Learn more about CEE

CEE is a vibrant hub of lifelong learning and diverse community for students, families, and faculty and staff.

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  • 8:1

    At CEE, students enjoy individual attention and small class sizes. Our team teaching model allows for at least two master teachers per classroom, in addition to associate and specialist teachers.
  • 51%

    Celebrating and championing diversity of all kinds is central to our mission, and 51% of our students are students of color. Center families represent diversity in family makeup, ethnic background, socio-economic status, and geographical location, too.
  • 1939

    Year of our founding as a playgroup in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. In 1945, The Center (then called The School for Nursery Years) moved to its current site on Alfred Street.

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  • Our Completed Campus

    The final phase of the Campus Enhancement Plan is now complete with the opening of the new turf play field in 2020, following the opening of new learning and community spaces in 2018 and 2019.

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  • 60

    Number of students per Elementary grade. Each classroom of 30 students is led by at least two master teachers.

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  • Service

    Each classroom engages in Service Learning projects integrated with the curriculum. Partnerships with local organizations include EC2 and PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), second grade pen pals with residents at Silverado Beverly Place, and sixth grade and the Saban Community Clinic. Each grade also regularly makes Sandwiches for the Hungry.

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  • Art

    Art is woven into the daily Early Childhood curriculum at CEE, as students experiment with materials and expressing themselves. Starting in Kindergarten, Elementary students enjoy 2-3 studio art classes per week.
  • Music

    From musical play in Toddlers through advanced vocal and instrument instruction, CEE students enjoy a comprehensive music education. Voluntary choirs are available to older students.
  • Debate

    CEE offers a robust Debate Team program for elementary students. Children practice forming arguments, research, and public speaking in preparation for competitive tournaments. CEE has taken home the national prize for the last 3 years in a row!
  • Inclusion

    Parent-led affinity groups provide a forum to honor family history, build connections, and share traditions with the broader Center community. Popular annual events like Lunar New Year, Dia de Los Muertos, and Diwali bring everyone together to celebrate and learn!
  • Math Olympiad

    Fourth through sixth graders can participate in Math Olympiad tournaments, competing against other areas schools by answering challenging word problems both individually and as a team. Students devote months of practice to mathematical thinking, creative problem-solving, and supportive teamwork.

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  • Summer Programs

    Summer at The Center provides an opportunity for students to learn and play in areas outside of the regular curriculum. CEE students enjoyed virtual camps in summer 2020, with in-person camps returning in 2021!

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  • CEE Olympics

    For over 37 years, the culmination of the Elementary Physical Education program is the CEE Olympics, held each May. During the two-day, all-school event, students compete in a number of physical challenges while promoting teamwork, camaraderie, and grit. In 2020, CEE students, families, faculty and staff participated in the first-ever Virtual Olympics!

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  • Placement

    Center students successfully apply to top secondary schools in Los Angeles and beyond. Over 88% of CEE students receive an acceptance to their first choice school.

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  • Visiting Innovators and Authors

    Throughout the year, children's authors and leading innovators visit campus to meet with students, share their work, and host interactive learning experiences.
The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.