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The Center For Early Education

Private | K-6 | 419 students

CEE

 

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Posted June 3, 2014

My school, the Center for Early Education, is the most warm hearted, diverse, cultural, amazing, magical, place I have ever been to. Each student engages with their classmates as if siblings that have known eachother since day 1. The faculty and staff are beyond extraordinary and are recognized for their wonderful efforts to make the school a more warm and welcoming place. Anyone would be beyond lucky to have a chance to be apart of the Center's community, and I can definitely say I am beyond thankful to be one of them. :)


Posted March 19, 2013

My son went here from K-6 and had the time of his life! He was on a partial scholarship, but did not feel different or left out of anything. He was popular, loved by his teachers, and was selected for advanced enrichment so when he entered a prestigious middle school he was placed in 8th grade classes -- all of this after the school discovered a learning disability in 1st grade. I think parents who boohoo the social inequalities of the families who go to this school are missing the point -- this is a school for the children, not a country club for the parents. Don't be impressing your insecurities onto your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2013

The school's academics are below average, the playground feels like juvie, but at least my kids learned at an early age how cold and condescending other children can be. CEE is all about money, and not about nurturing in any way. And here's the irony If you have money, you don't need the school's connections, and if you don't have money, they won't do anything for you anyway. Feel free to ignore many, perhaps most, of the positive reviews here, even those posted anonymously. Reveta actually encourages parents to write positive reviews on these websites, and we are quick to comply and report back to her to earn brownie points. I'm embarrassed to say one of the 5 star reviews praising the "diversity" is actually by me. How's this for diversity -- the school asks for 100% participation in the Annual Fund Drive, but then goes ahead and publicizes the amount each family gives! Very embarrassing! (for someone who had two kids there on partial scholarships).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

There's a reason we used to jokingly call it *Center for Early Materialism*. Be warned. If your child is *different* in any way, she will suffer here. If she doesn't care about money or being stylish, she will suffer here. And just like me, you won't say a word, because you want her to get into Harvard-Westlake. She did get in (the Hudnut connection), and that's why I'm giving 2 stars instead of 1. But the price you pay is huge -- an unhappy childhood. Trust your instincts about this place. I didn't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2010

As far as private schools in Los Angeles go, it's definitely one of the most ethnically and economically diverse. The teachers, staff, and head of school are oustanding! The school community provides a very nuturing environment for young children and really fosters self-esteem and independence. For the most part, parents in this school may be some of the biggest movers and shakers or wealthiest people in LA (or often not), but they are generally pretty normal, grounded people as well who happen to share the school's vision. Our children have blossomed here and we feel very fortunate to be a part of this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

This school consistantly turns out young people who are creative, smart and very socially adept.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

This school made my daughter so happy for so many years. Difficult to get into, it completely pays off. The cliques form in 4th grade, as do the puberty talks. You will meet billionaire parents, and you will meet the average financial support parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

This school does not live up to its reputation. Unless your child is naturally gifted in academics, s/he will suffer here. CEE separates the children in groups based on how they feel they measure up. CEE says the kids don't know the difference between the groups, but of course they do! This has a tremendous impact on their self esteem and devalues their efforts. CEE does not value the differing talents and abilities that children have. And the fundraising is relentless!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

An exceptional place. Faculty, facility, philosophy. My children have loved, and love it. We do too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

C.E.E is a great school. They teach the child things they need to know for life. Reveta Bowers (Head of School) is an amazing principal and always will be. It is quite difficult to get into! Just be aware, there are billionaires at this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2007

The Center for Early Education is a very whole hearted school that supports significant values in a child's life. It teaches kids the core values of carringness, responsibility, inclusiveness, and honesty. I left the school in tears knowing I would never be in a school where I would feel the same amount of love and help from a school ever again.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2006

Head of school is fantastic and many teachers have been there for a long time - a great team. The facilities are nice to the point of being excessive. School promotes diversity, but it's no public school mix. Lots of parent involvement, a community. The whole money/status thing (as it is) is with the parents, not with the teachers and kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2006

This is a wonderful and very difficult school to get. It is simply amazing. A wonderful place where kids are nurtured in a diverse environment. Sure there are wealthy families who attend the school- but it is a private school in LA. There is a lot of money in LA and it's unavoidable. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2005

parents hold this school in high regard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

very conscious of the social hierarchy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Great schoool for parents who want a good not prestigious school in the middle of LA!
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 26%
Two or more races 26% 3%
Black 10% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 11%
Hispanic 5% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:35 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Reveta Bowers
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAEYC
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (323) 651-0708

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
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
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Kickball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Fencing
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Kickball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.
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2 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
69
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
458

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$16000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Harvard-Westlake
Brentwood
Marlborough
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563 North Alfred Street
West Hollywood, CA 90048
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Phone: (323) 651-0707

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