Mill Creek Elementary School is a one-of-a-kind learning experience! Mill Creek offers a variety of opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and take ownership of their school environment before entering middle school. Mill Creek offers a variety of extracurricular activities ranging from drama and art club to student broadcasting and archery teams. Mill Creek students can be found serving on budget committees, making decisions about what playground equipment should be ordered, writing scripts for the morning announcements, and serving on advisory teams.
Mill Creek is a unique school with a diverse population of students represented from over 21 countries. Mill Creek is privileged to have a talented and exceptionally bright group of students boasting some of the highest test scores in the state and winning extensive awards in math, robotics, and art. In 2012, Mill Creek was recognized by the state as a Leed Green Ribbon School. The Alabama State Department of Education chose Mill Creek as a Project Based Learning site in 2015. Mill Creek has an “Outdoor Learning Laboratory” in the far corner of the campus that is used to implement STEM activities. As a result of our strong science curriculum, Mill Creek was named a CLAS banner school in the spring of 2016.Mill Creek was featured at the Ron Clark Academy in the fall of 2017 as a part of the Revolution Celebration. We were given the CLAs Banner School of Distinction in the spring of 2018. As administrators at Mill Creek Elementary School, we consider it a privilege to be the lead learners of the school. We love visiting classrooms daily to sit with our students and share in their learning. We find it equally rewarding to collaborate with the phenomenal teachers and staff members employed at Mill Creek.
Our vision for Mill Creek Elementary is to provide a place where students and teachers are empowered. Student ownership is a key component to learning. We want to provide a student-centered environment where students are engaged in a variety of instructional opportunities that connect what they are learning to the real world. We feel that students must be able to compete globally and learning must go beyond the four walls of Mill Creek. We feel that our parents and our community are partners in this venture. Together, we can all make a difference in the lives of our students at Mill Creek.
We have six houses that are based on the Six Pillars of Character Education that we use at our school. Every student, faculty member, and staff member are a part of a house. Each student is assigned a House Mom or a House Dad.
Why do we want to implement a House System? ● To promote a small school feel in our large school (We are the third largest school in our district.) ● To promote positive relationships between all grades (Houses will consist of adults and students from all grades.) ● To promote a sense of belonging for all students that goes beyond the classroom walls ● To promote positive connections between students and teachers (Students will get to know other adults besides their teacher. Teachers will be assigned students within their houses to be their House Mom or House Dad. This allows students to get to know other adults in the building. Once again, we are a large school. We need to know each other.) ● To promote character education
How did we name the houses? We named them based on the Six Pillars of Character Education.
House Fidelis Character Pillar: Trustworthiness House Color: Blue House Secundum Character Pillar: Respect House Color: Yellow House Officium Character Pillar: Responsibility House Color: Green House Aequum Character Pillar: Fairness House Color: Orange House Sollicitus Character Pillar: Caring House Color: Red House Civitate Character Pillar: Citizenship House Color: Purple