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Creative Beginnings

Private | K-6 | 124 students

We are best known for our stellar academics and strong home/school partnership


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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $338,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,390.

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Posted August 23, 2013

I have been sending my son to this school since he was 2 years old. He loves it. The staff are amazing.They treat your children like they are their own. I recommend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 3, 2013

Great schools cannot exist without a great groups of teachers and the diversity of kids that make this school so great. We have the most beautiful, interesting, interested, and talented children at this school, all due to the cultured and very well educated teachers they have at this elementary. They are truly here to teach/learn, grow,and experience life and they genuinely care about their students. Every Adult and child is enriched by just being part of this school. Love their curriculum , it is always more advanced compared to public school, so it gives Creative Beginnings Students the foundation needed to motivate and carry them though when they graduate. They also offer summer school with it's own fun classes for summer with field trips that the kids look forward to every year. They are taught the importance of music, and several performances are put on by the students through out the year, they love it and creates lasting memories every year and before you know it, you have a very well grounded confident student.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 30, 2013

Creative Beginnings is a place where kids are challenged to learn and excel. I have 3 kids and the youngest one is just starting with Creative Beginnings. My oldest who is in junior high has continued to excel in her academics due to a strong foundation which was built here. My middle child is also doing very well and continually tests well above the current grade level. The teachers and staff truly care about your child's well being and work with you if they see ways that your kid can improve. The food they are served is made fresh daily and the kids eat it so you know it's good. My nephew has gone here and my niece will go here soon as well. I've recommended this school to all of our friends, many of whom have also enrolled here. It is not a place where your kid is just money in a chair when they show up. The school and teachers definitely expect the parents to participate in their kids learning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 27, 2013

I love this school. The kids are great, the staff is wonderful, secure, lunches made fresh daily and my daughter loves it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 24, 2013

I love this school, teachers, and of course the kids are great. My daughter started in the day care and will attend through the fifth grade. She earned high honor roll through the entire second grade.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 23, 2013

CBE is the place to be!!! CBE is so advanced in their teaching that kids have no choice but to excel. Both my children have attended and now my eldest is graduating HS with a GPA of 4.67 and it was the fundamentals that we decided to give her and with CBE playing a role my children will have a bright future ahead of them!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 23, 2013

Creative Beginnings has three facilities: toddler center, pre-school and an Elementary school. My younger son attends the toddler center and my older son attends the elementary school. I moved from Santa Monica and tuition is nothing in comparison. Snacks and lunch are included. Parents are responsible for books, testing fee and other supplies but this is to be expected when attending any private school. Toddler Center: I opted for day care and I am glad I did (as apposed to a nanny) because I have seen the benefits of my boys interacting with children their age and participating in age appropriate activities. I feel my son is in a safe environment and I am called immediately if my son is ill. Elementary School: I can't say enough about the Elementary School. My son receives personalized attention because of the class size. As a result, my son is exceeding in many of the categories/subjects. The summer program rocks. Fields trips are held every Friday. Swimming twice a week and Academics are also part of the summer curriculum. My son is learning Spanish! The office staff and teachers are great and always available to answer any questions and address any concerns.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 18, 2010

WE LOVE CREATIVE BEGINNINGS!! I enrolled both my children since pre-k and it is amazing to see how much they have learned. Not only have they grown academically but intellectually as well. My oldest child now a 5th grade graduate will miss all of his loving and caring teachers through his attendance at Creative Beginnings for they also played a very important part in his growth as a well manner and spoken young man. After attending his graduation ceremony I was extremely happy to find out the ENTIRE 5th grade class had made honor roll. With their high standards of education as a mother I couldn t expect any less. I now look forward to my 1st grader getting to her 5th grade graduation to see how we top this year s graduating class. Class of 2010 ROCKS!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 9, 2010

Took my daughter here, wasn't TOO impressed. She was bitten MANY times, and the explanation I got was 'its what kids at this age do. It's how they 'express their frustration''. Think twice before taking your little ones to this day care.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 9, 2009

All I can say is wow wow wow!! Awesome staff, caring teachers, great academic program. My child has been there for 3 wonderful years and loves it!! Best private school in Downey worth every penny!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 7, 2008

My son was placed at this school when he was about 2 and a half years old. I will always regret that I left him under the care of very uncaring and unprofessional female workers. My son was bitten many times and they did nothing to prevent it. They knew exactly who was biting not only my child but other kids. It seems that my son stopped suffering from being bitten only after I wrote a letter to them as a result of my son having nightmares in which he would scream, asking the other kid not to bite him. If I had the need of a daycare again I would definitely not leave my child at the hands of the people of Creative Beginnings.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 27, 2008

Wonderful and caring staff! Every time I dropped my kids off at this school, I knew they were in the best hands!!! Both my son and daughter attended!!
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Posted April 7, 2008

My daughter has attended this school for 1 year now, and I am extremely impressed with the caring nature of all the staff. Being a single mom, it is financially difficult at times to find quality care at a reasonable price. My daughter is starting Kindergarten this September, and although public school is financially easier on me...I can't imagine sending her anywhere else other than Creative Beginnings. The school is worth every penny...and I know I'm providing a great education for my daughter. I highly recommend the school to everyone who wants nothing but the very best for their child!
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Posted March 2, 2008

Creative Beginnings is the best private school and certainly worth every penny. My son was part of the 2007 5th grade graduating class. He developed a love of reading and was reading at 11th grade level when he graduated. The school also brought out the best in his creative writing ability. I would bring him back in a heartbeat if classes for 7th thru 12th grade were offered. My son is missing all of the great teachers and staff who played such an important part in his first five years of education and who helped make him the polite well spoken young man he is today.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 28, 2008

This is a great school!!! I am very happy with the staff, they are loving and caring wiith my daughter. My two year old daughter has only been there a few months and is learning a lot. She comes home everyday wanting to sing the new song she learned. Excellent school! I will recommend it to any parent who wants to have their child in a safe loving environment! :-)
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 3, 2007

I have nothing but good things to say about this school! I feel great that my children had the opportunity to attend this school starting at the infant center (seperate location) when they were a year old through to elementary school.The principal, teachers, and staff do an excellent job and not only give them a great education but also nurture them and guide them to be caring individuals. My sons learned alot at this school and always test well above their grade level. The children are well behaved and the teachers and staff know all of the kids very well. The school also has a great summer program, and they go on exciting field trips and have a lot of fun. It is a very loving environment and the communication level is very high. My kids and I miss this school very much!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 15, 2007

I do not normally post reviews on anything but it would be a personal crime not to write this. My son started at the school at 6 months of age and creative beginnings met and exceeded every thing I desired for my son until he left almost 5 years later because we moved to another city. The academic program is top notch and the children have a large variety of extracurricular activities. The nursery/ preschool director is phenomenal and the teachers, well trained. Your child is treated as an individual in a nurturing environnment that enables and encourages each child to blossom in all areas. My child is extremely strongwilled and his behavior can be very trying. The staff worked lovingly, tirelessly patiently and firmly with him and showed great skills in handling children with behavior problems under the able, strong, encouraging and no-nonsense leadersip of the director, Ms Kim.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 7, 2006

Lots of parent involvment if wanted... a big viriety on music and art. Great Summer program!
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Posted April 3, 2006

Excellent academic school. Although the school's main focus is on academics, they do a wonderful job in building character. They trully nurture the whole child. The teachers teach more than a curriculum at this school, they teach kids how to be good people. Other great things to keep in mind: low teacher turn-out, teachers are seldom absent, educated teachers (I believe most hold a BA degree or higher), teachers are accessible and communicative, principal will make time to listen to your concerns, good cultural mix, involved parents, strong curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 9, 2005

I think this is an excellent school. They have a great, caring staff. Class sizes are small so your child will get a great education with lots of one on one time with teacher. The kids get to go on lots of field trips. They get to participate in plays etc.
—Submitted by a parent

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Kathleen LeCompte
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Nonsectarian


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Playground
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8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$5000 - $6000
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
DUSD Middle Schools
St. Raymond's
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8033 3rd Street
Downey, CA 90241
Phone: (562) 861-1499


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