vision of Columbia Explorers Academy Elementary School is to
provide a safe, nurturing environment where staff, parents and the
community collaborate to embrace diversity and promote academic
success in our journey to educate the whole child.
Our mission is to become an
exemplary school by modeling high academic standards through
authentic experiences that support the application of skills for
literacy, higher-order thinking, and living. We seek to provide
understanding and respect for individual differences to enable all
students to be successful members of society.
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a Slide Show of Columbia Explorers Academy Art collection
Click on the teacher's name below
to learn more about him/her.
Supply List for School Year
K - 4th
5th - 8th
Last December, Santa Claus came to C.E.A.
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C.E.A. Thanks Crown Imports /
Chicago Cares for sponsoring and participation in the soccer field
construction and dedication
Dr. Romo donated
some turkeys to parent volunteers
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like to thank our sponsors:
El Patron, El Milagro, Jewel Osco, Lugano's Pizza
Bakery, Pete's Market, Target and Jewel
Click here to see us in action
A True School Partner
Students from Columbia Explorers Academy, who had
perfect attendance for the 2nd quarter, were given the
opportunity to win a bike thanks to Mr. Anthony Kessel. Mr.
Kessel, owner of Quality Auto Mart located at 47th and
Archer, donated 18 bicycles to be raffled off to one boy and one
girl from Kindergarten through 8th grade. He has also
offered to donate more next quarter for students who make the
Honor Roll. Mr. Kesselís continued generosity and partnership
with Columbia Explorers is greatly appreciated! Mr. Barrera,
principal of Columbia Explorers Academy, and Mr. Kessel are
pictured with the following winners: Mariela Amezquita, Uriel
Ramirez, Isaac Izaguirre, Marcela Medina, Arnold Moyaho, Karol
Morales, Gabriel Garcia, Reyna Reyes, Justin Chavez, Ashley Lopez,
Simon Quintana, Dayanna Cervantes, Luis Lopez, Kassandra Ramirez,
Javier Montoya, Jessica Garcia, Enrique Negrete, and Angelica
received a jacket at C.E.A.
CEA Test Scores Review
Re-Max Hot Air Balloon at C.E.A.
If you have not visited and registered on
we encourage you to do so. We are creating a living history of the
CPS schools and, as more people register, we are creating a vast
network of resources that will benefit the entire CPS community.
Columbia Explorers Academy was
named the Adler Planetarium's educational partner of the
year! Click here to find out
more about the partnership between C.E.A. and the Adler
For the next week, a picture from
the La Familia Event will be on Adler's
Picture of the Week web page. Columbia Explorers
Academy school is featured (as are some of the
students), you will enjoy seeing it. It is found at
Museum celebrates Day of the Dead through art
Meso-American beliefs with Catholic rituals
100 Schools Receive Academic Recognition
Hands-on makes lessons engaging. Students at
Columbia Explorers go from textbook learning to finding out the
answers on their own
By Elizabeth Duffrin
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Columbia Explorers Academy
4520 S. Kedzie Chicago, IL 60600
Principal: Mr. Jose Barrera
Ms. Eileen Considine and
Ms. Yvette Bazan