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23536 Catskill Avenue
Carson, CA 90745

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(310) 834-7241
(310) 549-3742
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Develops grit: Strongly agree
June 22, 2015
With the implementation of Common Core State Standards, Catskill Elementary school has designed its School Plan to enable students to withstand the rigorous demands. There is so much support and differentiation provided to help all students access the learning that they need. It would be beneficial if the attendance rate of students improved to 100%, because that would just drastically allow for continuity of learning to happen.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 22, 2015
Catskill is not a "revolving-door" kind of school environment for teachers. The atmosphere is very professional and collegial because of the stability in positions. Many, if not all, of the teachers have worked together in the same grade level for more than 10 years. Such a great length of time working together enhances their fluidity to deliver rigorous instruction and as a team, they are able to support one another to commit to the most effective teaching practices. The lowest teacher on the seniority list has been a teacher for 15 years, and 15 of those years were spent only serving 5th grade students. Just imagine the level of expertise in knowing the best teaching methods and practices? Even with the transition into Common Core State Standards, Catskill teachers, for the most part, have been effective with transitioning over. The teachers at Catskill, even the most veteran teachers, are very willing to take on innovative strategies and implement them to help all students.

- submitted by a teacher
Amount of homework: Just right
June 22, 2015
LAUSD has a homework policy. With the new reading and math curriculum, teachers have a way to differentiate the homework to the needs of the students. It ranges from enrichment level for the high-achieving, on target, and more intervention. Depending on the unit of study, every grade level has its own performance task projects such as Heritage Albums, Family Research Project, California Missions, science projects, book reports, etc. The guidelines and rubrics for such assignments are given well in advance, so that students may be able to complete the homework projects.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
June 22, 2015
Catskill Elementary is makes crucial decisions based on the needs of students and families in which it serves. Every year, Catskill has a wonderful Multi-Cultural dance performance in the springtime to celebrate diversity. Every week, Mrs. Zopatti starts off with a Monday Morning Assembly that welcomes the students and parents, and also reminds the students why their character influences their academic achievement and overall citizenship.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 22, 2015
I cannot think of any school who goes beyond the school gates to serve its families. 1.) Although Catskill's parents have voted in to have school uniforms, it is compassionate enough to reach out to families who cannot afford to buy school uniforms for students through an organization called Beyond the Bell. 2.) Every November, a brown envelope is passed around to staff members to contribute any dollar amount of donation money to buy turkeys for the holidays. Mr. Mizuno (the School Social Worker) and his social work interns organize a very successful food donation drive to help families in need. 3.) Mrs. Escobar organizes American Heart Association every year, and Catskill always donates more than $2500 worth to the organization. 4.) Mrs. Coglitore organizes an LAUSD Charitable Drive that successfully collects money to help towards scholarships and medical needs. 5.) Mrs. Pop and Mrs. Untalan lead a 50-member Catskill Choir that performs songs that promote character and citizenship. 6.) For the entire month of October, Catskill enthusiastically celebrates a Bully Free Zone, by wearing orange and the Peace Builder Student Conflict Resolution team puts out wonderful skits to teach students in all grade levels how to prevent bullying, identifying bullying, and what to do in a bullying situation. 5.) Mrs. Zopatti and Mr. P have been at the forefront of Sharefest, a community-wide school beautification day. It has resulted in renovating the library, the garden, the teachers' lounge, the school auditorium, and beautiful murals. Many students, parents, teachers, local churches, businesses have contributed to Sharefest, and it has made Catskill a very nice campus environment. 6.) Under Mrs. Escobar's leadership, the Student Council has headed up Power Save Program, which cuts down the use of energy and other resources. 7.) Under the Power Save Team, Mr. Eco, a environmental super hero comes every year to rap and teach kids how to care for their community by being eco-friendly.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 22, 2015
Catskill Elementary, through multiple learning experiences such as monthly student assemblies, weekly Monday "Caught Being Good" raffles, journal writing, visual arts, theater, and musical performances have intentionally honored and celebrate the 6 Pillars of Character. There are plenty of books available in the school library related to positive social development.

- submitted by a teacher

June 22, 2015
The beauty of Catskill Elementary is its emphasis in giving children Equal Access to a safe, nurturing, well-balanced learning experience. Students and Staff respect the Bully Free Zone and uphold the 6 Pillars of Character. Catskill has vastly improved in every academic area under the supportive leadership of Mrs. Zopatti, in comparison to other Carson elementary schools within the same socioeconomic and demographics. The work environment of staff is cohesive and collegial because many of the teachers have been working together for 10 years or more, thus creating a persevering bond of professional support, academic collaboration, and high demands of rigor on teaching practices. Instructional time with Common Core Standards is woven creatively. Classroom activities and bulletin boards are covered with depth and complexity of thinking whether you are in Mrs. Etter's 1st grade class or Mrs. Chang's 4th grade classroom. Writer's Workshop and English Language Development is happening in Kinder through 5th. There are so many true hidden gems in this school. Even in a time of budget crisis, still, you will find Mr. Porciuncula ("Mr. P") and Mr. Mizuno, coaching a co-ed flag football program afterschool, that achieves All-City Championships title and other high rankings. The heart-warming part about it is that Mr. P and Mr. Mizuno intentionally targets with students who are at-risk and makes them into champions. The English Language Coordinator, alongside highly effective BCLAD/CLAD certified teachers service and reclassify a higher volume of English Language Learners altogether. At 7:30am, you'll hear Mrs. Pop and Mrs. Untalan leading a 50-member Catskill Choir, consisting of 3rd through 5th graders, sing chorally to celebrate Character Counts curriculum, and ultimately encourages fellow peers participate as model young citizens. Again, choir is intentionally driven on giving students equal access to shine brightly on stage. Mrs. Escobar is not only Student Council Advisor, and School-Wide Energy/Power Save Advisor, but she directs the 5th Grade Talent Show which is entertaining. Many helpful families participate in Sharefest to restore Catskill's school environment, making it exemplary among the neighboring Carson schools. Catskill strives to make a deeper connection with each individual family, and in turn, positively impacts its surrounding community.

- submitted by a teacher

May 25, 2015
Good school. My kids have all gone through Catskill. My second grade daughter just participated in a fantastic multi-cultural dance program. Many students in many grades danced. Dance teacher along with staff did a great job in preparing kids for the program.

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April 17, 2015
I don't agree and was surprised with all the negative comments about this school. My children are attending this school and they're receiving a good education. If I have any concerns, their teachers are willing to meet with me and are concerned about my children. The administration is supportive too. My children enjoy going to school.

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February 24, 2015
Very bad school for any child. The principal thinks she's better than some and is really only there for a paycheck. Same with the staff. We need new teachers, dedicated teachers, teachers and principals with passion.

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January 12, 2015
Very caring and professional staff. My special needs child has received the best of care and support in the hands of a dedicated and highly skilled teacher. The part-time assistant principal, Ms. Jackson, has led the planning meetings where the teacher, the school psychologist, the speech teacher, and I were together to talk about my child's special needs and plan out her goals. I am so grateful for the expertise, kindness and support they have provided. She is making more progress than I expected. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2014
Terrible school. My daughter's first year of school, and sadly it's been horrible. She has been bullied, physically hit by another student, and when brought to the attention of the administration - the principal, Suzanne Zopatti, and assistant principal, Veronica Jackson, did NOTHING. There are no consequences for aggressive, violent children. I was informed there is a bully program ---- which is in the month of October, students and staff wear orange t-shirts ???? What ? like a bunch of prisoners? How does this solve the bullying issue? Also, the school curriculum itself is of very poor quality. Only a little over 50% of fifth graders graduating from this school are capable of reading or doing basic math, and even worst only 41% understand basic science concepts !!!! Please check their CST scores before enrolling your child. Children graduating from this school are lacking the essential foundational academic skills required to be successful at upper grade levels. Sadly, these students will not be able to compete to get into the highly sought after magnet middle schools in the city.

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April 06, 2014
Great teachers!! My boys loved almost all the teachers they had! Certain teachers really invest in their students. Would like to see kids have one open recess, they are not able to play with kids outside of their class. The after school program is great and is always a huge support! Would like to see a better principle take over.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2014
Catskill Elementary School was the 2nd most improved elementary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It soared to a 47 point gain in the API and has never been a Program Improvement School. Catskill has undergone many beautification projects in the last 3 years and community support for the academic and extracurricular programs at the school have been overwhelming. For more information about Catskill, visit them at www.catskillcougars.org.

- submitted by a teacher

May 19, 2012
Catskill is a great school there is after school programs that help your children there is excellent teachers a strong principal. there is beyond the bell programs such as sys and ydp they help with homework and help your children stay fit with activities they spend time in classes with coaches

- submitted by a community member

December 07, 2009
I had my three children attend Catskill, great teachers, but I found out that there is not much support for your children if they are 'average' to advanced their skills specially in english and math. Their classroom computers are outdated.

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October 11, 2008
its an awesome school i go there myself

- submitted by a student

August 15, 2007
Catskill has hardworking teachers who care about their students. The principal is always visible on campus. They offer afterschool programs for students in need of extra help.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2007
My granddaughter attends this semester and will not be returning next year. Granddaughter is behind overall, after school program does not apply to her age group/grade level. There has not been follow through by this administration.

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March 30, 2006
As a former employee of Catskill, I saw first hand the results of a dedicated staff and top-notch administrators. The majority of staff members were continually striving to improve instruction and were extremely conscientious about their impact on the students' education. The administrators were always willing to listen to the concerns of teachers, support staff, parents, and students and took an active role in becoming involved in making a difference in the lives of the children at Catskill.

- submitted by a teacher

January 03, 2006
Excellent teachers who care for each student and have high expectations

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October 13, 2004
My first grade daughter has been at Catskill since kindergarten. She has been very fortunate to have great teachers. Her kindergarten teacher was fantastic and my daughter really learned to school under her tutelage. Her current teacher is also great with the kids. The principal is very stern and sticks by her philosophy of allowing the kids to be independent. All in all it's a good school with good teachers but there is definitely room for improvement as it pertains to making the curriculum more challenging.

- submitted by a parent
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Catskill Avenue Elementary School
23536 Catskill Avenue, Carson, CA  90745
(310) 834-7241
Last modified Catskill Avenue Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Catskill Avenue Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top