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Church Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 781 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted April 4, 2014

My two children have been attending this school since Pre-K and it's been the best experience I could have asked for. The VP and Principal are always on top of any problems that may arise. They try to be as transparent as possible so that parents are always informed of what is going on. The teachers are genuinely interested that each student receives the necessary attention needed in order to learn. They communicate with me often via email and I can always come to them with any concerns. My kids have adored their teachers from Pre-K, to the latest grade (2nd). Unfortunately I will be moving, and honestly I fear that I will not find a school as great at this one. The scale of education provided to students reflect as we are in the second best school district in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2014

Church Creek Elementary School is one of the worst if not the worst elem. school that my children have attended. The principal is on a power trip and does not communicate with parents before doing something that will affect a child involved. The vice principal is just as bad and the front office staff has no control over it. THE principal has micromanaged to the point that good teachers are leaving. I will move so my child will not have to endure the bully attitude of that principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2014

Church Creek Elementary school is a wonderful school with a great administration. The principal has done a great job over the past few years in creating a rigorous academic environment, as well as fostering a caring atmosphere for the students. My son and daughter have thrived academically from their knowledgeable, hardworking, and thoughtful teachers. I've spent time volunteering in both of my children's classes and have seen first hand the hard work and commitment that goes into their education. If you have any concerns whatsoever, whether you feel your child isn't being challenged or has an issue with another student the teachers and administration (principal and assistant principal) go ABOVE and beyond to ensure there is a mutually acceptable outcome. They also have a wonderful band, chorus, and orchestra which we have thoroughly enjoyed attending their winter and spring concerts over the past few years. Church Creek has also done a great job academically which is evident by their test scores. Truly a wonderful school with a loving, safe environment. Kudos to the administration for the great work you do in making our school a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

Ms. Spence is one of the best principals I have come across. She pays attention to every little detail and is attentive to both staff and parents at her school. She returns calls promptly and is very courteous to parents. She has turned this scholl around despite what was handed to her when she took over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2013

Ms. Spence, principal at Church Creek, has been very helpful in making sure that I know what my children are learning. She has been responsive to my calls when I have questions or concerns. My children's teachers are also helpful. I am a happy parent of children who attend Chuirch Creek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2013

Church Creek Rocks! My daughter attended this school last year and boy do I miss this school! When I think of Church Creek I think of 3 things; strong leadership, strong teachers, strong sense of community! Initially I did not agree with some of the policies Such as their intense check in and check out policy; not being able to freely enter the building. After the school shootings, threats across the country ; I learned to appreciate that the principal has our children's safety as her top priority. The teachers seem to work hard, make lessons accessible to all kids even if they are special needs . I attribute this to the entire schools' belief that ALL kid must have a chance and that ALL kids can learn! When it comes to the school community; I find it to be a welcoming environment! The principal personally met with me and my husband to tour the building, discussed extracurricular activities , and was responsive when we had questions or concerns. I truly miss this school and would still be there contributing , working with the school leadership and teachers if we didn't move out of state. Forever grateful for Church Creek Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2013

Church Creek is, an excellent school. I am most impressed with the staff. The teachers are on point and seem to care about the students. I am most impressed with the principle. She is very thorough and fair. My grandson had an issue with another student and she immediately put our minds at ease and looked into the matter. She was easy to communicate with and really listen. I think it is important for our children to feel comfortable and to be a part of a caring environment in order to be able to learn. My hats off to Church Creek, please keep up the good work!!!


Posted November 6, 2013

Church Creek is an amazing school. I moved to Harford County a year ago but before buying my house I interviewed principals and fell in love with Church Creek! The principal, Kim Spence, took me on a tour and shared her mission and vision for the students at the school. During the time we spoke, I saw her passion for education and love for kids. When I toured the school I saw teacher really teaching kids with high expectations and I saw students engaged in meaningful activities. One year later, I know I made the right decision. My daughter is really learning and growing! I hope Ms. Kim Spence does not leave the school before my kids go on to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

Well, I have sat back and waited to post my review of this school, since my family and I are fairly new and I read the previous reviews. Now, after the first quarter has ended, I must say, this school is amazing. And it's amazing not simply because of caring teachers, but because of the leadership of the Principal Ms. Spence. Most people see her business-like personality and thinks she doesn't care--that could not be farther from the truth. Ms. Spence is the only Principal I have known he cares about children as much as she cares about test scores. She knows about students and about learning and I could not be happier that my family live where we do so that our children can attend this school. I know it's not easy for black teachers and principals in Harford County (I hear what some parents say at PTA Meetings) but Ms. Spence is very fair, always has an ear to listen and is ready to work with us to help our son. Thanks Ms. Spence and I hope you continue to lead this great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

Church Creek is an amazing school!! My child has been in this school since Kindergarten. The teachers are involved in the success of all the children. The people with negative comments have personal issues with change. Life is all about change!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2013

I don't care for this school at all. It was a good school when my daughter went there but went down hill with the new principle. She never did get her certificate for being a safety no matter how many times I called and asked for it. My son is in 1st grade there and hates it. Teachers have their favorites in class. We are involved in our sons education very much and are seriously thinking about taking him out of this school. As far as no child left behind - I think this school forgot all about with my child and some other children. The parents that we have talked to haven't been happy with this school either. The quality of teaching has gone completely down hill. I hate to be negative; but if you child has learning problems or is not a favorite for teachers don't expect anything from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2012

My daughter came home crying the other day complaining that the school is not challenging her enough, she loves school and wants to excel in it. She finds the school lacking in resources and when I observed the teaching there I found it substandard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

My daughter is in kindergarten this year and so far I loved Church Creek. Her teacher is fabulous. The staff seems very welcoming and supportive of all the students. We have enjoyed all the Family Fun Nights.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

I strongly disagree with most of the negative comments made regarding Chruch Creek Elementary School. When compared to some of the other "great schools" in the harford county school district, church creek does well with their academic scores. The teachers are warm, caring, and have a personal interest in your childs academic and emotional well being. I've had no negative experiences since my child started attending the school in 2008. My child is an honor student and has consistently done well! Honestly parents need to be more actively involved in their child's education, it is not just the teacher or the priniciples responsiblility. If we are not going to be part of the solution to make things "supposedly" better (I think they are doing a great job), lets not be a part of the problem. Great job students, teachers, staff, and principle; Chruch Creek Elementary Rocks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2010

I would just like to express my appreciation for how Everyone handled a mishap at Church Creek. I forgot about the earl dismissal. Even though it was only a 10-15 min stretch it felt like hours.. A lot can happen in that length of time. My daughter told the Parents that saw her standing out there.. that she cannot leave with any strangers, so the parent called the school and stood there and waited with her, until a family member arrived. The school called me immediately and gave me the parents number. I hear some of the comments that people are making about the fundraisers and things but I must say, change is hard.. It s not necessarily bad..it may take time for people to see Mrs. Spence s vision..However with this being my first year sending a child to Church Creek I am very pleased. Mostly because of the focus they put on safety. Secondly because of the staff..including my daughters Teach Mrs. Greig who is a Heaven sent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

This school pushes students to reach thier potential and offer many opportunties to get involve in fun and creative ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Church Creek is a good school, but I have a big problem with all the fundrasier that they do they have atleast 2 a week. For parents that work or don't work it is alot to do. I feel there are other ways to rasie money without having the parents go in there pocket almost every week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

As the parents before me I feel the same way about the new principal. She took away so many programs and extras (Dance). My daughter goes to 4th grade and was really looking forward to make the Honor roll, which she did. But the principal decided there will be no Honor roll this year. She was heartbroken and cried. The teachers are great, really wonderful. Before I would give the school 5 stars, the new principal took two. I understand that sometimes with new staff comes change, but listen to your PTA and parents, they have been at the school longer......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

I would love to explain to Mrs Spence that while we want to be invovlved in our students education we need her to also understand we MUST also work for a living and she needs to be receptive to that. I love the teachers at Church Creek and I hate the new changes! We as parents do not feel welcome there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2009

I second that comment about the new principal my son is in the 5th grade and my younger son in 1st grade and I agree totally about the new principal she does not embrace the culture at Church Creek at all. This year my son would have been a double distinguished patriot. Perhaps she should have taken time with the PTA and the community before coming here. This school is spectacular but I think bringing her here was not wise decision. Perhaps we should have a meeting about this before Church Creek winds up like the rest of the schools. The teachers, the staff, the academics, the PTA all are outstanding... we all deserve better.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 43%
Black 37% 36%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Asian 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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4299 Church Creek Rd
Belcamp, MD 21017
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