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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 on providing a solid 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 three "Deer Creek Promises": responsibility, kindness, and safety. 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, we recognize Deer Creek students who model good citizenship.

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

Statistics
  • Student body:~300
  • 2016-2017 average class sizes: K-2nd Grades = 24.6; 3rd-4th Grades = 28.5
  • Facilities: 23 classrooms, Library, STEAM Room, Fitness Room, Reading Support, Multipurpose room with a full kitchen and new stage, including lighting and sound system. In addition, we have a staff room and a teaher workroom.
  • Our Transitional Kindergarten program (TK) prepares younger kids for a successful Deer Creek experience.
 
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 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 on providing a solid 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 integrate our rigorous academic content into real-life applications, creating opportunities for students to collaborate and communicate. We also provide enrichment classes: Healthy Kids/Fitness, Music, STEAM, and Library.
Additionally, we are proactive in recognizing positive behavior and focus on our three school promises: Be Kind, Safe, and Responsible. Students learn nine 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 students' 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.