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Willow Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 861 students

 
 

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Posted April 30, 2014

I love Willow Creek! I have two children who go there and their teachers are awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2011

Excellent school. Sad to hear JoAnn Colson (Principal) is leaving next year, but hoping to see this schoolremain rated as top.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

This school is zoned to include many wonderful neighborhoods in the Southern portion of Tomball, Texas. The teachers and staff at Willowcreek have been nothing but awesome in the 6 years I have had my kids going here. Mrs. Joann Colson and Mrs. Maryann Marshall, Principal and Assistant Principal are always involved and approachable. My kids have been extremely happy growing up in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

I have had many problems with the teachers at this school and their attitudes and lack of care about the students, and disregard for parents requests. I stated my son's first day of school that he was not to have sugar, and this has never been respected, I have talked to the teacher, the nurse, the cafeteria manger, and it is still an issue. Last time I told the teacher to stop giving him sugar, she said that maybe I needed to pack his lunch from now on. (forgetting that she has refused to let me send our own snacks before) Packing his lunch would kinda go against the fact that we are on free lunch for a reason, if we're getting it, I don't understand why our dietary modifications can't be respected for us to utilize the free lunch. Kids would be dead if they had a peanut allergy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

This is my son'd second year at Willowcreek. The teachers and staff are excellent. Everyone is very nice and very helpful. When he was a little behind in reading they were able to offer him tutoring at school and extra one on one time between him and the teacher. I am very pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2008

Excellent school. They have been wonderful with my youngest daughter who has dyslexia. I can not say enough things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2007

We love willowcreek elementary school. good location. great staff ,very friendly atmosphere
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2006

Being a parent of a child with learning diabilities I can't say enough about this school. The pre k teachers are angels they have really opened our childs eyes and ears. The progress he has made is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2006

great school! lots of parent involment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2006

Great school with caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2004

I have been extremely pleased to have Willow Creek as our elementary school. The most impressive aspect is the great teachers we have been exposed to. All of our teachers like Ms. Lauersdorf, Ms. Gooch, Ms. Kullberg, Ms. Miller and Ms. Donald have always given 110% to the kids. Ms. Colson, the principal has made time for us to meet with her and discuss our kids. I am impressed with her willingness to listen and help. Everyone at WCES has been very nice to us. The facilities are excellent and provide a great environment for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2004

The new principal at Willow Creek needs to brighten up the students and parents days by wearing a smile and learning how to speak kind words to the parents. The principal did not take my concerns into consideration, when I tried to express what I believed was the best interest for my child and her progression. She does what she wants to do and she states that very well. She should be more respectful to the parents and more enjoyable around the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2004

The prinicipal Jo-Ann Colson knows nothing about how to handle ADD and ADHD children. If you have a child who may not pay attention, they are also quick to disavow and reponsibility in teaching these kids. Unless your child is a natural genius, beware of this school. This is the worst school in an otherwise very good district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2004

It was a hard decision to send my child to public school, but after meeting the staff I knew that Willow Creek was the school for my children. The teachers and staff are very warm and open to parental participation. Thank you Mrs. Colson for doing a great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2004

Our child is in kindergarten, and this is our first year with WCES. We have been extremely pleased with his progress throughout this school year and have been impressed by his teacher specifically, and all the teachers, principal and staff. I have spent a great deal of time at the school volunteering and am thankful for Mrs. Colson and her easy going nature. It is quite evident that she has a heart for children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2004

This is my child's first year at Willow Creek. I found the teachers and staff very friendly and helpful. I was pleasantly surprised and excited about the activities my child participates in and the number of opportunities to be involved as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2004

The school on a whole is very good we have a new principal this year and I think the the school has taken on a different mood its too ridged and not a happy atmosphere any more. It used to be fun to go in and help or have lunch with your child, now there are way to many restrictions. It has changed so much that we are very glad my child will not be there next year. My advice for the principal is take a deep breath and loosen up a little you can run a tight ship and also bend a little and make school fun for the kids and parents. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

149 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

140 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

138 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
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 Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male97%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education75%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
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.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%
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 Students95%
Female95%
Male96%
Black or African American86%
Asian92%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education78%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted95%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students91%
Female90%
Male91%
Black or African American86%
Asian100%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education56%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
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

English Language Arts

All Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
Black or African American100%
Asian93%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education50%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students93%
Female92%
Male94%
Black or African American82%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education67%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted92%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female83%
Male84%
Black or African American82%
Asian87%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education60%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
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 "Exemplary".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

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 65% 29%
Hispanic 19% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 11% 4%
Black 2% 13%
Two or more races 2% 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) 10%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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18302 North Eldridge Parkway
Tomball, TX 77377
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