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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Quality of academic programs: high Availability of music, art, sports, etc: High Level of parnt involvment: High.
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.
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.
Nice school, lots of older parents. Very old fashioned. Charges for full day kindergarten.
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.
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.
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