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Centennial Academy Of Fine Arts Education

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Posted July 7, 2014

My son went to school here for Kindergarten and 1st grade. The teacher:student ratio is well balanced and most of the staff is very friendly. Every school is going to have some issues but overall this school deserves a 10-star rating. He has excelled in those 2 years and I am very sad to be removing him from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2014

I have had a student here for over 2 years now. The teachers need to make sure that their students LEARN in class and not expect the parents to do it at home instead. Homework turns into hours because they don't know the work after just a quick run through during the day to get on to an art's class. I have spoke with several parents and they are all experiencing the same issues. There is too much emphasis on crafts like weaving on pipe cleaners, when that time should be invested in the child's EDUCATION instead. If they are not doing well in the basic fundamentals, then they need to scale back on the art's a little. I mean, learning to play a recorder is NOT going to help them to excel in school when they do not understand their math or are not reading at their grade level. They should focus on the basics with the two elective art's classes instead of the extra art's classes that they have also. A lack of supervision on the playground, the kids are allowed to play in the field of the park that is open to the public and has people walking through all day. I've heard of teachers being on their phones instead of seeing kids being bullied. We are moving to a traditional school instead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

Centennial Academy and the entire Littleton Public School district works hard to provide each student with a great education. The school's focus on the arts, especially music, has surpassed the expectations set over 10 years ago when it started the program. While there are some problems with discipline, each staff member does what they can to support the students and provide a safe place for them. My child is now in 5th grade and I am proud of her achievements, with the care and guidance of such great teachers. Centennial now has several new faces on the teaching staff, which allows the school to change and grow, something that the principal, Mary Ellen Dillman, always promotes. This school is one of the best! And the parent group also works hard to fund the "extras" that school s today need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

We love this school, all 3 kids do great here. We really like the way they handle all issues. My kids are learning so much more then they ever would other wise. we love all the staff too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

This school is not the place to go. While I attended Centennial, bullying occured as like in other schools, but since the school is trying to stop bullying, I told the assistant principal. As so, the teachers did NOTHING about it. I was shocked. They wanted to stop bullying in the school yet they didn't do anything to disipline the kids that were doing such things. Among the teachers at this school, there are many good ones, and other not so good ones that show favoritism to the students. As a CHOICE of school i would not decide to go here.


Posted March 17, 2011

The teachers are amazing and attentive. The arts programs are just as amazing. They have everything from learning to play musical instruments to drama to learning games from around the world to pottery and so much more. The before/after school program are also top notch. I trust that my child is very well looked after on the days he goes to sacc (school aged child care). I have nothing but good things to say about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2010

I agree with an earlier post, there's a lack of supervision and extremely poor communication. Discipline is both over and under reactive, extremely disorganized with inconsistent or no policies followed. Our child has been punished by a teacher for the teacher's failure to communicate on several occasions, the child did nothing wrong. There is a real dichotomy between regular academics and the arts, they are not integrated properly as you would expect of an 'arts' school. The problems are hurting our child, we will be getting into another school in the fall if not sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

This school is great. It has a very diverse student body, great arts program, an engaged staff, committeed parents, and excellent growth scores in reading and math. Check out our growth scores at schoolview.org. The schools enrollment is shooting up becuase other parents think this is a great place for thier kids and choice in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

Centennial is a wonderfully, diverse school bringing famillies from many parts of SW Denver together for the arts and music program. It has challenges like all schools, but school-wide programs have been put in place to address issues mentioned in other posts from the spring. One of the reasons we chose this school is because it has many different kinds of students - unlike some of the neighboring schools. I continue to be thankful for the caring teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2010

I am pulling my two children out of this school. There is a extreme lack of supervison and lack of appropriate communication. Letters regarding strep throat come home every other day but nothing when something is more serious and extremely harmful. The emphasis on fine arts is not balance appropriately with the academics. It's very disconcerning when my 1st grade child brings hours of homework home and then tells me how the class watched Nemo. I spent many hours checking in and they did spend an awful amount of time in front of a TV which is appalling and should be to any taxpayer or parent. The principle seems to think that she and her staff are a protected class of people who are not obligated to answer to concerned parents....if only we all had the luxory of screwing up at work with no accountability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

I believed this school could do no wrong, until it did. The lack of supervision caused serious harm to students. I could not believe what the school was willing to over look. Academics are far below standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

While we really appreciate the arts programs, the academic evironment is not all it could be. Math and science is watered down to the long term detriment of our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Centennial Academy gives its students a well rounded learning environment, and teachers, staff, and parents all care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

The kids get to explore education in ways that are both engaging and exciting. Centennial enriches them socially, academically and creatively.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

They have a great academic and arts program. I think that this important for a well rounded education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

I think it is wonderful that there is still a school out there that not only has all of their arts departments still, but that has a fine arts program as well. It is so important for kids to have those options in school. We have also had a very wonderful experience with the teachers and other staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

Incorporating the Arts into school curriculum only contributes to the skills of math, reading and writting. Allowing a child to explore and expand is what CAFE is all about!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

This school has put art education front and center instead of taking it away like many schools now are doing. It's important for young children to be exposed to music and art to be more well-rounded as responsible adults contributing to a successful society.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

They have the best Art Programs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

The combination of arts and academics is outstanding!!
—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.

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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 72% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female68%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Reading

All Students81%
Female80%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligible64%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%

Writing

All Students56%
Female63%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female81%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Reading

All Students72%
Female76%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Writing

All Students63%
Female71%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Free lunch eligible61%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female83%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible75%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Reading

All Students82%
Female88%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible75%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Science

All Students66%
Female69%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Writing

All Students78%
Female88%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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52%
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24%
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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 56%
Hispanic 31% 32%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3306 West Berry Ave
Littleton, CO 80123
Phone: (303) 347-4425

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