About Clark Creek Elementary School

Who are we?

Clark Creek Elementary STEM Academy opened its doors in 2012 under the visionary guidance of the former Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo and founding principal, Dr. Jennifer Scrivner. Clark Creek ES STEM Academy is one of four STEM Academies launched in CCSD during the 2012-13 school year as part of the first phase of the Cherokee Academies school choice initiative and was selected as CCSD’s pilot school for pursuing the State STEM certification.  Also a Title I school in the Etowah Innovation Zone, Clark Creek has earned numerous accolades in its brief history.


Building the future….One student at a time!


Clark Creek Elementary STEM Academy strives to prepare every child to successfully navigate present and future opportunities as leaders, collaborators, and innovators.


In an ever-changing society, Clark Creek Elementary STEM Academy stakeholders are committed to facilitating relevant interdisciplinary learning environments to empower students to reach their fullest potential through STEM integration that fosters innate curiosity and builds problem-solving skills.



At Clark Creek ES STEM Academy, we believe:

  • our school is an exciting and safe place to promote and encourage academic risk-taking where students are actively engaged in their own learning and have the opportunity to explore their personal interests.
  • integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics will lead our students to become productive members of a global society, ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
  • each student has the capability of reaching his/her full potential socially, emotionally, and academically.
  • in developing and nurturing future problem solvers through differentiated instruction within a collaborative classroom.
  • in establishing a collaborative cohort of stakeholders, including staff, students, parents, surrounding businesses, and local educational institutions, for the purpose of promoting and modeling a lifelong love of learning.







Current CCES Partners in Education:






We want to help you “GET CONNECTED”  if you are interested in supporting the students of Clark Creek STEM Academy! Our programs are made possible by the generous support of Dr. Brian V. Hightower, the Cherokee Board of Education, and community partners. There are several levels of engagement that you can choose from as a community partner.

Ways that partners can support the CCES STEM Program:

  • Classroom presentations about your industry
  • Provide real-world projects for students to solve
  • Company site visit so students can see where you work
  • Sponsor material resources for a student project
  • Group mentors to advise students during projects
  • Subject matter experts to advise teachers and students on content related questions
  • Guest judges for student projects
  • Mentor or tutor a student
  • Read or be read to by a student
  • Sponsor a club or team materials
  • Provide incentives to motivate students
  • Pay for low-income students to participate in field trips or donate clothing, shoes, and/or school supplies
  • Support school functions, such as parent involvement initiatives
  • Provide a tax-deductible financial donation
  • Provide connections to other partners

How to officially #getCONNECTED as a Partner in Education (PIE):


Step 1:  Complete the Partnership Application at the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce website (www.cherokeechamber.com).  Click Programs & Events > Programs > Partners in Education > Partners in Education Application.  The official partnership will be in effect for one full year after approval from the Chamber of Commerce and the Cherokee County School District.  The Chamber of Commerce does require a membership fee.

Step 2:  Contact our Assistant Principal, Dr. Jillian Nichols, at 770.721.5800 or jillian.nichols@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

Step 3:  Finalize your partnership by meeting and completing the Clark Creek STEM Academy PIE Agreement Form.


Partner Perks (as found at www.cherokeechamber.com):

Each May outstanding partners are recognized at the Chamber’s Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast. Awards are given to business partners and schools that demonstrate continued dedication to students in Cherokee County.


The PARTNERS e-newsletter is distributed quarterly to provide Chamber Member businesses, partner schools, and education committee liaisons with information about current events, new partnership ideas, education committee meeting dates, and much more.


For more information about PIE, contact Brandy DeBord at 770.345.0400 or Brandy@CherokeeChamber.com.