team? Just curious to how they conduct it. Not a parent, just a relative. Thank you to any response. :)


Posted November 1, 2011

I am a student at willowcreek this is my second year here and i love it we do have bullying issues but if you tell a teacher the WILL HELP YOU! It is a great school they have a great special needs program and it is amazing!


Posted February 21, 2011

my daughter had a week of bullies. The vice principal did'nt do anything about it, I ended up calling the cops on the 7th day, even that did'nt help, my daughter had to wait it out until things settled down with the bullies. which waas about a day after i went off on a student n things turned around 100%. So whichever school you choose you need to be involved, because things won't get done to protect our children unless you the parent get's involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2009

I am a student a Willowcreek and this is a great school! I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a student


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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 78% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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57%

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60%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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78%

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81%

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78%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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83%

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78%

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80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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70%

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66%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

379 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

20%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
25%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 72%
Hispanic 18% 10%
Black 10% 12%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A46%
Special education 14%N/A14%
English learners 2%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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