Achievements
  • In each of our five years of operation, CSE has continued to grow, from 176 students in fall of 2007 to 840 today. We predict continued growth for the next several years
  • Students want to be here because they are inspired to learn and feel welcomed and respected, which they show us through great attendance and 0% truancy
  • Our families participate in multiple ways and at extremely high rates, with 100% participation at parent-teacher conferences, and more than 3,000 family and community members attending our Hmong New Year event. 
  • Parents consistently give CSE high satisfaction ratings on annual stakeholder satisfaction surveys.
  • CSE expects academic success and provides a rigorous academic program with college preparation provided for all students.
  • We conduct home visits at the beginning of the school year to help teachers, parents and students set academic and non-academic goals, establish positive relationships, and get to know one another as a foundation to having a successful school year.
  • CSE provides city-wide transportation, with buses picking up students at their door, or no more than a block away from their home.
  • We are an International Baccalaureate (IB) World candidate school.  To expand students’ academic success and global citizenship, we are currently pursuing authorization for an IB Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme .
  • We use multiple sources of data to track student performance, including state tests (MCA IIIs) and twice-a-year progress tests (NWEA). 
  • CSE staff believe in our mission and take part in supporting all of our students — whatever their position.  Our CSE team treats each other and our students as extended family.  Our teachers enthusiastically participate in collaborative and on-going professional development. 
  • Our charter school authorizer, Concordia University, is committed to CSE’s success and is a partner in our mission.   Concordia recently renewed CSE’s contract through 2015 and is working to help us expand into grades 9-12.
  • Our meal program is amazing.  Our chefs prepare freshly made meals to students and staff each day, with four meals a week including Hmong traditional food.  At CSE, we know that a healthy learning and working environment includes good food to stimulate the brain and satisfy the palate.

  • Our Global Connections program provides students the opportunity to travel abroad to  Laos, Thailand, China and Vietnam to participate in real-time international learning experiences.
  • CSE weaves technology into learning with a 1:1 laptop program for all middle school students, as well as three computer labs, a laptop cart, and a computer station in all elementary classrooms. 
  • Our creative and supportive programming has garnered interest and visits from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as local and international education organizations.