Willow Creek Academy

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Willow Creek Academy is a K-8 public charter school located in Sausalito, California. It is part of the Sausalito Marin City School District and is located on the former campus of Bayside Elementary School next to its namesake, Willow Creek.

Willow Creek Academy
33 Buchanan St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Type Charter school
Established 2001
School district Sausalito Marin City School District
Head of school Royce Conner
Grades K - 8
Number of students 344 (2013-14)
Information 415-331-7530, Ext. 202


Willow Creek Academy (WCA) received its charter in 2001 and opened its doors in September 2001 as a K-4 school with 37 students. By 2004-2005, they had 106 students in a K-8 school. Their enrollment for the 2013-14 school year has grown to 344 students. Of the total enrollment, about two fifths of the students live in Marin City, two fifths live in Sausalito, and one fifth live out of district. Of the 84 out-of-district kids, the vast majority are from “revenue limit” districts.


Willow Creek Academy had a cumulative score of 795 on the 2013 CST test, significantly less than the 2012 score of 857,[1] which was less than the peak score reached in 2011. WCA had steadily improved over the seven years from 2004 through 2011, with scores as follows: 674, 709, 738, 829, 826, 856, 882, and 889.[2] Willow Creek attributed the 2012 reduction to rapid growth and has stated that the school's goal is to surpass a cumulative score of 900.[3]


Willow Creek Academy's budget for the 2012-2013 school years is approximately $2.4M. The school's per-student spending is approximately $8275, of which approximately $6500 per student comes from the school district, a figure that has been declining for the past several years. The balance comes from grants and other private fundraising, including the non-profit Willow Creek Foundation (WCF). In 2012-2013, WCF raised $310,000.

Student demographics[edit]

As of spring 2013, the student body is 37% Hispanic, 25% White, 18% African-American, 11% Asian, 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 8% who self-identify as multi-ethnic. About 65% of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and 21% of the students are English learners. Willow Creek is a Title I School without a school-wide program. The majority of the parents of WCA's students in 2013 have attended college: 39% are college graduates (of which 20% went to graduate school); an additional 53% have graduated from high school (of which 37% attended some college); 8% are not high school graduates.[4]



  1. ^ "2013 Growth API Report". 2012-13 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR). California Department of Education. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Willow Street Academy". Academic Performance Index (API) Report. California Department of Education. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "WCA FAQs". Willow Creek Academy website. Willow Creek Academy. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "School Demographic Characteristics". 2012 - 13 Accountability Progres Reporting (APR). California Department of Education. Retrieved 5 April 2014.