We moved to Celina, summer 2007. Our son was entering the 4th grade.We have felt nothing but love since we arrived. The town, the people, the schools, ...everything is great in this small town...Best Decision we ever made :-) Our son will be a Senior next year, takes all advanced classes, makes all A's, NHS member and has been in the Celina Band program since 6th grade, marching band going on 4 years...it has been an awesome experience!! The small class sizes and close feeling of community is priceless!
We searched all over TX, VA, TN, and many other states, but found Celina, TX had an excellent school, caring teachers, awesome tradition in sports with record 8 State Championships in Football and many in Track. Still has a small town charm and lots of homes being built every month. Lots of nice people is what you'll find in Celina, TX.
We have two kids here, and, as others have mentioned, there's a distinct resentment of newcomers. Sports are pushed above all, while funding for specialized learning assistance as been slashed, Additionally, Celina is extremely proud of its overwhelmingly Protestant and quasi-fundamentalist nature, to the point of many district administrators and employees publicly decrying the separation of Churrch & State, and teachers & principals administering discipline based on who they "know are good Christians" from their churches versus those who don't attend. It's pretty oppressive if you're not a "fundie" yourself. Academics focus on worksheets upon worksheets, "teaching to the test", etc.
Celina high school is a joke the it's split between athletics and people who aren't in athletics football players get special privileges that other students don't when you graduate your not prepared for college your not prepared for life outside of high school.. Its a horrible school district that waisted my time teaching me absolutely nothing
We also have three children in Celina schools (ES, MS, and HS).. We definetely have noticed the lack of communication between the faculty and parents.. No parent teacher conferences, just usually a one line note every six weeks.. Once I was not even allowed to walk my 1st grader back to her classroom when she had more than a full load to carry!! Not parent friendly!! Overall I rate the system below average, especially considering the growth of the community, and the tax base, the school system is not keeping up, although I don't think it's a $$ issue.
I also have three children in the celina Schools, We moved here about a year and 1/2 ago. I was asking my children some basic history ?'s and noticed that they have not been teaching them here in this school. We have almost every friday off,or early relase for school 'SPORTS'. I can't believe that considering that my childrens accademic standings are going down. Overall if you have your prioraties out of wack this is the school for you. We are moving our children promptly!
We moved here over two years ago from another area of Texas and have 3 children in Celina. While the small town atmosphere is wonderful and the community spirit is great, there are many things that need improvement... There is definitely an attitude of 'not born here, you're not from here' with many of the locals, longtime residents, and with some of the faculty members. Many resent newcomers and the significant growth of the school and town. As another reviewer mentioned, there is little communication between the faculty and parents, there are no Parent-Teacher conferences, even in elementary. The athletic program is very good, although the girls programs take a distant 'backseat' to the boys programs in both funding and quality/number of staff. Many of the faculty members are long-time residents, which has benefits but also presents challenges.. Overall I rate the school district below average to average.
The high school is definitely more focused on sports than academics; specifically football. The community is very proud (& should be) of the football championships however a balance needs to be created. Right now students receive a solid average education and the AP classes are not in line with state expectations. I was shocked to find out that the gym locker rooms did not have showers but the locker rooms at the football stadium did. The new high school is scheduled to open in a few weeks and parents are anxious and hopeful that the administration will take a proactive approach in making academia the priority.
Do not let the GreatSchools rating fool you. This school is ridiculous. Unfortunately, I currently attend. The classes are complete jokes. The English, math, history and science departments are all just terrible. The AP classes claim to well-prepare students for college, but they forget to tell you that they mean community college. My family and I will be moving soon simply to get out of the district. Do not send your child here if they have any ambition to go to a decent college in the future.