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Castelar Street Elementary School

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $271,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,330.

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Posted April 18, 2010

Good morals and unforgettable lessons learned! (: Amazing teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted April 17, 2010

Castelar Elementary School has been given it's best effort throughout everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted April 17, 2010

Teachers just want their students to succeed.


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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!!!!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 16, 2010

It was a great school with fantastic teacher who are willing to teach and patient.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted April 16, 2010

They have the most caring teachers! They help one another.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Castelar has wonderful teachers that support their student. The school is overall wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

874

Change from
2012 to 2013

+22

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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This school's
API score

874

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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7 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Females72%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner76%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state70%

Math

All Students74%
Females79%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner78%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students40%
Females48%
Males34%
African Americann/a
Asian45%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state39%

Math

All Students69%
Females72%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Females75%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asian74%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate70%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state74%

Math

All Students85%
Females85%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner70%
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate80%
Parent education - high school graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students69%
Females70%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian72%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state71%

Math

All Students82%
Females80%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner70%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate86%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state84%

Science

All Students75%
Females70%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian78%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner46%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate81%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Asian 68%
Hispanic 25%
Black 4%
White 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/AN/A
English language learners 60%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School Experience Survey asks parents, students and employees about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, engaging, safe, and collaborative. Learn more

We organized questions from the LAUSD School Experience Survey into five categories. The respondent group-level results (parents, students, and school employees) show the percent of each respondent group that agree or strongly agree that the school has positive results for that category.

Overall school results for each category are calculated by averaging across group-level results, ensuring that each respondent group is equally represented. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all LAUSD schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 588 responses

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High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures the percent of parents and students that agree to strongly agree that this school sets high academic expectations for its students and expects them to be college-bound. This score is based on the average of the following LAUSD survey Content Areas: School Future Expectations (Parents), School Quality (Parents), Future Plans (Parents), Opportunities For Learning (Students), Future Plans (Students).

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74%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
72%
 

Students

This school

 
76%
 
Healthy, respectful relationshipsWhat's this?

This score measures the percent of students and employees that agree to strongly agree that this school has a positive learning environment and cultivates an atmosphere of respect. This score is based on the average of the following LAUSD survey Content Areas: School Support (Students), Commitment and Collaboration (Employees), Satisfaction (Students), School Support (Students).

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75%
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Students

This school

 
75%
 
A safe, clean and orderly environmentWhat's this?

This score measures the percent of parents, students and employees that agree to strongly agree that this school has a well-kept facility and a safe environment conducive to learning. This score is based on the average of the following LAUSD survey Content Areas: School Cleanliness (Employees), School Safety (Employees), Safety (Parents), School Cleanliness (Students), School Safety (Students).

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This school
74%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
89%
 

Students

This school

 
59%
 
Strong family engagementWhat's this?

This score measures the percent of parents and employees that agree to strongly agree that this school engages parents and communicates with families to promote student learning. This score is based on the average of the following LAUSD survey Content Areas: Parent Involvement (Employees), Feeling of Welcome (Parents), School Involvement (Parents), Teacher to Parent Communication (Parents).

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This school
68%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
68%
 

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Parents27548%
Students31397%

12012-13 Los Angeles Unified School District School Experience Survey

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  • Cheuk Choi
Fax number
  • (213) 680-1894

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