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Willow Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 689 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 13, 2014

I have loved sending my son to this school for Kindergarten and 1st Grade. He has come a long way in just two years and I attribute this to his fine teachers and school staff. When I go to his school, every single staff member I encounter is friendly and remembers you. Parent involvement is through the roof. I do think this school should be funded enough to expand the Music/Art program, however. I'm happy to see the students have recess everyday and a P.E. program still in place. I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because the traffic during student drop off/pick up time is a pain, and also because the PTA could have better communication with the parents...to include the ones that paid for PTA membership. Overall, wonderful school and an awesome Principal leading it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

This is the 3rd elementary school my children have attended within the district and it has by far been the best. The 3yrs worth of teachers my children have had have been wonderful.Teacher communication has been easy and quick with replies. We have had a difficult teacher or two, but you will have that anywhere. My level of school involvement has varied over the years. When I'm able to help, I'm greeted with open arms and whenever I can't, I'm kept up to date. I've never joined the PTA, but they are friendly. I would say I favor the PTA involvement the most during the first couple of years that the school was open, though. Office staff has always been helpful over the phone and in person. I adore the new nurse for this year,the ones from the previous years were rude. Love all the Specials teachers this year. Kinder parents don't line up where they should for pickup,so traffic is a nightmare! It could easily be fixed by releasing Kinder 5mins earlier. Every school will have their annoyances, but I can honestly say that every annoyance I've had with WC has been offset by the loving teachers. They've gone above and beyond every single year inside and outside of the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

Wouldn't recommend this school. Very LOW to no teacher participation as well as parents. Communication from teachers is non existent unless you walk into the school and find your teacher and then you're made to feel rushed. Little to NO discipline handed out to behavioral students. I find the front office dismal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

Great environment for learning! The staff truly cares for their students! I'm proud that my child transferred to WC for Kindergarten and is still there! Thriving and learning everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2013

My child's kindergarten teacher at willow creek elementary was horrible and at times unprofessional, inpatient and a lot of times rude. She was terrible to most of the kids in her class, even bad mouthing / slandering some of her students to the parents either at field trips or school grounds at school events. My son hated her and struggled learning in her class. My biggest regret was not reporting her to the school district..... It's a mistake I won't make again if I run into a teacher of that sort of character......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2013

My children went to willow creek elementary- all I have to say THE LACK OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE TEACHERS TO THE PARENTS ARE POOR AND UNLESS YOU ARE THE TEACHER'S FAVORITE YOUR CHILD WILL BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

Excellent school with amazing teachers. As it pertains to Kindergarten, communication between myself and the teacher/principal is wonderful. On-YMCA is staff is attentive, caring and fun for the kids.
—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.

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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 89% in 2011.

79 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

79 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

95 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

95 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

85 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education100%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students82%
Female78%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education60%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education80%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students89%
Female92%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education80%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students87%
Female98%
Male77%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education50%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female96%
Male87%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students82%
Female79%
Male86%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
49%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Female83%
Male72%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)62%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingual67%

Math

All Students62%
Female62%
Male62%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted58%
Bilingual75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students70%
Female79%
Male60%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted66%
Bilingual0%

Math

All Students47%
Female55%
Male38%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special educationn/a
Not special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)24%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted40%
Bilingual22%

Writing

All Students62%
Female75%
Male49%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education0%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)32%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted58%
Bilingual10%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students87%
Female83%
Male91%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students71%
Female78%
Male66%
Black or African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female72%
Male79%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education20%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • This school did not receive a rating in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a rating in 2008-2009.

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 29%
Hispanic 37% 52%
Black 4% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 16%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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Saginaw, TX 76131
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