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St. Paul, MN
Students enrolled: 962
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170 Rose Ave West
St. Paul, MN 55117

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August 20, 2015
CSE has many fine qualities, most noteworthy being its fine staff. The hard work and dedication of these fine individuals is appreciated. There are many opportunities for kids to get involved in things: sports, after school enrichment, student council, and the Asian Penguins. The school has many things going in its favor.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2015
My children attend CSE because it values the Hmong cultural (language, history, traditions, etc.) aspects that will help my children better appreciate their heritage. For examples, my youngest comes home and tell me what she learns in her Hmong class. She shared her story by reading aloud and the sound of the letter she learned that day. Then my older one will come home and ask questions about what he learned that day whether subject content or Hmong culture related.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 19, 2015
As a Admin at CSE I really like the school because when I first came to work here, everyone was welcoming. The staff is very helpful and the students are awesome!

- submitted by a school leader

August 19, 2015
There is no better school at teaching students about culture and global awareness. Their annual trip to Thailand is incredible.

- submitted by a community member

April 30, 2015
As a former teacher at CSE, I have to say that the school has great teachers and great students. Unfortunately, the working environment at the school is hostile and there is too much much turnover at all levels of staff. The middle school has not had the same principal for more than a year for most of CSE's history. This year, the elementary principal was replaced by a person who has never even taught at that level and is not licensed as a principal. Since the beginning of the school year, about half of the middle school teachers have already left the school. Despite these appalling conditions, the remaining teachers work harder than any staff at any school I have ever seen, because they love their students and want to help them succeed. CSE could be a great school, if only the administration would do their job, which is to do everything to enable their teachers to provide a world class education to their students. Unfortunately, even a probation period for Superintendent Mo Chang, numerous law suits, and the dropping of the school by its authorizer has not convinced CSE's board and administration to improve the school's work climate.

- submitted by a teacher

December 13, 2014
Brought to the attention of principal Mo Chang and expressed concern over an incident of a 12 year old swearing and bullying my 6 year old son. After the her investigation - I kid you not - her response was that my 6 year old boy was as much at fault as the 12 year old! There is no situation, none whatsoever that calls for 12 year old middle schooler telling a 6 year old to stfu. With a principal with that kind of mentality and lack of common sense no wonder the school is being investigated for fraud. I don't know about you but I will not let my kids attend this school as long as the current administration is in place. Pulling my kids out ASAP.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2014
I honostly love the school! The school helped my family, and i was recieving a great learning experince! There has been some news about our school, but some of it isn't even true! I mean, seriously, why would the school just take kids to Thailand and Laos just for vacation. The trip is for a Global Connections trip. And the staffs are great!! I love the field trips and programs here at this school. The Student Council and Asian Penguin are great clubs for me to join. I really felt that I was a part of the school, like the school was an older brother to me. And even if I do not do great on a certain subject, my teachers never leave me behind.

- submitted by a community member

June 29, 2014
School will close in 2016 because they have lost their authorizer over mismanagement. Teachers work so hard and the admin treats them terribly. Nothing has changed.

- submitted by a teacher

December 12, 2013
"One thing I like about CSE is the global connections events where the school provides students the opportunity to travel abroad to Thailand and Laos because my 8th grade daughter was able to travel and learn about her history and culture. When my daughter came back from her trip, she gained knowledge about her own heritage and had a better understanding about the Hmong way of life back then." Mrs. Pa Lee, CSE parent

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 12, 2013
On behalf of Community School of Excellence, I would like to thank our parents, students, staff and our community for their partnership with us. We have made significant accomplishments since we started the school in 2007 in providing a world-class education in a caring and nurturing environment to meet the needs of our students. We are honored and proud to be the first authorized Hmong language and culture International Baccalaureate World School in the state of Minnesota. With the accreditation of the IB World School statues in the spring of 2013 for both primary and middle year programmes, we are on the right path to providing a rigorous, high quality, world-view education that aligns to international education standards. At CSE we strive to help our students achieve academic success, and to build a strong community of learners, families and staff. it is challenging, particularly when many of our students come to us with challenges that require additional English language support and social attention, but it is always rewarding. It is especially rewarding when our families consistently tell us how much they trust us to educate and care for their children. That level of trust only happens because of the commitment of our dedicated and caring staff. CSE is a special school with a unique culture that has to be experienced first-hand to truly be appreciated. We are proud to serve our Hmong and Karenni families in the Twin Cities and we welcome you to come and visit us any time. Best Regards, Superintendent Mo Chang

- submitted by a school leader

August 29, 2013
I have two kids that attends CSE this year, 1st grade & Kindergarten. Last year, I really liked because my son's teacher challenged him and he learned a lot. Even though it's the beginning of the year I felt the teachers aren't good. They didn't use my children's school supplies and I feel they are not challenging my children. I may be looking elsewhere for next year. Although I love the pick & drop off at my house.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2013
Great school for my son . He learned alot about science and was challenged to be the best he can .

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2013
This school is very disorganized. We had to resubmit documents multiple times and it took several weeks to receive transportation for my child. I'm not sure what is happening at this school but I am not having my youngest attend here. My oldest will go ahead and finish out her last year (she only attended 7th grade here). Look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

January 05, 2012
Glad to see I am not the only disappointed one. Low expectations, lack of leadership, lack of diversity. My kids were never challenged. I wouldn't recommend this school at all.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2011
I go to this school and i personaly really like it, the only thing that i dislike is that the EDUCATION is not as good as i thought it would be. Im just a 7th Grader, but I feel like the teachers dont motivate us as much. Honestly i wish they did a little more discipline . I mean i think they can do A LOT BETTER . And what i mean is for how some are teaching. I dont feel into the teaching, but i understand after she/he explains a second time. At my other schools i always wanted to be the smarter one and help the ones who didnt get it, but now im one of the ones who doesnt understand . I'd say kids need a lot more motavation from teachers and parents. They need to see the bigger picture. But I still give the school two thumbs up for the after school activities and other things .

- submitted by a community member

November 03, 2009
excellent school w/wonderful staffs and great programs to help enhance students who needs to improve on reading, writing, speech, socializing, and very friendly environment.

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2008
As a parent, I visit the school and it was terrible. The administration was very disorganize and it seem that the principal don t know what she was doing. Starting from the top of the administration to its staff, they all weren t as professional as I thought they would be. When I visit the school for my child, the principal and some of its staff was in their sweatpants and sleeping wear. Also, when my sister, who has a child that goes there, ask if she can look into his file, it seems that records of all the student has nothing or only some of the paper on the students. The file of the students weren t as complete like other public school, where they can pull information of a child and get his educational history. Furthermore, I think this school is very disorganize and unsupportive for any students that goes there.

- submitted by a parent

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Community School of Excellence
170 Rose Ave West, St. Paul, MN  55117
(651) 917-0073
Last modified Community School of Excellence is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Community School of Excellence Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top