Big Creek Elementary School

Summary:

Big Creek Elementary School is a highly-rated public elementary school in Cumming, Georgia that serves 693 students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade. This school is part of the Forsyth County School District, which is ranked 9th out of 201 districts in Georgia and has a 5-star rating.

Big Creek Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Georgia, with a statewide ranking between 4th and 34th over the past 10 years. In the 2022-2023 school year, the school ranked 34th out of 1,242 Georgia elementary schools and received a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's student population is unique, with a high percentage of Asian students (53.39%) and relatively low percentages of African American (6.35%) and Hispanic (7.07%) students compared to state and county averages. Big Creek Elementary students also outperform their peers in the Forsyth County School District and the state of Georgia on the Milestones Assessment, with significantly higher proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.

While Big Creek Elementary is the highest-performing school in the immediate vicinity, several other nearby schools in the Forsyth County School District also rank among the top elementary schools in Georgia, including Daves Creek Elementary (ranked 3rd) and Johns Creek Elementary (ranked 14th). This suggests that the district as a whole is providing a high-quality education to its students. Additionally, Big Creek Elementary has a relatively high per-student spending of $13,290, which may contribute to its strong academic performance, and the school has maintained its high ranking and 5-star rating for over a decade, demonstrating a sustained commitment to excellence.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 1994 Peachtree Pkwy
       Cumming, GA  30041


(770) 887-4584

District: Forsyth County

SchoolDigger Rank:
34th of 1,243 Georgia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,290 Help


Students who attend Big Creek Elementary School usually attend:

High:    Denmark High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.0 Help
Number of students:  693

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
53.4%
White:
28.7%
Hispanic:
7.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  5.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Big Creek Elementary School ranks better than 97.3% of elementary schools in Georgia. It also ranks 6th among 21 ranked elementary schools in the Forsyth County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.51. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Big Creek Elementary School has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Forsyth County School District. Racial makeup is: Asian (53.4%), White (28.7%), Hispanic (7.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 5.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Big Creek Elementary School is 15, which is the 7th best among 21 elementary schools in the Forsyth County School District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Big Creek Elementary School is $13,290, which is the highest among 21 elementary schools in the Forsyth County School District!
Schooldigger Rankings:

Big Creek Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Forsyth County:

SchoolDigger ranks Forsyth County 9th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Big Creek Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 90.10 23rd 1101 97.9%
2007 90.79 20th 1125 98.2%
2008 91.35 19th 1134 98.3%
2009 91.36 18th 1133 98.4%
2010 91.92 6th 1183 99.5%
2011 89.72 10th 1212 99.2%
2012 90.21 4th 1201 99.7%
2013 88.42 7th 1225 99.4%
2014 87.58 13th 1231 98.9%
2015 99.57 4th 1240 99.7%
2016 99.42 6th 1233 99.5%
2017 99.26 9th 1205 99.3%
2018 99.36 6th 1209 99.5%
2019 99.19 5th 1234 99.6%
2021 99.29 4th 1214 99.7%
2022 98.82 11th 1244 99.1%
2023 97.51 34th 1242 97.3%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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All ratings (Avg rating: 4.3)
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by a parent
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Open Quote My daughter has been in this school last 2 years . I am really happy with the school curriculum, the teachers and the environment. Definitely one of the top league schools. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Open Quote If you ONLY care about academics this is the school for you. I believe education is more than that. We weren't happy at this school. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Open Quote Very bad experience with this school. My kid is shy and takes time to get along .I explained to the teacher about her and asked the teacher to help her blend in.
The teacher replied that she cannot do it !!! There was no communication from the teacher to us on any matter.When emailed there would be no proper response.Would never recommend this school to any parent . Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Open Quote Big Creek Elementary is a high achieving school and one of the best in all of Forsyth County. The teaching staff is well chosen and guide your child to academic excellence. The administrative staff is very friendly and helpful. We are very pleased with our decision to save our elementary private tuition money for college!! Looking forward to another year at Big Creek... Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Open Quote My kids attend this school and the teachers are absolutely amazing. It is still relatively a small school so it's easy to become involved with my children's education. I could not be more thrilled with the school and the district. Close Quote


by a parent on FaceBook
Friday, September 3, 2010

Open Quote Excellent leadership in the administration and educators. Lots of focus on how to take and succeed in tests. Beautiful campus and charming older buildings. VERY FRIENDLY staff and teachers - and that trickles down into the classroom. The kids are happy AND learning! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Big Creek Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 359 359
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 338 338
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 351 351
1993 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 327 327
1994 419 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 419
1995 684 0 0 1 1 n/a n/a 0 686
1996 684 0 0 1 1 n/a n/a 0 686
1997 698 0 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 699
1998 906 1 0 3 1 n/a n/a 0 911
1999 1068 5 0 7 15 n/a n/a 0 1095
2000 957 7 0 13 17 n/a n/a 0 994
2001 987 16 14 23 16 n/a n/a 0 1056
2002 1284 22 37 26 2 n/a n/a 0 1371
2003 1284 22 37 26 2 n/a n/a 0 1371
2004 849 19 35 24 0 n/a n/a 0 927
2005 989 27 44 30 0 n/a n/a 13 1103
2006 1026 22 86 37 2 n/a n/a 21 1194
2007 754 24 116 37 1 n/a n/a 21 953
2008 731 27 127 40 2 n/a n/a 18 945
2009 736 21 156 35 1 n/a n/a 25 974
2010 414 19 120 28 0 1 22 0 604
2011 417 19 132 36 1 1 22 0 628
2012 384 15 154 30 2 0 24 0 609
2013 382 18 183 42 3 0 23 0 651
2014 428 55 268 62 4 0 34 0 851
2015 415 67 355 65 8 0 31 0 941
2016 416 61 520 76 0 0 31 0 1104
2017 286 24 420 42 0 0 23 0 795
2018 274 22 415 41 0 0 20 0 772
2019 232 22 418 45 0 0 18 0 735
2020 198 27 392 44 0 0 22 0 683
2021 187 17 360 30 1 0 17 0 612
2022 192 17 350 30 1 0 23 0 613
2023 199 44 370 49 0 0 31 0 693

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Big Creek Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 359 22.0 16.3 12.3
1991 338 28.0 12.0 16
1992 351 27.0 13.0 17.7
1993 327 25.0 13.1 18.3
1994 419 25.0 16.8 12.9
1995 686 35.0 19.6 13
1996 686 35.0 19.6 13
1997 699 37.0 18.9 8.9
1998 911 48.0 19.0 3.8
1999 1095 64.0 17.1 4.8
2000 994 58.0 17.1 6.9
2001 1056 65.0 16.2 5.5
2002 1371 85.0 16.1 2.6
2003 1371 85.0 16.1 2.6
2004 927 55.5 16.7 3.2
2005 1103 60.0 18.4 3.7
2006 1194 72.2 16.5 3.6
2007 953 60.7 15.7 4
2008 945 63.7 14.8 4.6
2009 974 64.5 15.1 4.4
2010 604 37.5 16.1 5
2011 628 36.5 17.2 7.5
2012 609 36.0 16.9 6.7
2013 651 34.0 19.1 6.6
2014 851 43.0 19.7 8
2015 941 49.0 19.2 6.6
2016 1104 53.0 20.8 5.7
2017 795 46.0 17.2 2.9
2018 772 49.0 15.7 4.1
2019 735 52.0 14.1 3.7
2020 683 47.0 14.5 4.5
2021 612 45.0 13.6 4.6
2022 613 42.0 14.5 n/a
2023 693 46.1 15.0 5.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Big Creek Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 359 22.0 16.3 12.3
1991 338 28.0 12.0 16
1992 351 27.0 13.0 17.7
1993 327 25.0 13.1 18.3
1994 419 25.0 16.8 12.9
1995 686 35.0 19.6 13
1996 686 35.0 19.6 13
1997 699 37.0 18.9 8.9
1998 911 48.0 19.0 3.8
1999 1095 64.0 17.1 4.8
2000 994 58.0 17.1 6.9
2001 1056 65.0 16.2 5.5
2002 1371 85.0 16.1 2.6
2003 1371 85.0 16.1 2.6
2004 927 55.5 16.7 3.2
2005 1103 60.0 18.4 3.7
2006 1194 72.2 16.5 3.6
2007 953 60.7 15.7 4
2008 945 63.7 14.8 4.6
2009 974 64.5 15.1 4.4
2010 604 37.5 16.1 5
2011 628 36.5 17.2 7.5
2012 609 36.0 16.9 6.7
2013 651 34.0 19.1 6.6
2014 851 43.0 19.7 8
2015 941 49.0 19.2 6.6
2016 1104 53.0 20.8 5.7
2017 795 46.0 17.2 2.9
2018 772 49.0 15.7 4.1
2019 735 52.0 14.1 3.7
2020 683 47.0 14.5 4.5
2021 612 45.0 13.6 4.6
2022 613 42.0 14.5 n/a
2023 693 46.1 15.0 5.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Big Creek Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $206 (2.4%) $8,278 (97.6%) $8,483
2018 $227 (2.3%) $9,579 (97.7%) $9,806
2019 $241 (1.8%) $13,049 (98.2%) $13,290

Data source: Georgia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Big Creek Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 5th of 1234 Elementary schoolsRanks 34th of 1242 Elementary schools
 2.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Big Creek Elementary School)85.675.2
 10.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Forsyth County)67.860.9
 6.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4238.6
 3.4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Big Creek Elementary School)93.981.2
 12.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Forsyth County)77.671.1
 6.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Georgia)5245.6
 6.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Big Creek Elementary School)9377.2
 15.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Forsyth County)71.756.8
 14.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4236.1
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Big Creek Elementary School)96.188.2
 7.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Forsyth County)79.872.3
 7.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4945.7
 3.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Big Creek Elementary School)86.476.4
 10%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Forsyth County)72.363.7
 8.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4541.6
 3.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Big Creek Elementary School)93.676.4
 17.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Forsyth County)74.568.3
 6.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4137.4
 3.6%
5th Grade Science (Big Creek Elementary School)84.370.3
 14%
   5th Grade Science (Forsyth County)70.562.1
 8.4%
   5th Grade Science (Georgia)4340
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students735693
 5.7%
African American2244
 100%
American Indian00
Asian418370
 11.5%
Hispanic4549
 8.9%
Pacific Islander00
White232199
 14.2%
Two or More Races1831
 72.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients3.7%5.9%
 2.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Big Creek Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 693 students attended Big Creek Elementary School.

Yes! Big Creek Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 34th of 1243 Georgia elementary schools.

Students at Big Creek Elementary School are 53% Asian, 29% White, 7% Hispanic, 6% African American, 4% Two or more races.

Students who attend Big Creek Elementary School usually go on to attend:

High : Denmark High School


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Georgia Department of Education.

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