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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, as well as an enriching and exciting one. Our students engage in a comprehensive curriculum that integrates the core areas of reading, mathematics, writing, science, social studies, as well as music, physical education, art, and technology into rich and interactive learning experiences. We are a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (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 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 the 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 full kitchen and new stage, including lighting and sound system. In addition, we have a staff room, curriculum room, and teacher work room.
  • 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 and we remain on the cutting edge by moving ahead with the implementation of 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 as well as an enriching
and exciting one. Our students engage in a comprehensive curriculum that integrates the core areas of reading, writing, mathematics,
science, engineering, and social studies, as well as 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 use in dealing 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.