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2411 Central Parkway
Southaven, MS 38672

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4 stars
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January 24, 2013
This our first year in this state and this school district. So far we are very pleased with the school and the staff. Yes, the principal is a bit intimidating and needs to loosen up a bit. I have not met her face to face, for there has been no need to. I have had other parent's tell me that she is a bit too serious for an elementary school environment. It is a HUGE school district and that is one thing we were overwhelmed with. Plus they do just about all their communication online.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
I have a child with autism and Desoto Central has been a true blessing. They work with our entire family to ensure he gets what he needs. I am positive my child would never have received the speicialize attention and help at any other school. He is in the third grade, Ms Page's class and thriving. I also compliment the principal, her focus is on being a great student but also being a great person. Teaching children to do the right thing is just as important to me. This is a GREAT SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2009
Awful experience at Desoto Central. The principal is a monster to children and parents. Beware of putting your child in this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2008
My daughter is in third grade in Mrs. Powell's class. She loves her teacher and her teacher loves her too. Yes they have homework but it is not too much and none on Wed. or weekends. Mrs. Powell is wonderful and the principal Mrs. W. is all about these children being a valuable part of our community and country. This year the theme is United We Stand. Great for shaping little patriotic americans in Desoto County.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2008
I had a child there 2 years . We needed resource classes and I would never send my child there again,the principal was a nightmare to deal with and most teachers no help either. Not for resource kids!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2008
When I attended this school it was wonderful! I can't wait to visit it again!

- submitted by a student
no rating May 01, 2008
My son started kindergarten there this year and we have ADHD....the staff and especially assistant principal Ms. Williams went over board to help us find the perfect solutions! This is NOT a requirement. They care about the students. I am so thankful and feel extremely blessed for this to be a public school!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
We relocated from Fort Campbell Kentucky, and this is our first year here in Mississippi. This is the first school that we've been involved with that isn't an 'open door policy'. Which leaves the parents clueless to what the child is learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 28, 2008
After relocating back from Italy, we were very nervous about choosing a good school for my sons. We are very pleased with D.C.E and the teachers. My son is happy and I feel that the teachers are doing a good job in preparing my son for middle school next year. Thank you for the good job Ms. Sweeting, and Ms. Lee.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 25, 2008
What a great school. We have moved several times in in last 10 years and have a high school and elementary child. We have been very pleased with our experience at this school. The Principal is very protective of our children. We feel so secure with our children in her hands. The PTO works very hard as well, without them we would not have soccer for the students or a playground, and many other things. This school is so parent envolved. We love it...

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 18, 2008
They are not supportive to the single mom with the dev. delayed child who does not have alot of time and has lots of bills

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2008
I love Desoto Central Elementary School. My daughter has been there 2 yrs and she loves it as well. The teachers are very knowledgeable and they work well with the students. I like the programs at the school and the parental involvement is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 19, 2007
We moved here from another location in MS where my child attended a small Christian school. She is know in kindergarten and I feel learned more in 4k at her previous school than at DCES. Seems like all they do is art projects. The classes are extremely crowded. My child seems happy and satisfied but I want to see more examples of what she is learning being sent home.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
First grade has no gifted classes or programs. I am never allowed in the school to see what my child is doing or how he behaves. I receive minimal reports of his behavior and achievement, and I only receive these reports when he is misbehaving. School here is not fun, and in K and 1st grade, I feel that learning should be fun. The PTO is a joke and are always asking for money, splitting the students up by whose parents can afford to give the most. On a positive note, the school is only 5 years old and the campus is nice. Lewisberg is a better choice.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2007
We also, moved here from an neighboring state. The public schools were incredible. I will not say that about this experience. The counselors are overworked, and spread to thin so they are not effective. (but, they are very nice). I am dreading my child returning; We are strongly considering, private schools because of this. The principle is way to strict; I agree is unapproachable. As a parent I feel like a criminal when I enter the school, and expect to be almost strip searched before I can see my child. (This school is very legalistic (black and white rules); unacceptable for 2007.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 02, 2007
The principal rules the school with a very heavy hand. She should be working with older kids or at the alternative school not with young little kids. As soon as you walk in the building, you can sense that there is a very serious atmosphere. My kids do not enjoy this school because they are never allowed to have any fun. I do like a lot of the teachers, though. They try hard under sometimes difficult conditions.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2007
When the school opened 6 years ago everyone thought it was going to be the best school in Desoto County. It has failed to live up to that. The programs are good. They seem to only appreciate parent involvement when we open our wallets. The PTO fundraiser this year was a mess. They wanted to base the level of fun our children were to have based on our amount of donations. This is a public school. There is a wide range of social classes and everyone should count. The principle is not very approachable.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
We recently moved here from a neighboring state. I waneted to find the best school for my children. We were told DCES was the place to be. We loved our previous school. We were very disappointed in DCES. Overcrowding at first was our main issue. My child still has stress related symptoms due to the atmosphere in the classroom. It is really hard to come from great to Okay.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2007
I think DSCE is an ok school! I do not like the idea that this school does not have an open door policy. Whenever, I have tried to just peep in on my child, I have been told that it's instructional time and that not permitted. I'm not a pesky parent, I just wanted to look in on the class not disrupt it. I guess that can be good and bad. So far my child seems happy and is learning very well. The teacher is also great and she is always available to answer any questions.

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April 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2007
I just know that overall it is a pretty good school. It is way too clicky.(Staff wise)the administration stresses the students and teachers out way too much. The assistants are treated like they come a dime a dozen, that's why they can't keep anyone at that school long enough to learn everyone name.Most of the teachers are wonderful and most of the assistants are hard working just like the teachers but are talked to like they are worthless. That's sad because they have lost some really good teachers and assistants because when they are happy where they are at the time administration wants to move them somewhere where they do not want to be therefore causing them to transfer or quit. If you don't enjoy the work then the pay is not an incentive to keep you there. The principal is not a person that parents feel they can talk to.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2006
The teachers and assistants are wonderful. They give their all to the students. However, the administration act as if they are doing the parents a favor. They are to tough for an elementary school. Learning should be fun in elementary school so the students will continue to like school in middle and high school. Also, the PTO board needs to stick to school issues. They tend to be gossipy about teachers and administration problems.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
This school could be better. I have not been happy with the special education division. There are some very good teachers that truly care about the kids and some that don't. You can have that anywhere though. Sometimes I get the impression that the school is anti-parent too. It's very important that both parents and school staff are involved with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
When my children first started DCS they were excited. They were both at levels exceeding their grade levels. Over the past 5 years, I have seen where their self esteem has been damaged. It appears that they have been discouraged rather than encouraged in lots of areas. (or not seened at all). They have survived on mere determination. They don't feel that their best is recognized. There are no teachers and/or administrators or office workers that look like them.(Only teacher assistant and janitors). The personal attention displayed toward some are not given them. Diversity is very important in a school. These are the same children who will be responsible for our future, if we fail one, we fail them all. It has been a struggle. Most of the teachers are great. But when you voice your concerns, you and your children are marked.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2004
Both my kids LOVE this school! It's the closest thing to a private school education in this area without paying all that tuition. The teachers are wonderful, and I am most impressed with the security and the compassion the staff has for each child. I HIGHLY recommend this school : )

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2004
When my son was diagnosed with a social disorder (Aspergers Syndrome), we though about finding a private school that would accomidate his special needs. But the teachers and faculty have been outstanding! They addresss his every need appropriately and the parent/teacher communication is good. I wouldn't think of having my children go to school anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2004
Kindergarten can be a tough transition year for children. Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Celeste Manning and Mrs. Patty Clark, do a great job working together to help the children adjust to coming to school. That can be a real challenge, especially if the child did not have any Preschool or Pre-K group/class experience. Children learn to share, to respect each other/other's property, how to make friends, in addition to learning the basics to prepare for the 1st grade and beyond. One can tell that 'Mrs. Celeste' and 'Mrs. Patty' not only are teaching material, but they take time to teach the child. They are interested in the individual as well as the class/group's progress. The kids feel loved by them, and that helps create a safe, friendly atmosphere for a new Kindergarten student.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2004
This is my daughter's second year at DCES. As all parents know, when they first start school in kindergarten it is not only rough on the kids, but also the parents. They did everything they could to make this stressful time go as smoothly as it should. I must commend all of the teachers and faculty at DCES. Everyone that I have dealt with, has been wonderful and so helpful. If we ever had any problems or questions, I felt very comfortable in contacting her teacher last year Mrs. Manning (whom we just love) and also her teachers this year Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. Baker in the first grade, or anyone else that I have had to call. My son will be starting school next year, and even he is excited.

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December 09, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2003
I believe that Desoto Central Elementary not only provides good teachers but they also try and make school fun, that is a asset. My grand daughter now not only likes school, she loves Mrs Mudder [her] teacher.

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October 16, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2003
Our daughter started kindergarten this year. It has been a very positive experience so far this year. The staff and faculty have been great and our daughter loves going there each weekday.

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October 07, 2003
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September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Desoto Central Elem. is a school that will prepare your child for each phase in their young life as well as raise that standard of morals and values.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2003
The school is very well organized to say the least. We just transfered here so I don't know too many details except that I feel up to speed and well communicated with the teachers already.

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Desoto Central Elementary School
2411 Central Parkway, Southaven, MS  38672
(662) 349-6234
Last modified Desoto Central Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desoto Central Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews.