About Shoal Creek Elementary School
Shoal Creek Elementary School, built in 1998, serves 635 students from kindergarten through fifth grade, including 36 students in special day classes, from a rich diversity of cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Additionally, 40 preschool children attend the parent participation program on campus. The pristine campus is located on top of a commanding bluff in the residential community of Carmel Mountain Ranch. Although Shoal Creek is still a relatively new school, we have attained the distinction of being identified as a California Distinguished School in 2002.
The expertise of the staff, the dedication of the parents and the enthusiasm of the students have formed a professional learning community where all partners collaborate together toward the common goal of doing what is best for children and their learning. The community spirit is embodied in our vision statement that proclaims, “You are entering a community where learning is the focus, creativity is encouraged, each individual is valued and success is ensured.”
There are 22 certificated, regular education teachers, three special day class teachers and a resource specialist, literacy specialist and speech and language specialist employed on site. There is one part-time preschool teacher, three impact teachers and one English Language Learner instructional aide. Our itinerant staff includes a resource specialist, speech specialist, an adapted physical education teacher, occupational therapist, school psychologist, and band director. There are 38 classified personnel including office staff, custodians, library media assistant, computer resource assistant, physical education instructional assistant, music artist in residence, special education instructional assistants, student services aides and specialists, noon duty supervisors, food services supervisors and extended student services supervisors.
Fifteen percent of the student population are enrolled in the English Language Learner (ELL) Program. Fifty-six percent of our student population is Caucasian, and the largest minority group is made up of students from various Asian backgrounds at twenty-six percent. The students speak twenty-five languages. Thirty students are enrolled in the Resource Specialist Program (RSP). Thirty-six students are enrolled in our special day classes, and seventy-two receive speech and language services.
Students with special needs are served according to their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Twenty-one students in grades three through five are identified as Gifted and Talented. Classroom teachers have been trained in differentiating instruction for all of the above-mentioned populations. We also offer a variety of class placement options each year which may include two-year looping classes, multi-grade and single grade-level classes. A two-year kindergarten program is also offered for students with late summer and fall birthdays.
The parents of Shoal Creek are an invaluable resource in supporting school programs. Volunteers help in the classroom and with school-wide events throughout the year. In addition, the P.T.A. supports a variety of activities and programs throughout the school year, including school assemblies, the monthly newsletter and weekly bulletin, a harvest festival, parent/child events and guest readers. Also they have assisted with community service drives. Shoal Creek has established an Educational Foundation to raise funds for the betterment of education at the site. Foundation events include Parents’ Night Out, monthly "Dinner Out" events, and our weekly Otter Café.
During our seventeenth year of service, we find that one of our greatest assets is our strong parent/student/staff relationship that maximizes student achievement. This is the embodiment of what a professional learning community can produce. We have a low staff turnover, enabling smoother transitions and communication. The staff continues to seek research-based strategies that support student learning through ongoing training. Our Student Council and the community are active with service projects for our school, as well as projects that benefit the outside community.