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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Centennial Academy gives its students a well rounded learning environment, and teachers, staff, and parents all care about the students.
The kids get to explore education in ways that are both engaging and exciting. Centennial enriches them socially, academically and creatively.
They have a great academic and arts program. I think that this important for a well rounded education.
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.
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!
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.
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.
this school is great witht the kids helping them excell in school beyond their grade level.
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!)
Centennial's Colorado School Assessment Program tests are wonderful!
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