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3306 West Berry Ave
Littleton, CO 80123

(303) 347-4425
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July 07, 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
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
October 02, 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
October 02, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
October 02, 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
October 01, 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
October 01, 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
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
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
no rating 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
no rating November 04, 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
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating October 13, 2009
They have the best Art Programs!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
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October 12, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
October 11, 2009
The combination of arts and academics is outstanding!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
I have been thoroughly impressed with the level of professionalism at Centennial. The teachers and staff all seem to work in a school for the right reasons. I am so thankful my Son has had such a positive first experience with school in kindergarden this year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
this school is great witht the kids helping them excell in school beyond their grade level.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2009
This school has created an atmosphere in which students go beyond regular academic curriculum. They are given opportunities to explore what is missing in education today--the creative nature of themselves in a fine arts environment. What an amazing concept that could potentially change that child's world going forward! While the rest of the schools are not doing so well even teaching the basics successfully, we can see a joyful expanded education being implemented at Centennial Academy of Fine Education! They are brilliant and obviouly care about giving the best opportunities for success for All the students! Bravo! (I am a retired teacher and my grandchildren are all in elementary schools, but this one is the best!)

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
Centennial's Colorado School Assessment Program tests are wonderful!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
Teaching staff is wonderful

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
my daughter has been at this school since pre-school. she is in 4th grade now. we have moved several times up to 20 miles away but keep her at Centennial because it is the best. She loves all her teachers and cries at the end of the year because she does not want a new teacher but then ends up loving the new one just as much as the old ones. The staff there treats you like family.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
great teachers, small classes, safe environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Great arts program that suits my daughters learning style.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Centennial looks at children as individuals. They reallize that children learn and grow in different ways and speeds. the emphasis on the arts has helped my son focus and explore who he is and who he wants to be. the staff are caring and positive; they really make you feel part of your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
It is a school where every child is valued. The education offered there, though already great, is constantly striving to improve and be relevant and valuable to the child.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 07, 2009
They offer a well rounded education, including the arts as well as everything else.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
My children are getting the most spectacular education and getting piano lessons, guitar lessons, and art classes that they would not get in your typical public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
I love that my child has great access to a lot of awesome art programs. The teachers are absolutely top notch and very good with the students. I went to this school as a child and loved it. I can only say that it has improved in time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
The Teachers and Principal are very engaged with the students and have very strong academics and behavioral Pacer Performer Performer positive reinforement. In addition to the awesome Fine Arts options there are many opportunities in Chess Club, Science Club, Garden Club and others. My kids lot it here!!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
Its the perfect blend of fun and learning!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
I love their unique Fine Arts Program. It is superb! They offer more fine arts than most colleges to K-5th graders. I also love their positive behavior program and diversity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Cenntenial Academy Of Fine Arts is one of the few Public Fine Arts Schools In our area what an awsome thing to be able to expose all these kids to all kinds of Arts programs at no additional charge to parents. I LOVE MY SCHOOL ! Thanks Cenntenial for giving my kids souch a great and well rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
The entire staff is caring. The arts program is out of this world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Centennial Academy Rocks! We have it all, academics as well as fine arts all included into our school day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
We have high academic and artistic expectations. We have the best staff in the world. We are proud of our school.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 06, 2009
Centennial is an amazing school full of caring teachers and administrators. They do an excellent job of combining academics and fine arts. Their fine arts program (with little current funding) is outstanding! Kids and parents alike LOVE this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
We have the best kids, the best families, and the best staff EVER! Plus, our kids are treated to excellent programs academically and artistically -- with opportunities during the school day for band, violin, piano, dulcimers, choir, theatre, tap dance, enriched visual arts, and more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
This is a school with more than 45% of its children below poverty level and it still struggles and strives to maintain a curriculum on par with other schools in the area and provides an excellent education to its students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 06, 2009
Academically rigorous with a strong fine arts program that includes theater, instrumental & vocal music, visual arts, and dance.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Public school with fine arts education built right into the school day! Awesome!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 06, 2009
It is a school with a positive atmosphere and they have an awesome Arts program for all the students there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Centennial has a wonderful, dedicated staff who really care for their students. They helped my daughter go from being an average student to one that is excelling. My little boy is in kindergarten and loves school. He can't wait to get there everyday!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
Centennial has a strong focus on Music and Arts while maintaining a prominent emphasis on Education and academics. This gives my son a sense of accomplishment and he has learned to value his education

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Centennial is a friendly environment and the teachers are very knowledgable

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
The staff is amazing and they really care about the kids! The fine arts to the regular day is the best thing for all the kids, a creative outlet and the ability to build sucess for all!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Centennial gives the kids a great education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Centennial Academy of Fine Arts Education has the best class choices for my children!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
The hard working students, caring teachers, and the Fine Arts program!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 06, 2009
Centennial by far is the best elementary school in littleton colorado. I believe that the focus on education should involve more of the Fine arts, which centennial provides. I feel that students learn more when music and theatre and art are involved in thier education.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
My daughter loves it, and is blooming there.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Centennial has an extended day to provide every child with either art or music education every single day. The teachers are fantastic and work hard to make sure every child can excel at their own level.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Committed teachers, happy students, and a arts and music focus

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
Simply the BEST office and nursing staff in all of Colorado.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
There are many wonderful things about Centennial such as parent involvement and the fine arts program. The special education program is excellent. Having a full day kindergarten is a big benefit for parents of children entering the school system. I dislike the 'everyday' math program adopted by the school because it does not concentrate on the building blocks of math, the facts. The reading program is not purely based on phonics but is a combination of phonics and sight recognition. I feel that the higher grades had better instruction although this opinion is based on my experiences. In all fairness, my children did not have every teacher. The quality of the instructors varies drastically. I am perplexed by the number of out of district enrolled students. This is an average school academically. if you are interested in your child receiving an 'art' education, this is the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2007
School has teachers who really care about the students academic learning. They have a wonderful music and arts program. Each student gets to choose from a long list of fine arts classes. There are plenty of parents nights to see the children perform what they learned each semester. A great school starting from the principal down to the wonderful parent who give their time.

- submitted by a parent
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Centennial Academy Of Fine Arts Education
3306 West Berry Ave, Littleton, CO  80123
(303) 347-4425
Last modified Centennial Academy Of Fine Arts Education is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Centennial Academy Of Fine Arts Education Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top