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Sanford Creek Elementary

Public | PK-5 | 726 students

 
 

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Posted October 20, 2013

I have been very disappointed with Sanford Creek Elementary School. They do not have a good administrative team. The principal and asst. principal are not visible to students and parents. My husband thought one of the teachers was the principal. He had no idea who the real principal was. A real shame. Can not wait until my child is out of Sanford Creek. Would not recommend this school which is a shame because I had high hopes. If a new principal came along, they should have no problem improving the reputation since it can't get much worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

The teaching staff is great. The principal leaves a lot to be desired. She is not very personable or kind to the children. She seems put out to speak to. Hopefully soon than later the higher ups will realize she needs to be replaced for the sake of our children learning and well being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

My kids are in 1st & 5th grade (track 1) at SCES. It is our first year here. We have been SO pleased with the school. The principal has been very friendly & helpful whenever we approach her. Mrs. Murdock & Mrs. Strong are the BEST teachers that our kids have ever had. They care about my kids and the genuinely want to see them succeed! We came from a Christian school & didn't think a public school would meet our expectations but Sanford Creek has exceeded those expectations. Go Blue Jays!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

I totally disagree with the comments about the Principal. My daughter has been at this school since first grade and we have NEVER had any problems. The Principal is very "hands on" and knows all of the students by name and is always at the carpool line greeting children. She as well as all of the staff take a personal interest in the children and the parents. This school is great and I have loved all of my daughter's teachers. They all have went above and beyond to help her reach her highest potential and the Principal has done the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Being new to this area and a educator, I am very disappointed in the principal. She is very cold, snotty, not friendly at all. When we registered she didn't even both to introduce herself and she walked by three times. I didn't know who she was until I asked. My child came from a very friendly school which the principal was great and knew every child's name. There were about 530 students too. My child is not happy there and we are looking into moving him. The principal needs to know that she is there to supervise the staff and students, but has to realize that being friendly is apart of the job description. As I read all the reviews, they all state that the principal is unfriendly and this seems to date back right to the beginning. When is the higher ups going to realize that a change needs to be made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2013

Sanford Creek Elementary has been wonderful for our first year. I am really hoping our track 4 K teacher stays for another 2 years so my daughter will have her also. As far as principle, she has always smiled to me and I have not seen this "cold" side of her others report.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

I wanted to like Sanford Creek but the issues that we have had with bullying are just unbelievable. The principal attempts to intervene but has little respect from the staff. Way to improve Sanford Creek would be to have a stronger anti-bullying campaign in action. I also find the school work is lacking, the kids are not challenged enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

The teachers are great and my son loves it. However the principal leaves a lot to be desired. She is unprofessional and carries a better than everyone chip on her shoulder. When a parent makes a special trip to come and talk to you it is very inappropriate for you to sit in your office and tell your assistant to have them write down on a piece of paper their issue and expect a call back. This is not how a good leader works. I would be curious as to what the staff has to deal with in this regard. Other than this Sanford Creek is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2010

I LOVE Sanford Creek! My twins just started 3rd grade (track 1) and we have been at the school for 1/2 years. My kids teachers have been fantastic - warm, caring and committed. The school is only a few years old, so it is still shiny and new looking. All of the staff that I have been in contact with have been excellent - from the speech teacher, PE teacher, the guidance counselor, the janitor and off course the classroom teachers and aids. I couldn't be more pleased with how my children are learning and thriving in this environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2010

My 2 children attend this school. The teachers are excellent, and the school incorporates technology in the classroom - smart-boards, wikis, video cameras, etc... The PTA is the best I have seen!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

This is a wonderful school. My child is in fourth Grade (Mrs. Sass Class) and he loves being in Sandford Creek. The staff is great and so is the principal. I hope to have a great 4th & 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

I have a son attending this school. The program and the teachers have been great so far. Their program includes diverse areas, such as arts, music, literature and sports, besides the typical English and math. My child really enjoys and is always willing to learn at school, due to the Teachers and the easy environment they provide. Regarding my personal experience with the principal, it has been uncomfortable. I also find her to be cold and unfriendly. Unfortunately, the principal tends to have difficulties to recognize clear reasons from parents requests and her way to communicate is not totally professional. Besides the principle, it has been a positive experience to have my child in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2009

We have a kindergartner and first grader at Sanford Creek. We have been so impressed with the school and especially with the reading and writing the children are doing. The reading and writing workshop that they are using is really working. Our children love school and are excited about learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

Any new school has its challenges and growing pains. Hopefully, now that the school is in its second year, we all can see the dedication, community and commitment on part of all the staff. It's an awesome place for children to be!


Posted August 28, 2008

This is a new school that opened in summer 2008 amongst a very challenging environment in Wake County Public Schools. I have 3 children and have experienced 4 different Wake County schools in the Rolesville/WF area. It is strong and has strong leadership. The pricinipal is different b/c her goal is to create a community that our kids feel a part of and accountable to be part of. The Reading and Writing ciriculum are great and not the standar for the other schools in Wake County. I find it refreshing and a positive environment that stresses community relationships as much as academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2008

I am not very impressed with this school. I find the principal to be cold and unfriendly. She rarely speaks to the students. I have watched her walk past her own staff and not speak to them. The teachers will smile and greet you as they pass in the hallway. It took a long time for my children to adjust to the cool climate in this school. I am concerned that teachers left mid-year. There seems to be some sort of internal turmoil. My children tell me that they love their teachers but they never say they love school. I hope things get better because this is our base school.
—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 47% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students44%
Female41%
Male48%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled students48%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students46%
Female46%
Male45%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled students50%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Academically gifted94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students58%
Female52%
Male65%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities25%
Non-disabled students64%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students44%
Female50%
Male37%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities25%
Non-disabled students47%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
Academically gifted81%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students55%
Female61%
Male48%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students67%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Academically gifted88%

Reading

All Students43%
Female55%
Male30%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students51%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Academically gifted75%

Science

All Students45%
Female51%
Male39%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students56%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Academically gifted85%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 52%
Black 18% 26%
Hispanic 8% 14%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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701 Granite Falls Boulevard
Rolesville, NC 27571
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