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590 Peterson Lake Rd
Collierville, TN 38017

(901) 853-3300
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August 21, 2014
Love this school! Love the teachers!! Love being able to volunteer and be with the kids. Such an awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
My son attends Collierville Elementary, and he previously attended a local private school. He made the transition into the school seamlessly, and I attribute it to the amazing teachers and staff at Collierville Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2012
This is an amazing school with an outstanding team of teachers and staff. We pay a premium price to live in Collierville just so our children can attend the schools here. I would recommend any of the schools in Collierville to anyone who is concerned about their childrens education.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
This school has been amazing! We were transplanted by hurricane Katrina and found the transition to be a smooth one! Unbelieveable attention and sincere service!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2011
Collierville Elementary is an amazing school. Where some of the city schools are still working on addition and subtraction in the third grade, these kids are beginning to learn basic algebra. The principal is amazing. She worked hard a few years ago to update the curriculum, bring in new technology and win several grants. For example, the school has a grant funded sensory room for children who have difficulties with certain textures, hyperactivity, etc. There is an outdoor learning lab, geography lab, huge computer lab, etc. Smart screens are being installed in all the classrooms. Some people had trouble with the tough reality that undisciplined, underperforming teachers were forced to go. I say that's a sad statement about expectations in this state. Good teachers fight over positions in this school (as well as other Collierville schools). My children love going to school at CES.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
Do yourself a favor and send your child to Bailey Station Elementary School or Southwind Elementary School. The principal lacks the much needed leadership skills and is simply there to collect a paycheck. She requires the teachers to give grades so that the school maintain high standings. In doing so, she is actually hurting the students because they are behind when they get to middle school. Very disappointed in this school...

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
CES is an amazing school. Every day teachers and parents come together to help all students learn in a positive environment. Kids come first!

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February 04, 2010
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December 14, 2009
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October 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
They involve the whole family. Most teachers acknowledge every child by name (good morning, Ben). They acknowledge every parent by name and make you feel like they have been your friend for many years, not just since your child has been in school.

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July 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 26, 2009
My husband and I moved to Collierville from Upstate New York. My daughter was just entering kindergarten, and not knowing the area, we were somewhat anxious about what kind of school we entered her into. We have been blown away by the quality of education she is recieving at Collierville Elementary. She is now in first grade, and both her teachers have been amazing (I haven't heard complaints about ANY teacher from other parents, either). The school encourages the parents to be as involved as possible, which adds to the quality of the children's education immensely.

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April 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
Great schools take great teachers. CES has awesome teachers. They love the kids and go above and beyond. The administration is a great team. They enjoy being with each other and that energy go all through the school. I would recommend this school for anyoned

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December 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2008
Exceptional school. The principle is amazing. She has a love for all of the children and strives to make each year the best that can be. The staff is wonderful and the teachers are fabulous!!

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August 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 13, 2008
Love the school. Love the faculty. Love the education my children are getting. In my experience, the administration does what is best for the children. It may not always be what is most popular with parents and faculty/staff, but it is always what is best for the kids. That means so much to me.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2007
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September 01, 2007
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August 07, 2007
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January 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2006
Clearly this school is such an amazing place to be. When kids wake up wanting to go to school and are excited about learning, it makes life so much better for everyone. We have one of the most caring principals I have ever met. The teachers are wonderful and so is the office staff. They almost know every student by name....that says alot! Our test scores are through the roof and we have amazing staff and parents GO CES!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I have had children in this school for three years now. I have absolutely no complaints, at all. The principal and assistant principals (there's two assistants), and all the teachers are nothing but amazing. There are no 'bad' teachers at this school. I have four boys...two in school, grades first and second, and twins that will be there in two years. My little twins love going to that school as much as my older two. I volunteer my time there, and the twins always go with me. The teachers are loving, and gentle, and very kind hearted. The principal and assistant principals have all had to comfort one of my sons over the past three years, and they love the staff as much as I do. And the staff! And the teacher's assistants....marvelous, all of them!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2006
Great school with lots of parent involvement, caring staff. Beautiful since renovations have been completed.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
We came from Tara Oaks where we had a wonderful educational environment. CES has not let us down. My 1st grader was slower than most to learn to read in kindergarten but has made tremendous progress in all subjects this year. Our concerns are addressed in a timely manner & problems are met head-on. Mrs. Claney is direct, involved & very personable. She's done a great job placing my daughter with a wonderful teacher and moving us all into the new building. I would highly recommend this school. We are moving at the end of this school year and will miss CES.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
I disagree on the availability of education for the special needs students at CES. I have found all the teachers very caring, supportive and attentive to my son's needs. He started his Kindergarten year in an expanded resource setting and has moved to a Kindergarten setting, without an aid. They have fully supported his difficult dietary restrictions. We came to CES with some reservations, but stay because of the dedication of the staff. I can't say enough about Mrs. Claney!

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January 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
CES is awesome! The renovated school is beautiful--hard to believe it is the same building! We are fortunate to have the great administration and dedicated faculty at CES take such great care of our children! No one has missed a beat during the construction process--we had all A's on our school report card--including value added! Thank you to everyone at CES! You all worked hard and deserve all the credit!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2006
'Our school has just undergone 2 years of renovations and we not only have wonderful teachers and staff but now we have a state of the art school. Under the leadership of our current principal and staff our 'value added' reading score has been brought up from an F to an A and all of this done during a difficult time of construction. Parent Involvement is welcomed and encouraged. I am very excited to be a part of a wonderful school and would encourage anyone moving to the area to consider CES.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
Just wanted to add my comments. We moved here last year from out of state and couldn't have been more pleased. This year is even better. The new school is going to be awesome when it is finished. We cannot say enough about the great staff and administration. Mrs. Claney is a top notch leader especially in these times of very challenging safety issues with construction of the new school. If you are looking for a small class size, caring teachers, and a great principal, look no further!

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November 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
I have been the School Resource Officer for this school for six years. The leadership and staff are excellent. Safety, academic and social progress are top priority. Students are challenged and encouraged at their own learning level and style. This school is going through remoldeling and new building but still is able to uphold their high level of academic status. Parental involvement is high here and encouraged.

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August 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
I am a staff member as well as parent of CES. I have had a wonderful experinece at this school.I have an inside view of what it takes to manage a school of this size and magnitude. Hats off to our Principal. I would not wish to walk in her shoes. Maybe some of you 'Nay sayers' should. Then you would have something better to type and talk about. I look forward to an incredible 2005-06 school year as a parent and employee of CES!

- submitted by a staff
no rating June 26, 2005
As a parent of children with some special educational needs, I would like to send a word of caution to parents of children with special needs. Please have an IEP type meeting before sending your child to CES. I have found CES's special ed, as well as support from administration and classroom teachers VERY lacking in this area. I chose NOT to have my child attend because both my husband and I were appalled at the lack of knowledge about my child's educational needs (dyslexia). Shelby County as a whole is not interested in thse children and CES is no exception.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2005
I am very pleased with Collierville Elementary. It is a quality school and I will give a lot of the credit to the principal. We are having an entire new school built on the same site as the current school. While it may be an inconvience, the kids haven't missed one lesson. The principal is very conscious of the students' safety while being sure not to distract them from their curriculum. This is a huge undertaking and she has not missed a beat since it started. What more can you ask for. I must say that the people that write negative comments about the principal have not seen Collierville Elem through their kids eyes. If you ask the kids of the parents that are complaining, those kids would have no complaints. Wise up people, acknowledge a good thing when you have one.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
I would like to say that the school is one of the finest in Collierville. This year alone the teaching assistant staff went from 6 to 4 yet those 4 women did a wonderful job. Always there to help whether my child walked to school or rode thru the car line. I don't think credit it given to the behind the scenes people that greet each child with a smile and a warm 'good morning'. Plus these ladies helped everyday in the cafeteria doing various jobs. I know that anyone of them would be and will be sadly missed by not only my children but other children at CES.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
I continue to be amazed and dismayed by the comments on this site by a FEW disgruntled parents who desparately need to find another subject to obsess on. CES is not only a great elementary school, it is the premier elementary school that everyone in the area would like for their children to attend. Yes, we have a 'new' principal who succeeded a 'lifer' who was beloved by the community. The current principal has ruffled feathers... because she DOES HER JOB. She has never been anything but professional, courteous, personally comforting and edifying to both my children and myself. One of my children has special needs, and she has gone above and beyond the call of duty for her. The school is clean, quiet and orderly; the staff are friendly and loving, and the principal is great. What more can we ask for? GET A LIFE, people, and support your school.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
I too am a new parent moving in from out of state. This school is so awesome and all these negative postings seem to be coming from a few disgruntled people whom i have yet to meet. Everyone is so nice and friendly and the principal is very approachable. She even takes her turn unloading and loading the car line. The office staff is great, the teachers are wonderful and when all these renovations are done, the school will top of the line in every way. Go CES!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2005
Well, I'm not one to usually respond to these things but felt I must contribute. I'm not anybody special- just a parent that is up at the school a lot volunteering. I'm not one of the chosen 'few' but have gotten to know the principal, administration and most teachers by being involved and find that all these negatives postings are words of the minority. As far as running the school like the military, welcome to the world now. That is in order to keep your children safe because believe it or not, school's not the same anymore. My kids LOVE their school and they are showed kindness and love every day.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
As a parent of children transferring in from out of state recently, I have to disagree with most reviews written on this site. My children love this school. The class size is very small and the teachers we have are wonderful. The principal is kind and welcoming. She recently had a coffee hour for new parents and encouraged anyone with concerns to call her. She introduced us to many volunteers and PTA members and they all seem very, very nice and want to have as many people as possible come into the school to help, visit for lunch, ect. My son loves 'his special seat' in the cafeteria, except on Fridays when they can sit anywhere. ( its all how it is presented to them)The school is very organized and very parent friendly. I am very happy with out decision to move here and very happy to be at CES.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2004
It is disappointing to see the bickering between staff & parents in this forum. It only deters new parents from considering CES which is sad. The quality of education at CES is comparable to the other schools in Collierville. Like everywhere else, I am sure there are some bad apples in the bunch, but I have yet to meet them. My family has been impressed by the enthusiasm & creativity of the 4 teachers we have been blessed with during the past two years. This past year's emphasis on community has been super! I am encouraged that CES is maintaining high academic standards while also teaching life lessons. After all, the most important lessons to be learned from school are more than just facts & figures. I am glad my children are learning to interact with the world in a positive way from their teachers at CES.

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October 29, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2004
As a parent who's child has moved on from this school...horray for us! We attended CES for 5 years and the last 2 were the worst ever. Our kids had more taken away from them than added to help with academic support. I am appauled that anyone would highly recommend this principal when I believe she doesn't take any concerns seriously. To remove honor roll is absurd and to deprive our students their final year under her rein should tell you something about her skills as a leader. Glad we are away from this situation and feel for all parents left to deal with the current administration.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2004
As a teacher at Collierville Elementary who has worked for the previous administration as well as the current I must say that I am embarrassed by the cheap shots and ill-informed opinions posted on this website against our current administration. Until you have worn the shoes of someone else, criticisms should be limited. It is a rare person who can deal perfectly in every situation when they have over 800 student personalities, 50+ teacher and staff personalities and potentially 1600+ parent personalities to consider, and at the same time are expected to elevate levels of learning, personal growth and maintain discipline and safety. This may result in phone calls not being returned as promptly as you would like. If we are such an affluent community, surely we are educated and understand that in the overall scheme of educating children, assigned seats in the cafeteria should not be our major concern.

- submitted by a teacher
October 21, 2004
I am appalled by the responses. I am a parent and teacher. I transferred to work under this principal because of her ideas. We are stressed. The principal is not creating these problems. The Board has put pressure on the principal and teachers because of the NCLB. I would not want my child in a class with a teacher that is not willing to implement the things that the principal is trying to do. I want my child reaching higher and not doing worksheets 7 hrs a day. I did not assign my students to assigned seats at the beginning of the year. Within 2 weeks I had numerous problems. After assigning seats, I no longer have problems. I have structured recess twice a week. My students love it and complain if I don't do it. These parents need to get involved with government and spend time off the web.

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October 21, 2004
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October 21, 2004
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- submitted by a teacher
October 20, 2004
I have several things to address: 1. Unless you are a teacher at the school then you have no real information about the relationship between the principal and the teachers and whether or not they feel appreciate by the new principal. 2. If side streets are a safety issue then parents should request more police officers be assigned to watch for speeders and parents could consider picking up their kids instead of making them walk home. Yes, I pick up my kids. 3. With the current renonvation to the school and the working being done, the children do not have the luxury to play freely as there are now construction zones around the front of the school. Play has to be more organized to cut down on the risks. I would also suggest that people read the guidelines for submitting comments. Of the comments submitted over half do not meet the guidelines for submission.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2004
Having known many of the faculty members for several years, I can attest to the overwhelming desire of many skilled teachers and staff that are seeking the opportunity to 'get out'; either through eary retirement or transfer. As someone who has spent the major portion of my working life in management and leadership positions I can clearly say this principal would not last 3 months in a management role in the corporate world.I urge the parents of these students to make your voice heard at the Board of Ed. and get your commissioner involved.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2004
I almost didn't add my own thoughts to this forum. But I'm deeply troubled by the impression previous comments have left to those considering enrolling their children into this school. CES has always been an institution that puts children first. Teachers, administrators, parents, and staff are in the habit of working long hours to make sure our students get the individualized attention, services, and education they expect and deserve. Our continued high academic achievement, diverse population, safe and creative climate, and involvement in many community projects pay tribute to a school that has maintained its sense of establishment with pride. Yes, CES is evolving - albeit, reluctantly at times - as technology marches us into the era of cutting edge education. As standards are set higher, CES works harder to meet them. And to anyone considering CES for their family, I say this: there is no better school in Collierville!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2004
As a former student at this school and a teacher now, I think many of these parents need to spend a couple of days in this school in the shoes of the principal and the staff. Alot is involved that parents don't know about. If your child has to sit in an assigned seat, chill out. It is good for children to interact with those they would not normally choose to interact with. As far as turn over rate of teachers- give me a break. I teach at a school where the turn over rate this past year was 17 new teachers. That is turn over rate! I believe the turn over rate was about 5 teachers (maybe less). This is normal. The parents at this school need to realize how blessed they are to be in this school- you could always be in a city school.

- submitted by a former student
October 16, 2004
Collierville Elementary has gone from a school that teachers were fighting to get into to a school that teachers are fighting to get out of. I, too, am hoping that the school board will wake up to the trouble our school is in. Maybe when the new elementary school opens in the fall and all of the CES teachers transfer to it someone will notice. Of course, by then it will be too late.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2004
Being new here, I'm having a hard time understanding why this principal is keeping her job. Parents are clearly unhappy. Teachers are miserable. And student test scores are dropping. What possible justification can there be for keeping this administration?

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2004
If there are so many parents that are upset with the lack of communication then obviously there is a problem. The principal lacks the leadership skills to address parents concerns. She refuses to return phone calls and only communicates with her 'chosen' few. A leader must treat each parent with dignity and respect not pick and choose her favorites. The same 'group' of parents has an open door policy with this principal and others are not treated the same. When will our school district see what is happening to this school? Many have tried to take their concerns to a higher level but no one wishes for their children to suffer any retribution. Teachers cannot complain because they need their job. There are so many postings on this site that obviously many parents feel the same way. I didn't realize that others felt the same. Maybe this will change things.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
My mother used to say, If you have a problem with everyone, maybe everyone isn t the one with the problem. Just being glad we aren t in a worse situation, i.e. a city school, does nothing to address the legitimate concerns many parents, including myself, have about our administration. All of the new programs and systems in the world will not make a great school, only a committed faculty and involved parents can do that. And attracting and keeping a great faculty is the hallmark of a great principal. The turnover of staff at our school is reaching truly alarming proportions. A state-of-the-art facility will be useless without committed, experienced, motivated teachers to guide our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2004
I was shocked to see the reviews that are posted on this site. These parents would obviously prefer their children to go to a city school that has no administrative or parental involvement. I am so embarrassed to be represented by these parents. They have no repsect for authority and are teaching their children the same thing. Have they ever been repsonsible for 800+ students in today's world? We have child molesters in our neighborhoods, parents attacking school staff, kids bringing weapons to school and here they go off about how the kids can't sit where they want to at lunch. They make me sick! We should be thankful that she cares and wants to do what is right. Any administration is going to have their quirky habits, but I'll trust that she is doing the best that she knows how for my children. I'd tell these others to grow up.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2004
I take STRONG exception to one of your ratings. The BEEF is that we a have principal who cares more about her career than she does the students or the parents. And your HARD LINE about discipline is a joke. Why would a principal need to take a 'hard line' in such an affluent community like Collierville. This principal doesn't even think we have bullies. The administration talks outwardly and openly about the parents they dislike and so does the PTA Board. It's an environment I do not intend on keeping my child in for much longer. I'm just thankful that the word is getting out what a farce our school and its administration has become.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2004
The principal does not return parent phone calls. She has changed arrival and dismissal so her parking lot is safer but the side streets are an accident waiting to happen.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2004
This year our kids have to sit in assigned seating at lunch, punishing them for bad behavior before it happens, and they have organzied recess for so called 'safety measures. It is more and more becoming a military type atmosphere and I think the Principal and her adminstration just stinks. It makes me so say that I send my children there everyday.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2004
is not just this school that stinks but is the whole school system in shelby county.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2004
I am very disappointed in the direction that our school is going. There is poor communication from our principal to our parents. The children have very littlt time in their day for unstructured play (15 minutes of recess and this is sometimes structured). Now are students are being assigned seats in the lunch room also. As an adult, seven hours is a long time without some unstructured time to unwind. Parents concerns are not listened to or made to feel valid and there seems no where to turn for help. I have always believed in the public school system but as of late have given careful consideration to private schooling or homeschooling. It's very sad the way we are made to feel.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
This principal comes across cold to parents and students. She does not interact well with the parents or students. The school is pretty well with the teachers that have decided to stay but the administration really stinks!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2004
I have been so disappointed with the new Administration the past two years. This principal runs the school like a military and does not care about the parent and their opinion. I'm curious, why do we pay taxes and have to put up with this? We are having a huge turnover in our teachers and I think this speaks for itself.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2004
The current principal does not support her teachers, staff, parents or students. The friendly atmosphere that was there before she came,is no longer. Sad...just sad.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2004
Principal does not listen to parents concerns. Honor roll was discontinued this year!

- submitted by a parent
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Collierville Elementary School
590 Peterson Lake Rd, Collierville, TN  38017
(901) 853-3300
Last modified Collierville Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Collierville Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. Top