Welcome to Jordan Creek Elementary School! Jordan Creek Elementary opened in 1992 and is one of the newest elementary buildings in the West Des Moines Community Schools. We provide a positive climate and a family/community culture with an active and engaged Parent/Faculty Club (PFC). Our building mission statement drives all that we do daily in growing leaders at Jordan Creek, as we believe every student we serve is a leader! “We will lead with compassion, learn with a purpose, and make a difference.”
Leader in Me
In the fall of 2019, after five years of being on our Leader in Me journey, Jordan Creek was proud to be recognized as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School, joining just 11 other Lighthouse schools in Iowa and 519 worldwide at the time. Leader in Me is an evidence-based, comprehensive school improvement model developed by Franklin Covey that empowers our students with leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. We focus on eight different leadership habits, including:
- Be Proactive
- Begin with the End in Mind
- Put First Things First
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood
- Sharpen the Saw
- Find Your Voice
Teaching and Learning
We use research-based teaching and learning practices to meet the needs of individual students and include hands-on and experiential approaches, discovery learning, and technology-assisted instruction to name a few. Students also participle in multi-age activities, Buddy Classes, Peer Helpers Program, service-learning activities, Junior Achievement, Junior Great Books, Talking Canvas, and outdoor education. We have implemented technology across the curriculum at all grade levels. Jordan Creek is consistently at the forefront of academic growth and achievement as well as furthering the development of Emotional Intelligence and Character Education for our students.
We incorporate a variety of specialized programming for students that includes:
- Kindergarten specifically designed for special education students (self-contained, Level II).
- Special education for all grades that offers one-on-one or small group instruction and also collaboration.
- A building-wide support team for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Specialized reading instruction, called Reading Resource and Reading Recovery.
- Extended learning opportunities for students who demonstrate outstanding aptitude or competence in one or more areas.