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7855 South Willow Way
Centennial, CO, CO 80112
How and What We Teach

graphic of CCSD mission: To inspire every student to think, to learn, to achieve, to care




At Willow Creek, both our curriculum and our methods of instruction are intended to nurture the whole child. We do not define success simply as achievement or test scores; our mission is to help all children become confident and caring students who are well-prepared for middle school and beyond.

To Think​​​​

At Willow Creek, we strongly believe that students need to know how to think critically and creatively. We support their learning of thinking skills with extensive and consistent use of the Thinking Maps​ program. Thinking Maps provide visual representations of common thought processes, such as comparison and contrast. For more information about this program, see http://thinkingmaps.com/.​

To Learn

Students are expected to show growth in their mastery of basic skills and in content associated with the Colorado Academic Standards. Information on these standards can be accessed on the Colorado Department of Education website: http://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction. These content areas and skills lay a foundation for an excellent preparation for middle school and for eventual success as adults.

​National media and technology standards are also interwoven throughout the curriculum in order to teach students how to access and utilize information. For more information about such standards, see http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students​.​

To Achieve​​

Our instructional strategies are focused on supporting the achievement of each child. Careful planning and continuous monitoring help our teachers meet student needs. For more information about the Cherry Creek Instructional Framework, see http://www.cherrycreekschools.org/CurricDev/Documents/Teaching%20Learning%20Cycle.pdf.

At Willow Creek, we believe that delivering good instruction is only part of what is necessary for achievement. At every grade, we encourage the discipline and work habits that will help students become successful in education and life.

To Ca​re

We believe in guiding students to help them become caring and respectful people. Through rewarding positive behavior and emphasizing the importance of good choices, we demonstrate the value of being a good citizen. In addition, our PTO and our Student Council sponsor a number of events and activities that give students a chance to help others, such as our Food Drive for Cimarron and the student coin collection to help endangered animals.

To learn more about our curriculum, click on the links in the column on your right.

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