Ivy Creek Elementary School

Summary:

Ivy Creek Elementary School is a high-performing public elementary school in Buford, Georgia, serving 1,572 students in grades PK-5. As part of the Gwinnett County School District, which is ranked 56 out of 201 districts in Georgia, Ivy Creek consistently outperforms state and district averages on academic assessments.

Ivy Creek Elementary has maintained a strong track record of academic excellence, ranking 55th out of 1,242 elementary schools in Georgia and earning a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. In the 2022-2023 school year, Ivy Creek's 5th-grade students scored significantly higher than the Gwinnett County and Georgia state averages on the Milestones Assessments, with 77.5% proficient or better in English Language Arts and 74.2% in Mathematics. The school's diverse student population, with 32.44% White, 20.1% African American, 21.5% Hispanic, 20.23% Asian, and 5.41% two or more races, is a notable strength.

While Ivy Creek Elementary outperforms many of the nearby schools, such as Patrick Elementary and Puckett's Mill Elementary, the Buford area is home to several other high-performing elementary schools, including Buford Senior Academy and Buford Academy. This suggests that the Buford City and Hall County school districts are providing a strong educational foundation for students in the region.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 3443 Ridge Rd
       Buford, GA  30519


(678) 714-3655

District: Gwinnett County

SchoolDigger Rank:
55th of 1,243 Georgia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,900 Help


Students who attend Ivy Creek Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Jones Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.2 Help
Number of students:  1,572

Racial breakdown:

White:
32.4%
Hispanic:
21.5%
Asian:
20.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  30.2% Help


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Compare Details Ivy Creek Elementary School ranks better than 95.6% of elementary schools in Georgia. It also ranks 6th among 82 ranked elementary schools in the Gwinnett County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.98. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Ivy Creek Elementary School has the largest elementary school student body size in the Gwinnett County School District. Student population at Ivy Creek Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (32.4%), Hispanic (21.5%), Asian (20.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 30.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ivy Creek Elementary School is 16.2. 78 elementary schools in the Gwinnett County School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Ivy Creek Elementary School employs 96.6 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ivy Creek Elementary School is $8,900. 70 elementary schools in the Gwinnett County School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

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

Gwinnett County:

SchoolDigger ranks Gwinnett County 56th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ivy Creek Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 80.58 147th 1101 86.6%
2007 75.01 261st 1125 76.8%
2008 77.95 193rd 1134 83.0%
2009 80.92 161st 1133 85.8%
2010 83.75 120th 1183 89.9%
2011 83.40 134th 1212 88.9%
2012 81.50 162nd 1201 86.5%
2013 81.29 168th 1225 86.3%
2014 82.77 127th 1231 89.7%
2015 91.55 96th 1240 92.3%
2016 92.94 81st 1233 93.4%
2017 92.50 83rd 1205 93.1%
2018 93.64 74th 1209 93.9%
2019 93.30 77th 1234 93.8%
2021 96.67 40th 1214 96.7%
2022 95.41 71st 1244 94.3%
2023 95.98 55th 1242 95.6%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Ivy Creek Elementary School Test Scores
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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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All ratings (Avg rating: 4.2)
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Reviews:
by a parent
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Open Quote We moved in the middle of the year from Oklahoma and I am so thankful for the teachers and staff at ICES. They genuinely care about their students. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, April 29, 2019

Open Quote Ivy Creek is a poor place to send children for a well-rounded and effective education. The reason Ivy Creek scores so highly in testing is because the teachers only teach to the tests. There are assessments of some kind every few weeks. The kids are always testing and never actually learning.

The gifted program (FOCUS) and the Accelerated Content (AC) classes do not provide additional educational challenge to the children in them. They merely serve as an opportunity for the school to pick out its best test-takers and groom them for better test performance. The work isn't more enriching in these programs, it is merely more volume. There is almost no project-based learning. The principal is the one who controls these programs at the school-level and she has made Ivy Creek a testing mill rather than a place of real education. It is an atmosphere that teaches children WHAT to think, rather than truly HOW to think.

Additionally, the atmosphere is one of constant negative reinforcement. There are rules, rules, rules at every turn and children are made to obey out of fear of being punished for the slightest violation of the many arbitrary rules rather than being taught the value of order and discipline. The students are encouraged to "tattle" on each other, and are rewarded for such behavior. Good behavior and positive traits are rarely, if ever, recognized. Our kids never had discipline issues in the school we previously attended for three years in another state, but here they are getting notes sent home, almost daily, for minor infractions that should easily be handled through good classroom management skills (i.e.: "child's name was clipped down today for picking at a string on the carpet" and "child got in trouble for playing with a pencil").

Before arriving at this school, our children loved going to school, they loved the gifted and advanced content classes in their previous school and were excited to learn there. After two years at Ivy Creek that joy is gone. Luckily, our oldest child will not be returning next year and we are weighing other options for our other children who currently attend or are reaching kindergarten age. Most of the positive reviews you see are from people who have never experienced another elementary school. We have, and this one does not stack up. Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Open Quote Ivy Creek is the place you want your child to attend. I have had 2 kids attend Ivy Creek since kindergarten. The teachers and staff are supportive and have the best interest of students in mind. Thank you Ivy Creek for supporting the whole child! Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Open Quote My daughter has been attending Ivy Creek Elementary since August 2013 and I must say that I'm extremely happy with how things have turned out. My daughter has gone from saying can I stay home to I wish we had School on the weekends. Thank you so much for making her School experience so wonderful. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Ivy Creek Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 700 61 37 53 1 n/a n/a 0 852
2005 776 78 47 85 1 n/a n/a 24 1011
2006 860 117 53 112 1 n/a n/a 43 1186
2007 893 125 91 155 0 n/a n/a 51 1315
2008 909 133 84 175 1 n/a n/a 54 1356
2009 562 94 69 139 0 n/a n/a 47 911
2010 515 93 77 171 4 2 34 0 896
2011 509 117 87 150 4 2 31 0 900
2012 484 116 89 144 3 1 33 0 870
2013 490 133 84 139 2 1 33 0 882
2014 483 150 93 139 1 1 29 0 896
2015 490 157 96 138 1 1 33 0 916
2016 484 181 85 149 0 0 46 0 945
2017 580 171 87 180 1 1 60 0 1080
2018 577 187 120 193 3 0 60 0 1140
2019 591 204 146 229 3 1 63 0 1237
2020 565 222 179 242 3 1 67 0 1279
2021 531 213 199 252 2 2 71 0 1270
2022 538 261 225 312 1 1 76 0 1414
2023 510 316 318 338 4 1 85 0 1572

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 Ivy Creek Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 852 53.0 16.1 16.7
2005 1011 60.5 16.7 20
2006 1186 71.3 16.6 20.8
2007 1315 74.3 17.7 23.5
2008 1356 85.9 15.8 22.2
2009 911 59.0 15.4 27.2
2010 896 54.4 16.4 30.4
2011 900 55.9 16.1 33.1
2012 870 55.5 15.6 32.9
2013 882 50.8 17.3 33.7
2014 896 50.6 17.7 34
2015 916 53.0 17.2 32.9
2016 945 57.0 16.5 33.8
2017 1080 66.0 16.3 32.7
2018 1140 67.7 16.8 31.9
2019 1237 76.0 16.2 28.7
2020 1279 80.0 15.9 28
2021 1270 79.5 15.9 29.1
2022 1414 86.7 16.3 n/a
2023 1572 96.6 16.2 30.2

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 Ivy Creek Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 852 53.0 16.1 16.7
2005 1011 60.5 16.7 20
2006 1186 71.3 16.6 20.8
2007 1315 74.3 17.7 23.5
2008 1356 85.9 15.8 22.2
2009 911 59.0 15.4 27.2
2010 896 54.4 16.4 30.4
2011 900 55.9 16.1 33.1
2012 870 55.5 15.6 32.9
2013 882 50.8 17.3 33.7
2014 896 50.6 17.7 34
2015 916 53.0 17.2 32.9
2016 945 57.0 16.5 33.8
2017 1080 66.0 16.3 32.7
2018 1140 67.7 16.8 31.9
2019 1237 76.0 16.2 28.7
2020 1279 80.0 15.9 28
2021 1270 79.5 15.9 29.1
2022 1414 86.7 16.3 n/a
2023 1572 96.6 16.2 30.2

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Ivy Creek Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $194 (2.4%) $7,797 (97.6%) $7,992
2018 $199 (2.4%) $8,155 (97.6%) $8,354
2019 $254 (2.9%) $8,645 (97.1%) $8,900

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ivy Creek Elementary School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 77th of 1234 Elementary schoolsRanks 55th of 1242 Elementary schools
 1.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ivy Creek Elementary School)61.568.3
 6.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Gwinnett County)49.844.9
 4.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4238.6
 3.4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Ivy Creek Elementary School)72.671.7
 0.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Gwinnett County)60.251.9
 8.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Georgia)5245.6
 6.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Ivy Creek Elementary School)66.863.4
 3.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Gwinnett County)51.442.5
 8.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4236.1
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Ivy Creek Elementary School)73.477.9
 4.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Gwinnett County)60.554.3
 6.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4945.7
 3.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Ivy Creek Elementary School)76.777.5
 0.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Gwinnett County)53.548.6
 4.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4541.6
 3.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Ivy Creek Elementary School)75.874.2
 1.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Gwinnett County)52.545.4
 7.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4137.4
 3.6%
5th Grade Science (Ivy Creek Elementary School)82.382.3
   5th Grade Science (Gwinnett County)56.150.9
 5.2%
   5th Grade Science (Georgia)4340
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students12371572
 27.1%
African American204316
 54.9%
American Indian34
 33.3%
Asian146318
 117.8%
Hispanic229338
 47.6%
Pacific Islander11
White591510
 13.7%
Two or More Races6385
 34.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients28.7%30.2%
 1.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ivy Creek Elementary School

Yes! Ivy Creek Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 55th of 1243 Georgia elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,572 students attended Ivy Creek Elementary School.

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

Middle : Jones Middle School

Students at Ivy Creek Elementary School are 32% White, 22% Hispanic, 20% Asian, 20% African American, 5% Two or more races.


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