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Elk Grove, CA
Students enrolled: 851

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9850 Fire Poppy Drive
Elk Grove, CA 95757

(916) 686-1725
(916) 686-3082
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August 08, 2014
My son started at Helen Carr last year for 1st grade and he had a great teacher and we saw great improvement in him.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014
My kids and I have all but good things to say about this school. They love going to school and love their teachers. We as parents need to stay involved and keep the lines if communication open with the teachers. All the teachers we have come across have been great. I was able to get positive feedback from the new principal & have been greeted by her daily. I see her out a lot in the mornings. We have been there 5 years without a problem and both kids continue to succeed.

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June 02, 2013
I am a grandmother to granddaughters who attend Helen Carr Castello Elementary School, and have found this school to be an excelent teaching environment. Also, loved volunteering at this wonderful school. I also had the experience seeing how well my granddaugters did at school and noticed that they were always excited to go to school which says a lot about the teacher (Ms. Maiden).

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October 06, 2010
I'm sad to see some of these comments. We've been to several school in Elk Grove and this is the best. The staff is great - teachers and admin. Our kids love their teachers, there's lots of involvement, we see the principal out all the time. She's been responsive & supportive of our needs. Cuts are due to budget, not the principal. Test scores just went up 24 points! That's due to good teachers and leaders.

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2010
The teachers are great and stay motivated, even when they're going through tough times. I agree the new principal is ineffective and programs have been cut since she started. She is unavailable and unresponsive to parents and is rude when asked questions. The VP is good and tries hard to be available to parents.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
I feel that Castello is an excellent school. There is a ton of parent involvement, at least in the grades that my kids are in. The teachers that we have had have been great as well.

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May 20, 2010
We've been at Castello since it opened and the teachers have all been great! We do have a new principal and yes I would agree she is out of touch. She has no real leadership skills and often offends parents. But that being said we still have the good teachers. I'm not sure with the budget cuts what this is going to do to our school? I'd hate to get senior teachers but with less motivation to teach. Senior doesn't always mean better...I'm hoping Castello stays above average in the years to come.

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April 19, 2010
This school is going down hill since the new principal arrived. I'll be taking my kids elsewhere next year, not because of the teachers. The principal does not attend school performances and she is not out with the kids--she's always in her office on her computer. Discipline is lacking and is very one-sided. Morale is horrible--the teachers are so sad.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 10, 2009
The teachers at Castello are passionate about their work. They connect with students and care more deeply than at other schools I've had my students at. My daughter is in 5th grade and her teacher is a whiz at teaching math. He explains things to her in a way that she 'gets it' for the first time in her life. She loves going to school each day. The after school program has suffered because of budget cuts, but hopefully that will improve as the economy improves.

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September 09, 2009
I have had nothing but a positive experience since the inception of Helen Carr Castello. Each teacher I've dealt with has been easy to reach, easy to communicate with and has a genuine concern for the education of my children. When I've needed our principal she has always responded quickly and with unbias. She has been able to answer my questions and the kids appear to enjoy her presence. I am grateful for such a wonderful faculty and staff during these 'lean' times.

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January 20, 2009
Helen Carr has excellent teaching staff. There is great parent participation as well as parent/teacher communication. My daughter look s forward to going to school.

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August 14, 2008
I think Castello is a great school. My son has learned so much in the two years that he has been there. The teachers are great! The parental involvement is definitely there.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2007
Not enough programs for struggling students that don't qualify for special ed/learning center help.

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October 25, 2007
My daughter is in 1st grade, and have been lucky to get good quality teachers in her KG and 1st grade. Like to school env. and parents involvement so far. My daughter loves her teachers. Though I have no yardstick to measure them against, But I think She is getting a great education and getting involved in all kinds of activities.

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May 30, 2006
Brand new on the outside with an emphasis on performing arts. No physical education to speak of. The staff seems somewhat responsive but not truly committed to providing a safe environment. Lacking in discipline on the grounds. Administration needs to focus on developing a unified atmosphere of enthusiasm and interest in creating a more positive learning environment.

- submitted by a parent

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Helen Carr Castello Elementary School
9850 Fire Poppy Drive, Elk Grove, CA  95757
(916) 686-1725
Last modified Helen Carr Castello Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Helen Carr Castello Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top