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Cordova Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 807 students

Our school is best known for enriched academics.
 
 

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted February 18, 2014

The fourth grade teachers are so unorganized with their teaching method. I was confused within the first 10 minutes of sitting in on one of the classes. I don't know how in the world the children learn at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

I love Cordova Elementary! I have a kindergartener and a 4th grader, my children are getting an A++ education! The teachers and staff are fantastic and Mrs. Avanzi is the best principal in SCS. There are many great and exciting things happening at CES!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

I love Cordova Elementary! I have had at least one child in CES since 2005 and the school just gets better every year. Mrs. Avanzi is committed to making CES the best school in Shelby County. She hires nothing but the BEST when it comes to teachers and staff. I know the teachers and administration care about the success of each student that walks through the doors of Cordova Elementary School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

Unorganized. Blame focused. There is no accountability. It's always someone else's fault. Just fix the problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2012

I have two children at this school because of the optional program. They offer advanced academics which has provided a challenging curriculum for the students. I think the strength is the strong, positive leadership of the principal, Mrs. Avanzi. Overall, it has been a positive experience. I have found the staff to be responsive and open to involving the parents. I regret that budget cuts in recent years have taken away Spanish classes and some support staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2011

Just read the latest review stating this site is being monitored. This is probably true because a crazed control freak runs this school. Ask yourself this: How well do I really know the principal and teachers? I agree, the Kindergarten teachers are great at Cordova, however, the upper grades - not so great. Make a surprise visit, you'll see.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2011

I wrote a negative review this morning, and now it is gone. I was right, someone is monitoring this site to offset and delete negative reviews of Cordova Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2011

In regards to this most recent posting, I would like to say that while this parent must have had a bad experience with this teacher, I believe all the other accusations to be way off base. The school does not smell, the staff is, for the most part, very nice, and the principal is always present and available to talk to parents. She is also very involved with the children and I'd wager she can name every child in the school! I have had one child or another in CES since 2005, and have been very happy overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

WE LOVE CORDOVA ELEMENTARY! My son was a student there for K-5 and now my daughter is in 2nd grade. The teachers are wonderful and really care for the students. They hold each student to a high standard of learning and accountability. Mrs. Avanzi is one of the best principals in Memphis City Schools and Shelby County. She works hard to make sure CES is a top school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2010

My daughter has gone to this school since she was in kindergarten and she has absolutely loved it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

In my book the best thing about CES is the leadership. CES has a principal that is not afraid to tell parents the truth and demand that they hold their own kids to a higher standard. I have been very impressed with the education and I am even more impressed with the social standards of this school. This school is an amazing asset for our community whose record speaks for itself as one of the best educational programs in the state. Other schools could learn from watching the way this school is operated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

The principal truly has the children's intrest at heart. This is my first year at CES and all the Kindergaden teachers are amazing and go above and beyond to make sure all the kids are up to par for first grade....Thanks !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

We are lucky enough to have moved into the Cordova Elem. school district. We have been very happy with the school thus far and look forward to next year. My only 'issue' is that there is little in the way of physical activity for the students. PE is not every day. NOt a huge problem, but I did have to take a star away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

The teachers are very caring and the principal is excellent. The school is clean and very safe environment. Everyone there is very passionate about the children learning and growing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

My niece has grown up and learned so much from Cordova Elementary. The teachers are great and the curriculum is challenging.


Posted April 22, 2010

Cordova Elementary is a well run school that is staffed by people who obviously are passionate about our children and their academic growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

My granddaugher has learned so much from the dedicated teachers that you have staffed. She has come a long way. We need good teachers in our school systems and that has been proven by Cordova Elementary School by the excellent education my sweet little granddaughter is getting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

CES has great teachers and one of the best principals!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Cordova has the best and brightest kids and teachers in Metro Memphis area


Posted October 9, 2009

My child is in the 4th grade and loves her teachers and all the activities, and I love their curriculum there. She is doing excellent in her reading. She's reading to a seventh grade level. She is also in the C.L.U.E program for above average children. I love Cordova and my daughter does not want to leave next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
44%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
African American67%
Asian69%
Hispanic53%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students63%
African American52%
Asian69%
Hispanic40%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students81%
African American71%
Asian85%
Hispanic73%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
African American85%
Asian92%
Hispanic93%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students70%
African American64%
Asian92%
Hispanic41%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students59%
African American50%
Asian85%
Hispanic24%
White76%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students66%
African American50%
Asian85%
Hispanic53%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students68%
African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students65%
African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students93%
African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 42% 23%
White 37% 67%
Hispanic 12% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Other
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Tamera Avanzi
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (901) 416-1701

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Optional
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Other
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Parent provided or walking
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Robotics club
  • SECMEEpi
  • Science club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Cordova Elementary School offers an Enriched Academics Optional Program in a lively learning environment. In Cordova’s Optional Program, learning is accelerated and enriched through innovative, hands-on teaching and learning strategies.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Cordova Middle School
Snowden Middle School
White Station Middle School
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750 Sanga Rd
Cordova, TN 38018
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Phone: (901) 416-1700

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