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3225 N Craycroft Rd
Tucson, AZ 85712

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November 22, 2014
The great advantage of this school is that the children are rather well behaved. Coming from the chaos of the public schools, that may well be enough for some parents to shell out the tuition. However, do so with fair warning that the education provided is substandard, and children beyond the preschool years are underserved. The administration, namely the headmistress/owner, is not trustworthy. If you are considering the school while speaking with her, I would strongly suggest that you get everything that she promises in writing. I would also strongly discourage any parent from paying the full year's tuition up front, as when you discover the likely bait and switch you will want to have that money for outside tutoring to help your child overcome the educational deficit that the school will cause. Ask for a complete history of teachers in the various grades. There is an extremely high turnover, and most of the teachers (except for the specials teachers) that remain are substandard. Simply put, great teachers won't put up with the administration at this school for long. I gave this school 2 stars rather than 1 because it's mediocre, not completely terrible. Avoid if possible.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
The most amazing school in Tucson. A nurturing family environment with educational goals that surpass your expectations. My grand daughter has attended since the Toddler program and now will be in Kindergarten. The Science, Computer, Physical Development, Library, Art teachers are all in addition to classroom teacher. They even offer Chess, Art and Activities after school. Instilling a love of learning, books but the confidence that anything is possible. The best structure and foundation of any school in Tucson. It is not only above grade level education, they reinforce social skills, confidence and with small class sizes each child is treated as an individual. You must visit this school!

- submitted by a community member
July 08, 2014
This school has its fair share of problems. The main issue is being promised a top notch, above grade level education for 10k and the inability of the teachers and school to deliver. The school seriously lacks up-to- date technology and do not have sufficient support for the technology they do possess. There is considerable, palpable strife among the staff which creates a tense environment. The director does not effectively handle issues among teachers which is a detriment to the entire experience at the school. Students that are consistently on the honor roll are testing low at PUBLIC SCHOOLS yet, the director maintains that she offers a higher level of learning. Be careful of what you believe and whether or not its really worth it to invest 10k in this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
I went to this school from preschool until fifth grade. I spent 8 years of my life there and to be honest I wouldn't have changed a single thing. Castlehill helped teach honesty, courage, and dedication as well as many other traits. This school also was amazing academically! Unlike most alumni I went to Basis (second best in the country) and thrived there! I was ahead of all of my classmates because of the amazing background that Castlehill gave me. The teachers were helpful an well as supportive. They shaped me into the young women I am today. In every class I had throughout my time there, there was much cultural diversity contrary to what other reviews have said. In conclusion, I would honestly like to thank Castlehill for the amazing experience I had there.

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2014
My son was in Castlehill for three years from third to fifth. In my opinion, having had another child in the foothills, Castlehill beats them all hands down. I have nothing but positive words to say regarding the academics. And the principal, Arlene, is very kind and loving to the children. The campus is nice, clean and pleasant. My son had a wonderful teacher for third and fourth. His fifth grade teacher was not a good teacher in my opinion. She has since been moved to a lower grade which will probably work great. I found all the parents to be very nice. I did not feel any since of snobbery as someone mentioned below and honestly many kids are there on scholarships. The "only" thing I felt was poor was the way bullying was handled. Yes they spoke to the boy, but when it continues than it is not being handled correctly. There was one boy who bullied everyone and every time we complained, the office called him in. Yet, it continued for all three years. I couldn't help but feel the tuition his family paid kept the school from suspending him. We finally told the school to let his family know if it did not stop we would be calling the police. Then it stopped.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
the administration in so mean. don't go to this school unless you love everything they do. nothing here will change so love it or leave it.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2014
RUN!..and don't look back. Every negative post 100% accurate. Positive ones likely solicited. No refunds: If a child is pulled, there is something behind a parent willing to forfeit payment. No sense of community. Parents embattled in a never-ending game of "one-up". Noses held high. Zero economic diversity, subsequently kids have hefty entitlement/behavioral issues and, since parents insist on handpicking their child's playmates to ensure optimum exposure to the 'elite', they are incapable of interacting with each other on their own terms. Arrogance palpable. HM readily available for questions, tours, endless words of encouragement, -then vaporizes once paid. (No sighting for months and not so much as a phone call as to why we pulled our children). With our FULL tuition PAID IN ADVANCE, this should be very telling. Even tried to encourage us to enroll 1 of our children IN A LOWER GRADE because there wasn't a "spot available" at the time. This was pushed in every way imaginable from "You don't want your child to be the youngest, do you?", "We teach at an accelerated level so it would be the same as" to "This is our standard policy based on child's birth date". ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
Wish the administration would give us a good reason to stay and spend 10 k. So much attrition so many teachers quitting and the constant shuffle of moving teachers around is disturbing. Front office often makes us feel we are being a pain when asking questions. Making money seems to be a priority over kids and parents. Maybe this was a great school once but would advise to look for alternatives as we will for next year. Constintently nickel and dimed. Where does all the money go?

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2012
Castlehill is an AMAZING school! I disagree with every point the reviewer on August 28th, 2012 made. The office staff is so welcoming and friendly, the teachers are fantastic, and it's a very diverse group of kids. We couldn't be happier at this school, it met every thing on our long list of desires for our child.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
Castlehill turned out to be unable to live up to it's reputation. I feel the school has gone downhill in recent years and it shows with the number of parents pulling their children from the school. The arrogance is palpable yet unfounded. Class sizes are small which is nice in the beginning, but as children age they need to be around more children and children of diverse backgrounds as this is what the "real world" is all about. Castlehill certainly keeps them in a bubble. The office staff always made me feel I was bothering them when I came in to ask for assistance or to simply buy tickets for an event or make a payment. Very unfriendly! They charge $400 to register each child. The question is where is this money going? The infrastructure is crumbling with old playground equipment and modular classrooms. The entry off of Craycroft Rd. is uninviting with a vinyl sign displaying the school name and a chain-link fence running around the property covered with green landscape fabric. For a top-notch school the appearances are frankly embarassing. There are much better alternatives in this community. Constant fundraising and requests for money are another downfall.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
We recently moved to California and we cannot find a school comparable to what we had at Castlehill. All the teachers were fantastic. My kids come home from their current school saying how much they miss all there was to offer at Castlehill. The art, music, science, spanish...everything exceeded my expectations. There is lots of parent involvement and you feel special and welcome there. Arlene was always there for me when I needed her and she continues to be a resource for me even after we have moved away. It is a wonderful place to be. Highly recommend!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
Incredibly disappointed with the administration and the school. The worst private school my children attended. Do not waste your time and money and look for other alternatives. I should have listened to other disappointed parents that pulled their children from this school. I am now one of the many. Do your research and look for other schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
Average at best! Do not be fooled by their geographic location they have no affiliation with the neighboring middle and high school. Their teachers are drastically underpaid. If your child is average or the status quo it is probably fine. But if your child has any issues they do not have the expertise, staff or ability to handle. If you child excels they also cannot keep up or match up and do not have the faculty to maximize your child's growth. There are so many good charter schools and other private schools in town that this should be toward the bottom of your list.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2011
The preschool program is excellent. The leadership is pathetic. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the teachers are wonderful for the most part. However, the kids are not well disciplined and chaos often rules as a result of the lack of leadership. The learning environment is stifled because many of the kids cannot sit in their seats for more than five minutes. Some of the children were inappropriate in a variety of ways, and the school leadership never intervened. This is a school with solid teachers, a great preschool, and wonderful potential. We recommend public school or other private schools in the area over this unhealthy environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
Our child started in Pre-K and went all the way through. Before choosing CCDS, we visited every single other school that Tucson has to offer. CCDS felt like home and we never regretted it. The teachers are outstanding and our child is now one of the most academically gifted students in high school due largely in part because of the foundation that CCDS gave to our child. NOWHERE else will you see teachers put in the extra mile for your child or for the parents either. The Art, P.D., Spanish, Music, Science and Computer courses are phenomenal as well. They have a ZERO tolerance for any bullying. Good luck finding a better school!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2011
First of all I have to say right off the back that the low score has NOTHING to do with the teachers who are great but the headmaster and the exasperated cost for tuition and the "clicky-ish" demeanor and attitude that alot of the parents have. The way they act, you would think you were entering a sorority house!!!!! if I could take the teachers out of that environment and place them in another school, that would be ideal. Unfortunately great teachers alone could not keep me from continuing there, if you do your research like I did you WILL find private schools that offer quality education without having to mortgage the house!!!! don't be fooled by those who are saying how great the school is while conveniently leaving out how very expensive it is, lack of parking space, crowded halls and just a "better-than-thou" attitude so many of those parents have.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2011
If you are truly looking for a great school, do your homework and talk to parents of the students attending the school. Remember that anyone can post a review here. Take the tours at a number of schools and sit in on classes, observe recess and lunch time and judge for yourself. Both of our children have been at Castlehill for a number of years and are both a grade level above their friends and peers in other schools. One of the big reasons we chose a school like Castlehill is that the classes are taught to educate the children and build their self-confidence and critical thinking skills, not so the children can pass a standardized test that the government requires to get funding. The grass is always greener somewhere else. Any private school is selling itself to get students, do your own due diligence and make an informed decision of what is best for your child. Castlehill is a great school that offers opportunities not available elsewhere. The teachers are great and seem to really care for their students progress. I've seen teachers in multiple grade levels staying late and tutoring students on multiple occasions at no charge.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
Many students are leaving this year, so if small class sizes are what you like, you have come to the right place at the right time. All joking aside, one of the main reasons we are leaving is the lack of testing. I had friends who had moved away and when they went to re-enroll their children or child in other schools, there children were held back a year. Unfortunately this was not an isolated incident. I know parents who are spending some serious $$$ tutoring their children trying to catch them up. We too panicked and had our child tested and also had poor results. The prior post is correct. There ARE girls wearing very short shorts and TIGHT tops, not quite the best environment for learning. Hopefully these comments will be a gift to the school and they can adjust accordingly. 5 Stars to their Music, Art, Science and Spanish programs! Best of luck Castlehill!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
The school and the teachers are great. My daughter a kindergartener loves her teacher and adores assistance teacher. The teacher is well experienced with more than 20 years of teaching young kids and she knows how to get the best from them in learning new things , mannerisms and discipline.The learning process is well designed with lots of onsite visits for kids to lean different aspects of day today activities like banking system , broadway theater shows , fire department , different business center and even in-house visit from police officer. Teacher and the assist teacher have some much of patients,skills to handle young kids and knowledge that I generally recommend this school to all my friends. I am very happy to enrolled my daughter in this school. My daughter had best education experience , attitude and learning skills for last three years.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
The reviews submitted October 2009 were unfortunately deceptively submitted by the headmaster of this school desperate to regain a respectable positive reputation for a faltering school that needs to be shutdown. The only credible faculty left is the art teacher the rest of the teachers are below average at most.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
This last post says it all!!!! My experience was similar. I would not recommend this school. What you see when you tour is not the reality of what happens in the school. They put on a great show for new parents. Bulling is a real problem here as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
The school has problems and they should have never hired Ms. Hall. I feel for those kids. If you want to send your child there for pre-k and K. It is a wonderful experience. The school should stick to pre-K through 3rd grade, but after that I would pull your kid(s) to a different school. This school does not address dress codes (very skimpy clothing attire on 4th and 5th graders), bullying, bad teachers (Ms. Hall), or parents who do their kid(s) work and projects (science fair). If parents want to repeat these elementary years, they can go back to school. There should be a dress code in place, too many kids wore clothing that sexualize their bodies, i.e, short shorts, mini skirts, little to no tops to strapless and flip flops. It doesn't take rocket science to ask parents to use common sense.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
Dedicated energetic teachers at every grade level, a talented, concerned and involved headmistress and extras like Spanish, music and art program oppurtunities tha you will not find anywhere else in Tucson make this a first rate school. I cannot say enough good things about this school. My granddaughter just graduated from fifth grade my grandson is a pre-kindergartner and they both love this place. It is a safe and beautiful place to educate your children, they will leave here with the confidence and skills to make an easy transition to Middle School and everything else in life. My granddaughters description of this scholl, 'it's like going to school with your grandma, you will get into trouble if you mess up, but you know that Mrs Schlosberg will still love you afterwards' what more can you say!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
A very good school with a caring headmaster and teachers who challenge their students. The faculty includes a great team of teaching assistants as well. Student-teacher ratio is about 10-1 if not below in most classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Castlehill is a wonderful school lead by a dynamic headmistress who knows and loves every child there. Her mission is to have each child maximize his or her academic potential while enjoying the process of learning. She does an amazing job with fairly limited resources (the tuition is not cheap for Tucson, but it still probably less than public school per capitas and far less than schools offering comparable education in bigger cities).

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Outstanding in every way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
From the Principal to the Janitor, every staff member is dedicated to giving the students a safe, enjoyable and effective educational experience. I was so inpressed with the way they treated my Grandaughter, and her effortless transition to middle school, that I have now enrolled my Grandson there too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
With two grandchildren at Castlehill, and a Masters in teaching myself, I am continually grateful for their excellent involved teachers, outstanding head, high academic standards and wonderful facilities.

- submitted by a community member
October 11, 2009
Small class sizes, involved parents, kids that are motivated, dedicated teachers,

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 11, 2009
Hands down, it is the best educational environment for young children in Tucson! It is a rigorous, but supportive learning environment that emphasizes hard work, commitment, dedication as well as love for learning!! And this is pre-K to fifth grade!!! We couldn't be happier to have this school in our community or more proud to have both our children enrolled there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Individualism, creativitism, character traits, phenomenal music, spanish, PE, Computers, Library and Science departments! The best teachers around! Any questions? :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Its the best! The most caring, nurturing environment for developing young minds with excellent academic standards as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
It's simply the best! Lots of individualized teaching and even more caring about each individual child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Our children truly love school and I believe the teachers at Castlehill are a big reason why. We are thankful for the opportunity to send our children to Castlehill.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Great teachers and wonderful lessons field trips and hands on learning. My son is totally excited about school and learning!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The teachers are fabulous at Castlehill. They are excellent, creative teachers and truly care about their students and their families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Best teachers and community

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Phenominal teachers, high quality academics, broad curriculum, including music, art, foreign language in addition to the standard math, english, science and social studies.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Catlehill is a wonderful envorinment for children to learn and grow. The children are treated and taught as individuals and have so much fun learning. My children love school because of Castlehill. The teachers are awesome!!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
small class size, comfortable friendly small feel to the school where every teachers knows your family let alone your child

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Castlehill's amazing teachers have the opportunity to teach as individuals to each student's individuality and therefore every child in class receives the support they need to excel both socially and academically.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Castlehill is a wonderful, nurturing place for children to learn through experiences and not just books. The campus is beautiful, the parents very involved and the teachers are caring and fun.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
I love the teachers there!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Because it has the best Music Program anywhere!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
This place has made my kids love school. How many schools can say that?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Castlehill is a wonderful school with caring teachers and staff and an outstanding curriculum where even the youngest students have 'specials' classes including music, Spanish and computers. Castlehill is one of the finest schools in Arizona and the country!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
School had a better reputation in the past. Unfortunately many student have left and the class sizes are half of what they used to be. The art program is fabulous and the spanish teacher is as sweet as can be. The teachers kids go to school there and there is favoritism towards their kids by the other faculty, they tend not to be disciplined when behavioral problems arise. Bullying is also not dealt with due to low enrollment, the principle does not want to lose any more students, many fabulous kids have left due to these problems.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
The pros and cons. Castlehill is a wonderful school and has a family-like feel to it. We have enjoyed sending our child to this school since kindergarden. The teachers are 100% dedicated to enriching your child's education experience and social skills. Our child is above a grade level in many areas and loves learning new topics and skills. However, much improvement in extra activities, i.e., spanish, computers, and science. I would like to see more class time in these areas, which is limited to 30/45 minutes 1x to 2x per week. I would also give more homework and vocabulary tests in spanish. The administration needs improvement too. The school rules should be adhere to by everyone, b/c I have seen the favoritism that takes place, and so does gossip. The school needs to offer more free services, or lower their fees, b/c parents do have other choices.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2009
Do not know much about the toddler program can only speak about the elementary school. High teacher turnover in multiple grades, same teachers that in fact come from public schools, teachers that stay are dedicated and good. Unfortunately the inconsistent policies and rules and extreme privil eges that are given to the owners' family members and close friends over shadow the education...bullying is a problem and lack of accountability for excessive requests for extra money make me wonder....

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
The toddler program far exceeded any program I've ever experienced. I cannot believe some of the negative feedback on this school as it's by far, the best in Tucson! Look forward to my child growing up there.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
I send my daughter to Pre-School. She absolutely loves to go. There are many field trips and outings for parents to be involved in. We are looking forward to the Trike-a-thon to raise money for St. Judes hospital. The teachers are fantastic. If structure is what you like, Castlehill is perfect. My only suggestion would be to tighten security in the morning. I once and only once dropped of my daughter early to the toddler playground. (Gate in the front only, then toddler playground spills into the campus - should be an additional gate - kids can easily run off!)

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2007
In response to an earlier concern regarding Computers and technology, the students receive up to an hour of instruction per wk. depending on grade level. All classrooms except pre-s/pre-k have Internet access. Hand s on learning is encouraged for pre-s rather than TV. And computers. The computer lab is a fantastic resource for all grade levels throughout the week. No other private school in Tucson has a lab like Castlehill. Go take a look and see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
Our three children have been at Castlehill for 5 years. The have an exceptional curriculum. Very strong math, science and reading but also all the extras like art, music, and spanish, for example. The principal knows every child and is always available to parents. The campus is large and the rooms are big and inviting. I love Castlehill.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2006
Our child has been here since K and is now finishing 4th grade. The teachers and parents are very involved. Teachers do individualized plans for children. Small class sizes (12-17). Very well rounded educational experiences (art, science, computers, Spanish, music-with full musical stage production every year--lots of fun to see!) AND excellent academics. Our son does work that is 5th grade level in fourth grade. We absolutely love this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2006
We love this school! The teachers are all exceptional, experienced and nurturing. The director takes an interest in all of the families. She has a vast knowledge of child development and learning styles. Plenty of extracurricular activities provided including chess, art, music. Loving, fun atmosphere. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2006
my daughter attended a toddler (age 2) program here and we were very disappointed. There was little teacher involvement. There wasn't much of a program to justify the high price tag. Higher levels seem to be better.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
We love this school.My oldest has been there from the Toddler program and is starting Kind.Great school environment. Great academics, he thinks learning is fun, loves to go. I can use not going to school as a punishment. Teachers are very accessible as well as headmaster. Lots of extracurricular programs, art, music, computers, spanish, chess program. After school art, cooking classes. From pre=school tey have done a music program on the big stage. Learning 3 or more songs - very cute and fun. Parents are very involved and incouraged to be in the classroom at any time.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2005
Technology is not stressed. Most classes do not have access to the Internet. Students get 30 minutes per week of computer instruction.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
Preschool program is very well-run. Teachers are caring and children have lots of opportunities to explore the campus and spend time with older students. Strong social guidelines for parents (i.e. must invite all kids in class to parties if invitations are distributed at school)helps to counter some of the quite noticeable cliques among parents. Overall, a nice traditional preschool.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2005
I have been very happy with the pre-school, pre-k program. There is art, music, computer and spanish enrichment provided and my daughter can read now in pre- k!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2004
This school is fantastic! My child loves it and he is learning above grade level and loves learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2004
This review pertains to my experience with the pre-school level. Socialization at pre-school level is great with Spanish, computer class, music, etc. offered. Teachers are well trained and suited as are their aides and student/teacher ratio in pre-school is 1 teacher/aide per 6 students. Multiple classes are offered per age group. Interaction with the older children, as in the 'reading buddy' program is excellent. Activities are many and varied with field trips, special events, etc. Campus is extremely spacious and well equipped, however, classroom buildings are primarily temporary. My main negative observation would be that campus security, while greatly improved over fall 2003, continues to be lax and (this is personal opinion only) screening of students for admittance seems to be based on vacancy rather than qualification.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Things that should stay between teacher and parent, don't! Things that should stay between Admin staff and parent, don't! Also, not enough male role models.

- submitted by a parent
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Castlehill Country Day School
3225 N Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ  85712
(520) 795-0008
Last modified Castlehill Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
Castlehill Country Day School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. Top