Centennial Place Elementary School

531 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 802-8550

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 464 students 12 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

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In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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About this school

Centennial Place Elementary School is a public elementary school in Atlanta. The principal of Centennial Place Elementary School is Alison Shelton, who can be contacted at ashelton@atlanta.k12.ga.us. 464 students attend Centennial Place Elementary School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 4% of the Centennial Place Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 73% of the 464 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 69% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Centennial Place Elementary School is 12:1. Atlanta New Century School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 84% 79%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 12%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Multiracial 3% 1%
Asian 3% 0.9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69% 75%
Limited English proficiency 4% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 73% 76%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is nearing the end of her first year at CPE. Overall we have been pleased. Our child's reading and math skills have soared since she started. We are headed into first grade and will be joining the gifted program in the fall. I am looking forward to another wonderful year at Centennial Place Academy.

  • (1 year ago)

    Converting to Charter school status will ruin this school. The best teachers are leaving - Our wonderful Assistant Principal Ms. Reilly is leaving. So is the counselor our awesome orchestra teacher and most of the best! Over half of my child's teachers are leaving this school! I am worried about the quality of instruction when most of the remaining teachers have less than 5 years teaching experience! My ratings are for the current teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son has been enrolled at Centennial Place Elementary since 1st grade and we love this school. The parents and teachers are very involved our son excels in the enrichment programs the curriculum is challenging and a major plus is that the YMCA is basically connected to the school and has a decent afterschool program.

  • (2 years ago)

    Centennial Place Elementary is a wonderful school! The faculty and staff are great and very involved not only in the classroom but with the total well-being of their students. I've had two children to graduate from Centennial already and I have a current third grader there now. She absolutely loves it and so do I. I can't say enough great things about Centennial Place Elementary. Keep up the good work!

  • (2 years ago)

    As a parent I am very please with the staff and the school. They have made this made it easy to want and to look for to the conversion to a charter school. I feel as though they have put several programs into place to help our children to meet the common core standards that has been set by the state. I love that they has tutorial for children when they are stuggling with certain subjects within the classroom. I love that they also remediate with the students during intersession when they are struggling in certain areas. Centennial Place is the perfect school for my child. If anyone is looking for a school of excellance then Centennial Place Elementary is the perfect school for you.

  • (2 years ago)

    It is amazing that I am having the SAME issues that past parents have had. My child has been bullied. Ms. Scott literally through the sign in book at me when I came to pick my daughter up early on 10/29/2013. I have been on the receiving end of her biases behavior toward certain parents. When I first came there 2 years ago she referred to certain kids as bad and low income. Yes these were children whom she had never met; but yet judged them and said they were being bused over. She did not know I lived in that neighborhood. Some of the teachers there have that same biases attitude. Ms. Crump who is a kindergarten teacher is one. They have alot of nerve to discriminate against parents and children because of socioeconomic factors like they have gold bars lying around. Ms.Riley is a sweet lady who works there and helped me with the bullying my child was experiencing. They need to get it together.com. Judge and you will be judged.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is truth. My son attended this school briefly. Upon visiting the school I realized this was not the place a child is nurtured. At least in the classroom I visited. Behavior problems are rampant. It seemed like the teacher was apathetic. Certain classes are dimly lit and the school is poorly managed. The staff was unaware or showed not interest. My child was bullied and a chosen few children are pushed by staff to succeed. I believe witches are running this school. Pray for the children who attend centennial.

  • (2 years ago)

    Centennial has an abundance of programs to offer each child. Everything from after-school clubs to intersession programs like Architecture Urban Gardening Boys & Girl Scouts Technology Club Girls on the Run & League of Extraordinary Gentleman. They also have partnerships with GA Tech Coca Cola and the GA Aquarium that add exposure enrichment and programs to our children's lives both socially and academically. Lets not forget to mention Art Orchestra/Band & Spanish. Some of which my son has participated in. Not only do they have these awesome programs but the teachers are dedicated and knowledgeable in their respective subjects. In my 5 years of parental involvement the teachers my son have had and those that I observe are a great asset to the children's academic and social development. They challenge him in areas where he is strong and develop & provide us with tools to strengthen areas that need improvement.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a great school! There are so many additional experiences for students beyond your run of the mill education. My son has enjoyed learning about recycling and how it affects our future. He has learned how to use an ipad and also works on an Apple Mac weekly. He has improved his reading with the morning extra readings that they are allowed to do in the classroom before school starts. I would highly recommend CPE - and we have as a matter of fact.

  • (2 years ago)

    Both my daughter and I had a great experience at Centennial. She is now a rising 10th grader and has mentioned more than once that her CPE experience and education prepared her to be tremendously successful in her academic endeavors. No school is perfect but I can say that the principal teachers and parents worked very hard to ensure that students at every level had the opportunity to receive an excellent education. One school is not the answer for every child/family that is clear from some of the comments. However I encourage you to consider Centennial Place Elementary and see for yourself. Lastly no matter where you are stay connected get involved and do whatever you can to make the experience great for you and your family.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have children at CPE and am a very involved parent. We have had wonderful experiences with all of our teachers and enjoy being a part of the CPE community. Our students have cutting edge educational opportunities like GA Tech engineering clubs honors orchestra enrichment clubs and fun camps during our Fall and Spring breaks International Nights Justice Project art club gifted programming urban gardening (we have a cool new orchard!) frequent GA Aquarium field trips class field trips to the US Space Center in Huntsville Chattanooga Washington DC and the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham. Principal Shelton Assistant Principal Reilly and the entire CPE team are truly dedicated to educating our children. Our year round calendar had really worked well with my working parent schedule. CPE is downtown Atlanta's public K-5 S.T.E.A.M. school of excellence and I would strongly recommend it as an excellent public school choice.

  • (2 years ago)

    Just from reviewing some of the reviews from 2009 Is crazy to experienced the same bad feelings that i have read about 4 years ago. I'm just thinking maybe its me and just not a good year for the both of us. The front office treats certain parents and kids different thinking everybody in the community have lack of intelligence because they live in based on-income apartments. Ms. Scott likes to intimidate people and stereotype parents. My daughter went from AB honor roll student of the month every month being seleted to be tested for the gifted program to NO AWARDS!!! The ONLY kids who participate in the awards program are those who received an invitation. But when you go online to the school home page there is no infomation were you can find this at. The teacher didnt send anything in my childs folder to explain the program. My daughter was only in the first grade every child should be apart of the program and receive some type of awards to encourage and movativate them. The school go on too many field trips....atleast two or more every month. Ms. Scott and ms. Moore can be very rude and disrespectful . Looking into a new school NEVER AGAIN!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    CPE is an excellent school! In fact I moved into the community just to be able to get my kids into Centennial. Yes there are some low-income families in the community but there are hard-working educated parents like my self who reside here as well. The teachers at Centennial are very passionate about their jobs and the students. I have two kids who graduated from CPE and one who in 3rd grade. They are both Honor Roll students and exceeded in several areas of the CRCT. Also my kids have attended school there over the last six years and I've yet to see more than 23 students per classroom. I think the person who thought she saw 30 kids in a room was maybe angry due to her child's rare situation. I can't say enough great things about CPE and their wonderful faculty and staff! I'm a very satisfied parent.

  • (3 years ago)

    Not a very good school at all! 30+ kids per class room. My children where bullied in both class rooms and different grade levels due to the color of their skin (white). YMCA program is even worse. My oldest son was hospitalized due to injuries. The school is near low income housing so you will see children that are not cared for properly at home and run a muck at school. Principal and staff pretend that they care but don't do anything. The incidents occurred over and over until i took my kids out of that school. Academic wise the teachers stick to their books. In comparison to other states and cities we have lived in this is the worst. I would say do not move to Atlantic Station if you have children. The area is amazing but the school available is HORRIBLE!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I went here as a child and only have bad memories of this place. The teachers that are kept here for the longest are the stern intimidating teachers that threaten children and make them feel low to control them. The nice teachers are made fun of by the other teachers in the lounge! They usually feel out of place and leave within 1-2 years. There are no doors there's more of a loft kind of feel to the entire building.(which is an upside) Lastly the kids barely get any outdoor time on the small playground unless they are involved in an after school program.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great School!!! My Nieces take FREE Ballet classes with a lot of these students at The Art of Confidence Performing Arts Alliance in Atlantic Station and they are all GREAT KIDS!

  • (4 years ago)

    Centennial Place Elementary is a good school. The teachers staff principal and families work together to make it a good learning environment for the children. The "Dads" even manage the carpool drop offs in the morning... now that's parental evolvement on the grassroots level! Unfortunately due to budget constraints the class sizes are larger than I would prefer; however that is an over arching issue in public schools today. CPE is one of the few public elementary schools that have daily foreign language instruction (Spanish) which helps to prepare students early for life in the 21st century. Additionally while many schools are losing the critical "Specials" (i.e. Music Art Technology etc.) CPE continues to offer a well rounded education including the "specials and foreign language. Thus far our family has been pleased.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have the exact opposite view of Centennial than the previous parent. I don't come on this site often but it upsets me when I hear this from a parent. The teachers give 110% and the entire staff is great. I wonder if this parent comes to the school often to see the great experiences like the Black History Program the fundraisers and program to help a student who is fighting Leukemia. I think this parent is venting since he or she did not get the response he or she was looking for. While I am not a teacher I am a committed parent who believes in the quality of Centennial Place. I see excellent teaching great leadership and high level instruction. My child is also in second grade and there are NOT 30 kids in the class...this parent needs to speak to the state about class size ratios not the individual school. Also Centennial Place has a unique design and the walls can be moved...they are not cheap...they use an open classroom design. Centennial Place is Great!

  • (5 years ago)

    How are the students suppose to know to keep their hands to themselves when the Spanish teacher is kicking the children and the trashman(Mr. Freeman) grabbing kids by the back of their necks. This good teacher quality? Don't think so! Who is disciplining the teachers and the janitors.

  • (5 years ago)

    Not a good school if you are a working single parent.

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