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Chandler, AZ
Students enrolled: 742

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1350 N. Lakeshore Dr.
Chandler, AZ 85226

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(480) 783-4000
(480) 897-2986
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September 17, 2014
my school is aprende middle school and i use to go to Cielo, cielo is a great school and was my favorit eplace to be ever since the first day of kindergarten and to tell you now i sure miss the Amazing teachers there and just the love is all i could ask there. Everyone was happy, now my 2 little sister are going there and soon there going to be 3 going but all I can say is if your looking for a Wonderful, brilliant,educational school this is the school to send your child because if I loved it there im sure your kid will too. Its a very welcoming school!

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2014
Super friendly and welcoming front office staff. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. I'm am always welcomed with a hello and a smile from more than 1 person. So happy to be a part of this family.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2014
I had previously wrote a positive review for Cielo, but now that my child has spent more time at the school, lots of issues have popped up. If you have a child that is typical and has no special needs, then this school will most likely suit their needs. My child has been treated unfairly from mostly the staff. There has been a few issues with other students, but those were addressed appropriately (for the most part). As parents of a special needs child, life is hard and this school will go out of their way to make it more difficult. They do not want to be held responsible, liable, or take the extra steps needed to for the child to be taken care of properly. They don't seem to care about what the child needs (especially if your child looks "typical"). Cielo wants what's best for Cielo. I find it incredibly sad that these people who have degrees in child education, don't treat my child how he/she deserves. They haven't provided what my child NEEDS. As a parent, we are forced into a difficult situation and are forced to be persistent in getting what my child needs. They find my persistence annoying and further delay what their jobs require. They are breaking the law.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
There have been a few bumps along the way, but communication with Ms. Nicks is way above from what I've in other schools. She takes the time to listen, set up meetings and get you what your child needs. My child is special needs and this school has been amazing for him. His teachers have been great and cater to his higher than average IQ. They make sure he's still learning and not getting bored. Hard to do when you have several children in your class. Glad my son attends this school. He's happy at Cielo and has tons of friends. I will keep him here until he's ready to move into middle school.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
There is a reason why this school is among the top rated elementary schools within the state. Academically; this school is challenging and tailored to the individual needs of the child. They do not teach down to their students which Ive seen at other schools. Enrichment's; at a time when they are scarce, this school understands the value of fine arts & enrichment's when it comes to childhood development. Community; is more than just a word around here, EVERYONE is involved in ensuring Cielo is the most desirable school in Arizona. PARENTS & VOLUNTEERS, hats off to you for your dedication, if not for you much of what is offered would not be possible. TEACHERS; (Smeltzer) Your students are your success stories and a result of your incredibly hard work coming into fruition. These children will become great, high contributing adults and active members of society. Thank you for always believing in them. KIDS CLUB STAFF; you are always professional and you never seem to lose steam or enthusiasm. PRINCIPALS NICKS & CHRIST; You have your act together and I marvel at the harmonized machine you run on a daily basis. My son is certainly better off than he was prior to attending Cielo.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
I chose this school for its rating, reputation and location. We are "out of district" and have been here 3 years. Kindergarten was rocky. I felt the teacher didn't like my child (classroom behavior was problematic). I agonized that maybe I'd made the wrong choice. First grade began and this teacher was better. She appreciated my child's uniqueness, was patient and understanding of behavioral issues. Second grade teacher is calm and experienced. I no longer consider moving my child and he is doing well (issues and all). If your child has any emotional or behavioral difficulties be prepared to advocate on their behalf. Part of the time, I felt I was fighting them to avoid labeling my child. Did he need a section 504 when, academically, he's in the top of the class? They seem more tolerant and helpful of my "not your average kid" now than they did when we first came. Lots of involvement, parent wise. Organized fun stuff (carnivals, water day, movie night). As a working parent, the Kids Club is a godsend to me. Friends back East paid big $ for private schools that I don't think are better than this.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2013
We moved our daughter from a different school district this year.It was hands down the best thing we have ever done for her education. I cannot say enough good things about this school. We absolutely adore Mrs. Nicks the principal who knows all the children by name and greets everyone in a positive way every single day. The office staff isalso always friendly. I especially love the way the teacher, Mrs. Tygret sends up to date e-mails regarding homework & test assignments & is available to answer any and every question we may have and always replies in a positive upbeat manner. We no longer have to worry about bad days, because everyday is wonderful at Cielo

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
We moved from CA a couple years ago and so far have had a great experience with both our kids attending Kyrene Del Cielo. The teachers are very involved, respond quickly to emails, and most of the assignments due and current topics being taught can easily be found on their school website. This is great because our oldest son likes to give us a different story at times regarding homework and projects due, and can sometimes "forget" needed paperwork at school. Now we login together, pull up the assignment, and print it off when needed. I love it! The school puts on fun events such as water day, carnivals, and dances that the entire family enjoys. You can also be as involved as you want to. The school is always looking for new members to sit on the board to provide needed input to help drive the direction of the school. You get out of it what you put in. We are very fortunate to be a part of Kyrene Del Cielo.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
I have no idea how anyone would give this school 5 stars. We are new to the school. My son is in grade 1 and am nothing but disappointed. The first day release was like a black friday sale. They release the kindergarten and Grade 1 students directly out into the front of the school. Where the main road is. The teachers do not check if the parents are there. They leave kindergarden kids alone on the bus with no driver. I have seen numerous lost kids wandering around both in the morning and afterschool. My son had absolute no problems in K in his old school. Now since the 2nd day at Cielo he cries everytime school is mention. he does not want to go.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
Really have enjoyed having both of my children at Kyrene del Cielo for the last four years. Teachers have been wonderful and the administration and staff are fantastic! The new principal, Tina Nicks has been a great addition to the community. She is responsive to concerns and dedicated to our kids learning! I love being involved as a parent at this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2011
We moved our kindergardener from a truly unfriendly school, and am so very impressed with the warm and caring welcome we have received from Cielo. On our son's second day numberous teachers knew our son's name and offered to guide him in the morning drop off routine. After, having dealt with an extremily unfriendly group of staff and parents, this has been a great feeling. We are looking forward to a fabulous year!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
The school is above average but sliding fast, thanks to the divisive Principal they imported from Illinois. We're looking at another school for next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2010
My son just finished 3rd grade at Cielo & Mrs. Whitaker was WONDERFUL...as is the rest of the school!! We moved to the area last year because of the great things we heard & read abput this school & it was all true!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
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- submitted by a student
March 01, 2010
I chose the Kyrene school district when we moved here from California nd have had 2 children go thru Cielo with this being our last year. I have been very extremey happy with the teachers and administration. The new Principal is wonderful and came in at a very difficult time and was ableto rid the school of turmoil of the past year. I have encouraged several out of district parents/families to send their children to Cielo since we have been so satified with our educational experience here.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2010
While there is a choice of schools, we chose to put our children here at Cielo so we could continue to be part of our community and neighborhood. It's reputation as a 'good' school with strong teachers, good academic achievement, parent involvement is supported by its successful A+ Excelling School Accreditation.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2010
We moved to this district because of Kyrene Del Cielo. We moved from Asia, where children compete gracefully and parents are involved. I have to say that I am so disappointed with this school--not my son's teacher--but with probably the district. There is no homework (imagine!), students are not challenged to compete and be the best they can be. The school and district seems to have no idea of the competition their children will face in this global world, and this school is in an area where many Asians , who value education. There is no second language training (Spanish or Chinese),or no advanced mathematics. I do like my son's teacher--very experienced, savvy--but in conversations with her, she is constrained to teach to a mediocrity. And this, a school within football-throwing distance from Intel. Luckily, there are outstanding charter schools in Arizona.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
I thought I had found a school in which I would be at peace sending my children everyday. To the contrary, the 2009 school year has been more than disappointing. The new principal and vice principal seem more concerned with keeping the teachers happy than helping students. When questions and issues are brought up, they are brushed aside and/or ignored completely. There seems to be no real effort to work with parents who are concerned and involved. Bullying is a huge problem that still needs to be addressed. The teachers seem more interested in punching a time clock than anything I've ever seen. Truly not what I expected, and truly let down.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 26, 2009
Our daughter has been at Cielo since Kindergarten. I believe this is a great school with great teachers. Our daughter has enjoyed her time here. However, she encountered various incidents of bullying. When it was brought to the attention of the administration, nothing was done about it until the very end of the school year. Bullying can be a problem.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 23, 2009
Both of my children go to this school and I absolutely love it! The teachers are so wonderful and caring!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2009
Wonderful teachers! My daughter has been at this school since 1st grade. She had a wonderful teacher and her current teacher is a just as wonderful. Either I am lucky twice or they only have wonderful teachers on staff. :) No troubles in communicating what so ever and I am very impressed with the front office. I've only been at the front office a couple of times and she actually knows who my child is without me saying when I tried to drop of my daughter's binder. :) I am also very happy with the amount of after school activities offered at Cielo. I actually have to pick and choose. Lastly, I am going to finish my review on this this school with the word 'WONDERFUL' again. :)

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2008
The new administration and front office is a great change for Cielo. Change can sometimes be difficult, but this new team made the switch seamless!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2008
Great Teachers and Fantastic System

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2007
The administration looks like all is well until there is a problem. Question even their processes and they are on the attack mode. All communications, the teachers, the administration through the PTO are poor. Out of district children are courted by the district, but definitely outsiders at this school. Three years here -- wish CUS were beter.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
My daughter has been at Cielo for a year and a half now and her teachers and aides for the most part are pretty good. The principal is standoffish ...other than that, I think the school is pretty good.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
This is our third year at Cielo. The teachers are typically outstanding, but I'm still highly unimpressed with the administration. Worse still, the district office staff show a level of intelligence up there with individuals filpping burgers. Additionally, their sensitivity to non-normal circumstances is nil.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
January 10, 2006
Cielo is a great school with caring, dedicated teachers who go out of their way to help ensure that each student maximizes ther learning potential. The school has great music and PE programs and hoses the cstate certified Kids Club program both before and after school. This program allows kids to remain at school and take part in numerous extra curricular activites. The program is also coordinated with the schools academic program and helps kids get homework done and work on areas in which they need aditional help. The school has had a long term principal who is extremely focused on the success of each child. She has instituted a character education program and has helped foster it so the the school has an extremely caring and family oriented feel. The school has strong test scores and I hardily recommend it to parents seeking a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
Our child is just beginning his second year at Cielo. We have been very happy with the curriculum and teachers at the school. I was amazed to see that our opinion of the administation was shared with other parents. I went so far last year as to comment that the administration was out of touch with children of this day. We will continue to keep our son at Cielo through 5th grade if he is challenged by the curriculum and the teachers continue to show an interest in him. I did not feel, last year, that there was sufficient and timely communications about activities and PTO. We often knew about things the day of or the day after... I also didn't feel there was sufficient opportunities or sensitivity for working parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 24, 2005
It seems that art education is still honored at this school. The halls are adorned with student art work that is absolutely stunning! The library is welcoming and well stocked. Science and history projects abound.

- submitted by a teacher
July 11, 2005
Excellent school with a very good curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
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April 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
I chose this school as a boundary exception because of quality reputation, direct positiven and in-depth feedback from other parents and teachers, and receptiveness of administrative staff. I have been most impressed with the high level of expectations of students including academics and behavior.The student population has changed to include a more diverse group, and the administration has been working toward increasing staff and student awareness of and sensitivity to each other. Professionalism and dedication to students is apparent every day as staff are easily accessible to parents/students. The gifted program provides excellent challenge for language arts and needs more 'out of the box' thinking for math (at the 3rd grade level). Administrative staff are strong and willing to work with parents. There is a strong group of parent volunteers both in and out of the classroom and the PTO is active. The more parent involvement, the better your experience will be!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
My two kids as well as us, the parents, are very pleased and happy with this school. Great Teachers! and wonderful parents involvment. Would not do any different. Great Job!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
I have 2 children at this school. I agree most of the teachers are outstanding. However, I also agree with 'All goes well unless you raise a question or issue because appearance is more important than reality to the administration.' The administrations seems to favor certain parents who donate $ and time. The 5th grade boys can't play football because of rough play by several 'pet parent' kids. Rather than punish the responsible boys they punished all the boys by taking away football. I also agree there is a big problem with bullying.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Kyrene del Cielo is a great place for my children to learn and grow. We will be graduating our last child this year and moving on to a new school. We doubt if any other school will be as warm and welcoming to parents and their needs as Cielo has been for all of these years. Our three children have blossomed under the direction of such fine teachers. The school administrators are such a part of the learning process and have always been receptive to all of our needs at any time. We appreciate the open door policy. We will miss you all dearly!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2005
Sadly, I do have to agree with some of the other negative posts here regarding the callousness exhibited by some staff, and especially the laid-back and unprofessional attitude of the principal. We had special needs, and it never got attended to. The quality of teachers is substantially high, although being a Kyrene school, that's well expected. How I wish they could somehow rectify the gross invisibility of the Principal! Unless things change soo, this school is on its way to go downhill.

- submitted by a teacher
March 06, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 18, 2005
Quality of academic programs: high Availability of music, art, sports, etc: High Level of parnt involvment: High.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
Teacher-student ratio is not favorable, and individual attention to the students suffers as a result. Strong principal; very loyal to her staff and involved in every aspect of the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2004
Several of my children attend this school and have been fortunate to have a couple of good teachers and a few that need to retire or find a new career. There are many opportunities to aid the school by xeroxing and fundraising; the parents are very supportive. All goes well unless you raise a question or issue because appearance is more important than reality to the administration. This is most unfortunate; the first step to solving a problem is admitting there is a problem. A huge number of parents end up hiring outside tutors for their children in basic subjects to compensate for what is not being taught in class. It is easy to be labeled a 'problem parent' if concerns are raised about school practices or academics. There is a lack of supervision on the play ground; historically, bullying is a quiet but real issue at this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
Nice school, lots of older parents. Very old fashioned. Charges for full day kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
Kyrene Del Cielo is a wonderful school. We have two children (grades K & 2) who love their teachers. The teachers at Cielo are creative, caring, and organized. We see extensive parental involvement, in addition to the quality school staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2004
Kyrene del Cielo offers a great education to my children. The parent-involvement at this school is unsurpassed and the administration is constantly striving to offer the best possible environment for the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2003
As with any school, teacher quality can vary widely, and the principal can only deal with so many crises at once. My son is a fifth grader at Kyrene del Cielo, and has attended since kindergarten. In that time, he has gotten several outstanding teachers (you know who you are!), one mediocre teacher, and one atrocious teacher who was clearly in the wrong line of work. He was placed in the 'gifted' reading program, which one of his homeroom teachers was unfamiliar with, which presented some challenges for both the teacher and the student in adjusting to the schedule. My advice is: trust your instincts and stay involved in your child's curriculum. If you feel your child is not doing well in a particular teacher's class, get to the bottom of the situation.

- submitted by a parent
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Kyrene del Cielo School
1350 N. Lakeshore Dr., Chandler, AZ  85226
(480) 783-4000
Last modified Kyrene del Cielo School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kyrene del Cielo School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top