Award Year: 2016

Creekside Elementary School

12362 Springhurst Drive
San Diego, CA, 92128-6333

(858) 391-1514

Mrs. Christine Marie Donnelly, Principal at time of Nomination

Poway Unified School District

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Creekside is a community of lifelong learners committed to high academic achievement and respect for all, in an environment that fosters responsibility, collaboration, communication, and celebrations.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 51%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 4%
  • Asian: 26%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • ELL: 15%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Sharing a moment with friends in our reading garden.

Sharing a moment with friends in our reading garden.

Every Student. Every Day. We want to make school special for our students. Visitors and parents constantly comment on both the beauty of the campus and the welcoming staff. The school opened in 2001 with a vision for the future and a goal to prepare our students to be productive citizens who will enjoy successful careers. Our upper grade students are each provided with an iPad that goes home daily to allow students to drive their own learning and produce awesome projects. Staff, parents, and students have come together to create a positive learning environment that provides numerous opportunities for all children to experience rigor and relevance - built upon strong relationships. We are a high-achieving school and continually push ourselves to find new strategies to meet the needs of all students. Our PALs (Peer Assisted Learning) reading program matches first graders with fourth and fifth graders two mornings a week before school in the library to practice reading skills. It is a simple program with great results - the PALs first graders show growth beyond the average year after year. Working with the PTA, we have built an extracurricular program that allows students to explore a variety of activities like chess, foreign language, coding, math, and choir with the hope of finding a lifelong passion. At the heart of it all is our incredible team of volunteers who give freely of their time to work with our students and support the teachers.