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Tacoma, WA
Students enrolled: 387

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4505 104th St East
Tacoma, WA 98446

(253) 535-9886
(253) 298-3215
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August 26, 2014
Excelente, Mi hija estuvo 4 a os sin saber el idioma cuando ingreso y lo habla perfecto. Recibio una buena educaci n, y sus profesores y personal le tratar n con repeto y cari o.

- submitted by a parent

July 03, 2014
This past year I had a fifth grader in Mr. Bird's class and a Kindergartener in Ms. Pope's class. My fifth grader has been at the school from Kindergarten to fifth grade. Mr. Bird is an excellent teacher and always made sure my daughter was accountable for herself and always very responsive if I had any questions. My daughter is going to honors classes in middle school and has only had the best time at CA. This year I was a worried because our youngest was going into school full time. I had no idea how well he would do and achieved so much in just a year. Ms. Pope did amazing things for my son - to the point he always wanted to go to school. The school had a community event where the children went to the school and volunteered their time helping improve the school and my son was so adamant on going to help his teacher and school. I volunteered in the class on a few occasions and I could not believe how well the children listened to Ms. Pope and how much control she had over the class or how all of the children respected her. This school, staff, and children are all wonderful and I could not have asked for a better beginning into education of their primary years.

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July 02, 2014
I love this school and the teachers! We moved here from Hawaii where kindergarten begins at 5 no matter when your birthday is, but younger kids go to Kindergarten Jr. My son was forced out of daycare and into kindergarten jr. at the end of the year and it was a terrible experience for him; the teacher was overwhelmed with kids, and my son not knowing the program was left feeling like he was in a foriegn land where he was alone and unable to speak the same language. We moved here that summer and ended up in Central Ave that fall. My son had so much anxiety about school because of his experience but Mrs. Turco quickly took that anxiety away from him. She, and all the teachers I have encountered, are phenominal. They foster an atmosphere of kindness, love, respect for self and others, curiousity, encouragement, and love of learning. I cannot say enough positive things about this school. Mrs. Robb was my sons 1st grade teacher and she was awesome as well. The kids in this school and the parents I've met, all seem to love Central Ave just as much as I do. The principal, the office staff, the nurse, and everyone I have met are so friendly and helpful. Thank you Central Avenue!

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2014
The principal and teachers have a passion for your kids at Central and this is definitely a hidden gem in the Puyallup/Tacoma area. Class sizes are small, kids are a priority, and they still have assemblies honoring our veterans and the principles that made this country great.

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December 04, 2011
I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!! My son is in their full day kindergarten program with Mrs. Turco. As a techer myself (in a different district) I have high expectations for my sons education. I expect teachers to follow WA state grade level expectations, I expect my child to be pushed to his potential even if it is above or below expectations, I expect a welcoming atmosphere inside the classroom and school, I expect constant comunication, ect. Mrs. Turco has done above and beyond my expectations! I also love that the school has many community involvement opportunities (game nights, bingo nights, festivals, back to school BBQ, etc Mrs. Turco even did a volunteer training). My child attends this school because it is the home school for his daycare. Our home school for our house is in a different district. We will continue to pay for my son to go to the daycare so that he can attend this school. Our plan was for him to come to my school after kindergarten, but this school has surpassed what my school has to offer! I rated Principal leadership a 4 because I see her involvement and enjoy our monthly newsletter, but haven't had to have one on one contact with her.

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2011
My daughter is in 1st grade and her teacher, Mrs. Klutz is AWESOME! I have seen so much progress in her class room with all the children it's amazing. I have had pleasant experiences with every teacher I have had the pleasure of dealing with. I think the whole staff as a whole is wonderful, Mrs. Knesal is a great principal and I feel like the school really cares about the children. I am involved with the PTA and am in the school often and I highly recommend this school to any parent!

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October 06, 2009
Central Avenue rocks, they have the best staff and the students are the coolest. The detail of perfection of the entire staff is far and above any parents level of satisfaction. The staff should be proud of the accomplishments and for the fact that the students love their teachers and administrative support staff. Keep on Rockin Central, enjoy your accomplishments. Kim Anderson, fan forever.

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no rating
May 15, 2009
As a parent of a child who has attended this wonderful school, there is No better school out there! We love the teachers, especially Mr. Byrd. The principle Mrs. Knesal is just the best leader I have seen, ever. I cant imagine the parents who have had any bad experiences there. I would say to them to talk to them if they have had any problems, and the problem would surely be resolved! The staff is proffesional and loving to all children. I have worked in the PTA, so occasionaly I was lucky enough to work side by side with some of them. Im very impressed! For those few who had a bad experience, I ask have you ever taken the time to get involved and actually meet and work with these people? Think about becomming involved, instead of doing nothing and complaining!!

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2008
I have had nothing but great out come all around when it comes to this school. Keep up the good work

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no rating
April 10, 2008
Central Ave. has quite a bit of work to do. There is an overall negative feeling from the front office to some of the paraeducators to some of the teachers. There is a general feeling of 'why bother, these kids are too low anyway, the parents don't care, blah, blah.' There are some teachers, not all, who are uninspired and seem to no longer be there for the love of teaching etc. It's hard as an involved parent to have to deal with these issues. Parents and children are not treated with respect or in a positive manner. I think Central Ave. needs to go visit some other elementary schools and find out how an elementary school should be - they should be there first and foremost for the children providing a POSITIVE learning environment. They just have alot of work to do!

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March 07, 2008
I love this school. My step daughter attends the school and so will my daughter this year. The staff is amazing, they have family nigh at least once a month and the teachers are amazing. The class size I think is pefect not to crowed and really diverse.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2005
As a parent I am both shocked and appaled at the negligence of this school. The teachers are arrogant and decitful, and some are even abusive to children. Take my advice as a carring parent, flee from this horrible school.

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2003
Two of my children have attnede this school and I can't say enough good things about the wondeful teachers - Especially Mrs. Robb and Mrs. McGee. The principal , Dr. Scott, is readily available to talk to about any issues, and the majority of the staff is super friendly . Thank you Central avenue! for mkaking my childrens education a positive experience.!

- submitted by a community member

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Central Avenue Elementary School
4505 104th St East, Tacoma, WA  98446
(253) 535-9886
Last modified Central Avenue Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Central Avenue Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top