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About This School

Cielo Vista Charter School is a charter elementary school in Palm Springs. The principal of Cielo Vista Charter School is Lynda Lake and can be contacted at llake@psusd.us. 541 children attend Cielo Vista Charter School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 37% of the Cielo Vista Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 77% of the 541 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cielo Vista Charter School is 18:1. St. Theresa Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 62% 71%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 21% 18%
Filipino 10% 2%
Asian 10% 1%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.6%
Unspecified 0.6% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 23470%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 73%
Limited English proficiency 37% 30%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I have a 3rd and 5th grader at the school this is our first year at Cielo VIsta. I was working for the district when I first heard about this school. I didn't think there would be a difference. Well I was so wrong I can honestly say that all the teachers are great. I have always been weary about my children getting a random teacher so I have always requested the teachers I have wanted. This is not a problem here. Everyone is always so friendly and the parents are encouraged to be there. Everyone is so involved. The PTG is wonderful and their doors are always open to parents who want to help or just to sit and listen to what's going on. I am so glad my boys got into this school. They are really happy there too!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Principal staff and teachers are involved in the learning of each student -- they've created a "family" at CVC. We love it!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a new parent to the public school system so I had some reservations. I am so impressed with the school and it's progressive learning. Teachers work as a collaborative team and through the continuous support of the principal are encouraged to teach to their strengths. I learned charters can allocate funds to meet their needs such as aides in 1st grade full time PE/Nutrition and music teacher. The charter has an innovative learn by doing approach and project based learning. The school has a 24/7 laptop program for upper grades taught through macs and ipads! Kindergarten is full day. Charter has added another 40 mins to their school day for "eagle hour" where emphasis is placed on students academic needs. They work on building character through academics and community service programs! I love the emphasis on citizenship and helping others in the community. There is strong parent involvement. I realized it's not all about test scores. High performing teachers technology teaching methods that think outside the box community service and emphasizing character can outweigh gov test scores! We are in our 2nd year and are beyond impressed! Excited for the years to come

  • (3 years ago)

    So happy we could get our granddaughter in this school. We look forward to the coming years for sure! The teachers and staff are phenomenal!!

  • (3 years ago)

    As an experienced educator I can without reservation say that Cielo Vista Charter is the greatest school I have ever seen. First the leadership from the top is unparalleled. The principal works harder than anyone genuinely cares about the children and staff and sets the bar beyond high for her knowledge of education and her professionalism. The staff is of the highest caliber - educators from various backgrounds all working collaboratively. It is obvious they view the students as "our students" not merely "my class" or "his/her class". Ideas are shared data is analyzed programs are improved and they don't accept anything other than complete student achievement. Lastly the students - they are wonderful nice hard working kids.... makes me feel optimistic about the future with a group of young people like this as our next generation of Americans.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a new parent to Cielo Vista Charter I am thrilled with how excited my son is about learning. The staff is very dedicated and goes above and beyond other schools we've visited. The principal is caring and very involved in the classrooms. My husband and I couldn't be happier about the education our son is receiving.

  • (4 years ago)

    All of the staff is dedicated to giving our students what they need to be successful in the future. They are all committed individuals.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a parent with three students at the new charter school I am truly please with the parent involvement. I must also say that the principal enjoys what she does and is actively involved in all classrooms. The principal stated "I love children and watching them improve academically and socially." I recommend anyone that is available to tour the school to do so. If you have 6th graders who want to academically exceed in all state standards this is the school for you. Do not miss out on this once in a life time experience. Your children will be happy and enjoy school. Isn't that what we all want? Children to love school!

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is in 2nd grade in Cielo Vista and not only is he learning the important basic math and reading skills but he is also learning the importance of being a kid of character! He is thriving in this school! I am very pleased with his teacher and all the staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cielo Vista is a California Distinguished School and an Apple Distinguished School. Cielo Vista has a caring family feel when you walk on campus. The school is a No Excuses University School and teaches character through the Character Counts program. The school teaches technology across the grade levels with computer carts and 24/7 laptop program.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love cielo vista because all the teachers are real friendly & they care about the kids.Also they are very cabable of teacher.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cielo Vista Elementary is an outstanding school. The atmosphere is once of caring for the individual as well a setting high academic standards for all students. The principal of this school and her staff should be commended for their hard work on behalf of the children and their families. Their caring ways are genuine and they will do everything possible to help each child excel not only in academics but also in life. This is a great place for learning! As an educator and grandmother I want to thank you all of you who go the many extra miles to make this such a wonderful school!

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are awesome and caring. The students are hard working and the parents are extremely supportive. They work together as a family. Principal truly cares about each member of the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cielo Vista is wonderful school and the staff members have been part of my family for about 15 years.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers....genuinely care about the students. Principal works extremely hard to make Cielo Vista the best. The staff as a whole is like an extended family.

  • (4 years ago)

    Very involved principal and teachers are fantastic. Many awards for Most Distinguished school. Also has a great technology program students have their personal laptop to work on.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cielo Vista School is a family. Teachers parents and staff work together for the success of each student that attends Cielo Vista.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cielo Vista promotes a fun learning environment for it's students. The teachers are dedicated to their students and thrive on teaching the students to be kids of character. Excellent school that I am proud to be a part of!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I believe that while school is primarily for a child's education it should also teach the social skills that children will need when they encounter the different phases of life in general. Cielo Vista implements their Character Counts program which is a great stepping-stone for the students to learn how to be a better person as they get older. The teachers and staff really care about the well-being of the students. Ms. Lake is a wonderful principal whose leadership and efforts have not only secured Cielo Vista's future as the first Charter School in Palm Springs but has also been recently honored as one of California's Distinguished Schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers go above and beyond to inspire their students to be lifelong learners. The principal is very proactive. She instills the importance of being a person of 'character' into everyone at the school. The school has a great sense of community that will only improve now that it has been approved as the first charter school in Palm Springs.

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