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Allen Creek School

Public | K-5 | 365 students

 

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Posted April 16, 2013

My daughter attended Allens Creek from K-2. I was unhappy with her Kindergarten teacher, so-so about the 1st grade teacher, and very happy with her 2nd grade teacher. We transfered to Indian Landing in the Penfield school district just before she started 3rd grade so I can honestly compare the two schools. Allens Creek is an idyllic little school in many ways. Students are close knit and the environment seems supportive. My daughter received "enrichment" but there was no formal gifted program. Socio-economic and education-wise, I fit in well with the other parents but I felt that some parents were less than welcoming to me because I was a single mother. I was very worried when we moved into the Penfield school district because I had thought Indian Landing would be a "step down" but I was so, so wrong. The school is welcoming and there is a sense of community and school spirit that didn't exist at Allens Creek. In addition, Indian Landing has a gifted program, a much stronger music program, and many more clubs and activities for the students. My daughter is in 5th grade now and I have been very happy with her 4th and 5th grade teachers. (3rd grade was ok)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2012

I must argue with the previous parent that thought their child was not given the attention that they deserved. All parents feel that their child is "gifted" and I am sure this parent is no exception. If you feel that your child wasn't given the attention that they deserved, than YES, send them to a private school that has a teacher to student ratio of 12-1. You are also going to spend over $18k/yr to get that. (By the way, Allen Creek has a 14-1 ratio, and it's a free public school). Allen Creek has won numerous awards for their excellence and they have earned them all. For those that are fortunate to put $18,250 a year towards tuition for their childs education, should expect more than a public school. But please don't rate my children's school only 3 stars because we don't measure up to a top private school. That just isn't fair to do! You are the epitome of what Pittsford parents are stereotyped as being. Rich snobs that just want to buy their way through life for them and their children. You should be ashamed of yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2012

My son attended Allen Creek for 2 years. Based on my experience, the reviews are a bit over rated. If you have an average or special needs student, this school is excellent. If you have a gifted or above average student, send them to a private school (Allendale Columbia). Allen Creek teaches to the middle or average student and there is no gifted program or extra assistance from the teachers. Allen Creek is focused on teaching to the NY state exams and any parent complaints will be ignored. However, this is a safe environment and parents and students are friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2012

I agree with the positive AC comments! BUT fair warnign to the sweet 5th graders on their way off to CRMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

Allen Creek is a nurturing, warm school environment. Its small size creates a welcoming community. The teachers and staff know the students and know the students' families. Parents and caregivers are actively involved in a variety of extracurricular enrichment programs and help out in the classrooms. Overall the teachers are terrific-- some are the best in the business. They actually put the things they learn in all those professional development seminars to good use! It's been a wonderful place for my children to spend their elementary years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

There is always such a positive atmosphere and the teachers are all dedicated to their profession
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

As with any school, public or private, the success of our children's education at ACE has been directly correlated to the teacher. We have had what we consider to be one of the top educators in the area yet the next year frustrated with one of the poorest. Socially there is very little conflict between students; very kind and cooperative atmosphere. This top-rated school needs to build academic continuity between grades...choose your child's teacher carefully!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

My daugther, entered First Grade at ACE, coming from a full-day private Kindergarten. Academically, she is a bright child but has difficulty with transitions and new situations and new people. Before school started her teacher contact us to welcome us to the school. Based on this first conversation, it was apparent that she had a genuine interest each individual student. Before school started, both the students and parents were invited to the classroom to meet the teacher and get acquainted with the school, classroom and with students weekly schedule. Thoughtout the year I found my child's teacher to be a perfect match for her personality. She brought out the best both academically as well as socially. When there was an issue with completion of work at school, her teacher made a very appropriate contact and worked iwth our family to resolve the issue. The school has a very close community atmosphere. Wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2005

Allen Creek has offered my daughter a fantastic introduction to the public school environment. Her first grade teacher has brought her from a basic sight word vocabulary to reading beginner's level chapter books in only 6 month's time. There is a high level of parent involvement in both school assignments and classroom/extra curricular activities. Report cards are comprehensive and teachers are approachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2003

My two children attended Allen Creek School and had a wonderful learning experience. The teachers are nurturing, kind, and highly professional. Allen Creek and the Pittsford School District is the highest rated in the Rochester area in regard to national testing scores in math and English. The District has been ranked #1 in standardized testing scores every year for as long as I have lived in the area, which is more than 15 years. Children who attend Allen Creek School go on to become leaders of their class at the Middle School level where the 5 elementary schools feed into one middle school. Because of its small size, (a student population well under 400 in the K-5 program), the atmosphere is one of warmth and friendliness - a feeling of home and safety for the students. This school provides top academic programs along with a variety of extracurricular activities. Many people relocating choose a home within this District because of the school's reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2003

I have had two children attend Allen Creek. My daughter went to Young Kindergarten through fifth grade. My son is currently in the fifth grade. We had a very positive experience with my daughter, except that some of the curriculum seems to be 'busy work.' When asked about specifics, teachers tended to get defensive. My son's experience has not been as good. He has learning issues and the school counselor and the principal have both dug in their heels about getting him services. I've recently learned that our elementary school (one of five) has a reputation for not getting children special education services, and that the middle school staff have to scramble to get kids set up when they start at the middle school.


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.

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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 31% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Female71%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant63%

Math

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students48%
Female48%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%

Math

All Students44%
Female36%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population46%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students43%
Female55%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%

Math

All Students41%
Female41%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population46%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 86% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 5% 9%
Hispanic 2 4% 23%
Black 1 2% 19%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 14%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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3188 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14618
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