School Details

Candeo Schools

9965 W Calle Lejos, Peoria, AZ 85383
(623) 979-6500
10

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-7 494 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

95%
95%
69%
98%
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78%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Candeo Schools Inc. average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
97%
62%
99%
99%
75%
98%
98%
58%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Candeo Schools Inc. average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
95%
63%
90%
90%
52%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Candeo Schools Inc. average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

98%
98%
61%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Candeo Schools Inc. average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
95%
53%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Candeo Schools Inc. average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Candeo Schools is a charter middle school in Peoria. The principal of Candeo Schools is Stephanie Musser, Ed.D., who can be contacted at smusser@candeoschools.com. 494 students go to Candeo Schools and are mostly Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 1% of the 494 students here get reduced lunch prices. Canyon Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 9%
Asian 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 78% 78%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 1% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I am a parent of 2 children at Candeo. We have had wonderful teachers and my children love going to school. There is a reason why Candeo is ranked in the top 10 charter schools in Phoenix. If you are a person that cares about the quality of education quality teachers and kids that enjoy being in school then Candeo is for you. There is always something you will not like wherever you attend. If your relationship with the principle or front desk person is the most important to you then this is not the school or you. We love the school and I can't imagine being anywhere else.

  • (5 months ago)

    This is in response to the teacher comment posted about a parent. As one teacher to another I think it is highly unprofessional to comment on any parent with students attending the school good or bad. I am very disappointed by this lack of professional behavior. I do not have a child attending this school and now I wont consider it as an option.

  • (6 months ago)

    Wow I am new to this school and the Administration and parents are rude and close minded. If you ask any question or give any constructive feedback they will shut you down and make you feel like you are a complainer and tell you that you should be happy to be there and if you don't like it then you can take your kid elsewhere. Great! I just waited 2 years on a waiting list and left a good school for this! So disappointing!

  • (6 months ago)

    We have been at Candeo since 2008. I can not even find the words to express the gratitude that I feel towards the teachers. Last year was so rewarding for my kids. My oldest child overcame a huge obstacle with the help of two exceptional teachers in particular who never gave up! This is what matters! It is definetly a school of choice and there have been times that I do not agree with some policies or the general attitude of the staff but I have never regretted the education or the happiness of my kids! Way to go Candeo!

  • (6 months ago)

    The constant bashing by this one parent (yes it's the same parent since last November posting these negative and unfounded comments) is getting tiresome. Now the parents are starting to revolt. We all love it here - parents students and staff- and this negative parent certainly must too or she would not keep coming back. Stop with the needless personal hatred already. It's beyond us how you spend each day wallowing in your own misery and forcing it upon this amazing Candeo community. Great Schools when is enough enough?

  • (9 months ago)

    Dear Community This site asks that I provide an official school message for their purposes of providing you information that assists you in your school search. We are well aware that you will see all types of remarks in the reviews. All I can do is invite you in to meet with me. I enjoy that aspect of my work. What you will find is a school full of professionals who are passionate about the same things and work for a common goal - your child's academic success and personal well-being. We perform at the very top for a reason. To be successful to this degree a school needs four things in place - a rich robust adopted curriculum (not adopted "programs ") expert teachers who deliver it with expertise an environment that nurtures well-being and strong leadership and governance. The fact is every year 97% of our parents are satisfied or extremely satisfied with Candeo. They tell us we deliver on our promise. I would love the chance to meet with any of you to help you decide if Candeo is right for you. All my best Stephanie Musser Ed.D. Executive Director

  • (10 months ago)

    4. What is their policy when a student is absent? Well I can tell you that when you contact the office they will tell you that homework is not sent home. Does this make sense to anyone? My child was out 2 days and when she did go back was not even given the notes that were taken when she was gone. She was then expected to take a test on information in those notes. They take no responsibility and will basically tell you that that is just the way it is and deal with it. The poor teachers have no direction because there is no leadership. The principal is hardly ever visible and when she is she is grossly unprepared.

  • (10 months ago)

    This is in response to the May 2nd post. I m a teacher and have worked at West Wing Elementary and now I work in another school not far from Candeo. If you are crying at night because of this situation I would consider one of the neighborhood schools around Candeo such as West Wing Parkridge or Frontier. They are also building a brand new school by the Sunrise Mountain Library. The neighborhood schools around all the charter schools are not terrible and are very good. If you are so miserable for your child that you are crying and regretting your situation you could very easily find happiness at one of the great neighborhood schools. I have one child at Archway Glendale and another at our neighborhood school in the PUSD. While GH is a wonderful school I also find that our neighborhood public school in the Peoria District is also very good. Life is too short to be so miserable about Candeo. We live in an exceptional area and all the public schools are competing with the charters. I think you could find happiness at any school surrounding Candeo. You don t need to suffer. I hope you find peace for your family.

  • (12 months ago)

    Our daughter just moved to the Candeo system and we could not be happier. Her teacher has made her feel welcome and as though she had been there all year. We are also very impressed with the curriculum and the overall program. We are also excited to see the new facilities next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am very disappointed! I was on the waiting list for years for this!!! The school is dirty the playground is unsafe the curriculum is lacking. The kids don't even face the board! They have beehive shaped desks and with crowded classrooms the kids don't face forward. I can see having these types of desks in kindergarten but 2nd grade! There is an overwhelming sense that the Administration just does not care or lacks the experience needed to run a school. My one experience with the principal was horrible. She is very unprofessional and rude. I really wish I had done more research.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am astonished at the things my children are learning and their excitement to do so. Candeo truly delivers a private school level of education for free. The teachers are amazing and I appreciate the environment that the school fosters. This couldn't be achieved without exceptional administration. They aren't going to make everyone happy and I'm ok with that. I would much rather have someone with a clear and unwavering vision than someone who is constantly trying to appease others. I love this school my kids love this school. Well done Candeo!

  • (1 year ago)

    Candeo School has been an answer to our prayers! We have attended Candeo for 4 years now. I have three boys who attend and as a result have had the pleasure of knowing and working with many wonderful teachers and staff. Our boys are thriving and excelling in ways I didn't know they could. I can't say enough about this school its teachers and staff the parent community and the superior education provided here. I have one son who struggles with a learning disability. As parents it is heartbreaking to watch your child struggle and not know how to best help them. Under the care of many incredible teachers providing him and us with learning tools tailored to his specific needs our son is excelling!! Thank you Candeo for being absolutely hands down the best school there is!!

  • (1 year ago)

    We feel like our kids are getting a private education for free. Yes we pay for books but our kids are worth it. Candeo makes learning fun. My kids are very happy and I am continually amazed at the excellent education they are getting. We have been at Candeo since the begining and our very proud that our kids go to one of the best schools in the area. Instead of reading disgrunteled comments on this anonymous site just ask a Candeo family if they like their school. I'm confident the answer will be yes! I give Dr. Musser 5 stars because her vison of this school is now a reality and she hires the best teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    While the curriculum is accelerated and challenging due to this school's size there are trade offs that students miss out on. Education is a focus as it should be but the offerings that build a more rounded child such as physical activities the arts sports etc are quite minimal and are not nearly offered at the level of other public schools. Hopefully this changes over time with the expansion of the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    While I do agree wholeheartedly with the reviews which state that Angela (front desk) is rude and unaccommodating she is very efficient in her role and is not the one teaching my children. I also have to agree with many points stated regarding Dr. Musser on her arrogance and "it's my way or the highway" approach. However she has a talent in hiring amazing teachers and obviously has wonderful leadership skills because this school delivers on many levels which comes from the top down. Some of the complaints on backpacks food etc. on this site are petty in my opinion. The celebrations that the school puts on are over-the-top amazing and actually mean something to the children. There are many teachers who have been here from the inception. They've had growing pains and sometimes it's just not the right fit for every teacher. Every single teacher I have ever encountered at Candeo (we have 3 children at the school and have been here for 5 years) has gone above and beyond. Dr. Hudak is simply amazing in her caring knowledge and communication. My experience is that the caring respect leadership communication accommodations and of course curriculum are all unparalleled.

  • (1 year ago)

    Here's the deal *Dr. Musser can come across intimidating & close minded. *Angela (front desk) makes people feel incompetent & is generally rude. *I don't see how logos on polo shirts help the learning environment nor do I like being told where to buy them. *I don't see the advantage of plain colored backpacks (all look the same & so kids have come home with someone else's) So why the 5 stars? *Dr. Musser (& all of administration) KNOW each child by name if they don't they will. Even if they won't change their minds on certain things they have welcomed my opinion. *Angela just needs some coaching on people skills. *I love uniforms and appreciate the compromise made by administration to allow bottoms to purchased where we choose (crossing fingers for backpacks ) There is good an bad in everything. This is our 6th year here. Our 3 unique children learn in different ways & we have had wonderful experiences with each teacher. Kids come home excited about what they are learning and that is a direct reflection of how they are being taught. When it comes down to it my children are in a great learning environment where we know they are safe & cared for. That's what matters most.

  • (1 year ago)

    Each of us parents choose to send our children to Candeo and continue to make that choice every day. They are academically rigorous and although my children are far from the top of their class I appreciate the children being challenged and pushed academically. As a parent of a special needs child and a child without special needs I can tell you without a doubt that this administration goes above and beyond to accommodate every student and their unique needs. I have personally seen Angela multitask better than a circus ringmaster. She knows the children by name who needs medicine to ward off a migraine who needs a hug and who needs to call home so a parent can come take over. I have had the privilege/necessity of one on one meetings with most of the administration and find them very accommodating and willing to learn new skills/information to accommodate every child. They have even gone as far as to hire outside training for their staff to meet the needs of a single child. I feel it is blessing that my children have the privilege of attending this school and plan on sending my additional child to Candeo. I will continue to recommend this school staff and faculty to friends.

  • (1 year ago)

    Candeo balances a nurturing environment with academic rigor. The rankings show they are 16th in AZ including all district charter and high schools. The teachers are passionate and child-centered. They are not top-heavy administratively which is an advantage to creating quick progress and being a cutting edge institution but possibly a disadvantage because things can slip through the cracks and maybe this is why some parents are angry. However I personally don't care if the secretary in the front doesn't have 10 minutes to gab with me because I know that the kids are the top priority and Candeo receives less funding per child than public schools so everyone needs to be efficient. The administration is child-centered brilliant and thoughtful but they are not "yes" women who are politically driven. Rather they are busy spending time in the classrooms and balancing the needs of each child with the environment. I am sorry to hear that some parents do not treasure the environment at Candeo. My child can learn breadth and depth in a mindful rigorous cirriculum without being "worksheeted" to death and while having a great time loving learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    Candeo has some very good teachers and the Core Knowledge curriculum is great. In our experience however there has been a lack of communication and honesty on the part of the administration. Parents are kept in the dark about school plans and events until the last minute. Things that are promised never materialize. Grading turnaround is slow and lack of communication from teachers hurts student performance. Biases and favoritism cause inequalities in how students are disciplined and rewarded. The admin dismisses concerns raised by parents and parents are told they or their children are the problem. The admin claims there is no bullying among the students but my children s playground experiences tell a different story. We ve even seen some admin and staff hold grudges against parents. All that said many of the teachers genuinely care about the students. That makes it hard to write an honest negative review.

  • (1 year ago)

    We currently have two children enrolled at Candeo. We have been extremely impressed with the teaching staff leadership and the overall quality of the curriculum. Both of our children s teachers genuinely care about all of the students as well as creating an environment that supports learning. The pickup situation is not great but we think they have done an efficient job at organizing it with the current size of the campus. With the future growth plans we think it will become quicker and easier to pick up the children. Driving by the other charter schools in the area it appears the pickup situation is similar.

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