School Details

Willow Creek Academy

636 Nevada Street, Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-7530
5

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 324 students 12 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

57%
6%
56%
69%
0%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sausalito Marin City School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
73%
46%
90%
82%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sausalito Marin City School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
59%
65%
38%
100%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sausalito Marin City School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
60%
63%
65%
25%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sausalito Marin City School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

41%
60%
19%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sausalito Marin City School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
60%
48%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sausalito Marin City School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
57%
30%
31%
46%
18%
52%
60%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sausalito Marin City School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Willow Creek Academy is a charter middle school in Sausalito. The principal of Willow Creek Academy is Royce Conner, who can be contacted at rconner@willowcreekacademy.org. 324 students go to Willow Creek Academy and are mostly Asian, Multiracial, and Hispanic. 21% of the Willow Creek Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 53% of the 324 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Willow Creek Academy is 12:1. Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 9%
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 38% 25%
White, non-Hispanic 31% 12%
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 44%
Unspecified 13% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
Filipino 0% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 394%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 77%
Limited English proficiency 21% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Willow Creek Academy is an excellent school. My son is in his 2nd year there (in 2nd grade) and is thriving both educationally and emotionally. The atmosphere at the school is great and I love being able to be involved in my son's classroom. The project-based learning is a plus for us and the school is in an exciting growth time.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito. My child is in first grade and she loves her school very much. She's excited to go and is disappointed when she has to miss a day! But in full disclosure she does not like her Spanish class ) I as a parent of course love that she has Spanish so young! I love the parent involvement and the accessibility of the administration. Overall I think WCA is an excellent school and look forward to watching my child flourish.

  • (1 year ago)

    Willow Creek has been wonderful - our son had an awesome Kindergarten experience and is continuing that in 1st grade. The school is ever evolving which keeps it interesting and current. It is so amazing to have this public school option in Sausalito. Thank you WCA founders administrators staff and parents!

  • (1 year ago)

    Willow Creek is an amazing place and should be ranked a 10. What you find here is community. Kids are academically challenged while learning to be involved and engaged. The school keeps getting better too. We've been a part of the school for 5 years and our kids are thriving.

  • (1 year ago)

    Willow Creek Academy is a great public school! Our two children are thriving there and we love the community-based feel.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son's school is Willow Creek Academy Charter School Sausalito Ca. 94965 The teachers are engaging interactive highly skilled and experienced. The Parent's are committed and active in supporting growing and extremely creative and dynamic.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our family feels very fortunate to have a school like Willow Creek Academy in our backyard. This K-8 school is lead by great administrators and supported by a group of outstanding teachers who really advocate for the students. Add a powerhouse community of caring parents and you have one of the best well rounded schools in Marin. Check WCA out if you are interested in helping your child become a caring intelligent global citizen-this school is making all of these things a priority.

  • (1 year ago)

    Willow Creek Academy is a spectacular school for many reasons. I find the teachers and staff to be highly engaged and proactive when it comes to providing an academic curriculum that challenges and excites students at all levels. The Willow Creek Foundation contributes greatly to the budget to ensure the Arts and PE are not cut. While parent involvement is most evident in K-3 grades there is an effort underway to re-engage parents in the middle-school grades. It is hands-down the most diverse school in Marin. The new head of school is not only listening to parents teachers and the community he's taking action to improve and course correct what's not working. Overall I'm ever-so grateful that WCA is my daughter's K-8 school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Amazing! My daughter has bloomed at it. From learning how to start her own business to restoring the creek and filming a documentary about it all of this in just third grade!!! The school has amazing teachers a new principal and a great campus with bay views.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is thriving at Willow Creek. The teachers are using current methods of teaching reading and math making it fun to learn. The diverse group of students are well-behaved and respectful. The school sets clear expectations on behavior. The new head of school is kind intelligent and energetic. He is helping create more order and sense of school community as the school has grown significantly in the past few years.

  • (1 year ago)

    Willow Creek has been wonderful for our daughter now in the first grade. Both of her teachers (K & 1st) have been fantastic. WC is now under the terrific leadership of Royce Conner. The school is as diverse as a session of the United Nations and all the kids benefit tremendously. Where else can you say that in Marin? It has completely changed the dynamic of Sauslito where families are now staying PAST nursery school!! From the bucolic campus (are you kidding me!!) to the universally excellent teaching staff we feel blessed to have this fantastic public school option. The future is only getting brighter as more & more families discover this hidden gem.

  • (1 year ago)

    Don't be fooled. Charter members and administration lack basic management skills. Teachers and parents work very hard. Unfortunately the administration is very lacking in their role. Should be a 5 star atmosphere but has very little chance of making it.

  • (1 year ago)

    WCA follows the guiding principals of the Responsive Classroom approach. Sharing these principals should help illustrate why we believe WCA will turn out future citizens who will be confident and prepared to succeed in a world where modern societies are highly interconnected intercultural and heterogeneous. 1. The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. 2. How children learn is as important as what they learn Process and content go hand in hand. 3. Much cognitive growth occurs through social interaction. 4. To be successful academically and socially children need a set of social skills cooperation assertion responsibility empathy and self-control. 5. Knowing the children we teach - individually culturally and developmentally - is as important as knowing the content we teach. 6. Knowing the families of the children we teach and working with them as partners is essential to children s education. 7. How the adults at school work together is as important as their individual competence Lasting change begins with the adult community. We are very pleased with this approach and believe our children excel in this environment.

  • (1 year ago)

    Willow Creek offers my children a great education both inside and outside the classroom. The teachers are passionate about making sure kids establish a solid educational foundation and learn to love learning. Students also learn from each other benefiting from one of the most diverse student bodies you will ever see. Outside the class students go on numerous field trips to museums nature preserves organic farms and other interesting places directly related to the core educational themes for that year. Finally I think we are building a special community that positively impacts the Sausalito/Marin City overall by attracting and keeping families that would have moved elsewhere in the past. There are still things to improve like managing the growth over the last few years but Willow Creek is well on its way to being one of the best in Marin.

  • (1 year ago)

    WCA is a wonderful learning environment for children and a long overdue community asset for Sausalito and Marin City. It is inclusive and welcoming learning for all students but like any school the teachers and staff can only do so much to educate and prepare students for life. Parents are the key ingredient and this is what sets WCA apart. By its charter it strives to include parents and community via involvement and volunteer time in the educational process. This helps make parents more involved and accountable for their child's academic progress and social growth.

  • (1 year ago)

    Willow Creek Academy is a phenomenal school with an amazing group of committed parents teachers and staff. Our learning inside and out philosophy helps kids learn in ways that inspires a lifelong love of learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    Willow Creek Academy is not just a great school but a fantastic learning community that puts kids first. Thanks to a dedicated and talented staff my two children have been thriving academically and socially. They love going to school -- it feels like home to them. Most importantly the school has fostered a love of learning that drives them even outside the classroom. Ama.zingly as the school grows it just keeps getting better!

  • (1 year ago)

    Willow Creek Academy is truly unique in its diversity sense of community and commitment to creating well-rounded students. Unlike our previous school where it was difficult to make changes and/or institute new programs Willow Creek is a place where parents are heard and can be very involved in shaping the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wow! Imagine a school that is diverse and engaging that provides a great education with teachers AND parents that care This may be the ultimate success story especially in a School District that has struggled in the past. Willow Creek Academy is really an amazing place and we are lucky to have found it for our kids....and it get's better every year with more and more involved parents.

  • (2 years ago)

    Willow Creek does okay with the lower grades but dont care at all about the upper grades. The teachers are rude to students and they don't learn very much. Many kids who graduated dont do very well in highschool.

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