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Smyrna, TN
Students enrolled: 944

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354 Chaney Road
Smyrna, TN 37167

(615) 904-3777
(615) 904-3760
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March 24, 2015
My other half and I were just discussing this morning how pleased we are with the school and our son's teacher. Were we not moving at year end, we would most certainly remain in this district to ensure both of our children attended through 5th year. Ms. Turney, one of the kindergarten teachers, provides just enough balance of sweet and stern for our son and we couldn't be happier. Staff seem friendly and helpful, PTO is wonderful and eager for everyone's participation, and we have seen our son make major educational progress forward since the beginning of the year. We are extremely pleased with CGE thus far and are happy to give the school a much deserved praising!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2014
This is the greatest elementary school! We have been a part of this school since kindergarten and sad to say we will be leaving after this year (5th grade!) I love all the teachers, the support staff and Mr. G and Dr. E are the best!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
This is my son first year at this school and he has a great teacher and enjoys going to school but when he broke his nose is when we had problems. The office staff (bookkeeper) and the principal we're very disrespectful to me about me wanting to speak with his teacher since his nose was broke and I had some concerns as a parent and a medical professional. They would not allow me to speak with her even though I got to the school early before school started. The principal kept asking me if I emailed the teacher or called. I could not just come in his school demanding to talk to the teacher. I explained to him that I didn't realize I had to make an appt about my child's health and I never came in his school demanding anything. He still never let me speak to her and I had to write a note anyways. I have never been to a school where the front office staff and principal are rude and disrespectful to a parent. If they are going to treat a parent like this then how are they treating our children.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
My son, and nieces attend this school. it has to be the most organized, school! always fun family nights, and things for the kids to do. Not to mention, probably the best principal, a school could ask for!!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
Both of my children attended this school and I have had nothing but good experiences here. Both of my children's teachers have always been caring, informative, and very helpful in working with me to get/keep my children on top of their academics. LOVE this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2012
My daughter loves this school and, so far, everyone in it! I am very pleased with it as well. As far as the previous comment... I have eaten lunch with my child on several occasions and NEVER saw any of the students cleaning the lunch room. I had a small issue and contacted the office, I received a call the next day with a resolution to my issue. The school has made my child feel very welcome, as she was new to the area and school. We moved to this area for this school and I am very happy with our decision.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
I would have given zero stars but the interface made me give at leaste one. My child was in the 5th grade. The integrity and behavior of "L" as a teacher, a professional in her field, and a human being was questionable. Several students said "L" frequently tells students to shut up . Talking to the principal is useless. He vehemently defends them. My child was moved to a different class. At first I was upset but later I was glad, because I m afraid of what I would have done to the teacher had she continued to talk crazy to my child. 75% of the work that comes home is "TCAP review". Is it general practice to study for a standardized test? If your child is unfortunate enough to end up a victim of this poor excuse for a teacher, parent, and role model, I encourage you to communicate with your child how the teacher is treating him/her and talking to them on a daily basis. Be weary and make sure you are involved in what is going on with your child at this school particularly. One more thing I noticed is that the cafeteria workers also make the kids sweep and wipe the table after lunch. Nice way to get the kids to do their jobs.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
Absolutely love this school....Refuse to move out of this area until my daughter finishes elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
I love this school. My children love this school! Great teachers and a lot of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2010
Great school. I had both of my children special transfered to CGE. All the staff is amazing and super nice. They are really pesonable with the children and care about the general wellbeing of the kids their. My kids have been to several different schools because I believe that children should have a great experience at school since they learn, eat, develope, and spend most of their day in school. No other school comes close to CGE. They are the best public school I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
I am thrilled to be involved at CGE! It is a welcoming school not only for the students but the parents as well. My children have been loved, cared for and taught not only the academics but have been taught to be better citizens and participants in life!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2010
I am a teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary. I have taught at CGE since the school first opened and I refuse to work anywhere else! It is my home away from home. The students are amazing and remind me everyday why I became a teacher. My colleagues are the best! Not only are they my coworkers, but they are also my friends. I am very fortunate to have such a wonderful career in education and to be at CGE!

- submitted by a teacher
January 08, 2009
My preference was to homeschool but my husband insisted that we send our children to public school, and we had heard good things about Cedar Grove. We have not been disappointed! We're in our 3rd year at Cedar Grove and so far have felt very blessed to have caring, approachable, professional teachers who have, for the most part, been great communicators both with us and our children. They welcome parental involvement, and I love being welcomed into that world and getting a feel for what and how my children are being taught, and by whom. The faculty and staff have also been welcoming of me and my younger children as we come in to help out in various ways. We feel very blessed to be zoned for Cedar Grove Elem., and have decided that we will not be leaving this area until our children are out of Cedar Grove.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
The school has the feel of a private school. All staff know both of my children by name! That is incredible for the school to have so many students!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2007
Best little school any where. PTO--Voted best any where for 2006-2007. Parent involvement is excellent. Many extracurricular activities. Academic programs cannot be beat. Just an all around great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2007
This is an awful school. I had my child moved. The teachers, administrators, and cafeteria staff are horrible!!! The teachers send no communication home, the principal and vice-principal don't communicate well with parents, and the cafeteria is a taker of kids money. Please consider another school if you are moving to Smyrna

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2007
We love Cedar Grove! We have had two of our children attend for the last five years and we only have good things to say about the teachers and staff at Cedar Grove. We will not move out of this district until our children are out of Cedar Grove.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2007
I'm a Hurricane Katrina victum, and my daughter has attended 5 diffrent schools in the past year. Out of all 5 schools Cedar Grove has made the best impression on my daughter. Not only has her grades gone up but she's involved in extracurricular activites. She now loves to attend school and speeks highly of her 3rd grade teacher Mrs Phillips. As for me, I attend some of the schools functions and am stunned by the amount of parent involvement. To see so many parents come together and support thier children in thier school activites is overwhelming to me. I would like to thank Cedar Groves staff and parents for standing by our childeren for thier future.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2006
My daughter has been at Cedar Grove for the past three years and we are very pleased. She's had teachers that understand the differences in the ways that children learn and a principal that is never too busy to talk with parents and encourage and hug each child who wants her attention. She loves to read and they have helped her to enjoy learning. We've had to help her with responsibility issues (remembering to fill out her agenda and bring home the right books) but in the long run, she's made some good habits she's learned from signing the record. This year, they've added extra enrichment for kids in music and technology..we are looking forward to those programs. We've learned that school is what you make it---we get involved and help the school to be even better. The PTO is outstanding and free to join.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
The current Principal seems to put more emphasis on how the school looks, test scores and what activities they have than on genuinely caring about the children. In other words its all about perception not substance. I am actually looking forward to getting my child out of there and with the current rezoning, the school will be losing a lot of the parental support base they have enjoyed for so long. The long and short of it is, this school isn t what it once was and doesn t appear to be turning that around anytime soon. On the upside my child has had 3 absolutely incredible, caring, dedicated teachers. To bad those in charge don t live up to that standard.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2006
I can say that many teachers, aides and other staff have been great. I really feel that they care for my children. I wish that they had smaller ratios per class. I hope that with new schools being built things will get better.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
My son has been a student at Cedar Grove for 3 years. Overall, I think the school is great. However, when he moved to fifth grade, I feel that some of the excitement and joy were diminished. He learned quite a lot, but he didn't have nearly as much fun doing so as he had in the past. I suppose as the work becomes harder, it's more difficult to build in the fun times. They are great about rewards though (honor's ceremonies, character education programs, incentive field trips) and the fifth graders seemed to get a lot of recognition from the administration. They have a strong focus on reading so be prepared for nightly logs to sign. They have an open library which allowed students to exchange books frequently, do research etc. We really liked that. They welcome parents and the PTO is great--we were very involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
We love Cedar Grove. My daughter has been a student here since kindergarten, she's now entering her final year and we are already feeling sad that she will soon leave. We've grown with the school over the years. The teachers are all caring people with high standards and the principal is all about making the school a successful place with a family feeling. My daughter loves school and learning and there's no better feeling for me than to see her respond to being challenged in a safe place. Sara

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
I cannot speak more highly of a school. Cedar Grove is an incredible elementary school. Yes, every school has obstacles to work through. However, those are limited at CGE, and my child loves going to school. that doesn't exactly sound like a child who is pressured for unrealistic test scores. he is actually a very creative learner and works hard to process what he ahs learned. His teacher , like many others I've seen perform, is loving and encouraging as she constantly raise the bar for all of her students no matter where they are in their development. In conferences with the administration I have been reassured that my child's academic career is in the best of care.

- submitted by a staff
May 10, 2005
Cedar Grove has been a wonderful experience for my family. We have been with the school since it opened. Our children have had some really awesome teachers. The key to a great experience is to be an involved parent.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2005
Firstly, Cedar Grove has some very wonderful and caring teachers. I have found that these teachers are overwhelmed by the administrative pressures of being the #1 school in Tennessee. The students are the ones suffering. Secondly, for the school year 2004-2005 at any given moment of the day, I could show up at the school and ask to pick up my child. The staff can not find this child, the class or the teacher, even though they profess to be organized with a color coded schedule of classes. Lastly, I have found that the administration is so head-strong about being the #1 school in Tennessee, they do not wish to help students with needs. I heard numerous times 'I have 1300 students to deal with ,we can't help your child like this.' If a child doesn't fit in the box, they don't want it. The child may scar the school!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2005
My oldest child began at this school the year after it opened. At the time it was wonderful and I constantly raved about how great it was. Since Mr.Gill I feel the quality of the school and teachers has greatly diminished. I now have a 2nd,3rd, and 5th grader at this school and only one seems to have a teacher that truly cares. I have numerous issues with sending notes to the teachers and never getting a response. I also don't like the way that they seem to focus more on money and fundraising than academics. I have spoke with the prinicple only to get no place. The teachers and administrators don't seem to have a genuine intrest in the kids anymore. Please consider all options before enrolling your child at this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2004
My child started there the year after it opened. At first it was great, in the lower grades,once he got into the 4th we noticed some changes. When he got in the 5th it was terrible, it was like the teachers treated all the kids the same,(like they were all bad.) And all I ever got was- 'we are trying to get them ready for junior high'. Everyone is different & I just feel my child didnt have a chance in 5th, I tried to talk to the teacher & even had to go to the new principal, couldnt get anywhere with either. I just want people to check this school out before you put your children in it. I had to take my child out & put in a private school. Dont want that to happen to someone else!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
The teachers and academics are very good. However I have a problem with cafeteria honoring my wish that my child not charge. I have written on numerous occasions to not let him charge and yet when they do, they send me notes home telling me that he owes?, without an explanation why and they continue to nag at him to 'bring money' when he goes through the lunch line. This is teaching children bad money habits.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
Both my children started at Cedar Grove. We were there when it opened for the first time. One is still there. It is truly a wonderful caring school. The administration strives only for the very best for every child. I have no negative experiences since I've been affiliated with this school. I will be sad when my second child's years come to an end there. The thing that has always impressed me the most is the parent/teacher relationship. Everyone seems to know everybody else.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2004
It is very difficult to get services for a handicapped child at this school. The Vice Pricipal promises services and does not deliver. It took us many months to have an IEP meeting scheduled even with proof of disability. Teacher does not communicate well-does not answer notes or emails in a consistant manner. I am very disappointed in this school-so much so that we are selling our house and moving to another district. Maybe it is better for non-handicapped kids?

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2004
I have been very disappointed with the fact that my Kindergartener and 1st grader have to bring money to buy things at school that support another grade. I send my children to school to get an education. The teachers have been wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

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Cedar Grove Elementary School
354 Chaney Road, Smyrna, TN  37167
(615) 904-3777
Last modified Cedar Grove Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cedar Grove Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top