Students enrolled 636
School leader Cheuk Choi
Transportation options Yes

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840 Yale Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 626-3674
(213) 680-1894
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5 stars
Based on 31 ratings

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September 11, 2013
I love the dedication of the teachers at this school, they are really interested in making sure your child is learning and if they need extra help, they provide it without hesitation. The staff and environment is great because its very welcoming and makes you feel included. Thank you Castelar, keep up the fantastic job!!

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2013
My children have been at Castelar for the past year, and we have been very happy with staff and school. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Principal Choi is very involved with school activities and students. Teachers have been good, they need a little more resources and parent involvement. I would like to see a PTA group or some type of group for parents to help and speak to activities in school, or other things to help. Academically my children are learning a lot, more than in my son's previous elementary school and daughter's preschool. Homework is given everyday and helps teach them accountability and to be responsible. The 4 star rating is because school lacks an internet presence to communicate with parents and delivery updates/newsletters on school activities and events.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Great school. Seems underfunded. Committed staff. My children are both very engaged in the environment. Certainly wish it could grow and be more efficient with better tools and technology.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
At Castelar, nobody curse and all the teachers are terrific, ESPECIALLY the teachers who have been working there for a long time. I LOVE this school. I think that the principle is OKAY, but the staff and teachers TERRIFIC! They really care about the kids and ther education. I am so happy that I went there, but I DO think that they need a better principle. He's nice and friendly, but on a princple level he's a 6.5 out of 10. I loved my first grade teacher because she taught me SO MUCH and was really made me believe that as long as I tried my best, no matter how bad the grade might be, I should be proud of myself no matter what other people say. I enjoyed ALL of my teacers. They were a lot of fun and in kindergarden, I learned how to spell the word "feather". I was so prou of myself that day, but everybody in my class had hard words too like father and amazing. All my teachers in fact were amazing. I had so much fun and made lots of great friends there. I would recommend this school to EVERYONE!!!

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2011
This is an excellent school! Never have I attended a school that cared more about its students than Castelar. Considering the MAJORITY of the students (my family included) are/were underprivileged ESL students, we fared fairly well academically against other schools in the district. The education we received was way above par. My siblings and I and some of my fellow classmates that graduated from Castelar went on to become GATE students in other schools! I know from personal experience that the education and experience I received at Castelar was top notch. Don't get me wrong, it was no walk in the park, but with a staff that actually cares and an amazing education, what more could you ask for? It was a privilege attending Castelar. :)

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2011
i hope in the future, castelar would be as good as today! i absolutely reccomend this school to any one out there looking for an elementary school!!

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2011
The staff and the environment has been such a positive for me. I really loved this school. The teachers here in Castelar are one of the most inspiring individuals I know. I hope when I do have children I can bring them here as well.

- submitted by a community member
January 02, 2011
i absolutely love this school. My former teacher was gone for like half the school year, but we still had fun with our teacher. When it was about time for the CST, we had lots and lots of practice, and we played Jeopardy, and it had really helped. That time, we had split the class in half, and battled each other. At the end, when i got my score, i was really really surprised and impress at how well i have done. Castelar also has great music education. As for me, i love going to Castelar, and i wish that this school will continue on its great work!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 20, 2010
Good teachers and nice environment for student

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
It was the best school of all time, awesome teachers, students, friendly staff members all was best. Fighting, swearing, and other bad stuff are BEYOND rare at castelar.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 11, 2010
dedicated teachers doing a great job in face of insuperable odds.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
great teachers, great students. inner city schools need all the help they can get.

- submitted by a teacher
May 06, 2010
The learning environment is real good because the teachers are all very caring and the students are all engaged in the learning process. This is reflected by all the students orderliness and enthusiastic paricipation

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 02, 2010
There are many people in the community that care for the improvement and progress of the school. The school provides an academic sanctuary for which students, teachers, parents, and volunteers interact and learn about the community. I was a former volunteer for AATP from UCLA and I can see that the students are passionate about learning. They wake up early on Saturday mornings seeking academic support and a place to hang out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
its a great school with great teachers and staff. good times.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Great community of parents and teachers. Teachers understand and are sensitive to the struggles, wants, and need of immigrant students and families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
The principal cares deeply about the education and success of the students (his children as he says). He supports programs outside normal school hours that help struggling students succeed.

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2010
Why? I really would like to say this school is below standard....... as this school never appreciate their student... never give any price.... nor admire their student..... just like other school..don't they forget how to encourage the children by giving them admire ( not only to their chinese people).. so student never get any appreciation... or may be yes, if they are same nationality such as chinese!..... no school optional activites.... such as piano, martial art or swimming .... office staffs was not helpful and no smile at all.... school compound is not safe, as gate is always open after school hour.... so all the children who attend afterschool or stranger can always walks in around school campus..

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Castelar provides a safe, healthy, and happy environment for its students. Diversity is valued and the experience there is just incredible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
This is an excellent school with caring teachers that do their best to support students' development, while acknowledging multi-cultural backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
no rating April 21, 2010
The teachers at this school have guided and educated many, many non English speaking students to acquire high achievement in high school and in college. Many of them graduated from well known colleges and universities through out the States. Many of them came back to school and thank their teachers. Not being bias because my wife was one of those teacher for more than 35 years. The fact is that when Castelar is mentioned in the school district, there we nothing but praise for the school's achievements.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
friendly teachers who actually really care about the student's education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Castelar and its environment naturally sets the standard for maturity level in an elementary school. Friends from Castelar lasts a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
A very diversified school with great teachers and administrators willing and able to help children of multiple ethnic, social and economic backgrounds.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 20, 2010
It's the best school and the teachers there are really dedicated to teaching the children what they need to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Castelar has always been a school that works with the community to establish and carry out standards that will establish the student as a successful member of society. As one of the oldest extant elementary schools in the district it is known for its excellence in education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
I went to this school as a child and my nieces and nephew have gone there too. I think this a great school, the teacher are very dedicated to teaching. And the school tends to be helpful with the children by providing them with school activities that they can participate in while parents work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
One of the best elementary schools. Great diverse learning environment

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
Lots of great memories and a lifetime of friends. Teachers pushed education and were driven to help students succeed.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 20, 2010
It is a great school and everyone there is very caring and helpful. Teacher there is very good and really good with students

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
I grew up in that area too! i went to Castelar, hung out at Alpine, and have experienced everything my kid went through. The faculty's great, principal's great, and thye kids are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Castelar teachers are truly smart, the best, and the nicest! They also make learning fun! Go Castelar! >

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Teachers and stall treated their students like their very own children. I love this elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
It is a great school and the teachers are so patient. They are a great elementary school to transition kids into middle school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
It was a great school with an awesome atmosphere to it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
This school is a good school. Theie staffs are well trained and very helpful. Their teachers care about the students and put their time into teaching them to the best of their knowledge.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
This inner city school that serves predominantly immigrant students has consistently high standardized test scores that match or exceed those of schools in wealthy suburbs. Its graduates have gone on to the top UCs, Stanford, etc. It benefits from hard-working teachers, supportive parents, and disciplined students.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 18, 2010
The teachers are amazing and fully capable of inspiring their students to become successful persons and active citizens.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
I have been a volunteer at Castelar for three years and the experience with the kids and faculty has been phenomenal. The community that supports the school is close-knit and the kids are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
As a former student of Castelar, I can say that Castelar had a positive impact on the community. The afterschool services that they provided and allowing students to utilize their tools made it safer for kids; it kept them from engaging in negative activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
Good morals and unforgettable lessons learned! (: Amazing teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
The students there are amazing and have a great potential! They are enthusiastic and wonderful to work with. Principal Choi and his staff do a great job teaching the kids to be intelligent and talented!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Good loving school really care about your child and will take time and effort to support your child when they need the most. Yet very understanding especially when it comes to our child education

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
The students are friendly and teachers do their best to help every student lacking behind, and it's safe and environmental-friendly.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 17, 2010
Castelar Elementary School has been given it's best effort throughout everything.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Teachers were so helpful and attentive. My experiences learning pre-algebra and honing my reading/writing skills here really prepared me for the courses I took in middle school and even in high school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 17, 2010
Teachers just want their students to succeed.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
The principal has been a strong community ally and has been able to work with different organizations in nearby colleges to provide resources that this school has historically been deprived of. That kind of leadership has ensured that these students have mentors in this underserved community.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
I love this school because I used to work for their L.A best program. Overall, my experience with the kids were wonderful. They were very well-behaved and showed potential for their future.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
These kids deserve the best! Castelar Elementary can participate in so many external programs and events, may they be recreational, tutorial, or educational. Still, the inner city students with immigrant backgrounds experience the rich culture of Chinatown, but ironically lacks the funds to support thier academic curricula. With this award, I'm sure Castelar will build a brighter future for these kids that will rise against their socioeconomical restraints!!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
Some students at Castelar who need extra help are usually eligible to enroll for free Saturday classes hosted by AATP (Asian American Tutorial Project) and receive a chance to catch-up and excel in schoolwork. This wonderful opportunity is available to students at Castelar and really helps build a more solid foundation for the young students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
I love Castelar Street Elementary School because the kids are so keen to learn and are such fast learners. I believe that with more resources, students Castelar Elementary School can become even more engaged in learning, creating a brighter future for themselves through education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Excellent elementary school, great teachers and near by in Chinatown with lots of parking if you need to pick up or do drop off.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
It was a great school with fantastic teacher who are willing to teach and patient.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
Teachers that make an effort to know everyone, a principal that isn't afraid to step out onto the playground, and a quiet neighborhood (local hospital on the east side, chinese school on the west side, and a recreational park on the north side) make this the most awesome elementary school I know.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
Castelar is a great community school. In addition to excellent academics, it now only addresses the educational needs of its students, but also the supportive needs of their mostly immigrant parents.

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2010
Castelar is an excellent elementary school that caters to every student's needs, especially for new immigrants like I once was. The teachers' patience, warmth, and hands-on teaching methods really kick-started my education here in the States. I feel extremely fortunate to have been part of this big family.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
Castelar is located in Chinatown. The teachers are supportive, caring, enthusiastic, challenging, and continuous learners. These teachers learn from their students as much as their students learn from them. These teachers put their best foot forward in their job. Every child should have the opportunity to experience the diverse curriculum offered at Castelar. 'To teach is to touch a life forever!' The teachers at Castelar have left an imprint of positivity in my mind and my continuous path to success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
They have the most caring teachers! They help one another.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
Castelar has wonderful teachers that support their student. The school is overall wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
The school Castelar is located in a great in environment. The teachers are very caring and understanding. I believe that the teachers that my child had were excellent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
i love castelar because the teachers are very good and are cool.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Castelar is located in a nice enviroment for students with caring and supporting teacher to teach.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Great school, Great Teachers, Great afterschool program, Change my life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
The students are very dedicated to their school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Always a safe community. Great Teachers who are helpful and considerate.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Castelar provides an enriched depth of diversity that help students understand Los Angeles' cultural and social diversity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2009
The teachers at Castelar are caring and dedicated to ALL of their students. They work very hard to implement the district and state standards to enable their students to succeed. I admire my teacher friends at Castelar who spend tremendous energy and time in their jobs as teachers. They have told me that students are placed into classrooms based on language programs and needs.

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2009
My daughter went to Castelar from K through 5 and I am very pleased at the level and type of education she received. She is a well adjusted young lady and is now a straigh A student at The Marlborough School (one of he best private schools in CA). Thank you Castelar for providing an excellent foundation for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2008
Considering the ethnicity of the community (most students are english learners), it is one of the best school in the area. But I found unfairness in the administration. I found out that students that have parents work or volunteer in the school always get the best teacher. There are big gap between teachers' philosophy of teaching within the same grade level. One teacher will give tons of homework but the other will be just couple pages. If you request to change teacher because you think a certain will work great with your child, the request is hopeless. The principal does not like to listen to the request. He and the staff would tell you to put in the request and next thing you know, it disappeared into thin air. This happen to us last year.

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June 05, 2008
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June 03, 2008
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March 02, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2008
I went here for my elementary years the education was above what any parent would expect. This is a great school I feel it would serve excellence to the community of Los Angele.

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2006
The academic programs are excellent, and as reguards to their music, art, sports, and other extracurricular activities are the best that my children have experinced. I have seen first hand great and rapid development in both of my children, I would recommend castelar elementary to every parent who's focus in education are the of the above. Because of the small community parent involvent is in a much more personal involvment, and to me that is very much important because that assures me that my child is being taught properly on a more one on one basis. If you would like yuour children to experience excellent academic programs, availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities,and parent involvement, I urge you to take catelar elemantary into concideration.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
no rating August 17, 2005
Students are treated like robots. They are not encouraged to think outside the box. Beware of teachers who disrespect and gossip about parents as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
Very excellent school with a high API score. Teachers are dedicated and the students are marvelous. The principal is very inviting and the staff members are all very courteous and kind. The students are awesome and are truly one of the best.

- submitted by a student
January 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2004
As a former student at this school, I know firsthand that the education I received was far beyond that of other schools I have transferred to. In fact, at Castelar I would barely be an 'above average' student whereas when I transferred, I was placed at the top of my classes in both Mathematics & English. The English classes were just as educational as they were fun and we emphasized much of our learning on our language skills (seeing as how many students were/are learning English as a second language).

- submitted by a former student
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Castelar Street Elementary School
840 Yale Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012
(213) 626-3674
Last modified Castelar Street Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Castelar Street Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 81 reviews. Top