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About Deer Creek School

Mission Statement
Deer Creek's mission is to help children achieve their full potential in an innovative and nurturing environment.

At Deer Creek School, we pride ourselves in providing a strong academic program and an enriching and exciting one. Our students engage in a comprehensive curriculum that integrates the core areas of reading, mathematics, writing, science, social studies, music, physical education, art, and technology into rich and interactive learning experiences. We are a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school. Our school values are based on positive behavior and focus on four character traits: respect, responsibility, kindness, and perseverance. Whether it is helping a student who is new to our school, holding the door for the class, or picking up an item someone has dropped, Deer Creek students who model good citizenship are rewarded for exhibiting "Deer Creek Pride."

History
We are rich in tradition and history and hold strong roots within the community. Deer Creek opened in year 1978 and was the 3rd school established in the Nevada City School District. Deer Creek was named for the historical mining operation known as Deer Creek Diggins.

Statistics
  • Student body: 417
  • 2016-2017 average class sizes: K-2nd Grades = 24.6; 3rd-4th Grades = 28.5
  • Facilities: 23 classrooms, Library, Computer Lab, Fitness Room, Resource Center, Multipurpose room with a full kitchen and new stage, including lighting and sound system. In addition, we have a staff room, curriculum room, and teacher workroom.
  • Our Transitional Kindergarten program (TK) prepares younger kids for a successful Deer Creek experience.
  • Our student body is diverse, spanning different backgrounds, both culturally and economically.
 
About The School
 
Deer Creek’s tradition of academic excellence is tried and true. We have a proven track record of success through traditional education practices spanning over three decades. We remain on the cutting edge by moving ahead with implementing the State Standards and incorporating STEAM into our school day. Our testing scores and rankings have been consistently among the best in Nevada County and the state. At Deer Creek School, we pride ourselves in providing a strong academic program and an enriching and exciting one. Our students engage in a comprehensive curriculum that integrates the core areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, engineering, social studies, music, art, and physical education into rich and interactive learning experiences.
We strive to apply our rigorous academic content into real-life applications, creating opportunities for students to collaborate and communicate. We also provide the following enrichment classes: Healthy Kids/Fitness, Music, Exploring STEM, and Library.
Additionally, we are proactive in recognizing positive behavior and focus on our three school promises: Be Kind, Be Safe, and Be Responsible. Students learn nine different tools such as breathing, personal space, and the garbage can tool to deal with personal and social conflict.
Throughout the year, we incorporate programs to broaden student’s experiences. Our Farm-to-School program includes field trips to local farms, local farmer visits to each classroom, food tasting, a school orchard, and a weekly garden cart during growing seasons. We have a strong Art Docent program and provide educational and enrichment assemblies.