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Center for Educational Excellence

Charter | K-8 | 363 students

 
 

Living in Tempe

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $255,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $820.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 1, 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!


Posted 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


Posted April 26, 2010

Administration Great Teachers are great Great values for kids
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

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93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
83%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
89%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
91%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
65%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 42%
Hispanic 16% 43%
Black 12% 5%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 54%N/A49%
Male 46%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1700 E. Elliot #9
Tempe, AZ 85284
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Phone: (480) 632-1940

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