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K-8
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Tempe, AZ
Students enrolled: 363

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1700 E. Elliot #9
Tempe, AZ 85284

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(480) 632-1940
(480) 831-3036
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May 22, 2014
This school is top notch. Teachers are caring. The principal is helpful and responsive. Class sizes are small compared to public schools. Amount of homewrok is just right. They have a great music program and wonderful choices of after school clubs. There are lots of opportunities for parent involvment. The small, community feel to this school is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
We absolutely love this school and the faculty. My daughter left last year to go to a middle school and has returned this year in 7th grade. Teachers and staff are wonderful! I would recommend this school to anyone interested in a great education and a wonderful family environment!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
We are new to the school, but my experience has yet to be positive. The teacher is new and inexperience and has harsh communication skills with both students and parents. In addition, paying 65.00 for a "background check" just to volunteer at the school seems very unreasonable. Our other school had someone on campus who did it for free. We're not too sure about this yet.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
This school should not be listed on the "Great Schools" website. I would not label it as one of the great schools in AZ.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2013
We love this school. I pulled my children from Kyrene as I wasn't happy with the attention or curriculum they were receiving from their prior school. This school offers everything I wanted for my children. Classes are small (25 is the limit), they offer art, music (have two concerts a year), PE and Spanish. Only thing they don't offer is a big grass field. However, their large multi purpose room for the kids gives them plenty of room to exercise in. I also love the uniform dress code. The principal is a gem and knows every student by name. First day of school after we moved there, she greeted us at the door, got down on one knee, and told my children how excited she was that they were there. It brought tears to my eyes, as I never once had their prior principal in the course of two years not even attempt to say, "good morning". We have been happy with our decision to move there.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
I have a child in the "Fit 'n Fun" portion (under 3yo) and another who just completed Kindergarten. We have been thrilled with the teacher involvement and the education our son received. It is clear that the teachers (our experience was with both K teachers, aides, and the FnF staff) care about their students, and want to ensure their success. At times things could be disorganized, but I suspect that's true in many schools. Overall, a great experience for the younger years, at least.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
Sadly, my experience with this school has also gone downhill. The principal seems more focused on bragging about her accomplishments than focusing on the academic achievements on the students. Instead of teaching children how to reach the goals of their grade, she softens the workload which gives a false impression not only to the student and parent but also to the schoolboard. Thankfully this is my last year.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
Both my boys have been going here for a few years not and it seems to be going down hill. Teachers seem to be more worried about what the kids are wearing rather than their education. Now my youngest is told he has to shove his backpack in his desk everyday so it doesn't clutter up the room. His teacher is new and I am not impressed by any means. She blames the kids for things, uses poor judgement when speaking to them and doesn't allow them to have their own personalities and talks down to them. The principle seems to become more clueless about it and dismisses things and worries more about her numbers than the actual success of her students. I can't wait to pull them out - this school has become a joke.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
My husband and I are thoroughly happy with CEE - our daughter is in First Grade and her teacher knows her extremely well even after a couple of months. We think the teacher involvement is exceptional - right down to the fun we had at the Harvest Festival held in Shawnee Park last week - it would have been so much easier to stay in the class for the day but all the teachers and principal prepared in advance of the day and created a fun environment promoting social development for all the children. Can't say enough good things about this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
The Center for Educational Excellence is a jewel of a school. The tone set from the top sends out optimism, intelligence and love so strong that the whole community is infected by it - so positively! CEE's teachers work hard to infuse our children's education with STEM - science, technology engineering and math. Their affiliation with the Geographic Alliance and their efforts to make children aware of global languages and cultures is conspicuous when we listen to conversations in our home. Most of all, parents know CEE's adults of every job description really care for their children. CEE is a phenom!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2012
My son and I love this school! My son has been attending this school since he was 2 1/2 years old, and he is now almost 5 years old. The school director is top notch professional and so is everyone that works there. The teachers are very nice, very knowledgeable and very hard-working. Any time my son acts out, I discuss the issue with the teachers and they give me pointers or they work with my son during school hours. I highly recommend this school. It is a small school, and quality matters. I pretty much know all of the parents in my son's class, and I can tell you the parents themselves are awesome. They are involved and they care about the school and their children. I highly recommend this school to you.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2012
Praises for 8th grade at CEE! Thank you Tom Pasinski and Cheryl Hogan for working as a team to be excelling educators for our 7th & 8th graders!!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2011
My daughter just graduated from CEE and it is such a loss to find another school that can meet the social, personal, and academic needs of my child. I had the opportunity to teach at this school for two yrs, I only left, because i was seeking full-time employment(my position only required a pt time teacher). The kindness, love, and personal academic attention given to each and every student at CEE is amazing. My husband repeatedly points out, "there is no other school, where the principal greets parents and children at the doow". All schools have good and bad, but this school is truly, mostly all good.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
After the economy forced out of our private school we were forced to make changes in where our children went to school. We made CEE our choice and have never regretted it! The Middle school is wonderful, the new teachers have a fresh and innovated approach to their teaching and my daughter is more challenged than when she was in her private school. The staff is great and if you have any concerns at all they are quick to address it and handle it and are never rude. I'm very glad we made the change and have and will continue to reccomend CEE to other parents. All three of my children love it there and will stay there until they finish 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
My daughter is in Kindergarten this year (2010/2011)...she's ready, doing math, is learning computers & spanish! She loves her teacher & all her classmates! Mrs. Cochran is the BEST! She knows all her students. Our family loves this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2011
CEE has a good elementary school with good teachers and wonderfull adminstrative staff. However, the middle school is another story with the change of the current staff. Most of the teachers this year are inexperienced. The curriculum is not challenging enough. I personally would enroll my children in a better middle school in order to be be prepared for high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
My children have just begun at CEE and we are so thrilled with everything about the school. My children feel safe secure and part of the "CEE family". The principal greets each child daily!! The teachers have assessed and placed my children in challenging curriculum and we are looking forward to the many school activities planned for the year!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2010
I'm positive the review regarding non certified teachers and cussing is based on the wrong school. CEE has the most caring teachers and administration that exemplify the highest standards in professionalism, integrity and positive moral values. Sad to think that there might be a school out there so negative!

- submitted by a community member
July 31, 2010
I am shocked at the comments below! The teachers at CEE are highly qualified, certified teachers and most have their master degrees. I have worked at other schools and nothing compares to the community we have here at CEE. We are excited to welcome a few new teachers to our community; two who hold master degrees. Our expanding programs are top notch! We teach the standards and beyond; which includes color combination and light and sound.

- submitted by a teacher
April 26, 2010
Administration Great Teachers are great Great values for kids

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
They have high expectations for all students and the students know what is expected and perform accordingly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Great teachers, they really care for each child. Small class sizes. Kids have been there since pre school. Love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
My son has been going to the school since he was 3. He's in third grade now and I've been amazed at his progress. The teachers truly care about each child, and due to the small clase sizes, they have the ability to be very interactive with each one. CEE is a very happy safe environment with a family atmosphere. The principal is very approachable and always has an open door. I would highly recommend anyone to attend. In fact, the vast majority of my friends already have their children at CEE.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
The culture of the school has really helped the children to become a community that works well together. The teachers have the students best interests at heart and are very flexible in allowing the children to progress at their level. I wouldn't want my kids in any other school.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
The teachers are caring and very concerned about the students succeeding. They all seem passionate about making each child special and a total individual. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
A special place with caring, inspiring teachers like Stephanie Kovesdy!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 18, 2010
my kids so happay with the teachers and the adminstraion.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
It has very caring and dedicated teachers especially Stephanie Kovesdy

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 17, 2010
This school has teachers who go the extra mile to prepare lesson plans and to meet the needs of each student in their classes. I have heard many parents bring their children to this school because of the wonderful academics and caring environment! Stephanie Kovesdy teaches second grade at this school and is an outstanding, caring, patient teacher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Its an amazing school. I had the privilege of working there for 2 years, and if I were to move back, I would hope to go right back to teaching there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
CEE has awesome teachers and staff! We switched from public and the only regret we have it not switching sooner. My daughter absolutely loves her school and so do we! We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
CEE is an A+ Excelling school. The administrator is fantastic. Where else can you get a private school environment, free? All teachers are incredibly involved with each child's success and strive at great lengths to make sure each child succeeds to his/her ability. No child left behind!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
CEE teaches to the student not the mean of the classroom. They want every child to succeed and do their best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
My grand daughter attends the Center for Educational Excellence. I have not experienced a more caring and friendly school atmosphere in all my years. The curriculum seems to be top notch. She is way above her grade level and they still keep challenging her! The staff teaches good values and manners as well. The students have the opportunity to be involved in many enrichment programs as well where the staff goes above and beyond to create a creative and positive experience. Their music programs are not to be missed!! My grand daughter loves it!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 14, 2010
Caring staff and faculty. I feel the students receive more individual attention because of the smaller class sizes. Variety of extra-curricular activities offered year-round

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 13, 2010
Amazing staff and dedication to helping each student shine!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
All the teachers and staff at CEE truly care about each other and our students. It is a wonderful place to work, learn and grow!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 13, 2010
The teachers and the entire school staff care personally about each individual student. They do everything they can to help them excel, even the 'challenging' ones! We switched to CEE this year from a public school, and we are so glad we made this choice.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
This school really cares about each and every student's success with their education. All of his teachers still check on how he is doing though he is now in 6th grade. He has made close friendships and the ability to work at his level. My son could not get this type of education if it wasn't for this awesome charter school. My three-year old will be starting pre-K in August and I am so happy to give my youngest child the same opporunity to learn and grow into a wonderful young man like my older son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
The fantastic teachers and staff at this school are the best of the best.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
My son is in Kindergarden and he loves this school. His teacher is exceptional and very loving. My son has come a long way since school started and we feel his teacher deserves much of the credit for coming up with creative ways to help him learn. She communicates with us so we can work as a team in my sons interest.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2010
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- submitted by a student
February 20, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2010
CEE is a very good school. I have 2 kids there. The principal and the teachers are wondeful and they are very dedicated. I moved one of my child from a private school. This school is far better in the educational aspects than the private school.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2009
My daughter went to this school for two years before going on to Tempe Prep. I feel she was well prepared for a college prep school. Kids are tested each year for math and placed at whatever level they test at. Kids with all A's get to go to Chuck E. Cheese with the principal for the afternoon, the kids love it. Highly rated on this site and excelling by the state measurements. Great school!!!! Donna

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2009
My son left CEE without any of the skills necessary to compete in high school. He got great grades at CEE, but my best guess is that they 'taught to the test.' I had my differences with school administration which was bad enough, but what was worse was that my son also felt contemptuous of school administration. My best advice to any CEE parent is to really challenge your children with the material at home. Get very involved rather than trust it is being done right at CEE. Discuss the subjects so you know they understand the subject. It's one thing to know the answer, it's another to know why it's the answer.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
My daughter attended CEE for kindergarten and adored it! the only problem in the future was that we moved to a new town, she was intensely frustrated by the rigorous schedule, lack of free expression and what she felt was a distinct lack of interest in the student's educational concerns. We were surprised by CEE's ability to educate her as well as allow her to express herself and she was encouraged and assisted in her educational pursuits beyond the basic curriculum. When she left kindergarten, she was reading, writing and multiplying because of the concern and guidance of the staff at CEE. It is not my style of teaching, but nonetheless, it i extremely effective.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
We am so thrilled to have taken my child out of CEE. The teachers were nice, but that's about it. We could not see our child getting all the necessay tools to start high school effectively from their experience at CEE. A good friend of ours left the Director's Office crying because of the frustration she experienced. Maybe that's not the director's fault, maybe it is. Our child has zero respect for their system because of the perception it is misrun. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but their attitude towards school was suffering because of the perception. That's important. We always felt it was chaotic and unfocused, again, that's an opinion; one that coupled with our child's opinion caused us to go elsewhere and become much happier and watch respect for school and education instantly blossom in our child. God bless school choice. We found a better place for our child.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 17, 2009
I am shocked by the recent comments. We at CEE always strive to make our school the best. Every year we get stronger and stronger. We have some great new programs this year that will build student's leadership, social, and self-esteem skills. If there is a problem we work together as a team with teacher, principal, and parent. We have had parenting experts hold workshops at our school to talk with parents and staff about current parenting and social issues. Our focus is always the CHILD! We do have a wonderful community and it is not just the signs on the wall or our exceeding test scores.

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2009
As a parent of a student attending CEE currently, I would like to respond to the former student that posted a review on August 8. This student has very eloquently decribed some dislikes, but has obviously recieved a very good education. I agree that sports and academics are an important part of a well rounded education, and cee provides the opportunity to participate in a wide variety activities, including activities such as fencing. I find the director to be truly interested in the wellfare of every student, and discipline appropriate to the infraction.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2009
I was a student at CEE. I felt the school was spinning out of control and not providing me a good education.. It appeared there was no communication between teachers and administration. I had many strange incidents that I felt were handled very poorly leaving me and my friends at risk. Teachers seemed to have widely varying methods and expectations. As you can read through student comments, you may understand. I am extremely happy to have left the oddly named hallways (Eagle St...) and have found a school with a sports program, a tuned in Director that won't tolerate inappropriate behavior and actually has a focus on my future and college. I really hated having no windows in the class rooms and a strip of grass behind the strip mall for a playground. There were times I was yelled at for not eating my lunch or talking with friends at lunch.

- submitted by a student
August 04, 2009
CEE is the best school ever they even have an after school daycare if parents cant make it on time at 3:30 and on wednesdays they is an early 1:00 release in summerbreak ,fallberake there is feidltrips everyday and there is a one and there year old room includeing pre-k.Not only is the care great so are the teachers!they really care abuut each student and does every thing to make sure every singel kid under stands it.I've been going to cee for 6 years and about to make a 7th CEE is a geart school and i hope everyone nows it!

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2009
I liked my classmates and teachers, but am happy to have left. School administration would never let me explain what I felt needed change. I was always interrupted and told I was wrong. I was being yelled at for things I wasn't even there for! How can I be wrong? I am glad my parents listened to me and found a new school that seems to have rules and good communication. I felt CEE had lost a lot of what it had. I'll miss my fiends that haven't already left.

- submitted by a student
July 27, 2009
My daughter has attended CEE for three and she loves it! The teachers truely care about each student and strive to meet their individual needs. We love all of the extracurricular activities and field trips that she gets to do with her class. I love the closeness of the staff and students.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2009
I give this school a two because the teachers try really hard. I am disappointed in the direction of the school and the adminstrator not taking my or my families concerns seriously.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
I LOVE CEE! It's a great school that has great teachers and students. We learn in fun ways and they teach us the way that we learn so if we have trouble learning, they can find the right way to help us. The principal, Mrs. Cochran is loving and she cares for us and want us to do our best at everything we do. There are great after school projects and curriculum that the school provides. I have gone to CEE for 8 years now and have loved going to CEE. I even look forward to going to school. CEE has a great discipline; kids don't get bullied without getting in lots of trouble and they wouldn't let anything bad happen to the students there. I LOVE CEE!

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
Much like previous poster, we left CEE due to the lack of a discipline policy and poorly handled conflicts. At our new school the principal greets the students at the front door every day, can often be seen in the classroom, and it is full of philanthropy. Additionally, there is no teasing that is written off as 'boys being boys', there is a clearly appointed discipline policy and excellent follow through. My child feels safe and is flourishing in this new environment. There are other places for that kind of attention in your community, and they are far more responsive to parent concerns than CEE is. I will not rate CEE poorly because it has some excellent teachers with incredible dedication to their kids, but they suffer for the decisions made above their heads.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
We've been @ CEE for a couple of years and most of the teachers have been great and are willing to stay during lunch or after school. However, there is almost no communication with the 'specials'. Even the PE teacher makes an effort to put notes in the Friday Flash but the others I never see telling me what or how my child is doing. We are in Arizona and I feel Spanish is very important but my children don't seem to know much more than me and I haven't taken Spanish. I also have issue with the children having to pay for a dress down day. I have to dress in business dress for my job but even I get casual Fridays (every Friday) and I don't have to pay. This should be a reward not just another that can be bought.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
I have tried to post at least 2 reviews of CEE that are not as glowing as those below, and they have never been added to the site. I find this very interesting. CEE was a good school in the early years for us, but the lack of leadership and semi dysfunctional relationship that the principal forms with parents has really done a number on it. There is no discipline policy to speak of and many kids leave as they are victims of poorly handled situations that leave parents wondering about safety. Most of the teachers are wonderful, but those who aren't are allowed to continue without mentoring or mediation. Such potential lost there. It is truly a shame.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
i love this schoool! i went there since kindergarten and loved it! the teachers were so nice and helped us learn

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2008
Cee is a wonderful school. The teachers are extremely dedicated. The staff is helpful and caring. The children are respectful and enjoyable. The clubs are excellent and there are many to choose from. I currently have 2 children enrolled in 1st and 2nd grade and they love going to school everyday. Because of personal conflicts we tried our neighborhood school this year and only lasted 3 weeks (It is considered an excelling school also) The kids seemed disconnected from adults and they overwhelmingly didn't want to learn. I feel that Cee makes learning enjoyable and the children look at it as a lifelong journey. Thank you Cee for producing a safe. loving, and wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2008
My family has been involved at CEE for over 8 years now. We have found all the teachers, assistant teachers, substitutes and administration to be highly trained, professional, loving, caring, dedicated individuals that work hard to meet the needs of all the students. Mrs. Cochran is the most dedicated principal who has always addressed any of our concerns regarding the academic or social issues that our children might have encountered. The curriculum is challenging and the school atmosphere is positive and fun. CEE continues to be an excelling school. My children love CEE and so do we!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
The school has a good concept, but the level of education has really suffered. The principal is very good at talking a good game, but fails to deliver. The school is so understaffed, parents are often asked to be involved in an inappropriate manner. The parents are lunch monitors, substitute teachers, and are not trained at all. The prinicipal will listen to concerns, but never acts on them. The boundary issues in the school really needs help, often times teachers discuss things they should not and rumors are often rampant. Its good for pre k, and Kindergarden and 1st grades, after that, the educational level drops off. Great summer program with daily trips to interesting places.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2008
I have enrolled 4 of my children at CEE. The oldest started there when it was 'Fit -n- Fun', a pre-school. Our family has watched this wonderful program grow. My only regret is that they do not have a High School. I am now worried for my oldest, who leaves here this year... Great communication and dedication from the faculty. Absolute commitment to the students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2008
During my recent visit to your website I was saddended to read the review by one of the families that chose to report on 'little or no communication from these teachers.' It has been my experience that the teachers at CEE go above and beyond to communicate with the parents. They make themselves available before and after school as well as the work they take home on the weekend. When a parent criticizes a school, I have to wonder about the volunteer time they have spent building that home-school connection. It is so vitally important that our children see their parents making that commitment to be actively involved in the school community. CEE provides many opportunities for parents, students, and teachers to work together. Communication is an ongoing skill that few people ever master. It is my hope that this family examine their overall support of this great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2008
Our family has been involved with this school for four years and we have witnessed a decline in the quality of the teaching staff each year. Most of the teachers are competent and well admired by the parents of the students, however there are several teachers who need much more oversight then they are getting from the administration. Little and sometimes no comunication from these few teachers is the norm. This is the last year for us, and also for many others.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2008
I have 3 children who have attended 'Center for Educational Excellence'. My oldest, who is Autistic, started in the 2nd grade at C.E.E. and moved on to attend a College Prep High School. My middle child was one of the first children to attend from Kindgarten thru 8th... she was a challenge and the staff worked wonderfully with us to fit her needs. I now have one child left attending C.E.E. and she's above the charts for her level... so they have chosen to put her in a class above her own grade level... and she is still achieving A's. In other words, my children were all over the charts when it came to their needs... and they found where each one fit in socially and academically. The extra curricular activities and before/after programs are amazing and the staff is top notch. Go Eagles!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 06, 2008
This is the 3rd year my son has been at CEE and what a great experience it has been. The staff, led by Mrs. Cochran, is prepared to handle all kinds of children. (My son has ADD). The patience they demonstrate is admirable. The curricula is so much better than the Mesa Public schools, where my son wasted a full year at Crismon Elementary. At Crismon, the Principal bragged about being ahead of all Arizona Public School standards....Bull!! That Principal should be fired; I considered complaining to the Superintendant of the Mesa Public Schools about him. What a loser!! CEE allows gifted students to work with kids ahead of them, so they are not being taught a 'dumbed down' education. They are challenged, encouraged and praised for their work. If you have the chance to send your child to CEE, do it.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2008
This is my daughter's first year of school and I'm so happy she's attending CEE. Mrs.Cochran is a very dedicated and caring person who takes pride in her school, staff and her students. The school is extremely organized and structured. My daughter's teacher is new to CEE this year but is an awesome teacher with wonderful patience. I have 2 other daughters in a private montessori right now (which was rated as one of the highest performing schools last year in their bracket) and i'm strongly considering switching them to CEE next year! This school feels like family to us (with alot of the staff members also attending our church) and I wouldn't want my daughter attending school anywhere else. way to go CEE!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 20, 2008
I Attended CEE for four and a half years and my own sister for 6 years. We truly enjoyed the atmosphere the teachers and staff provide for it's students. My grades were at an all time high at this school. There is no other school like this one... Infact I would still be there if there it was a highschool too!

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2007
I went to CEE for about 7 years and it was the best school I've ever been to! Everyone there is so friendly and caring, I will never have another school experience like that. Now, I look back and think of it as my family. I was the new girl a CEE but the teachers/students always made me feel welcome and I knew I belonged there. I would highly recommend you have your children go there too Plus, there academics cant be beat!

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December 05, 2007
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November 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
I have been teaching at CEE for the past four years. I have never seen a staff work together as closely as this one. We are constantly striving for improvement for ourselves and for those we teach. We do a great job communicating with our parents to make sure individual needs are met. Mrs. Cochran is very supportive and truly cares about her staff.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 25, 2007
this is the best school i ever went to even though i was only there for a year it felt like i had been there all my life. the school is like a family and everyone knows echother by name even the front desk people will never need to ask your name. at first i didnt want to go there and leave my old school, but u will never feel like you dont belong here. i made the friends i had ever had there and so many memories in only a year. its not a place where people say 'sorry' if they toch u or do something small, its like a big familyand thats just what stands out most about it and im sounding like an adult so this is weid but i realy miss this school alot. so go here.

- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2007
I have found all of the teachers to be well prepared, offering challenging lesson plans. At CEE, they do not teach to the AIMS tests, yet remain an Excelling School. They offer a quality education and also provide excellent lessons in learning good character. Last year, my son scored an almost perfect score on the AIMS test thanks to the dedicated, high quality teachers at CEE.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2007
Ellie soto ,when I came to Cee it was my first year at CEE...I was introduced to teachers,pupils, and school mascots! My first year was a little rough in 5th grade but I think it was my fault i was really stuburn. I'm in 7th grade right know in Mr.Kotkins class and it is awesome. All the teachers chear you on to keep on going even when it gets tough. Mrs.Cochran don't get me started! I am in the Volleyball team and she is reminding me how good I am and how i help the team out. oops no more words

- submitted by a student
August 07, 2007
I was lucky enough to find Mrs. Cochran years ago, when my children were small and before CEE had even begun - when Mrs. Cochran was running a great daycare facility in Chandler. My two children have been with her and this organization for their whole lives - I can't imagine trusting anyone else with their education and daily welfare. My oldest is now in the 8th grade, and we are faced with trying to find an equally excellent school for her for next year, as CEE only goes up to the 8th grade. The teachers know their students as individuals, and treat and teach them as such-this is crucial to their educational experience, and the main reason I appreciate CEE. Great staff, good/great teachers, and a good before/after school care program. Rest assured - this is a great school for your family!

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2007
We moved from out of state two years ago in October where my children attended a wonderful school. I decided to try CEE from the advice of my neighbor, I have a second grader and a daughter that will be starting high school. I love the teacher that my second grader had and feel that the younger grades are great, but the 7 and 8 grades are a tradegy! Besides that CEE is a excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
The teachers don't know what to do with the kids and they are unsure how to teach them. They don't make sure that the students truly understand the lesson plan and only spend about 10 minutes teaching them the lesson and are just reading everything from a book.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
September 14, 2006
After moving from Michigan to Arizona, my 2 children attended CEE for 2 1/2 years from Kindergarten to 3rd grade before a move to Gilbert forced a change in schools. A good move. Another relocation caused another move to Chandler Anderson Elem. Not a good move. Now Back at CEE and in our rightful place. Any comments written by other parents indicating a negative experience should be taken with a grain of salt. The quality of the educational experience at CEE is far superior to to that of the 3 other schools my kids have attended. No more moves for us!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
CEE is an okay school. The academics are good, and there arn't many extracurriculars you can join without feeling like you don't belong, but it's okay here.

- submitted by a former student
March 20, 2006
My two sons attend school here, ages 9 & 14. CEE nurtures kids and allows them to develop their own individual potential-my youngest has ADHD and CEE has provided the extra support he needs to be succesfull-My oldest son will graduate 8th grade this year and is looking forward to high school-Cee has a wonderful art program, sports program and PTO-parent involvement is encouraged and since the staff makes you feel like family, its always a pleasure to get involved. They offer a wonderful before/after school program and are available during school breaks. My boys have been all over this state! Highly recommended school!

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2006
Great parent involvement and have been very pleased with overall teacher approach. For K-5, it's excellent. May be a little small for those middle school years.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
February 02, 2005
I feel that my children have had a better opportunity to learn in this school than in the regular public school system. There are some teachers who are better prepared than others but the support from Mrs. Cochran is consistent and make s big difference.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
Principal is out of touch with academics. Teachers have no supervision. Little organization to the operation of the school; everything seems to be done 'on the fly.' The school seems to operate only because of the PTO's involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2004
I am very pleased with the education my son is getting at CEE. The student teacher ratio ensures my son gets the attention he needs to learn, and not get lost in the crowd as he did in the local public school. The staff has been very helpful in supporting my son and his academic learning. The only down side is the amount of fund raisers that are needed to support the school. To me it is worth the time to ensure my son gets a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2004
My daughter attended pre-K here, and it was not wonderful, especially considering how much I was paying. The pre-K class was very overcrowded. The kids ran wild, and a few of the rowdy boys taught my daughter how to say many nasty things, which the teacher did nothing about. On a few occasions, I walked in and heard two teachers viciously yelling at the kids. Most of the time when I entered the school, the women at the front desk didn't even look at me, or acknowledge me. That concerned me for safety reasons. It was because of all this that I didn't enroll my child in the kindergarten at CEE. Instead, I enrolled my daughter in a Kyrene public school, and I like it much better. I won't be enrolling my other children in the preschool or pre-K at CEE, either. The moms are also very 'cliquish'.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2004
I have 2 children attending CEE. One has been there for 5 years, the other for 4 years. I have been involved with 2 other charters and I must say, this one is the best. The staff at CEE makes you feel welcome and they care about my children being successful. The teachers are very good about assisting a child and motivating them to do their best. The principal knows each child and parent by name and never treats you like you are beneath her. I've enjoyed being involved with CEE.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2004
My child has attend CEE for a few years. The last year has been different then before. There is less control of the children and other childern are allowed to tease others without discipline. The pricipal seems to be unaware of what is going on in the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2003
I have had two children at the school for the past five years. One of my children has ADHD and can be difficult. Both children have received an outstanding education. The teachers and staff have provided love, support and discipline.

- submitted by a parent
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