Candeo FAQ's

  • What is a charter school?
    • Charter schools are public, state-funded schools that are privately run.  Charter schools were created through legislation in 1994. They contract with the state to provide an education service. Charter schools do not charge tuition.

      Charter schools are created to provide additional academic choices for parents and students. Charter schools  are established to provide a learning environment that will improve pupil achievement.
  • How do I know which charter school is the best fit for my child?
    • Charter schools are part of the education marketplace in Arizona.  They exist to offer something different to a target population of students; thus, they provide parents and students with many educational choices. An important part of making a choice in a marketplace is gathering information on the curriculum, instruction, and environment at a school.

      Before you choose a charter school, it is important that you consider your child’s specific needs first.  Then, research your options, paying particular attention to the school’s mission and philosophy.  This vision should be present in every aspect of the school and those involved in the school should share this vision. As a parent of a charter school, you and your child should fully align to the purposes and design of the charter school and be prepared to meet the expectations set forth.

      The Arizona Charter Schools Association recently introduced our one-of-a-kind, online public school comparison tool dubbed,"Education Evaluator." Already proclaimed the best new online tool by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, the Education Evaluator is a new way for parents to find and evaluate which of Arizona's 2,000 public schools are best for their children. Parents can find schools using a variety of filter options including searching for schools by grade, number of students, zip codes, academic achievement labels, per student funding, math and reading proficiency, student growth, and much more. Legislators will also find it a useful tool as schools can be found using legislative and congressional district filter options. 

  • What sets Candeo apart from other Schools?
    • Charter schools exist to be different.  We opened to serve the population of students that requires a more rigorous content curriculum and teaching methods.  We infuse gifted education strategies in every classroom and teach to a strongly capable student body.  We hold to a high set of expectations for all students.

      Our instructional program is specifically designed to prepare elementary and middle school students for the top-performing college preparatory high schools in the nation, leading to strong academic tracks in college.  Candeo is known as a “classical education with an innovative twist.”

      Candeo is committed to rigor, relevance, and challenge through full implementation of a core classical curriculum, which stresses the knowledge most useful for comprehension, school learning, and communication within the civic life of a society. Our students are immersed in World History and Geography, American History and Geography, Visual Arts, Music, and Language Arts. Our program includes Singapore Math, French, Latin, Classics, and handwriting.

      Candeo’s commitment to solid instruction is evident, as the building is filled with  expert elementary educators who are passionate about teaching and learning, believe in the mission and philosophy of Candeo, and have high expectations for all students.Candeo has been ranked as an EXCELLING school by the State Department of Education since its inaugural year.

  • When and how can I register my child for Candeo?
    • Candeo begins accepting online applications in November for the following school year.  If there are more applicants than spaces, a lottery system is used to determine placement and waitlist order. You will be contacted by email to confirm your placement or spot on our waitlist. Once a placement has been made, you will be required to bring a completed registration packet along with the child’s original birth certificate and a copy of shot records to the office in order to secure enrollment.  Students must be present on the first day of school in order to be considered enrolled.
  • What curriculum does Candeo use?
    • Candeo utilizes the nationally-recognized Core Knowledge® curriculum.  Core Knowledge focuses on a detailed framework and specific content with sequenced learning from grade to grade. Please visit our curriculum section of our website for further information.
  • Does Candeo require uniforms?
    • Yes. School uniforms contribute to a safe and orderly environment and reduce competitive tendencies in students. Uniforms relieve pressure to dress in expensive or trendy clothing. One of the best ways parents can help us provide a safe and orderly environment in our school is to fully abide by the uniform policy.

      Our official uniform provider is Lands' End.  



  • What are Candeo‚Äôs school hours?
    • For the 2014 - 2015 school year, middle school (grades 6 - 8) begins at 8:00 and elementary (grades K - 5) begin at 8:15.  All students are welcomed on the campus beginning at 7:45.  There is no morning care option.

      Dismissal time is 3:15 for all students every day except Wednesday (which is a 1:45 dismissal time).  We offer after care until 5:30 every day.

      Half-day Kindergarten is 3.5 hours.  AM Kindergarten is 8:15 - 11:45, and PM Kindergarten is 11:45 - 3:15.  Wednesdays are 2 hour classes with the same start times.

      Our office is open daily 7:30-3:45 (2:30 on Wednesdays).

  • What is the average class size at Candeo?
    • Candeo’s class size averages 24 students in grades 1-5 and 22 in kindergarten. Our student-to-teacher ratio is 1:17.   This ratio includes specialty teachers, aides, and instructional specialists.
  • Does Candeo offer after school care and or/programs?
    • Candeo provides a fee-based after-school care program that is available to our working families until 5:30 daily. Candeo also offers a variety of after-school enrichment programs, including; chorus, chess, drama, violin, Lego Engineering, martial arts, and sports.

      We do not offer a before-care program.

  • Does Candeo charge Tuition?
    • No. Candeo is a state-funded public charter school that is privately managed. Half-day Kindergarten is free, but full day kindergarten has a fee (the state does not fund full-day Kindergarten). The fee for the 2010-2011 school year is $315.00 a month.

      If a child enters another public Kindergarten program early (birthday September 1 - December 31) and re-enrolls the following year in Candeo's Kindergarten program, full tuition is charged ($630/month) for the repeat year.  The state does not fund Kindergarten twice. 

  • Does Candeo charge for workbooks and supplies?
    • We charge for consumable workbooks and other items that students will be writing in daily and taking home as they are completed.  There is also a supply fee which covers the cost of items used daily in the classrooms by the students, reducing or eliminating your need to purchase supplies individually at the beginning of each year.  Our ability to purchase in bulk saves you time and money.   Our consumables fee is due upon enrollment.
  • Does Candeo take donations and contributions? How can I help?
    • Yes.  Candeo is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, which accepts donations and contributions.   Your investment is fully tax-deductible.  Our school receives about $1600 LESS PER PUPIL than district public schools, and thousands less than private.  We rely on outside contributions, annual giving, and volunteer hours to provide and sustain the level of education to which Candeo is committed.

      Annual giving from each family is $1000 or more.  For the 2013 - 2014 school year, every dollar goes toward building our new gymnasium.  Once built, the funds go directly to the classroom, ensuring the following:

      lower class size (goal: 20 per classroom)

      competitive teacher salaries, raises, bonuses, and performance pay

      Ample resources in every classroom

      In addition to reduced funding, we do not receive money for facilities, land, equipment, or furniture, as district public schools do.  Contributions from our families, the community, businesses, and foundations are actively sought to assist us.Please contact our office (link through our website “Support Candeo”) to find out more about investing in our program.

9965 W. Calle Lejos, Peoria, AZ 85383
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