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    Principal - Tamika Knighton 
    Assistant Principal - Shevy Glenn  
    Enrollment* - Total Students - 625   
    Administrators - 2   |   Counselors - 1  |   Certified Staff - 55 

    Mission -Walnut Creek Elementary is a safe and orderly learning community where each individual will develop 21st century skills, including creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication and the knowledge necessary to succeed in school and society.

    Vision - We believe in the ability to find unknown solutions to undiscovered problems using a growth mindset so that EACH student will Succeed.


    3535 McDonough Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253    |   Main# 770.288.8561   |   Fax# 770.288.8566

    *2021-2022 Enrollment

  •  Highlights

    The following school highlights are just a few of the things that make Walnut Creek Elementary School an amazing place to learn and grow! These four items should allow you to see the rigorous learning, diverse experiences, and supportive culture that exists in our school. In Henry County Schools, we believe in giving every student a high quality, world-class education and we believe these highlights display our passion and commitment to do just that.

    WCE picStudent Outcomes
    Walnut Creek’s commitment to student achievement is demonstrated through the results of recent school climate reports. In just 2 years, Walnut Creek saw an increase of 38% in the overall school score. The change reflects lower suspension rates due to increased Social-Emotional learning targets including the introduction of Morning Meetings and daily student check-ins as well as a system of positive behavior supports that help students to understand their expectations and be rewarded for them. We call this system “SOAR”: Safety, Own Your Behavior, Accountability, and Responsibility. Students earn tickets when an adult in the building sees them showing the appropriate behavior. They turn these in for a weekly drawing for prizes. Also, of note is the dramatic increase in the approval rating of all stakeholders. Survey results for students, staff, administration, and parents show an increase from 70.71 points to over 80 points in the most recent CCRPI calculation.”                                                                                                            
    A parent review online states, “I love how much support the school gives the students. I enjoy the open and frequent communication between the teachers, staff, and parents. I can't give enough positive accolades to the school. Oh! and the administration and their administrative staff, they are so friendly and informative. My son loves each day.” Milestone data tells us that Walnut Creek is making gains in the percentage of students scoring proficient or above. Our teachers are going the extra mile to help students to be successful by incorporating supports and interventions to reach every student. We believe strongly that all students can succeed, but maybe not in the same way or on the same day. At Walnut Creek, we know it is crucial for us, as educators, to be flexible and ready to meet each student where they are.

    WCE picStudent Opportunities 
    “Extracurricular activities offer students the ability to showcase talents and delve into interests that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience. Students can make new connections with peers, teachers and community members that foster belonging and purpose,” Lisa Schneller, Gifted Teacher. At Walnut Creek, we see the value in offering opportunities for each student to shine. That’s why we are proud to offer activities like: Beta Club, Spelling Bee, Advanced Math, Poetry Recitation, Econ Club, and Student of the Month celebrations. Ms. Schneller goes on to say, “As a teacher who has sponsored Reading Bowl for many years, and, as a 2nd year sponsor for the Econ Games, it has allowed me to better connect with my students as well as build relationships with new students and their families.
    Building and fostering a school community is vital in providing new experiences for our students in meeting more of their social and emotional needs as well as academics. In shaping the lives and futures of our students, providing clubs is one more opportunity we can offer our students.”

    WCE picClimate and Culture
    The Home to School connection is the cornerstone to providing an education for the whole child. At Walnut Creek, we are committed to working with families to ensure the best education for each child. We constantly evaluate and seek to improve the ways that we can connect with our families, like working with our PTO, School Council, and parent university which provides opportunities for families to engage with the school beyond academics. These activities include: Family Game Nights, Family STEM Nights, Town Hall Meetings, Surveys, Dances, Make and Take Activities, Parent Nights, Counselor Newsletter and our Teacher Weekly Newsletter. Walnut Creek is steadfast in making sure that each family is informed and included in decision-making through continuous meaningful communication on multiple platforms like our state-recognized website. We know creating a space for deeper learning for students is through the enriching relationships that are built by teachers, staff, and administration.

    Walnut Creek also embraces and celebrates all of our families. We have cultural celebrations throughout the school year. These celebrations include multi-media research projects that showcase student and family uniqueness. We encourage students to share their backgrounds and what they do for celebrations. We feel that having diverse families allows all of us a unique opportunity to learn more about the world around us. The students can learn about different traditions and celebrations directly from their peers and that is powerful. We welcome, encourage, and celebrate our diversity.

    WCE pic Extracurriculars
    Walnut Creek is resolute in its mission to build and sustain positive relationships. These relationships are built in the classroom, but also in the work that is done outside of the standards and curriculum. Our staff and teachers have made the commitment to serve every student by providing opportunities for them to explore the world around them through clubs and activities outside of the typical school day. By working with students in these other areas, teachers are getting to know how their students learn, they are helping students develop their sense of well-being, and encouraging them to be successful outside of academics. Students are developing positive feelings about the school through these enriching activities like Reading Bowl, Challenge 24, News Crew, Soccer Club, Art Club, Honor Choir, Basketball, Running Club, Kickball club, Young Authors, STEM/Coding club, Reading Buddies, and Royal Readers.
    Rebecca Capps, the PE teacher at Walnut Creek, says, “It is so important to provide our students with a variety of physical, mental, and emotional outlets. We, as educators, must nurture all of our students’ talents and skills.” Walnut Creek feels these opportunities are incredible ways to get to know students and build lasting relationships outside of school and across classrooms and grade levels. It’s incredibly powerful to get to know student interests and break down barriers through activities that help to enrich their lives by helping them to succeed in areas not related directly to academics. 
  •  Opportunities

    At Walnut Creek Elementary we offer a variety of clubs, specials, and advanced enrollment opportunities for our students. You can find our students working together and growing through each of these experiences to be an active member of the learning community at our school.
    Physical Education Art Club  Accelerated Math 4th Grade
    Art Challenge 24 Accelerated Math 5th Grade
    Music Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl  
    Media Honor Choir  
    STEM News Crew  
      Kickball Club  
      STEM/Coding Club  
      Reading Buddies  
      Royal Readers  
      Young Authors  

  •  Demographic Information


    Walnut Creek Elementary School’s student demographic information can be found on this dashboard. This information includes total enrollment by grade level, student composition by race/ethnicity, percent of students enrolled in exceptional student education or English language learners or the gifted program, as well as the percentage of students who are currently enrolled in classes at Impact Academy. This information can be used to better understand the student population that is served at Walnut Creek Elementary.

  •  Student Outcomes


    Walnut Creek Elementary School’s student outcomes information can be found on this dashboard. This information includes:

    • Georgia Student Health Survey Responses
    • Literacy Proficiency Rates

    The Georgia Student Health Survey is given to all k-12 students in Georgia in the spring of each school year. It is composed of a variety of questions that help our district better understand the student experience in our schools. The literacy information is calculated as the percentage of students reading on or above grade level determined by scores on the Milestones End-of-Grade assessments for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in English Language Arts. Each of these data components can be viewed for the previous three years. For more information about these measurements, please access the Walnut Creek Elementary School website.