Students enrolled 464
School leader Alison Shelton
Transportation options Yes
District Atlanta Public Schools
After school Yes

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531 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

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(404) 802-8550
(404) 853-4089
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4 stars
Based on 46 ratings

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May 22, 2014
My daughter is nearing the end of her first year at CPE. Overall, we have been pleased. Our child's reading and math skills have soared since she started. We are headed into first grade and will be joining the gifted program in the fall. I am looking forward to another wonderful year at Centennial Place Academy.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
Converting to Charter school status will ruin this school. The best teachers are leaving - Our wonderful Assistant Principal, Ms. Reilly is leaving. So is the counselor, our awesome orchestra teacher, and most of the best! Over half of my child's teachers are leaving this school! I am worried about the quality of instruction when most of the remaining teachers have less than 5 years teaching experience! My ratings are for the current teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
Our son has been enrolled at Centennial Place Elementary since 1st grade and we love this school. The parents and teachers are very involved, our son excels in the enrichment programs, the curriculum is challenging, and a major plus is that the YMCA is basically connected to the school and has a decent afterschool program.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2013
Centennial Place Elementary is a wonderful school! The faculty and staff are great and very involved not only in the classroom, but with the total well-being of their students. I've had two children to graduate from Centennial already, and I have a current third grader there now. She absolutely loves it, and so do I. I can't say enough great things about Centennial Place Elementary. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2013
As a parent I am very please with the staff and the school. They have made this made it easy to want and to look for to the conversion to a charter school. I feel as though they have put several programs into place to help our children to meet the common core standards that has been set by the state. I love that they has tutorial for children when they are stuggling with certain subjects within the classroom. I love that they also remediate with the students during intersession when they are struggling in certain areas. Centennial Place is the perfect school for my child. If anyone is looking for a school of excellance then Centennial Place Elementary is the perfect school for you.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
It is amazing that I am having the SAME issues that past parents have had. My child has been bullied. Ms. Scott literally through the sign in book at me when I came to pick my daughter up early on 10/29/2013. I have been on the receiving end of her biases behavior toward certain parents. When I first came there 2 years ago she referred to certain kids as bad and low income. Yes, these were children whom she had never met; but yet judged them and said they were being bused over. She did not know I lived in that neighborhood. Some of the teachers there have that same biases attitude. Ms. Crump who is a kindergarten teacher is one. They have alot of nerve to discriminate against parents and children because of socioeconomic factors like they have gold bars lying around. Ms.Riley is a sweet lady who works there and helped me with the bullying my child was experiencing. They need to get it together.com. Judge and you will be judged.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
This is truth. My son attended this school briefly. Upon visiting the school I realized this was not the place a child is nurtured. At least in the classroom I visited. Behavior problems are rampant. It seemed like the teacher was apathetic. Certain classes are dimly lit and the school is poorly managed. The staff was unaware or showed not interest. My child was bullied and a chosen few children are pushed by staff to succeed. I believe witches are running this school. Pray for the children who attend centennial.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
Centennial has an abundance of programs to offer each child. Everything from after-school clubs to intersession programs like Architecture, Urban Gardening, Boys & Girl Scouts, Technology Club, Girls on the Run & League of Extraordinary Gentleman. They also have partnerships with GA Tech, Coca Cola and the GA Aquarium that add exposure, enrichment, and programs to our children's lives both socially and academically. Lets not forget to mention Art, Orchestra/Band & Spanish. Some of which my son has participated in. Not only do they have these awesome programs but the teachers are dedicated and knowledgeable in their respective subjects. In my 5 years of parental involvement the teachers my son have had and those that I observe are a great asset to the children's academic and social development. They challenge him in areas where he is strong and develop & provide us with tools to strengthen areas that need improvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
This is a great school! There are so many additional experiences for students beyond your run of the mill education. My son has enjoyed learning about recycling and how it affects our future. He has learned how to use an ipad and also works on an Apple Mac weekly. He has improved his reading with the morning extra readings that they are allowed to do in the classroom before school starts. I would highly recommend CPE - and we have as a matter of fact.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
Both my daughter and I had a great experience at Centennial. She is now a rising 10th grader and has mentioned more than once that her CPE experience and education prepared her to be tremendously successful in her academic endeavors. No school is perfect but I can say that the principal, teachers and parents worked very hard to ensure that students at every level had the opportunity to receive an excellent education. One school is not the answer for every child/family that is clear from some of the comments. However, I encourage you to consider Centennial Place Elementary and see for yourself. Lastly, no matter where you are: stay connected, get involved and do whatever you can to make the experience great for you and your family.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
I have children at CPE and am a very involved parent. We have had wonderful experiences with all of our teachers and enjoy being a part of the CPE community. Our students have cutting edge educational opportunities like GA Tech engineering clubs, honors orchestra, enrichment clubs and fun camps during our Fall and Spring breaks, International Nights, Justice Project, art club, gifted programming, urban gardening (we have a cool new orchard!), frequent GA Aquarium field trips, class field trips to the US Space Center in Huntsville, Chattanooga, Washington DC, and the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham. Principal Shelton, Assistant Principal Reilly and the entire CPE team are truly dedicated to educating our children. Our year round calendar had really worked well with my working parent schedule. CPE is downtown Atlanta's public K-5 S.T.E.A.M. school of excellence and I would strongly recommend it as an excellent public school choice.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
Just from reviewing some of the reviews from 2009,Is crazy to experienced the same bad feelings that i have read about 4 years ago. I'm just thinking maybe its me and just not a good year for the both of us. The front office treats certain parents and kids different thinking everybody in the community have lack of intelligence because they live in based on-income apartments. Ms. Scott likes to intimidate people and stereotype parents. My daughter went from AB honor roll student of the month every month being seleted to be tested for the gifted program to NO AWARDS!!! The ONLY kids who participate in the awards program are those who received an invitation. But when you go online to the school home page there is no infomation were you can find this at. The teacher didnt send anything in my childs folder to explain the program. My daughter was only in the first grade, every child should be apart of the program and receive some type of awards to encourage and movativate them. The school go on too many field trips....atleast two or more every month. Ms. Scott and ms. Moore can be very rude and disrespectful . Looking into a new school NEVER AGAIN!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
CPE is an excellent school! In fact, I moved into the community just to be able to get my kids into Centennial. Yes, there are some low-income families in the community, but there are hard-working, educated parents like my self who reside here as well. The teachers at Centennial are very passionate about their jobs and the students. I have two kids who graduated from CPE, and one who in 3rd grade. They are both Honor Roll students, and exceeded in several areas of the CRCT. Also, my kids have attended school there over the last six years, and I've yet to see more than 23 students per classroom. I think the person who thought she saw 30 kids in a room was maybe angry due to her child's rare situation. I can't say enough great things about CPE and their wonderful faculty and staff! I'm a very satisfied parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
Not a very good school at all! 30+ kids per class room. My children where bullied in both class rooms and different grade levels due to the color of their skin (white). YMCA program is even worse. My oldest son was hospitalized due to injuries. The school is near low income housing so you will see children that are not cared for properly at home and run a muck at school. Principal and staff pretend that they care but don't do anything. The incidents occurred over and over until i took my kids out of that school. Academic wise the teachers stick to their books. In comparison to other states and cities we have lived in this is the worst. I would say do not move to Atlantic Station if you have children. The area is amazing but the school available is HORRIBLE!!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2012
I went here as a child and only have bad memories of this place. The teachers that are kept here for the longest are the stern, intimidating teachers that threaten children and make them feel low to control them. The nice teachers are made fun of by the other teachers in the lounge! They usually feel out of place and leave within 1-2 years. There are no doors, there's more of a loft kind of feel to the entire building.(which is an upside) Lastly, the kids barely get any outdoor time on the small playground unless they are involved in an after school program.

- submitted by a community member
September 14, 2011
Great School!!! My Nieces take FREE Ballet classes with a lot of these students at The Art of Confidence Performing Arts Alliance in Atlantic Station and they are all GREAT KIDS!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2011
Centennial Place Elementary is a good school. The teachers, staff, principal and families work together to make it a good learning environment for the children. The "Dads" even manage the carpool drop offs in the morning... now that's parental evolvement on the grassroots level! Unfortunately due to budget constraints, the class sizes are larger than I would prefer; however that is an over arching issue in public schools today. CPE is one of the few public elementary schools that have daily foreign language instruction (Spanish) which helps to prepare students early for life in the 21st century. Additionally, while many schools are losing the critical "Specials" (i.e. Music, Art, Technology, etc.), CPE continues to offer a well rounded education including the "specials and foreign language. Thus far, our family has been pleased.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2011
I have the exact opposite view of Centennial than the previous parent. I don't come on this site often but it upsets me when I hear this from a parent. The teachers give 110% and the entire staff is great. I wonder if this parent comes to the school often to see the great experiences like the Black History Program, the fundraisers and program to help a student who is fighting Leukemia. I think this parent is venting since he or she did not get the response he or she was looking for. While I am not a teacher, I am a committed parent who believes in the quality of Centennial Place. I see excellent teaching, great leadership and high level instruction. My child is also in second grade and there are NOT 30 kids in the class...this parent needs to speak to the state about class size ratios not the individual school. Also, Centennial Place has a unique design and the walls can be moved...they are not cheap...they use an open classroom design. Centennial Place is Great!

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
How are the students suppose to know to keep their hands to themselves when the Spanish teacher is kicking the children and the trashman(Mr. Freeman) grabbing kids by the back of their necks. This good teacher quality? Don't think so! Who is disciplining the teachers and the janitors.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 21, 2010
Not a good school if you are a working single parent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 29, 2010
I waited in long lines, in cold weather to get out of district permission for my daughter to attend CPE. I would do it again. She has received top notch teaching and acquired a love for learning. The success of schools in general and students in particular is no mere accident. It is my experience that the success of a school is in direct correlation to the involvement of parents with the same. Simply, we get out of it what we put into it. While I have done some volunteering I have surely not done as much as others, yet the school gives my daughter the benefit as if I had. A great great school. If I am blessed with more children I hope they will attend CPE.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2009
I wish I had anotherchoice.Staff are rude and talk down to parents as if they are children. I feel judged each time I walk through the doors. I am a single working parent. I am unfortunately not available to visit the school and establish the close or somewhat personal relationships that some parents have. I would love to be more involved as a parent at the school , but my life does not afford me with this opportunity. I am extremely attentive to my children's needs and schoolwork . However I get the feeling that teachers and administrators may think otherwise. Further I have concerns with my child retaining lessons or not repsonding well to the curriculum. My child was an A/B student prior to arriving and now seems to constantly struggle. I'm looking for more options before it's too late.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 07, 2009
I absoutely love this school. This is a great school .My child is now in the 1st grade. She did very well in kindergarten the staff is wounderful.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 11, 2009
I am an active parent at CPE and I must say that the school is great. I have been extremely pleased with the level of instruction my children have received from Centennial. The school is full of wonderful resources that provide wonderful opportunities for the kids. The principal is always engaged in the learning and is an active part of the school. I have received high quality teachers every year for the last four years. The teachers are alays there to help assist during tutoing afterschool or before school. I love the fact my child attends a year round school and has an opportunity to have breaks throughout the year. CPE is not my zone school. I waited in long lines to get my child there and I am committed to making the school a success. I encourage all parents to send their child to CPE, it is top notch!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
I have a daughter in the kindergarten at CPE and I am so glad that I opted for the administrative transfer to get her at CPE. Being a former teacher and schooled in the parochial/private school system, I can say that this is one of the best school. Parents and children can get out of it what you as a parent decide to put into it. My daughter succeeds with the help of the awsome teachers/administration and I working with each other for the betterment of my daughter. Keep up the great work CPE!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 03, 2009
This school is the worse school that you could bring your child to. The children are terrible and the administration is the worse. They have no idea on how to handle discipline. The school is only concerned with text scores, not the students.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
My two kids attended from K through 3rd. I was very impressed with all the classes and special programs this school had to offer. We moved after my husband received his PHD to the subburbs. We miss having spanish, technology, and orchestra. We found the teachers to be wonderful; some of the kids were difficult to control but all in all, we were very pleased with the staff and all the funding this school receives.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
I personally went to this school from 2nd grade and graduated from the 5th grade in 2002. It was the greatest experience of my life, the teachers were excellent; they worked with me and my mom to make sure I did great in areas I struggled in. They also offered me a free tutor from the CocaCola building across the street to help me with math and liturature; two subjects that I excel in to this day. I aslo made childhood friends that I'm still in touch with now. I absolutly loved Centennial Place Elm. and you should definatly consider bringing your child there :]

- submitted by a community member
no rating January 17, 2009
I too have had a wonderful experience at Centennial Place. My daughter has been at Centennial Place since Kindergarten, and she is now in the second grade where she continues to excel. She did a phenomenal job on her statewide tests, and is in the gifted program. Her teachers have been there challenging her, and more importantly, encouraging and reassuring her. I really can't express how happy I am with her teachers! . They show a genuine concern for their students, and are always ready and willing to address any concerns, as well as provide parents with additional information and resources to further enhance the students' educational activities outside of school. Another thing that I truly appreciate is the 'sense of family' at Centennial Place.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2008
WOW! I am surprised by some of the reviews. My daughter is in second grade and have been a student for two years. Her teachers have been FANTASTIC and demanding. My daughter is doing fantastic and has ace'd her statewide standardized test and is now labled a gifted student just like her older sister and brother who attended private schools. I think any childs success is a combination of teachers, parents and environments, NOT just the teacher. One last comment, my son and daughter ran into kid drama at school including having their lunch stolen at the PRIVATE school they attended. They survived and learned to keep track of their items and fight thru the legitimate channels to make school work for them.

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October 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 10, 2008
This school gets zero stars from me period!The students have behavioral problems that cause the students who want to learn to be punished!My daughter who is in 4th grade packs her lunch daily .Today someone stole her lunch right in the class room ! She starved! The curriculum is not acceptable for her grade level in fact her math class is two years behind other local schools.And to top it all off the teachers will give them all an F if the class cant control themselves!This is my daughters first and last year she is a very bright child and I want to keep her that way! Please parents think twice b4 sending your child to this school!

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August 14, 2008
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June 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 17, 2008
It's a great school with caring, dedicated teachers. I'm proud to be an Atlantan!

- submitted by a community member
November 02, 2007
I agree with the parent that commented about the suspension if you child has some behavioral concerns. I understand the importance of academic excellence, but life creates other challenges for some people. Centennial in my opinion, is a political school that bases' its reputation on the socioeconomic status of its parents. If you have money, as one parent stated that she came from a private school; then yes Centennial Place is the school for your child.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
Centennial Place is a great school. The new principal, Alison Shelton, is dedicated to academic excellence. She is invested in both the students and the teachers. Her commitment to her teachers is shown by her desire to provide quality professional development. She knows that the best intervention is a well trained teacher! I have seen her target a problem and through the use of diagnostics, teacher feedback and student achievement create a balanced intervention geared to promote student success. Centennial Place is a great place to be a student!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
Centennial Place is a great school. My child has been attending the school for 2 years and he loves it! If your child is going to the 4th Grade next year, ask he/she be placed in Dr. Stinson's class. Dr. Stinson is a fabulous teacher and all of her students loved her last year. My child, now in the 5th Grade, was in her class last year and it was a great experience for us and for him. When your child goes to 5th grade, make sure he/she is in Mrs. Pierce's class because she is very disciplined but is fun. I hope you take my advice.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2007
This shool is a great school. My child has attended this school for three years, and the teachers and staff are great. I would like to thank CPE for giving my child the education and knowledge to repair her for the next level.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
My child has attended Centennial for three years now and I find the teachers and staff well qualified and pleasant. However, the behavioral problems at every grade level cancel out any of the good qualities of the school. The students that are there to learn are cheated out of a good education by those who are not. I'm seriously considering moving my child to another school in the fall.

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January 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
Extremely disappointed in the quality of academic programs. If you are entering this school from a private school, this facility has no place for you in the K-1st grade sect. 'Challenge' begins at 2nd grade. So if you have a young advanced learner, this school does not provide a good transitional opportunity and I felt alienated as the parent when I sought additional educational options for my child.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
Great well-rounded curriculum. The teachers and administration are involved in the success of the children. Very active PTA/parents!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
Great school academicly, but too concerned about upholding school standards to really take time with the children. If your child has any behavior issues you may as well find another school because they don't offer any help, just suspension.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 02, 2005
My 5 year old just started in kindergarten. My first impressions: friendly staff, clearly a very systematic operations, love the feel and the smiles from the teachers and other parents

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Centennial Place Elementary School
531 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA  30313
(404) 802-8550
Last modified Centennial Place Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Centennial Place Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top