Parents are very supportive and helpful and there is lots of support in the classrooms. I have never had a bad teacher at this school. I hope that in years to come this school can stay distinguished and financed properly so that it can stay great!
This school's strongest point is its sense of community. The school offers many ways for parents and children to build relationships that extend beyond the classroom. The school has an amazing home and school club that is very supportive of the staff and students needs. However, it's due to the generosity of Castlemont families that the home and school club can offer the financial support that allows for so many activities outside the classroom. The Castlemont families have also built a wonderful garden there. The garden is available to all classrooms to bring the science curriculum alive. This garden continues to thrive due to the generous time commitment of the Castlemont community.
Castlemont just switched its principal in 2004/2005. It has also added new buildings for this school year. During the past five years, we have had excellent, highly dedicated teachers at each grade. Parent involvement seems very strong, both in the classroom and for extracurricular activities. The school garden/Life Lab was extremely valuable, at least until the recent construction forced its relocation. It's not clear how the new configuration and the new administration will affect the Life Lab. Our experience in 2003/4 with an after-school 'study hall' kind of program was disappointing. A single teacher was the sole adult supervision for too many children. I'm not sure if this program is still in place, or if it has been altered.
Over the past seven years my children have attended this school. The environment, including teachers and parents, have offered a warm welcome positive experience. My children enjoy school and look forward to going each day. The parent participation is strong and is the key to a successful school.
We are in our 8th year at Castlemont. It has been a wonderful experience for my two sons, i.e. community, teachers, leadership, spirit, etc. Unfortunately, times they are a 'changin at this school and we sense huge growing pains. A new principal, new front office, teachers shifting grade levels or retiring, changing demographics, higher ESL population, and lower parent involvement are a few of the issues we are dealing with this year. Luckily, we are on to middle school with our last child. Hopefully, Castlemont will return to its former glory!
I feel that Castlemont was a wonderful school for my son. He has just finished 1st grade. Over the 2 years of my son's attendance, I sensed a great deal of school spirit and pride from the staff and priciple. One example of spirit; the class required a poem book for each student. It contained songs about Castlemont, which he had memorized and would sing. I appreciated that every morning, the Pledge of Allegence was recited, led by students over the intercom. I volunteered and noticed quite a lot of other parents doing the same. We have since bought a home and are moving out of the district. We will miss Castlemont.
Fabulous staff and excellent parent participation! Two children and completed through fifth and one through first. Castlemont is one of the biggest things I am going to miss moving out of the area. Leadership is second to none!
Castlemont has been a fine school filled with many extra activities and programs for the children. My only concern would be the before and after care that the school district is now trying to implement. CDC currently leases the facility, providing outstanding, state licenced child care. The school district is trying to implement their progam at the begining of the school year 2004/05. Their program is not licensed by the state, employes young adults needing no ece units or cpr training and does not have the track record CDC has. Be diligent in investigating and visiting the districts other school day care sites before placing your child in their care.
I was impressed with the all day Kinder program. It was great for my child to be challenged in the work required for elementary school success. The teachers overall are well educated beyond the basic credentials for teaching this was impressive to me. I like many other parents wish that there were more extra-curricular activities for the students at Castlemont perhaps more music and physical fitness programs provided there is school funding. This can make it frustrating as the budgets should never affect the children in their opportunity for success in school. However, we are lucky at Castlemont the Home and School club is strong and it seems like there are a lot of parents that seem to help in the classrooms and with the children. I think Mr. Short is a great proactive Principal and role model for the children. He has great leadership qualities and has a genuine concern for the school and it students alike.
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