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Katie Jo Schmitz

Johnson Creek Elementary School7

Johnson Creek, WI | Jefferson County


June 17, 2014

Johnson Creek is amazing. We currently reside in Watertown and I took advantage of Open Enrollment to get my children into this school so they did not have to attend Watertown schools. The teachers are caring and dedicated to communicating to parents that take an interest in their child's education. It's nice to walk into a school and have administration and teachers know immediately who I am and welcome me. The thing with small schools like Creek is that if you just drop off and pick up your child and go to the conferences, you're unlikely to feel like you belong. It's a very parent volunteer oriented school and parents have to take the initiative to get involved. If you want a quality education where there is approximately 12-15 students per teacher, then I highly recommend it.

Submitted by a parent

March 31, 2013

Johnson Creek Elementary, our little one is a special needs child. He is receiving more than we have even put in his IEP. I have always been fortunate to have access to not only the staff but the Principal. Never have we felt that our boy wasn't receiving all that they can possibly do to help him be all that he can be. We feel blessed to be in this school. We pray that the referendum goes through because the building is in desparate need of help, but the people inside have it all together.

Submitted by a parent

March 19, 2013

As an alumni and a parent of children in this school district, I would strongly discourage any parent from sending their children to this school system! The only reason we have not taken our children out of the school is because there is no transportation provided to send them else where, as my husband and my work schedules run over the end of the school day! Aside from havin some GREAT teachers, whose turn over rate is astounding I might add, the administration is AWFULL! Superintendent and principal particularly in the elementery is rarely friendly and at times arrogent and condescending! The office staff always looks at me like a deer in headlights when I go to them with any questions. Which shows the lack of communication and teamwork! I cannot ever seem to reach a live person on the phone in the middle school/ highschool office. The safety in regards to the building itself is HORRID! Remember the roof cave in a few years back? Goes to show you how the maintanance staff keeps up with its building safety inspections. Yet there doesn't seem to be enough people per-capita to support the tax burrden the new school would bring about. As far as cleanliness, I wont even go there!

Submitted by a parent

August 25, 2012

Have been at 4 schools in past 7 years. Comparatively the teachers are great. The school itself is very disorganized and does not provide enough information for new families, every event is a struggle to figure out what is going on. You always need to leave voice mail messages and calls are not returned, emails go into spam or are not received at all. It is hard to compare academically because this school HAS ELIMINATED GRADES! No grades/percentages on papers or report cards. I do not feel this system is very motivating nor is it preparing children for the competitive nature of higher education. This alone would not let me recommend the school. Have been at many meetings where parents voiced concerns over this and it falls on deaf ears.

Submitted by a parent

November 4, 2010

Johnson Creek Elementary is providing a great educational opportunity for my child. The teachers are engaged and work at all levels of learning. The new Talented and Gifted program is providing additional opportunties that have not been previously available. Communication from school to home is good. Opportunities for enrichment are available for all subjects, including art, leadership, and even performance. A new building is needed due to large growth over the past 6 to 8 years. The community needs to come together to make this happen. Overall - we are very satisfied with our Johnson Creek educational experience. We are not "lifers" and do not feel that long time residents get preferential treatment.

Submitted by a parent

June 10, 2010

Small town here means if your ancestors are not from around here you are not very welcomed. Any new technology is unheard of. Teachers are only there to play favorites to the "community leaders children" and likely their friends and lifelong neighbors. These are educators??? So educated that they refuse to pronounce the word "creek" as is is spelled...(see preferred pronunciation in Websters Dictionary). This word rhymes with leek, not lick!!! Its a wonder why people from other communities view residents from this town as being of the slow red-neck variety.

Submitted by a parent

April 24, 2010

I am a parent of three children at the school. The small town atmosphere allows a positive school to home connection. The building is old, the community needs to prepare for an expanding community. The work is more individualized for each student and their current abilities. It would be a 4 or 5 star school with new facilities.

Submitted by a parent

February 23, 2009

I am a graduate from Johnson Creek High, and currently have a sibling attending the same school. The school really does do great considering how funding is constantly being cut for education. I really liked the small town atmosphere...christ, we didn't even lock our lockers in high school because theft was a non-issue. If you want a big school where nobody knows you or cares about you, go elsewhere. As far as the comment about using school choice to go elsewhere is concerned: I used school choice to come to Johnson Creek because I loved the school district so much. Keep up the good work, Johnson Creek!

January 30, 2009

Johnson Creek Elementary School is cramped and crowded with only the bare-minimum opportunities provided for students. Older students are taught in portable classrooms that were supposed to be removed years ago. The school administrative staff (including the principal, school secretary, etc) are frequently unfriendly, curt, condescending, and unresponsive. Teachers do not follow through on promised communication with parents and progressive education methods are essentially ignored. Diversity in the classroom curriculum is merely lip-service, while mudane homework consisting of nothing but busy work is required from as early as 4K. The district as a whole cannot even seem to be able to properly program its voicemail capabilities and staff rarely return telephone calls. The school board members are unresponsive and are not held accountable for decisions; meetings are not accurately recorded or reported. Open enrollment at a nearby district would be a better option.

Submitted by a parent

May 5, 2004

Johnson Creek Elementary is a great, small school. With about 300 kids, your children will get a quality, one on one education. Right around 50 kids per grade helps maintain the small school atmosphere, while allowing teachers and staff to work closely with the kids to enhance their knowledge of technology, the arts, etc. Johnson Creek Elementary is a very progressive school. Students know Power Point by second grade. They compete in many gifted and talented areas, including art, math, science and writing contests. Our teachers and staff do a wonderful job making the kids want to learn. Our principal is great, and always willing to lend an ear if you need to talk to her. Come and visit. You'll want to stay in Johnson Creek.

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