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K-7
Public charter
Peoria, AZ
Students enrolled: 494
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9965 W Calle Lejos
Peoria, AZ 85383

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
May 20, 2015
The teachers are amazing! However, each year there is so much turn over that there is absolutely no consistency. The administration rarely know what the hand books states, and challenges parents frequently on it. There is great communication in some areas, and terrible communication in other areas!

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Agree
May 20, 2015
I feel any interaction that the teachers have with the students are wonderful. Not so for the principle.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2015
The community of teachers are amazing and unlike any other. This is the case year after year. However, there is a lot of turn over each year throughout the entire school. In the couple years we've been apart of this program there have been 4 new people in the office. It has become a point of strain that families never know if teachers are returning! It's very disappointing for the students. Our biggest issue with the school, and ultimately why we left, is safety is not a top priority. There have been numerous small and not so small issues that have come up. The image has become a bigger priority then the children. We can no longer support a school that does not prioritize the students.

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2015
Another change in front office staff? This school has such a high rate of teacher and staff turn over. In the last 3 years we have been at the school there has been 3 different people in the office. Three of the four teachers my children had are gone and several other teachers have left each year. I agree the administration is horrible. The principle is completely unapproachable and nonexistent. We have started the process of looking elsewhere. This has not been a horrible experience but I can't say we have seen anything better than where we were previously. Disappointment is what I would say about this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 02, 2015
I have to agree with the majority of complaints about Candeo. Most of the teachers are good, but usually they end up leaving after a few years because of the principal. The biggest problem with the school is the leadership. A few of the teachers have relationships with parents outside of school, which allows those parents kids to get special treatment. To me I thought this was always very unprofessional!!! Candeo is very AIMS focused and preps the struggling kids all year, so that those kids do well on that test. Candeo ranked high this year but allot of that is months of test prepping. We ended up moving our boys to another local charter school which doesn't teach to the test but makes the kids actually be able to think! Our boys headmaster is very kind, sincere, very approachable and does not test prep. Keeping the parents at a distant not only makes the school professional and drama free. If you truly believe Candeo is the best charter school you haven't been to enough charters!

- submitted by a parent

October 01, 2014
I am a parent of 2 children at Candeo. We have had wonderful teachers and my children love going to school. There is a reason why Candeo is ranked in the top 10 charter schools in Phoenix. If you are a person that cares about the quality of education, quality teachers, and kids that enjoy being in school then Candeo is for you. There is always something you will not like wherever you attend. If your relationship with the principle, or front desk person is the most important to you then this is not the school or you. We love the school and I can't imagine being anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2014
To the last comment: that was not a teacher or staff member who wrote that. Candep staff are incredibly professional. That comment was written with a personal agenda, just like all the other comments here. This site is a joke.

- submitted by a community member

September 30, 2014
This is in response to the teacher comment posted about a parent. As one teacher to another I think it is highly unprofessional to comment on any parent with students attending the school good or bad. I am very disappointed by this lack of professional behavior. I do not have a child attending this school and now I wont consider it as an option.

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2014
We have been at Candeo since 2008. I can not even find the words to express the gratitude that I feel towards the teachers. Last year was so rewarding for my kids. My oldest child overcame a huge obstacle with the help of two exceptional teachers in particular who never gave up! This is what matters! It is definetly a school of choice and there have been times that I do not agree with some policies or the general attitude of the staff but I have never regretted the education or the happiness of my kids! Way to go Candeo!

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2014
Wow, I am new to this school and the Administration and parents are rude and close minded. If you ask any question or give any constructive feedback they will shut you down and make you feel like you are a complainer and tell you that you should be happy to be there and if you don't like it then you can take your kid elsewhere. Great! I just waited 2 years on a waiting list and left a good school for this! So disappointing!

- submitted by a parent
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May 09, 2014
Dear Community, This site asks that I provide an official school message for their purposes of providing you information that assists you in your school search. We are well aware that you will see all types of remarks in the reviews. All I can do is invite you in to meet with me. I enjoy that aspect of my work. What you will find is a school full of professionals who are passionate about the same things and work for a common goal - your child's academic success and personal well-being. We perform at the very top for a reason. To be successful to this degree, a school needs four things in place - a rich, robust, adopted curriculum (not adopted "programs,"), expert teachers who deliver it with expertise, an environment that nurtures well-being, and strong leadership and governance. The fact is, every year, 97% of our parents are satisfied or extremely satisfied with Candeo. They tell us we deliver on our promise. I would love the chance to meet with any of you to help you decide if Candeo is right for you. All my best, Stephanie Musser, Ed.D. Executive Director

- submitted by a school leader

May 04, 2014
4. What is their policy when a student is absent? Well I can tell you that when you contact the office they will tell you that homework is not sent home. Does this make sense to anyone? My child was out 2 days and when she did go back was not even given the notes that were taken when she was gone. She was then expected to take a test on information in those notes. They take no responsibility and will basically tell you that that is just the way it is and deal with it. The poor teachers have no direction because there is no leadership. The principal is hardly ever visible and when she is she is grossly unprepared.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2014
This is in response to the May 2nd post. I m a teacher and have worked at West Wing Elementary, and now I work in another school not far from Candeo. If you are crying at night because of this situation, I would consider one of the neighborhood schools around Candeo, such as West Wing, Parkridge, or Frontier. They are also building a brand new school by the Sunrise Mountain Library. The neighborhood schools around all the charter schools are not terrible and are very good. If you are so miserable for your child that you are crying and regretting your situation, you could very easily find happiness at one of the great neighborhood schools. I have one child at Archway Glendale and another at our neighborhood school in the PUSD. While GH is a wonderful school, I also find that our neighborhood public school in the Peoria District is also very good. Life is too short to be so miserable about Candeo. We live in an exceptional area and all the public schools are competing with the charters. I think you could find happiness at any school surrounding Candeo. You don t need to suffer. I hope you find peace for your family.

- submitted by a community member

March 06, 2014
Our daughter just moved to the Candeo system and we could not be happier. Her teacher has made her feel welcome and as though she had been there all year. We are also very impressed with the curriculum and the overall program. We are also excited to see the new facilities next year.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2014
I am astonished at the things my children are learning and their excitement to do so. Candeo truly delivers a private school level of education for free. The teachers are amazing and I appreciate the environment that the school fosters. This couldn't be achieved without exceptional administration. They aren't going to make everyone happy and I'm ok with that. I would much rather have someone with a clear and unwavering vision than someone who is constantly trying to appease others. I love this school, my kids love this school. Well done Candeo!

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2014
Candeo School has been an answer to our prayers! We have attended Candeo for 4 years now. I have three boys who attend and as a result have had the pleasure of knowing and working with many wonderful teachers and staff. Our boys are thriving and excelling in ways I didn't know they could. I can't say enough about this school, its teachers and staff, the parent community and the superior education provided here. I have one son who struggles with a learning disability. As parents, it is heartbreaking to watch your child struggle and not know how to best help them. Under the care of many incredible teachers providing him, and us with learning tools tailored to his specific needs, our son is excelling!! Thank you Candeo for being absolutely hands down, the best school there is!!

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2014
We feel like our kids are getting a private education for free. Yes we pay for books, but our kids are worth it. Candeo makes learning fun. My kids are very happy and I am continually amazed at the excellent education they are getting. We have been at Candeo since the begining and our very proud that our kids go to one of the best schools in the area. Instead of reading disgrunteled comments on this anonymous site, just ask a Candeo family if they like their school. I'm confident the answer will be yes! I give Dr. Musser 5 stars because her vison of this school is now a reality and she hires the best teachers.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2014
While I do agree wholeheartedly with the reviews which state that Angela (front desk) is rude and unaccommodating, she is very efficient in her role and is not the one teaching my children. I also have to agree with many points stated regarding Dr. Musser on her arrogance and "it's my way or the highway" approach. However, she has a talent in hiring amazing teachers and obviously has wonderful leadership skills because this school delivers on many levels which comes from the top down. Some of the complaints on backpacks, food, etc. on this site are petty, in my opinion. The celebrations that the school puts on are over-the-top amazing and actually mean something to the children. There are many teachers who have been here from the inception. They've had growing pains and sometimes it's just not the right fit for every teacher. Every single teacher I have ever encountered at Candeo (we have 3 children at the school and have been here for 5 years) has gone above and beyond. Dr. Hudak is simply amazing in her caring, knowledge and communication. My experience is that the caring, respect, leadership, communication, accommodations and, of course, curriculum are all unparalleled.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2014
While the curriculum is accelerated and challenging due to this school's size there are trade offs that students miss out on. Education is a focus as it should be but the offerings that build a more rounded child such as physical activities, the arts, sports, etc are quite minimal and are not nearly offered at the level of other public schools. Hopefully this changes over time with the expansion of the school.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2014
Candeo balances a nurturing environment with academic rigor. The rankings show they are 16th in AZ including all district, charter, and high schools. The teachers are passionate and child-centered. They are not top-heavy administratively, which is an advantage to creating quick progress and being a cutting edge institution, but possibly a disadvantage because things can slip through the cracks and maybe this is why some parents are angry. However, I personally don't care if the secretary in the front doesn't have 10 minutes to gab with me because I know that the kids are the top priority and Candeo receives less funding per child than public schools so everyone needs to be efficient. The administration is child-centered, brilliant, and thoughtful but they are not "yes" women who are politically driven. Rather, they are busy spending time in the classrooms and balancing the needs of each child with the environment. I am sorry to hear that some parents do not treasure the environment at Candeo. My child can learn breadth and depth in a mindful, rigorous cirriculum without being "worksheeted" to death and while having a great time loving learning.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2014
Here's the deal: *Dr. Musser can come across intimidating & close minded. *Angela (front desk) makes people feel incompetent & is generally rude. *I don't see how logos on polo shirts help the learning environment, nor do I like being told where to buy them. *I don't see the advantage of plain colored backpacks (all look the same & so kids have come home with someone else's) So why the 5 stars? *Dr. Musser (& all of administration) KNOW each child by name, if they don't, they will. Even if they won't change their minds on certain things, they have welcomed my opinion. *Angela just needs some coaching on people skills. *I love uniforms and appreciate the compromise made by administration to allow bottoms to purchased where we choose (crossing fingers for backpacks:) There is good an bad in everything. This is our 6th year here. Our 3 unique children learn in different ways & we have had wonderful experiences with each teacher. Kids come home excited about what they are learning and that is a direct reflection of how they are being taught. When it comes down to it, my children are in a great learning environment where we know they are safe & cared for. That's what matters most.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2014
Each of us parents choose to send our children to Candeo and continue to make that choice every day. They are academically rigorous and although my children are far from the top of their class, I appreciate the children being challenged and pushed academically. As a parent of a special needs child and a child without special needs, I can tell you without a doubt that this administration goes above and beyond to accommodate every student and their unique needs. I have personally seen Angela multitask better than a circus ringmaster. She knows the children by name, who needs medicine to ward off a migraine, who needs a hug and who needs to call home so a parent can come take over. I have had the privilege/necessity of one on one meetings with most of the administration and find them very accommodating and willing to learn new skills/information to accommodate every child. They have even gone as far as to hire outside training for their staff to meet the needs of a single child. I feel it is blessing that my children have the privilege of attending this school and plan on sending my additional child to Candeo. I will continue to recommend this school, staff and faculty to friends.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2014
Candeo has some very good teachers and the Core Knowledge curriculum is great. In our experience, however, there has been a lack of communication and honesty on the part of the administration. Parents are kept in the dark about school plans and events until the last minute. Things that are promised never materialize. Grading turnaround is slow and lack of communication from teachers hurts student performance. Biases and favoritism cause inequalities in how students are disciplined and rewarded. The admin dismisses concerns raised by parents and parents are told they or their children are the problem. The admin claims there is no bullying among the students, but my children s playground experiences tell a different story. We ve even seen some admin and staff hold grudges against parents. All that said, many of the teachers genuinely care about the students. That makes it hard to write an honest, negative review.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2014
I am the parent of a middle school student who has been at Candeo since year two. Anyone who knows anything about business (and yes, a school is a business), knows that an organization cannot SUSTAIN success without great leadership. This is a fact. I am appalled at those who anonymously hide behind social media and criticize Dr. Musser. She is a person who always demonstrates kindness, compassion, and concern for my child. Since we began our educational journey here, Candeo has held true to its mission. My child is a happy, polite, engaged learner who enjoys coming to school every day. I know this because he comes home and talks about what learns every day. When Dr. Musser first presented the direction for the middle school, we implored her to add elective courses and learning breaks during the day for OUR children. She listened to us rather than succumbing to what other competitive charter schools do. She is not a person who doesn't listen to her parent community. She is a person who considers viewpoints that are offered and makes decisions based on what is the best for the organization, not for one person with a personal agenda. Thank you, Candeo and Dr. Musser!

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2014
I am a parent of 3 children who attend Candeo, and I am quite shocked at the criticism of Stephanie Musser. I have observed many specific instances of her care and concern for each student. She knows my children by name, and they look forward to each interaction with her. She does have a singular vision for this school. I can't imagine working to fulfill her goals, while pleasing hundreds of parents. It is an impossible task It is evident how passionate and engaged she is in the success of Candeo. She is responsible for the amazing staff that most agree is top notch. She is responsible for the uplifting, and engaging learning environment. She is responsible for the wholesome environment that fosters confidence and creativity. I applaud her efforts, and have the upmost respect for all she has created at Candeo.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2014
All these negative reviews about Stephanie Musser are unfair. While I agree that she is not the most warm and friendly person I've ever met, she is warm and loving to my children. She is passionate about the school she has created and truly wants what's best for all of our children. I don't need her to be my best friend, I need her to run a school that nurtures and teaches my children. My three children have never been happier. They come home from school excited about learning. They want to tell me about the great things they've learned that day. The teachers at Candeo are wonderful. They love children and are passionate about teaching. The front office girl, Angela, is incredibly rude, unaccomidating and unfriendly. It's unfortunate that she is the first person you must meet, because she is not an accurate representation of the teachers and the school as a whole. Overall, I love Candeo and feel incredibly blessed to have my children attend school there!

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2014
This school has done nothing but love, educate, and keep my babies safe for the last 4 years and we will continue to stay until it's time for highschool. The teachers are amazing and the Principle is driven with a love for children and education. She is easy to talk to and is always waiting at the gate in the morning to give the kids a hug! The no-junk food policy is great along with the uniforms! We love Candeo and can't say enough about it and love my 2 children receive everyday!

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2014
We currently have two children enrolled at Candeo. We have been extremely impressed with the teaching staff, leadership and the overall quality of the curriculum. Both of our children s teachers genuinely care about all of the students, as well as creating an environment that supports learning. The pickup situation is not great, but we think they have done an efficient job at organizing it with the current size of the campus. With the future growth plans, we think it will become quicker and easier to pick up the children. Driving by the other charter schools in the area, it appears the pickup situation is similar.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2014
Candeo is a small and relatively new (6 years) charter school with an excellent curriculum, a dedicated and excellent staff of educators and administrators, a strong community, and a focus on the whole student. We have 2 children in this school and have been attending for the last 5 years. No school is perfect. There is movement from and into the school annually. For us it has been a good fit. Caring dedicated and visionary staff are working to make it a great place for our children to learn. It is evolving into its own identity and refining as it goes. The administrators and teachers strive to put the children first and the majority of our experiences have been positive. When there are issues from parking to classroom, we have seen them addressed quickly and decisively. It is a small community and people's voices are heard and even solicited, however, leadership does have to ultimately make decisions. It is rigorous, it is lively, it brings great experiences to my children and respects family life. We are quite happy with the commitment of the school to our children and enjoy the opportunity to be involved in our children's education.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2014
My child started here this year. The beginning was quite an adjustment considering the rigor and all...but I have to say I love the curriculum and teachers. The curriculum is aligned to the common core, and they are getting our kids ready for a higher education. I find Dr. Musser pleasant! Mrs. Hudak on the other hand is probably the most arrogant school administrator I have EVER dealt with. I am so thankful my child does not have to deal with her day to day. I feel she needs professional development on parent and children communication. Often times she speaks down to the students and parents, and she comes across VERY ARROGANT! That being said, there is no school that is perfect! I truly believe this is an amazing school, and the students are receiving a great education. I wouldn't want my child at any other school. So the playground isn't the best, they care about what we feed our kids, no holidays are celebrated...I am sending my child to school for an education and that is what they are receiving- an excellent education!! ALL schools and leadership have room for improvement, and Candeo is no different. This is an A+ school!

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
We have been at Candeo since the first day it opened. Every teacher we've had has been caring and eager to teach my kids. Some people have complained about the rules at this school, but I think the rules provide structure and uniformity. We may not have "parties", but my kids always look forward to the "celebrations" that expand on the Core curriculum. I love how the teachers make learning fun. There is no such thing as a perfect school, but it has been perfect for my kids.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
I have 4 children that have been enrolled with Candeo to some degree since inception. I can recall the passion and focus of Dr Musser as far back as a Cibola Vista meeting prior to Candeo groundbreaking. Having obtained my doctorate the hard way, through my passion for education, not an intrinsic ability to flow through the education process, I can appreciate education done properly. I have male and female children, from "gifted" to the less socially celebrated hard workers, even some having overcome learning disabilities. Candeo has been so exceptional in its ability to exceed any level of education I have known that I cannot give those involved enough accolades. (I have been through more than 25 schools personally & with my children, both public and private and in multiple states, etc). The teachers at Candeo are like intellectual family heroes, and that is no exaggeration. This school simply could not exist without Dr Musser's tireless efforts. If Dr Musser's efforts are not in line with your own, then I encourage you to take her up on her offer to address those concerns. I know any negativity toward this institution would cause me to take a deeper look at myself.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
We have been at Candeo for the last 5 years and have loved our experience. The teachers are excellent and strive to give our children the best possible place to learn and grow. We intend to continue here until all are in high school. We wouldn't want to go anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
What an amazing school! My daughter has had the most wonderful and caring teachers. She can't wait to go to school each day and I am fascinated but what she is learning and what she has accomplished in just 3 short years. I am excited about the expansion and looking forward to my son joining her at Candeo next year.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
There is nothing more important than my daughters safety and education. This school takes them both very seriously. The administration and teachers are wonderful and encourage parent interaction. I could not be happier and have referred many people as well.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
I feel that this school in general is a good school academically but also feel there is room for improvement. Coming from a public school to here has been quite a shock. Maybe if my children had been here from Kindergarten it would be different. The strictness of the rules regarding uniforms and acceptable school lunches have been hard on us. The children aren't allowed to have ANY non school colors even down to the striping on shoes. The insides of their jackets even have to be school colors. For their lunches, the lunch monitors read the nutritional value of your childs food and question them on what they are eating. As also coming from a public school, I dont understand why the children can't celebrate Thanksgiving or any other holiday. One of my children was told that it was a distraction to celebrate them. If they were allowed to celebrate and get it over with then, they could move on. They are going to be distracted with it no matter what. I am undecided if this was the right choice for my family.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
Our family has had children attending Candeo for 6 years. Since the doors opened this school truly made EXCELLENCE it's top priority and it shows in everything that they do. The teaching staff is highly qualified and ambitions. They keep up with new trainings/certifications and they are always bringing improvements to the classroom and the community. Their efforts have a significant impact on the students.... THEY LOVE LEARNING! As a parent... I love that and I am grateful for the supportive environment. Our children are exposed too so much with the core knowledge curriculum. It can be challenging, but it's amazing and it's preparing them for a great future.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
I have had two children at Candeo since it's inception and I love the school. I love the curriculum that has been chosen, Love and Logic, the junk food free campus and the uniforms. At first I was nervous about not celebrating holiday parties, however the tremendous celebrations that they have are out if this world and so much more fun and the children are relating to what they are learning. They care about the whole child. I cannot express my gratitude for the teachers and attention that paid to one of my girls in finding that she suffered from site issues, even though she wears glasses she was only seeing out of one eye. This school found this issue and now my daughter has a new lease on life. My older daughter was very well prepared for Basis. I also love their heart in serving the community with their Student Leadership Club. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
The ONLY reason why my kid goes here is because of the teachers. They are amazing. They truly care about the children and the education. As far as "uppermanagement" is concerned, shes terrible. Shes arrogant. Shes narcissistic. Shes VERY much "my way or the highway" and it turns my stomach. The school has NO problem asking for as much money as each family can give to support the different projects, including a $1.4 million gym that Stephanie cannot get approved for the loan to build, yet she acts like such a dictator while doing it. If my kid didn't love it there and the teachers werent as amazing as they are, I would tell Stephanie Musser where to go. Notice that MOST of the negative reviews are about her. Hey Steph.... Whos the common denominator here?

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
Candeo is a great school of choice. The staff and teachers always have the children and their success as the focus of everything they do. We have been privileged to be part of this school for the last 3 years. Is the school perfect? That seems to be the question that most people want answered. Well let me answer that by saying that no school is perfect, there is always something that someone wants done differently. The idea here is to decide what you are willing to let be imperfect. If you don't want a core knowledge education, uniforms, healthy food requirements as well as a fabulous staff and teaching community, then you may choose to send your child somewhere else. The wonderful thing is that you have a choice. I choose to bring my children to Candeo because they offer an engaging and challenging education. I have nothing but respect for all who work there and their tireless efforts in helping to provide a quality education for my children. Are they perfect? Not all the time, but neither am I. Yet in the things that I value in education I have not seen anyone better.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
I am a teacher in another district with 2 kids attending Candeo. As an educator I have to say that overall I am very impressed with Candeo. Schools are a lot like politicians, they can please all of the people some of the time and some of the people all the time....and you know the rest. Here are the things that make Candeo stand out. Small class sizes, enthusiastic teachers, and effective curriculum. It is still a growing school and in a few years it will be completely built out with more programs becoming available as the student population grows. The small class sizes are what really make a difference. You are not going to get that anywhere else in a public school. I range from 33 to 40 kids per class, I don't even have desks for all of them, our computers went away this year.(btw...I work in the largest elementary district in the state) If you have a kid in Candeo be thankful, the only other place you are going to even get close to this atmosphere is in a private school.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
Wow, thank you Principal Musser for the link to give constructive feedback to potential parents considering Candeo. My advice "Don't let your kids go her until they choose another principal!" Love our teacher, but the leadership is horrible. The discipline is supposed to be "love and logic", but seriously lacks the logic aspect. Children who misbehave set the tone for the class and hardly ever get any discipline, however when it comes to punishing the whole class receives the punishment. My child who follows the rules is constantly yelled at as a class and punished as a class despite following the rules, while other children who have no individual negative results run the class, interrupt, and even hit the other kids with no consequences. There is no clear direction for education and it is obvious they are trying to save as much money as possible at the expense of the childrens education. Look at the playground, it is horrible and unsafe. If the principal wants a good review she should drastically review her behavior, policies, practices, and make some real changes. This is personal, because it affects my child who means everything to me.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
We have lived in 3 states and attended 6 schools, in 4 different school districts. We have 3 children who attend Candeo, and I am amazed on a daily basis at the dedicated teachers, the amazing staff, and their commitment and desire for excellence. Our youngest child was literally skipping to the car at pick up her first week of school! The environment is happy and positive. Our children work hard, are challenged and find a personal satisfaction within themselves that they have not experienced anywhere else in Arizona. I have found the administration and staff to be nothing but kind, loving and completely approachable. I love what my children are learning, I love how they are learning, and I love who they are learning with each day. Our children are thriving for the first time in years. Candeo is absolutely a perfect fit.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
I was referred to Candeo from friends who had all 3 of their children here. I was a little nervous when I read all the negative reviews but am so glad I didn't let them affect my choice to let my child start school here. This school is amazing. Every time I walk into this school I am greeted warmly by everyone. My child's teacher is out of this world wonderful. When I share the things that she is doing to help him succeed in school with clients of mine who are teachers, with extended degrees, they all tell me what a great school we have with Candeo. Mind you, these things that his teacher is doing require her to take up her own family time at home to help my child. The teachers here are all great and caring. I feel safe with my son here and am looking forward to having my second child attend Candeo. I also love that they don't allow junk food here for any reason!

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
This is our first year with Candeo and we love it! When we had our first walk thru of the school you could see and feel the overall love for education. Dr. Musser is fantastic along with the teachers. Thank you Candeo for all that you do.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
We have been part of the Candeo community for six years. We have been extremely happy with this school. The teachers are fantastic! The kids love the Core Knowledge learning. The knowledge based activities and festivals are so fun. Singapore math has been a wonderful way to learn math that will help them throughout life. The students at Candeo are nice and respectful. The staff is amazing and parents are very involved. The principal is a very smart, very hard working person who started this school and turned it into the number 1 charter school in the NW valley. But the most important thing is our kids love Candeo. They say they wish they could stay through the 12th grade. That's what means the most to us.....happy kids and a great education.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
Soooooo, I have read through the comments and back in 2010 a parent was complaining that the funds were raised for a new playground, yet nothing was done. Look at the playgound it is awful. And I hear that last year money was raised by the PTO for the playground and the school did not allow the funds to be used for the playground. And now they are asking for even more money for the playground. Let's see if they actually use it this year. Makes you think. There are just too many things that don't make sense.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
I love Candeo. I truly feel that we are so blessed as parents to be a part of this amazing school, but also my children are blessed daily. The friendly, loving, caring atmosphere in the school can not be compared to anything I have ever experienced. I am a former teacher and my expectations are high. Candeo has exceeded my expectations with their community involvement, teacher selection, academic curriculum and high standards of behavior expected from all. I wouldn't have my children anywhere else. Those lucky enough to be at Candeo feel the same way. Dr. Musser and her staff do everything in their power to solve problems and look at things from different angles to help the students become their best selves. I am so thankful that I walked in the front office one day and there happened to be openings.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2014
We have been with Candeo from the very beginning. We have our last child now in kindergarten and couldn't be happier with the excellent education our children have received. One feeling has always stuck out to me is how good I feel about dropping my kids off to school here and have from day one. I did not have that same kind of experience or feeling at the two other schools we attended prior to finding Candeo. What school does the Principal know your name? My children have had exceptional teachers and many of them are still at the school. I am happy with the discipline the teachers and staff require of the children and the environment is loving and nurturing. When I think of the small amount of money Candeo receives for each child (much less than the public school) I am amazed at what they have accomplished and the great talent they can attract to their school. This is an environment where teachers get to teach and cut out so much of the politics of public schools. I am grateful each day that Dr. Musser had a "big dream" to create something such as candeo where people would drive from all over just to bring their children there.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2013
This is our first year at Candeo and we think it will most likely be our last. If I could have given the principal a 0, I would have. She is very rude and arrogant and it is very clear that she feels as though it is her way or the highway and will tell you very easily to find another school. I did some research and she lists herself as founder of the school and despite registering the school as a non profit where she can be replaced, she chooses to believe she can behave however she pleases without any consequences. The very first day we arrived at Candeo to meet the teacher I was surprised by the lack of organization. The lack of leadership is evident in everything from pick up and drop off to homework. When I finally did meet the principal it all made sense. Her responses were very combative and insulting and she made it very clear she had to apologies for the lack of communication which caused us to miss a very important event. It was obvious to me that she did not have children because she had absolutely no sympathy for either myself as a mother or my child. We are very saddened by all of this because we really had high hopes for Candeo.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2013
I left this school a year ago because I saw the same issues other parents do. Poor leadership with no definite plan. So glad I did.

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2013
From two parents: Candeo could be a great school by having Core Knowledge, Singapore Math, foreign language and wonderful parent involvement, but the principal, and top administration and a handful of arrogant teachers stop any other positive comments for this school. The principal lets you know immediately that this is HER school and there is no point in suggesting any ideas. If you disagree with anything or have an issue or concern about a teacher, you will be told to find another school. Parents are not told about anything, good or bad, at this school until the week/night before. Communication is all superficial. It is sad when most all of the parents want to be involved and have offered many simple ideas and given thousands of hours of volunteer time. We write this with our children having 13 different teachers at this school over the years.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2013
Our daughter attended this school for 3years and the first two years were great. When we started having trouble during her 3rd year I meet with the teacher and then upper administration. I was not impressed with the solutions to our problems that were presented and felt very isolated. It was made very clear to me that if I was unhappy then maybe I should try another school. I did not feel that the administration heard or wanted to hear what I was saying. They even denied that certain situations were not happening when I witnessed the situation first hand. It was stressful and hurtful. Basically if you follow everything they tell you to do your ok but don't rock the boat and advocate for your child.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2013
This school has been fantastic for my son. He is entering 7th grade and has been a student at Candeo since 3rd grade. He has enjoyed a rigorous education with teachers that care and look out for him. His friends have been great guys that include everyone (even the kids that struggle to fit in) in both classroom activities and outside play. Any interaction (with us or our son) with Dr. Musser or Dr. Hudak has been positive and informative. Enough of the haters. No school, administration or teacher is perfect. Find a school that works for your child...if Candeo is the one then great. If not, then please move on and leave the negative, often incorrect comments off the site. My suggestion would be to ask the people in charge (Dr. Musser/Dr. Hudak) to see if Candeo is a school where your child will excel.

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2013
Amazing teachers, but terrible administration and leadership! I feel sorry for families anticipating great things when they get called from the waiting list. Terribly secretive and dishonest.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2013
Expanding school grades and all can not fit in building so parents notified they are renting four classrooms for grades 6 & 7 next year in a church. They will have NO art, must or PE since they are not on main campus. Why offere these grades when space is limited at campus? So the upper grades will be denied their specials. Also checked on AZ state website for charter schools, and Candeo is not even officially approved for grades 7 & 8 yet - the website states school is chartered for grades K - 6. Any suggestions for a school that has grades 6 - 8 that offers art, music, PE that is in an actual school?

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2013
Wow, I can't believe all of the negative comments! My child attended here for 3 years until we moved too far away. We have not been able to find a school half as good and we miss Candeo tremendously.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2013
This time of year, every school year there is concern of is Candeo having 6th grade? Now it's are we having 7th grade? We are putting up portables, not we can't put up portables. The school is moving grades 5 - 7 to different location? Where, we don't know yet. The stress level for families/students is getting tiresome. Why is it that every year they go through this? Never get a straight answer from administration, poor leadership.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2013
Had high hopes for school (was on waiting list), but the school is declining dramatically. High turn over rate for teachers and office staff. Being told that Singapore math not preparing students when entering Basis. Hearing that entire school is relcoating to new location, but nothing confirmed from office .

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2013
I have all of my children at Candeo representing a variety of grades since Candeo's early years. One child will be effected by the new charter and I also had expansion questions. I have those questions to the school leadership and feel comfortable with their direction. I have no intent of making anyone feel bad about their post, but if you have important questions such as these, I think it is best to schedule time with Mrs. Musser or attend one of the Candeo Connect forums and ask these questions as I think you will get accurate answers there rather than on this site. During my meeting, I learned that they have great things planned and are working on the roll out. Just as they take care and concern with our children's education and teacher selection, I learned that they are doing the same with the expansion. I hope the people with concerns take the time to meet with Mrs. Musser, ask all of your questions. I think the Candeo Connects are the first Friday of every month, so one is coming up next week. Please do not take offense to this. I see concerned parents who want answers, and I hope my suggestion will help.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2013
We have been attending for several years and the comment below is true. We were told the charter for grades 7 and 8 was a "done deal" and just notified that they applied recently. If just applied will it be approved by the start of school in August? Hearing school is moving to another location, don't understand why this building was built to their specifications, why the move in only a few short year? The administration rarely gives a straight answer to families - very disappointing. I now understand why most families stay at public, there is no stress of waiting to see if a charter is going to have a specific grade the following. This is very stressful on the student and family.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2013
I have been one of the original parents that drove to 51st and Bell and have been very happy with the school until this year. What is most disheartening is that the school administration is not forthcoming about their future plans for 7 & 8 grade. My husband and I personally attended a meeting early last year where we were told that the administration had applied for the 7 & 8 grade charter, but then we hear this month that they just did it. Supposedly the reason for the hold up was because they are going to build a new building and move the entire school? So what is the real story? Has Candeo applied for the 7 & 8 grade charter? Is the school moving? We have a child that will be entering 6th grade next year and if Candeo is not going to include 7 & 8 grade, then we need to look at other options now as many schools have wait lists. We would appreciate an open and honest answer from Candeo once and for all. After all Candeo administration you have asked for our honesty and commitment every year, so we expect the same in return from you.

- submitted by a parent

January 07, 2013
http://www.azed.gov/research-evaluation/aims-assessment-results/ please refer to the above link for 2012 AIMS results: MATH: 94% READING: 96% WRITING : 90% SCIENCE: 88% HAPPY VALLEY : MATH: 92% READING: 98% WRITING: 88% SCIENCE: 94% PINNACLE PEAK ELEMENTARY: MATH: 92% READING; 97% WRITING: 95% SCIENCE: 98% GREAT HEART -ARCHWAY SCOTTSDALE MATH: 96% READING: 96% WRITING: SCIENCE: 96% NEED TO IMPROVE WRITING AND SCIENCE***

- submitted by a parent

December 06, 2012
I'm happy to say "Candeo was the highest-scoring elementary school in the Peoria and Deer Valley School Districts. This rating includes all public schools, both charter and district schools. We scored 157 out of a score of 200, accomplished within just five years of opening our doors".-quoted from our newsletter. Bottom line, we've been at this school since it opened. Every time I walk down the hall I see all these wonderfull Core Knowledge projects hanging up on the walls. I hear teachers engaging their students. It really is a gem we are lucky to be a part of.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2012
One of the fifth grade teacher left and there is a sub and two other teachers teaching - 3 teachers in one class room for 5th grade, some teachers not on the same page in teaching style. School says not hiring a teacher keeping as is. Last year entire fourth grade staff left and now this started. What is going on? Time to look for different school.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2012
OMG... All the fourth Grade teachers "moved on to other opportunities" this summer. I now see why. Kids actually failed their AIMS tests. How is that possible in a Charter School that prides itself in having an "Excelling" status. The lower grades may offer a great education, but when you get to 3rd and above, monitor your child and teacher closely. After four years they still don't have there stuff together.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2012
I just attended the Parent Info Meetings at Basis and asked about the readiness of the Candeo students. To my surprise I was told that they are struggling in Math because Candeo uses Singapore Math and they use Saxon, and that the jump from very little if any homework to the rigorous coursework at Basis has had an impact on the Candeo students success. So now where do I send my student since Candeo did not prepare them to move on to the next level, back to public school? That defeats the purpose of sending them to Candeo to begin with. I hope that the Candeo Administration takes a hard look at themselves and steps it up for the sake of the future students. In the meantime my student will have to struggle to catch up. Thanks for nothing Candeo!

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2012
This school is incredible. The staff is so caring and nurturing and they have a great curriculum. So happy to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2012
I want to be careful to not say anything to have my post disappear. 3 years here. Candeo has excellent teachers. I still give the school the lowest rating possible.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2011
I am shocked.. Shopping around close charter school I had called Candeo school and spoke to administrator whom spoke quit harsh as there is no possible room to be put on a wait list 2012 since the # is already 99 people waiting for kinder next year. I told her bluntly i didn't appreciate her discouragement & that reason for call was a tour of the school. I explained I would NEVER enroll my child into a school that I never toured. The audacity of some people..and lack of professionalism.. shocking, just shocking :(

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2011
This is our third year at Candeo and we love it! The teachers have all been excellent and I feel like they really care about my kids. I have a couple of children in the gifted program, which I agree could have a bigger push. However, I feel like they are getting so much more in the regular classroom than what we experienced at a public school that there is not as big of a need for a separate "gifted" class. My kids all love it and come home excited about what they are learning. When learning is fun, it keeps the kids excited and I think that may even be more important that a tough academic curriculum. I feel like there is a good balance of academics and fun.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2011
We are also an Anthem family who drives everyday to a school that our children absolutely love. We realize that there are many schools between our home and Candeo, and we have made the choice to continue sending our children to Candeo for a number of reasons: we feel that our children are getting an excelllent education, are a part of a learning community that accepts, encourages and inspires and that our children are being challenged academically without hindering their natural need to just be kids. There is not a perfect school and not everyone will find their "home" at Candeo. But for this Anthem family, we are behind Candeo 100%.

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2011
This is our third year at Candeo and we are very pleased with it. We drive from Anthem everyday because it is worth the extra effort to have my children at a school where they are safe, loved, and learning everyday. We have tried several public and charter schools in North Phoenix and were disappointed with many of them. Candeo does not have as challenging of a curriculum as some other charter schools (and not as much homework), but my children are learning every second of every day and they learn at a mastery level in every subject. Their homework is meaningful and not just busy work. They excel because the teachers truly do use a variety of strategies to reach all learning styles. One of my children is a very tactile/kinesthetic learner. I worried about him in a typical classroom, but Candeo has reached his learning style beautifully since Kindergarten. However, they have also been able to keep my very gifted, audio/visual learner engaged as well. I feel they could do more with their gifted program, but overall, we have been VERY pleased with our experiences at Candeo.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2011
This is our third year at Candeo and we are extremely pleased! I love that parent volunteers are welcomed and appreciated. It truly is a community where they take the time to know the entire family. My children are challenged and nutured! While no school can be all things to all students, this is truly the best choice for our family.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2011
Did you know that Candeo Schools has had two complaints and one lawsuit filed against it in the last two years? The Peoria USD is making great progress at increasing the opportunities available to its students, as noted in the 9/17 post, you may want to check out the new programs they are offering before making a decision about where to send your student.

- submitted by a community member

October 03, 2011
I was reading through some of the reviews and agree that the content and teachers are awesome. I found that my student was not being challenged though. Although the curriculum is said to be rigorous my student never had more than 15 minutes of homework a night, I was disappointed. I am trying to prepare my student for the middle/high school years. Now I am hearing from parents that have moved on to feeder schools that the students are not prepared for the real rigor they face and are struggling. The whole point of putting my student in Candeo was to be held to a higher standard and prepare them for the next level. That has not happened. :(

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2011
I am ready to give up on Candeo! I am tired of the lip service I get from the administration. I just visited the new Traditional School that the Peoria district just opened around the corner from our campus. I was very impressed with what I found. I found it to be everything I ever wanted Candeo to be and much, much more. The students in their uniforms seemed very happy to be there. I spend a long time talking to one of the teachers after school. She said their school has a rigorous curriculum that includes Singapore math. What impressed me the most was when she showed me the student code of conduct. They are very serious about teaching the whole child. She said that bullying, teasing and sarcasm are not tolerated at all. She said children are taught about manners and courtesy daily. She said parents are true partners in their mission. It does have a private school feel but she assured me that it is a Peoria district school and it is totally free. When I was leaving a young student held the door open for me and smiled as she said to have a nice day. It seemed so organized. I am enrolling my daughter on Monday.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2011
Candeo Peoria is a great example of a school that focuses heavily on the needs of the child. It is a small school with a mission to educate our children using methods I have not seen at any other school. These methods (love & logic, core knowledge, singapore math) may not fit EVERY child. I would think that being told that a child may not "fit" the curriculum and should not attend is far better than allowing a child to either be shoved into a curriculum they may fail in -or- a school altering their curriculum to the general population. That is what public schools are for! I also do not feel that sports is needed as part of a curriculum. There are plenty of city & local private alternatives for parents to enroll their children in. As long as the school provides a physical education program (and Candeo does) I actually prefer to enroll my children in local sports & activities through the city or private organizations. And for all the "Armchair Principals/Directors" out there, understand that this is a school in its fourth year with a fraction of the funding that local public schools receive. Once people get past their selfish expectations they will realize this is a great school!

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2011
We wanted to thank the staff, new PTO, and parent volunteers for the amazing new year! Thanks to everyone pulling together positively and proactively we are looking forward to a safe and smooth pickup and drop off routine. We are greeted with a smile at the gate or in the office every day. After 3 years, we are still privileged to have the right teacher at the right time and doing the job they can do best in place every year as a result of excellent hiring and placement. While the academics are top-notch- we even have French beginning this year for K-3!- our school COMMUNITY is what makes the LONG drive worth the investment every day. If we could be there every day to participate in all that is happening this year (and there is a ton), we would do so. For now, we settle for knowing our child has the best fit we could find within 50 miles of our home. And look forward to the day our youngest can attend this amazing place of learning. Thank you, Candeo! Brilliance begets brilliance:)

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2011
I must say I'm shocked at the negativity in some of these reviews. Our two youngest sons have attended Candeo since the middle of the first year Candeo opened. We drive 30 minutes from Surprise for our children to attend this school. As a self professed "school snob" ... our expectation bar was set very high as our oldest son began his education at the best private school in Las Vegas (The Meadows School.) Moving to AZ was quite eye opening about and we have been through a few private and charter schools here and hands down Candeo is the BEST. Not only are our boys receiving a phenomenal education, they are spending the bulk of their waking hours in a loving, nurturing environment. We are not "one of the masses" at this school, rather we are greeted by name by all of the staff and faculty. Last year our 3rd grader was beyond lucky to be in the classroom of Michelle Hudak, AZ Charter School Teacher of the Year. Of course there are going to be kinks to work out in every school new or old...but how many schools out there receive an "Excelling" ranking their first year and have a waiting list long enough to fill another school? We love love love Candeo!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2011
Thanks to those who are willing to post their comments here and on other websites like candeopeoria changes are finally happening at Candeo. It took three years and lots of complaints for them to make a change. Let's hope it is for the better. For those looking for a quality school with programs for the gifted and those that need extra support, wait a few years before trying this school. They still have a lot of work to do. Thanks again to those parents willing to stand up for what they believe in, without you the changes would never have come.

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2011
This school has potential with a solid curriculum and great teachers but the turnover in staff and constant changes says much about the leadership. For it being in it's fourth year, there is still so much lacking. Charter schools can be wonderful but for all of the extra you pay to attend, you expect the school to have their act together.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2011
Lots of changes this school year... Lets hope they can pull the teachers and administration together. The constant turn over of staff and teachers makes it hard to have a cohesive program that allows for student growth.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2011
Candeo has some great teachers, but they are unable to be stellar at there jobs because there hands are tied by a poor director. Get rid of the director and Candeo could have a great future. They are working through the growing pains of a new school, but have a few years to go before they are a really good school.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2011
My child attended two years at this school. And here is my feedback. 1. After two years of Singapore math, my child is playing catch-up to the Peoria School District math program. 2. Class sizes were not smaller at Candeo vs. the Peoria School District. 3. There is no qualified teachers for children with disabilities or that are gifted. 4. NO PARKING. Brilliant! Do your child a favor and stay far away from this school. There are many PSD schools that EXCEL and do it while following State and Federal requirements.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2011
The teachers, parents and students at Candeo are outstanding! Our children love this school and are learning a lot. The ED of the school has great vision and deserves praise for successfully opening a public charter school during an economic downturn. Hopefully, the finances are solid and Candeo will continue to thrive as an excelling school. The ED hires well and greets the students every morning with a hug. The only thing we feel that is missing is a principal or an administrator in a leadership role who can navigate through parent concerns without coming from a place of insecurity, defensiveness and control. Currently, when concerns are expressed that challenge school policy, questions are raised about the specialized academic programs or concerns are shared about the way classroom situations are handled, the typical response is "If you don't like it leave. We can fill your spot with a child on the wait list or a teacher who wants a job." This attitude only alienates parents and teachers and creates unhealthy relationships at school. Again, we love Candeo. It's a great public charter school. We know that in time these "growing pains" will be worked out.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2011
Unfortunately I have found I can get the same quality education at my local public school with the added benefits of a playground, sports program, music program and gifted program. The school has some great teachers that are wonderful! As long as you don't have to deal with the administration (director) you will like Candeo. If you have a child that is gifted or requires special attention (like mine) this is NOT the school for you, and you will be told so by the director if you confront her. I was a very involved parent and I made the choice to leave. I believe it was the best choice for my child's academic success.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2011
I am so happy this year! Last year my child was at Pinnacle Pointe Academy and I had alot of problems with the Principal being wishy-washy with inappropriate behaviors. This year my child had a wonderful learning year at Candeo! Thank God, the 1st grade grade teacher knows how to deal with behavior problems ! I just can't say enought about this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2011
Feb 5ths post was most likely posted by a staff member of the school. I agree with Oct 18th statements. The teachers are the back bone of this school and are magnificent! I cant say that it is the administration that is at fault but the leader. Until she puts some in her position that has a business/management background the staff, students, and volunteers will continue to turn. As far as a waiting list that will change quickly several other great schools have open since Candeo started. I give 10 stars to the staff and 5 for putting a great program together but a -10 to the leadership.

- submitted by a community member

April 12, 2011
I grew up on the East Coast and lived in an area where the public schools were very good. When we moved to AZ and I learned that the state is 50th in school funding I realized I needed to be careful about where my children went to school. We are extremely happy with Candeo. We've have excellent teachers that challenge my children. We've also had great experiences with the other families at Candeo. I think because you have to make an effort to drive your kids back & forth and because of the amount of volunteering that is standard the children who attend Candeo come from families who place a priority on quality education. This allows the teachers to set high expectations and challenge the kids. When I talk with my friends and family back East about what my kids are learning - at the schools that I was trying to make sure our AZ school lived up to - I repeatedly hear surprise at the depth of information that is being taught. Most importantly, my kids enjoy school so they come home and share details of what they learned almost daily!

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2011
My son loves going to school everyday. The teachers are highly qualified, implement a challenging and research-backed Core Knowledge curriculum flawlessly, and are supported daily by a principal who is dedicated the school's mission of nurturing in and every child. I have spoken with multiple teachers who feel the environment created by the principal is what makes Candeo so successful and why there is a waiting list of 400 students.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2011
The main reason I chose this school was how they picked their curriculum. But I was impressed but all the other aspects of the school: Peaceful Playgrounds, Love and Logic discipline, uniforms, healthy lunches and above all the teachers. I have yet to be disappointed with this school in almost three years.

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2010
I agree with many of the other posts. The teachers are the ONLY reason this school gets any stars. All of the teachers we've interacted with are terrific. It is very sad to see that they pick up so much of the slack which the administration leaves behind. So many teachers seem to get burnt out which is why we believe the turnover rate is so high. There is a complete failure on the part of the administration in terms of communication and effective management. This could be a great school if it only had solid leadership. It seems like while the administration is open to listening and receptive to feedback, there is little to no follow through.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2010
Wow!!! This is our first year at Candeo and I am more than impressed w/ Administration, teachers and parent involvement... My son loves his teachers and enjoys getting up everyday to go to school. Administration and teachers have been nothing but professional and understanding of my concerns... LOVE CANDEO :)

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2010
Thank goodness our girls go hear now. We were used to our girls teaching the classes at other schools, it's a joy to actually have them learn something new. Latin is a gateway language and they have other languages offered in the afternoon. I love the Principal &I know she truly loves each and every person in the school.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2010
WOW, I am a little shocked at some of the reviews that I have read. I think some reviews are due to personal issues that have occured and not on what Candeo stands for as a whole. There is something to be said when your child skips to school in the morning with a smile on her face and greets you at pick up the same. More importantly, the wealth of knowledge I hear the entire drive home that makes it even more clear that we made the right choice . My child is in her 2nd year at Candeo and my husband and I are more than impressed with the curriculum, teachers and the administration. I have always had a very positive experience whether it was volunteering, walking into the office or with anyone that I come across. We LOVE Candeo! And you will too!

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2010
I think Candeo has one of the most incredible gifted programs in all of the state! The gifted program there no only met all of my expcetations ... it exceeded them. As expected her strenghts were made stronger but the expansion of her areas where she wasn't naturally "gifted" is what amazed me about the program. Not everyone can participate in the gifted program...you're child must pass the test that is given about mid-year. The teaching staff and administration are the best, my child is in the top percentiles in the country is all academic areas and she is HAPPY! What more could I ask for as a parent!

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2010
Just an update for those people on the fence and basing their judgement on the lack of parking and no sports field. The lot to the West of the school is now being converted into a sports field and parking, scheduled to be complete by Fall Break 2010.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2010
Great school! My children are challenged and also happy. The teachers are encouraging, supportive, and approachable. The principal is very friendly and truly cares about the students. We love Candeo!

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2010
This is a good school for those who fit under the bell curve. If your child is gifted or has any special needs challenges, it is an uphill battle all the way. This is not just my experience but also that of several parents with whom I have spoken to about this. We have tried very hard to work with the administrator and teachers to try and create a diffrentiated program for our child but to no avail. It a lot of talk and no action. I would say it is an absolute joke but my child's education is not a joke. My chil's love of learning has progressively declined. We have resulted to doing more stimulating educational programs after school and on the weekends. I dislike this because that is what school is for. After school time should be for other activities (outside of homework).

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2010
Candeo is a very good example of needing to look beyond the surface. Most people focus on the curriculum and the teachers, some focus on the parent groups. But what you really should be looking at here is the administration...the director and the out-sourced business manager. The "slight" front office changes one review mentioned were not so slight. Teachers, specialists, managers, support staff, even lunch room staff has all changed...and not for the better. Beloved Candeo staff is gone and I would say it most definately affects the way the school operates. Even my children felt and noticed the disruptions. But investigate for yourself. Look around, ask questions (but not at board meetings, parents are not welcome) and you"ll see that Candeo's perfection is a facade.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2010
If I had to sum Candeo up in one sentence, it would have the idea that they make a lot of promises and rarely follow through. The gifted programming continually got less effective from the first year through their second year. They have some excellent teachers, especially the 3rd grade team, but they have some real mediocre teachers who fail to control their classrooms. Core Knowledge and Singapore Math are excellent curriculums. However, a little research will help you find other schools offering them. If you're looking for real gifted education, I suggest you look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2010
Don't listen to the bitter parent reviews. Candeo is a wonderful school, great staff and caring involved parents. Just because it isn't a good fit for you, doesn't mean this school doesn't put others to shame! Yes they are having some growing pains, but are addressing each issue as it arises. My son is entering 1st grade this year. He could name the presidents on Mt. Rushmore at the end of last year, Can You? His art teacher is an artist with professional representation...what other schools can offer that. Many staff have their Masters. Don't pick this school if you don't have intent or time to be actively involved in your child's education. Volunteering is considered customary. I will say that the principal is a lot of talk and no action, there is little parking, no sports field, and she back peddles from comments previously made. POLITICS of School People!

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2010
We have finished our first year at Candeo. The entire year has been a positive experience for our family. The curriculum is wonderful offering Core Knowledge and Singapore Math. The school is awesome on communicating with parents and always looking for ways to improve the school. There has been a slight change to the front office staff but nothing major that would effect how the school is managed. I have never known of a school that doesn't make changes every year. Yes, the PTO has various events throughout the year to help raise money for the school, but what school doesn't do that. Yes, parents have to pay for consumable fees, which varies based on grade. Regardless where kids attend school items will need to be purchased. I feel at Candeo my child is getting a private education without the high cost of a tuition plus the cost of books.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2010
I am very disappointed in the administration of Candeo. It's a shame because for the most part the teachers are great and they really care about the kids. There is no playground/field for the kids....they have to share a very small area. Money was given for a field, but no field is on the horizon. It's a shame. The front office staff has changed so much and things are not very consistent. Also, be prepared to open up your wallet/checkbook for every little thing!! They charge $35 for a pack of books that the students will read during the year and then they don't even get to keep them. So why do we have to pay for them??? Seems a little sketchy to me.....

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May 16, 2010
We are finishing up our second year at Candeo and cannot say enough good things about this school. Having experienced an "excelling" AZ public school and seeing our gifted son's love of learning be squashed down by the teacher, we found Candeo after a year of homeschooling. Both of our children have thrived in the Candeo community. The staff and teachers are incredibly caring and the curriculum & instruction are challenging enough to keep our gifted 3rd grader learning and engaged. I truly do not understand the negative comments that have been left except to say that not every learning environment is right for each child and no school is perfect. Candeo is a new school that has suffered some growing pains but the staff and administration has consistently kept the students as their focus during this time.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2010
I had trouble assigning a rating. When it says 'below average,' what are you comparing it to? Other horrible AZ schools, or the ideal school? An accurate rating would be 'Average -- no better or worse than any of the other awful alternatives here in AZ.' But I settled on unsatisfactory, because it is not a satisfactory choice, in my opinion. My kids deserve better. I had caring teachers and loved the Core Knowledge. The school is brand new, so it is clean, but inadequate (no playground, no parking, etc.) Ultimately, the school was unable to offer sufficient differentiation for accelerated learning (which had been promised) and the staff turnover and leadership is abysmal. We have met some wonderful teachers and families, but have decided to move on and keep looking for academic quality.

- submitted by a parent
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April 30, 2010
Candeo School is a great school! I love the teachers and the Core Knowledge curriculum . Having been involved with other schools I am very impressed with how clean and well maintained the school is. That speaks of the high calibur of people who work at Candeo on every level.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2010
There is way too much turnover in the staff and administration at this school. I pulled my child out because they could not cover the math topics in full for the year. Other children are half a year behind and have to go to summer school. I've noticed a lack of solid leadership from the admin department.

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April 07, 2010
I am very surprised with the number of negative reviews about this school. While no school is perfect, especailly in AZ, it amazes me how many people are willing to critize without knowing all the facts. Yes, there are problems with pick up but it's not the schools fault in it's design. City of Peoria had told them, the parking lot had to be that way. The teachers are wonderful and very understanding and easy to talk with. If you are not happy, talk to your child's teacher and let them know of your concerns. You need to work with them and not against them. I too am disappointed they do not have a gifted program and a Latin program. However, compared to my other choices of where to send my children, so far Candeo is th best unless I want to pay for private school.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2010
The core knowlege in good in theory, but my child did not learn how to tell time or the value of money. Glad we moved on...

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2010
We have had a fabulous experience at Candeo this year! The teachers have been wonderful and very supportive. They have ample opportunities for parent involvement and they really seem to care about my kids. I highly recommend this school to anyone! The Core Knowledge curriculum is a fabulous curriculum. I've talked to several family members who are educators themselves and they were amazed at the things my kids were learning! Look at the kids standardized test scores.... if the curriculum is so bad as other reviewers have mentioned, the school wouldn't have gotten rated 10 of 10 by greatschools.com.

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November 12, 2009
Don't fall for the beautiful speeches and presentations as I did. This school does not deliever on what they say they are doing. It was my experience that many of the teachers rarely do anything beyond what is required. The curriculum could be and may some day be wonderful - but with the present administration this school will not succeed. If you do decide to attend open your wallet and close your mouth. You will regularly be harrassed for money, don't question anything or you will be asked to leave. There is no accountability for the actions of the administration. You should also prepare yourself to deal with inconsistent policies and procedures regarding discipline and many others.

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2009
I am so happy to have found Candeo. The teachers and staff are wonderfully upbeat and happy. You can not walk down a hall without someone smiling and saying hello. The teachers give the kids the personal attention that they need to thrive as successful students and make them happy to be where they are. The curriculum is definitely accelerated, but the kids love what they are learning. I agree with a previous post that Mrs. Hudak is a phenomenal teacher.

- submitted by a parent
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October 03, 2009
Fabulous curriculum, top notch faculty, loving, caring, calm environment, children are respected and held to high standards. Private school quality tuition free education. We Love Candeo!

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2009
Beware of Candeo-they have doubled their student population this year, but NOT their campus size. It is apparent that admin nor staff was prepared for the increase. Students are the ones who are suffering. They are literally falling thru the cracks. Also, be sure to check out drop off and pick up lines before you decide to put your child there...not an ordeal to be taken lightly twice a day. The admin is unresponsive at best....

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2009
Excellent school.... The teachers are incredible and no other curriculum even comes close to the Core Knowledge curriculum. I am floored at the things my second grader has learned since attending this school... and the best part... he loves it! The teachers make learning interactive and interesting and the kids are soaking it all up! There is ample opportunity for parent involvement. Whether it's volunteering in the classroom, helping out at various school events or doing projects at home for their child's class... This school is a blessing...

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2009
This school is amazing! My son who is in third grade at Candeo and came from a very strong charter school (he scored in the 98th percentile on the Tera Nova exam last year in 2nd grade) consistantly comments that this is the first time that 'his brain is tired' at the end of the school day. Mrs. Hudak is a wonderful teacher who responds quickly to my questions and concerns. My son is not only loving his new school but is excelling in an environment where he is the focus not how well he does on exams. The staff is happy and really seem to love being at work. There is a strong PTO organization so that parents really feel involved with the school. I am so grateful that we made the switch to this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2009
The school staff tell parents what they think we want to hear, not the truth about what is actually happening. Curriculum is based on what sounds good not on what will benefit the children. This school is all about making things 'look good' and not about educating our children. Sad....

- submitted by a community member

May 27, 2009
As a parent who has 'experienced' Az public schools, I felt as if I won the 'school lottery' after finding Candeo Peoria! What a great group of people from the exceptional front office staff, brilliant principal, nice lunch ladies to the talented teachers, this school has what everyone else is missing...heart & soul! Not to mention an excelling cirriculum to boot! Never been happier with a school.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2009
Arizona public schools are some of the worse in the country. Parents have very little to chose from, for a quality education for their children. Candeo is an oasis in a desert of quality schools; we have been very happy sending our child to this school. The front office staff is kind and respectful and 99.9% of the teachers are top quality. The parent/teacher group needs alot of work, but with more parent participation they should improve. If you are looking for a quality education, send your child to Candeo.

- submitted by a parent
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April 24, 2009
I have found them to have wondeful teachers and admisistrators that are more than willing to tell you what you want to hear. I have been extremely dissappointed with the lack of discipline and respect on a student to student basis as well as to teachers. We were told that they would have a gifted or excelling programs, which never materialized. I am sure that one day this may become a reality. Based om my child's experience, I would find it very difficult to recommend this school. That is unless your child has has difficulties with acceptable social behavior, then by all mens this would be a great school for you.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2009
This school has been incredible! They teach the Core Knowledge curriculum and my child in the first grade has learned so much! Mrs. Nuzzy and Mrs. Armstrong, the first grade teachers, are amazing teachers. The administration was right on when they chose them to educate our kids. I'm sure the other teachers are just as fabulous! The front office staff are very friendly, always willing to go the extra mile for you. The teachers and staff really care about each of the kids. And the healthy food policy is a stroke of genius. We couldn't be happier about sending our child to Candeo.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2009
We now love this school! It was a bit tough in the begining of the year but now it is a wonderufl place. I have 2 kids that attend here and we love it most of the teacher are great. LOVE IT!

- submitted by a parent

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In a cohesive, nurturing, family environment, Candeo Schools delivers rigor, relevance, and challenge through a core classical curriculum, which stresses the knowledge most useful for comprehension, school learning, and communication within the civic life of a society. We boast the highest performance points in the surrounding districts for elementary district and charter schools. Our school is for diligent students who are being left behind for lack of rigor and challenge. Come visit us!

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Candeo Schools
9965 W Calle Lejos, Peoria, AZ  85383
(623) 979-6500
Last modified Candeo Schools is a Charter school that serves grades K-7. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Candeo Schools Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 121 reviews. Top