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K-5
Public
Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 576
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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9755 Cattaraugus Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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(310) 839-4528
(310) 839-3097
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Map of Castle Heights Elementary School address.

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December 06, 2014
We're a permit family who have two kids at CHES. Great experiences! Dedicated teachers, great programs, prepared kids. So thrilled to be a part of Castle Heights!

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2014
This school is great. My daughter's kindergarten teacher is so energetic and caring. The children are learning and growing. But they are also taught a sense of community and care about all of their friends. The school also has a great community among the families. Most children walk to school with their parents. In the fall the whole school camps out and spends the night on campus. The kids have so much fun they usually don't want to leave. You see many playing in the front lawn after school while the parents visit with each other. It is a beautiful neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
PARENTS BEWARE! If you receive an intra-district permit and are accepted to Castle Heights, don't get your hopes up. We applied for an intra-district permit for my daughter entering T-K in June and received notification a week later she had a spot in the T-K program. A DAY BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED at 4pm, I received a call from the principal stating there was no longer room for my daughter and that we would have to attend another school in the area. We attended the beginning of the year social a week prior, had met the T-K teacher, the principal, and my daughter was so excited to begin school with some of her preschool mates. Completely disappointing. So, from what I hear Castle Heights is a great school, but don't be disappointed when your permit falls through.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
Castle Heights has provided an excellent educational experience for my children. We were fortunate, and all of their teachers were awesome. The school provides many programs, such as art, music, science, computer lab, gardening, and PE due to its active PTA and high parent involvement. Lots of fundraising opportunities in order to raise money for the school. Most LAUSD schools do not offer these programs, so it was a blessing to have my children here. Clean and well kept school.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
This is an AMAZING school, with dedicated teachers, principal, librarian and parents. The STAR Program is fantastic and the level of parental involvement is fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2014
Castle Heights is the best thing that ever happened to our family. My daughter went there from 2nd - 5th grade. The school is culturally diverse and plenty of highly qualified instructors.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
We have been at this school for awhile. It is an excellent community and the principals have been great. The teachers are hit and miss. There are some incredible teachers and there are others who are terrible. In general, teachers in CHES seem to have a hard time differentiating, a student who excels or is trailing- may not do well. They say there is differentiation but I have not seen it other than kindergarten (kinder teachers are awesome). Again, it depends on the teachers and there is not much that can be done with the poor performing teachers- it's the nature of the beast when dealing with LAUSD or any public school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Our school has a staffs that are wonderful and we have computer lab, science, art, music and so much more. And we also are raising money to provide charity for a endangered red fox so we can keep it in our environment. Also we have after school programs at our school we have helping teachers aids and librarians to help children with their homework inside the library.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2013
Castle Heights has the best parents, teachers, school & kids! We love you Mr. Feeney, Mrs Valdez, Ms Malloy & all of the other fantastic dedicated teachers who love & care for our kids!

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2013
Great campus. The full curriculum that includes "the extras" of an organic gardening program, science, computer instruction, pe, for all the kids (K-5) make it a magical neighborhood school. Lots of parent volunteers and an engaged booster club set this school apart making it 'the best private school that public funds pay for". The key is the fundraising and families are asked to contribute.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
A wonderful school with highly-involved parents, an amazing principal and incredible teachers. Outstanding academics, 903 API and SAS program, beautiful campus with a living garden and student artwork, lots of community-building events, hard-working faculty and staff and parent involvement and organizations make it a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
Castle Height is a great school. They have teachers that really care and push the students to to excel in their studies. I graduated from Castle Heights in 1985 and what makes the school exceptional is the higher learning. I am very proud that my son is enrolled at a quality school.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
I love this school! The teachers, parents and principle are great. The parents are really involved and my child is so happy here. My son is in First Grade in Ms. Labelle's class.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
My daughter is in first grade she has had the most amazing year in Ms. Labelle's class. Our Principal is hands on, our parent group Friends of Castle Heights is amazing, our PTA helps our kids to learn about community service by giving to those less fortunate throughout the year. CH is huge on recycling which also teaches students about our earth and how to keep our environment safe. Castle Heights is a SAS school and just received the honor of being a California Distinguished School. All Children at Castle Heights Elementary Shine. 1st grade parent and 2011 graduate Castle Heights Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
How lucky we are to be a part of the Castle Heights Family. It's a wonderful school, with happy children, incredibly involved parents, an amazing principal and an especially dedicated teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2012
I have 2 children in this school since pre- k. It's an amazing , community oriented, parent involved school. My kids love their school & their teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2011
Our family also just finished 6 years at the school. The parent support at the school is amazing. Literally hunderds of thousands of dollars, not to mention untold hours of volunteerism donated to the school. The parents have high expectations, and the teachers and staff are well aware of that, and meet those expectations. There was a concern a year ago, when the school's principal retired. However, the parent group was involved in the selection process for the replacement, and the new principal, Mr. Grass, met every expectation. (Even went with the 5th graders on their AstroCamp field trip.) His energy level is amazing, and he's firm, but gives so much encouragement to the kids. You can tell he loves his job. At our new middle school, we just found our daughter is in honors classes for all four core subjects. Even she said "our teacher last year really got us ready".) Thanks CH!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
This is an amazing school. My daughter is beginning middle school and is so well-prepared. She had exactly the elementary school experience I hoped for her. Great learning, great friends and a great time!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
My child went to Kindergarten at CHE last year. He was with Ms. Yoon and had a great time throughout the school year. He was ever ready to go to school and learn. Ms. Yoon is a great teacher and she loves to teach. Her enthusiasm is infectious and it rubs off on the kids. The STAR program is enriching and keeps the kids busy with a wide range of activities.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
Castle Heights is a fantastic school, and parental involvement is phenomenal. My son just finished first grade and Mrs. Malloy should get teacher of the year she was just so wonderful. My oldest child was in STAR program at Kentwood ES for five years, so I didn t hesitate to enroll my son into Castle Heights STAR program and they didn t disappoint. My son receives help with homework, arts and crafts, sports, and is even in a woodshop course in the STAR program. 5 starts to CHE and the STAR program.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2011
I love Castle Heights STAR! Great staff and wonderful programs. Thank you STAR Torrie Rosenzweig

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2011
My son had the best time in the STAR Little Dippers. It was the best experience for him. I look forward to him starting kindergrten.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
My son just finished 3rd Grade and our daughter will be in kinder next year at this school. The new principal is fantastic and the STAR PROGRAM is phenomenal. These two aspects make me so GRATEFUL to be a Castle Heights Dad!!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
Our child just finished 1st grade, and she really enjoys going to school every day. The most appealing aspects of the school for us are the very strong parental commitment and involvement, and the dedication/quality of the STAR afterschool program.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
STAR program gets 5 Star in my book. My little girl loves it so much. The staff is amazing. The fun they have there,. There's no place like it. I applaud them . Great work to all.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
Today is my daughter's last day as a 1st grader, and she is already excited for the next school year. I'm glad that we have a school like Castle Heights that is so amazing, the principal is great, the best teachers in town, great support from the parents and a wonderful school staff. The Star after school program is wonderful, the staff are awesome. Good Job guys!!!! See you next school year.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
Fantastic school in general, but I have been particularly impressed with the STAR program here. They have summer and break camps, after care and a wealth of other enrichment classes. The staff is experienced and truly wonderful with the children. The aftercare program is impressive, and my children have been with STAR since Kindergarten, every summer and during the school year.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
This is a destination school! There is not a better, more well-rounded, campus on the west side. The new principal is high energy with a great "let's get in done" attitude. Parent involvement and commitment are amazing. The after school program, STAR, makes staying after school fun and educational.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
Our daughter is just finishing 3rd grade. We are very happy with Castle Heights Elementary School and the STAR Program. We live slightly outside the border of Castle Heights, but we file for a permit every year, so our daughter can stay in Castle Heights. My husband and I both work, so the STAR program is the perfect after-school program for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
Our daughter has attended Kindergarten and 1st grades far and we look forward to her brother starting Kindergarten in the fall. The campus and facilities are very good, and the school is supported by a strong network of parents, teachers, staff, and principal. The STAR after school program is an awesome bonus resource.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
A fantastic community school where parents are really engaged. Teacher and upper leadership really have the best interest of the kids at heart which in turn foster a great learning environment. As parent of three we are also so grateful to the most wonderful after school program. The start program is so connected to the children that not only it helps with home work but also develop and expend the kids interest for so many things.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
Our child attended k- this year and we are more than pleased! this school is everything one hopes for: not just high academics but also a real sense of community. the teachers are fantastic, the principle young and energetic and the kids and parents are all devoted to making this a wonderful, safe and enriching place. In addition and worth noting is the absolute amazing after-school STAR program. our daughter never wants to leave. With art, language, drama, music and sport activities all afternoon, what better can a child (and parent) ask for?

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
This is truly "a great school." A true community of educators and parents that work together to support student success. The school's greatness is surpassed only by the STAR after-school program. The STAR program combines the creative arts, physical fitness and academics to the benefit of each and every child who participates in this program. I can't say enough about the STAR program and how STAR also supports Castle Heights and the vision of helping each student become a lifelong learner.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
I'm so proud for having my son attend this school and the STAR after school program. Teachers, coaches and all staff members are highly dedicated, and the entire school environment is superb. Parents are also very involved with day to day extra curriculum activities. If you are looking for a place to have the best for your kids, then this is the right place!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
Our son has just completed his last year @ CHE - we are moving on to middle school! So sad to leave! It would be much worse if our girls were not starting kinder next year! Bittersweet! We have been privileged to have one of the best teachers - we have ever come across : mr feeney! CHE is outstanding - it's a community school, lots of parental evolvement, a new principal, a diverse student body, great test scores and enthusiastic teachers! We <3 CHE

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2011
Castle Heights has been, and continues to be a haven for children to grow and explore. We have Science classes and Computer Lab at all grade levels, an engaging PE program, a volunteer-driven Gardening Program that is facilitated by a master gardener; an Arts Program that offers dance, drama and music as well as visual arts, after school programming and events that include daily Homework Club in our beautiful Library - staffed by our library aide and parent volunteers; a soccer, basketball, softball and track team "season", a talent show, and an art show. We have engaging teachers who know the value of teaching "past the test" not "pass the test." Come check us out!

- submitted by a teacher
April 22, 2010
Parent of two at the school, and love the enthusiasm and dedication shared by parents, teachers, administrators and staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Since K - 5th grade my child has been attending Castle Height Elem. we have loved this school for so many reason such as the Teachers they care very much for each student. I have found out that a school is not a great school unless parents are involved and let me tell you I have never seen so many parents involved a school as castle heights. My child has developed so much by attending this school I could have sent her to a school closer to our home but we decided this would be the best place. It is such a beautiful school to walk into. The school has even there own garden were even the children can help grow there own flowers and vegetables. There is a very 'Old School' feeling here it makes you think that this is the way all schools should be. I hope my daughter will feel the same way about her once she goes to Junior High . The after school program here is awesome. Jay and Tanya our second family to us we know our child is safe and in a great after school program with them. It better be a good school we drive over 30min to get there and I would even drive an hour if I had to thats how much we love Castle Heights. -:)

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
I have been a parent at Castle Heights for 6 years and have been consistently happy with the school. The teachers and principal are great and the overall community feeling at the school is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
This is a school with passion and energy. It is a community who cares about education, the value of a good education, the value of good teachers, great teachers. This school can go up against any other for public or private. They just really care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Great teachers, very involved parents, great principal. We could not be happier at Castle Heights!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
It is a warm and caring community that throws all of its support toward children on the entire spectrum of the learning curve, but particularly highly performing students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Castle Heights is Special for many reasons! The dedicated and exceptional teachers go above and beyond to prepare our kids for their futures. The students come from diverse backgrounds regarding race, language, religion, economic status etc... which allows for a richness of ideas and perspectives in the classroom. Our school is a true reflection of our country! Parent involvement is off the charts so we are able to supplement the programs offered by LAUSD. There is an art teacher coaches, full computer lab, garden and music. I just LOVE Castle Heights!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
I have had children at Castle Heights for the last seven years, and I cannot recommend the school highly enough. Teachers, administration, curriculum, music, art, science, learning garden, kindergarten playground - it's all exceptional. Don't miss an opportunity to send your child to this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
the community is wonderful, the staff cares, the education is priceless. It is a fantastic school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
My child is in his sixth and final year at CHS and I can honestly say that his academic and personnal growth during these last 6 years have been a pleasure to witness. Each successive grade teacher has been exactly the right person to help any child through their most formative years. I feel my child has every advantage possible going into Middle School, and what more can you ask of any Elementary School. Good job Castle Heights

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
The staff and faculty are great, the parent involvement is fantastic, the atmosphere is welcoming and warm. It is the perfect example of a neighborhood school working hard to be great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
This is a true gem in our neighborhood. It is the perfect community away from home with caring friends, staff, teachers and parents!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
I love Castle Heights Elementary school because they offer lots of help and help students with their education. The school have many programs in which the whole school gets to participate in and show school spirit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
The best neighborhood school in our area. Great teachers, great kids and great parents!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
What a great school! Incredible teachers, incredible parents and incredible children.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
Castle Heights Elementary has been a stimulating & prolific learning environment for my nephew. Truely a community school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 19, 2010
My children used to attend a private school for many years. My son was an average student and sadly my daughter was below grade level. We gave our local public school a try and in one year's time my son moved into gifted honors and my daughter is now grade level with the rest of her peers. This school has amazing parent involvement as well. We are a true community school who will do what it takes to continue the high level of education that children deserve.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Great teachers, Awesome programs, All parents get involved!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
I love this school for many reasons, one in particular is because the parents that are involved are great people and the kids are definitely worth it!!!

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2010
We love Castle Heights Elementary School. The staff is awesome, the parents are involved and provide many programs that take the curriculum to the next level, and it the community is unbeatable!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
The parent involvement makes this one of the best grade schools in the city.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Good, caring teachers, good leadership from the principal. Strong parent organization for fundraising, which makes a big difference in terms of the 'extras' that we took for granted when we were kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
Castle Heights is a true neighborhood school. The high level of parental involvement along with teachers who genuinely care make it an exceptional learning environment for the students. With so much of the neighborhood attending, the kids develop a sense of community and belonging that is not often found in a large city.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
I love Castle Heights for the education and the teachers, I love Castle Heights for the wonderful kids and their parents. I love Castle heights for the parent involvement. This is such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Castle Heights is a neighborhood gem! I loved this school when i was young. Now my kids are enjoying it too! Great community involvement. Great teachers and supportive staff. Very happy children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
My son is finally in good hands! great academic staff and management!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
Strong parent participation, safety, challenging curriculum, good parent-teacher-staff communication, and lots of fun activities for students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
My nephew likes his teachers and he is learning a lot. Any time a child likes to go to school, they are doing something right. Encouragement is needed to continue and so is money.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
We never considered sending our children to public schools until we witnessed the tremendous community support and involvement of smart parents. We have realized what a gift a local public elementary is providing our children with both a great education and a wealthy array of neighborhood kids to have playdates. Two thumbs up Castle Heights.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
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March 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2010
The best thing I ever did for my child is pull her out of Castle Heights and switch her to Palms. Palms has so many more resources for kids than Castle Heights. There is a full-time assistant principal - Castle heights only has an AP one day a week. There is a beautiful new Library. The afterschool program run by the YMCA is half the price, has a lower ratio than STAR and is a structured, loving environment . The principal, teachers, staff and parents have no 'attitude' and provide a non-competitive, supportive environment for every child.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 15, 2009
We are so fortune to be at Castle Heights!! The parent group invests over $250,000 into programs including aides for each grade level, science teachers, computer/instruction, gardening curriculum, field trips, beautification and so many more things. Even with budget cuts and a bad economy, the parent group/community is dedicated to this school. We just are LOVE this school!!! We love this community!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2009
Castle Heights is a wonderful community dedicated to ensuring our children get the best education. The teachers really care about the personal growth of my children, academically of course, but also as people. I am continually impressed by the depth of understanding my kids' teachers have about their strengths and weaknesses, about the best ways to reach them, and about their interests outside the classroom. As a working mother, I appreciate that there is a high quality after school program on campus, so I don't have to worry about a transition.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2009
We love Castle Heights! Not only do I feel my children are academically challenged, but I so appreciate their being surrounded by such a richly diverse peer group. The principal, teachers and parents are all wonderful, caring, involved and dedicated, and we can't imagine a better environment for kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 14, 2009
I am mystified by the previous negative reaction to our wonderful school. Apparently he or she is turned off by a school that focuses a lot on student achievement. Let me put this another way. If you are looking for a school with incredible parent involvement, high student achievement, rising test scores across all racial and ethnic groups, wonderful teachers, and a sophisticated principal who understands how to get the most out of the LAUSD bureaucracy, then Castle Heights is for you and your children. We love it and I think 99% of the other parents feel the same.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
This school is the most miserable experience of my child's education - for both of us. They are so wrapped up in the children overachieving and catering to stay at home mothers that the focus on reality is completely lost. A charter school would be much better for my family - so if you are the least bit creative in your thinking about parenting and school please save yourself the frustration and put your child elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
Our teachers are great- the staff is understanding and all kids shine at Castle Heigts- we are a community where we choose to not get lft behind regardless of budgett cuts parents fundraise and parents volunteer we all work together

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
It is a gem in the middle of Los Angeles!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
The perfect learning environment!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Because it's staff from the principle, teachers, even custodial staff... care about the kids!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The principal, teachers, and other staff are completely committed to the students and to sustaining the best possible elementary school. The families are also involved in creating a community for learning and growth. The API scores just keep going up!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Because it's doing a great job of educating some great kids--the Gardners.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
They care so much about the children in every aspect from education to respecting others they teach the children that school doesn't end at highs school is only the beggining to there future.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
The teachers and staff are great and really care about the students! There is also a lot of parent involvement and a great community feel. I have found Castle Heights to be superior to all other LAUSD schools in the vicinity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
My grandson is a student. I've watched him bloom in the school's environment. He went to pre-K and learned to read even before kindergarten. I think it's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
we are just happy. my children are learning in a safe and enriching environment. the teachers, staff and parents are all dedicated to making things work. I feel lucky to have free education of this caliber in my community

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Castle Heights rocks! It is truly an amazing school. The principal, teachers, and parents all work together to provide the best learning experience possible for the students. I am so thankful that we are part of this school community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Castle Heights is a great school! Even though there are almost 600 kids, the principal knows each of them by name, and cares about all of them. The teachers spend a lot of their own free time to participate in activities after school and on weekends. The parents are great about pitching in to help when they're needed. And the kids...well, they're happy and they're learning. The parents help raise money to provide the extras--art, music, computers, p.e., science, extra classroom aides, etc.--so all the kids get a chance to shine. It's a wonderful community--I'm proud to be part of it, and I'm thrilled that my daughter gets the chance to go to such an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Castle Heights is a wonderful example of everything good about public education in Los Angeles. With a diverse student body, amazing teachers, an inspired Principal and administration, and parents who are motivated and completely involved, we feel blessed to be a part of this learning community. The campus is gorgeous, with trees and learning gardens. There is even an outdoor art classroom that Kinder students use everyday. You really have to visit our school to appreciate it, as our high test scores are just one aspect of the learning environment. We have Art Angles, Green Team ,Talent Shows, Art Shows, Plays, Art teachers, Music, Homework Club and so much more. Come check us out- you will leave inspired.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Great teachers & admin, great parents and great kids -- what a winning combination!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teaching staff is excellent and both of my children got their start at Castle Heights. I have been on staff for many, many years and think Castle Heights is one of the gems of the LAUSD.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
This school has the quality of teachers that ever school should have. Along with staff member and parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love the wonderful diversity combined with the academic strength, strong parent invovlement and dedicated teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
There is a huge sense of community, generousity and love at this school. The teachers are amazing as well as the STAR after-school care.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
We are so happy with our lovely neighborhood school. Friends told us it's like a miniature United Nations - and they were right! What a great environment for our kids to grow up in, surrounded and supported by caring parents, teachers and administration, and a student population that's truly representative of the diverse city we live in. Not to mention the stellar academics (!) Great Job, Castle Heights!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
teachers are very experienced, knowledgeable and loving

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love Castle Heights Elementary School because the teachers and staff are amazing! The families represent a solid community! The kids are performing better each year and are learning fun and interesting things. And finally because my kids are happy at CHES. It's the best of the best! I'm proud.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
It is a great school, run by a wonderful team.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
the great staff, teachers and parents. Everyone cares about our kids

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It is a fantastic local school with excellent parental support and a motivated group of people helping to better the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
nurturing environment for learning with high standards

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Because my Grandson loves it and is doing so well. Great teachers, with skill, understanding and patience!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Castle Heights has a wonderful combination of fun kids, great teachers, and a lot of parental involvement and dedication. Everything just clicks there, and you couldn't ask for a better elementary school these days.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great community - great academics - great teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers really care for the kids. The support group, Friends of Castle Heights, use their endowment intelligently to cover the shortfalls caused by the budget crisis.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great school with Parents supporting the education of our terrific kids.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
It's a very caring place and well kept up with great family participation

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Castle Heights is like a big family. There is a lot of parent involvement and dedication. The parents and teachers have great communication.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
a big community feel representing all the different cultures in los angeles.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The staff are great and my son loves to go to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
It teaches not only the 3 R's: but how important it is to be practicing the 3 R's: reduce, recycle, and reuse as part of their lifestyle. Students are doing it, as are the staff.

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
Castle Heights is an amazing school! We were so lucky to be able to transfer in and have our daughter complete kindergarten there. The teaching staff is fantastic. Mrs. Yamaguchi in particular, is an especially gifted teacher. The parents are involved and committed to the school's success. The student body is really diverse and the kids are all nice! The campus grounds are adorable, the fund raising for all the extras is extraordinary - what more can I say? This truly is a gem of a school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2009
I love this school,We are so happy for my daugther to be here!!!!She gonna stay for more many years!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 19, 2008
All teachers at Castle heights are great. This business of choosing the 'best' teacher is nonsense! It causes nothing but grief for the principal and the staff. Let the administration decide who is best for your child. Castle Heights is a great school and I would recommend anyone place their child there.

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2008
Both of my children are thriving at Castle Heights Elementary. My son who is in 3rd grade, going to 4th next year and my daughter will be in 1st grade next year have both exceeded the standards for their grade level. This is due to the teachers they have had these past few years. Most of the teachers at Castle Heights are really great! There are still some that are LAUSD senority teachers and should really retire and let some new teachers come in and bring the CH standards up even higher than they already are...which would be a great gift for the students. If your child gets the right teacher each year at the school thier experience of elementary school will be wonderful. Ask around, be curious and stay on top of what's going on in the classroom and on campus and search out the 'best' teacher for your child.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2008
I right now go to castle height and is about to graduate in June of 2008. If you were smart you would put your child in castle heights elementary school If you want your kid to be in a school that is above almost all the other elementary school. just make the right choice

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2008
Just wanted to point out that the school now has a GATE program which my son is in and it's been great. I noticed that in previous reviews there had been no GATE program.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2007
The special ed resources at CH are good. Teachers like Mr. Meeks and administrators like Cindy Miller do step up to the plate for special ed kids. Parent involvement is a good thing, yet power struggles within parent involvement and their economic undercurrents are obvious. Parents w/out the leisure time for parent activities/involvement should be reached out to via phone calls/emails by the active parents. Also, STAR program is raved about, yet many CH families cannot afford STAR, a so-called 'non profit' which offers very few if any scholarships or low income spaces. There lies the stark division of kids in unstructured Youth Services (which do a good job w/what they have btw) and the formal extra curricular after school courses of STAR. CH needs to work w/STAR re free/low cost classes. The office staff like at many LAUSD schools often, (not always) speak to parents as if kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
My child spent his entire elementary school years at Castle Heights. The best part of the school is the after school care. Jay, Tanya, and STAR team are fantastic. I found my child learned more after school than in the actual classroom. As for parent involvement, there are many areas in which parent volunteerism is needed. However, the parent politics / power struggles between their PTA and their booster club FRIENDS can be annoying. They do not have a GATE program, so the gifted children suffer. We stayed around for fantastic teachers such as Ms. Yoon, Ms. Yamaguchi, Ms. Levy, Mr. Rains, Ms. Lessman and best fifth grade teacher Ms. Flannagan.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
Castle Heights has a lot of parent support through its PTA and 'Friends' program and generous financial donations compared to many other LAUSD elementary schools. (Sometimes too much neighborhood parent power/politics). It is pretty clean and safe for children and I have felt very secure in my child's safety during our time at Castle Heights. However, academically, the GATE program is essentially non-existent so accelerated learners really suffer. With 30+ kids with varying learning capabilities per class in the upper grades, teachers are forced to juggle and improvise how to keep the GATE kids challenged and how to give more time and attention to the children that struggle academically. Not enough support for the arts, music or cultural sensitivity even w/all the diversity on campus (holidays, etc). STAR program is amazing (Jay & Tanya). After school yard teacher is wonderful & very caring (Sheryl).

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2007
My 7-year old daughter began the 2nd grade last fall. We were relocating from New York City and were told that Castle Heights was an up and coming school. We moved to the Beverlywood area for that reason. My daughter loves the school, and has thrived. She loves her teacher, and especially the STAR program. It is excellent, and makes a big difference in the total school experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
This is my childs first year @ castleheights and so far I love the strict ground rules of locking the gates, I only enrolled my child in private schools in the past because of safety, but this is a great public neighborhood school. I do believe the teacher should be a little more friendly and not bring policies up to parents in front of other parents and children as if the parent was a child, this maybe an isolated thing with this teacher, overall this is a wonderful school

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
I think the Ideology of parents and school officials working together is one of this school's greatest assets. However, in order to maximize this dynamic the territorialism of some teacher's and paid staff must be remedied.A more customer friendly attitude is neccesary. And the longterm staff members need to be mindful these are our when we require an answer. A father, Thanks !

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
This school has grown and improved since my two nephews first started at this school. The teachers are fantastic on a whole. It's nice to see that more people who live in the area are now starting to go to this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
Both my children have gone to Castle Heights Elementary since they were 5 years old. Castle Heights is a wonderful school. They provide many different programs for all the children. There is great parent involvement. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal attends all school functions, even the evening ones, and the ones which are not mandated. The school raises more money than it needs but it is used for classroom/school improvement as opposed to being spent carelessly. I am very sad that I must move out of this district. My children and I will miss this school very much '

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2006
It was the parents that impressed me most about the school five years ago when my son was just ready to start kindergarten. My son is now finishing fourth grade at Castle Heights. Any school who has as many devoted and committed parents, has to be a great school, I thought. It was true.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
The school is okay for general education, but if your child has special needs this is definitely not the place to be for you.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2006
My child has attended Castle Heights School for two years and she is thriving. Our principal is kind, reasonable, and helpful. Our student body is socio-economically and culturally diverse. We have an active Latino community. We are an 'Arts Prototype' School, meaning we reapply for an art grant every year to provide specialized standards-based instruction in Art, Music, Dance and Drama to the entire 4th grade and to one class in each of the other grade levels, K-5. This Art instruction is supplemented by Art Teachers paid for by our booster club. We have great dual afterschool programs - one free one for a fee, as well as homework clubs. We have a nice campus with a new Kinderyard playstructure, a garden, a grassy field, murals, a lovely library, and an outdoor art space- 'Art Alley'. We have fantastic parent involvement and welcome you and your little learner - Join us!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2006
Let's just talk about the STAR program. My brother and friends children have all attended school here - the school is doing well and the STAR program is one of the best. STAR is run by a man called Jay. He has lived in the area since he was a child and the staff that works with him are dedicated to making Castle Heights a great neighborhood school. Their program is great - they do Karate, Dance, Music etc etc and they even get to use the Theatre in Hamilton High School to put on their shows (a great venue by the way). Anyway, I know a lot of upcoming families in the neighborhood have band together to make this school something special - now and for the future.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2005
Castle Heights has turned out to be a fabulous neighborhood school. Our kids love it and so do we. The teachers are well rounded and are suited to work with a variety of different types of kids whether it be more academic or creative. The parent group has shown a huge resurgence in the last few years and you can really tell that it makes a huge difference.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2005
My third child will finish fifth grade this June, 2006. It has been a great place for both of my boys. We are a family with a high value on education, and Castle Heights has been a wonderful place to learn, giving a solid grounding to my sons as they cotinue on with their studies. The atmosphere at Castle Heights is an eclectic mix of families, teachers, assistants and volunteers that all want to help raise and educate enthusiastic, culturally aware, curious learners. The current administration at Castle Heights is excellent and I will be sorry to leave.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2005
I am the parent of a Castle Heights student that began in kindergarten and is now a 5th grader. The academic support she has received has been exceptional. The caliber of teachers has always been excellent from year to year. The emphasis on the 'whole student' has had a profound effect on the type of student and citizen my daughter has become. The attention Castle Heights has given to the arts throughout the years has been exemplary, especially since year after year, the California state government has taken more funded programs away. Parents and teachers have single-handedly seen to it that outside individuals/groups have come to teach dance, music, art courses to the students and they have benefited greatly. Parents are the true backbone of Castle Heights and from the thoughtful fundraising activities to the parent support events it all makes a true difference in the lives of the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
This school was wonderful. Both the academic and the extracurricular activities were great, as was the parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
Castle Heights is a nice little school. Unfortunately, it has open court learning which can be stifling to an above average student. It lacks enrichment classes except for those offered through Star. It has a great Star program. Castle Heights lacks many areas of study, such as the fine arts and all the sciences including computer science. Possibly with the new Principal the school could improve its academics. Castle Heights has good teachers, but they are restricted by the Open Court Program. The homework is not specific to a teacher's class. Instead it is for the entire grade level regardless of the student's ability. Parent involvement is limited to a few.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
Great parents, great teachers, great kids! STAR prgram is Fabulous and the visual arts program is too. Small class sizes. Parents are really invovled.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
The school is an excellent example for great teaching and parent involvement in public schools. They have experienced teachers who love kids. They have a great visual arts program and after school enrichment. The principal is new this year and we are still waiting to see who she is; so far so good! the parents are great and the school is excellent. My kids love it. It is orderly, with excellent academics, plus art and science. Small class size helps too. Physical plant is really nice; big blacktop, new play structure, and big grassy area. They have a real kitchen with hot lunches cooked there. It is great.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2005
Awesome growth is occuring. Student and parents are motivated to achieve excellence. Diverse community working together.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
this is a really nice school with a very helpful and knowledge staff. they have improved even more in the last 4 years.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
High level of parent involvement, good arts curriculum and great afterschool enrichment. Small class size for a public school. Very experienced teachers. Nice physical surroundings including grass play area, new play structure, et c. New principal this year seems to be pretty good.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
Experienced teachers, small class size and involved parents. Good after school care. Good PE program. New playground equipment. Lots of art and music. Too much emphasis on memorization and homework but the standards are high so I guess that is the reason.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2005
I live in the neighborhood and first considered private school when my second grader began kindergarten. This school has many dedicated families and teachers. Parent involvement and fundraising is at the highest level. The benefits of parents being involved at all levels is immeasurable. Test scores are increasing at a higher rate than schools in the area. If this trend continues, this will truly be a great school. I hope that the academic rigors continue to challenge my son.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
Excellent school with wonderful teachers and involved parents. No uppity feeling found in some private schools. Diverse mix of student body.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2005
Castle heights is in te midst of a change - the old Pricipal just left and a new one is about to start. The new one was picked by the residents so everyone seems pleased. Castle Heights seems to be known for its special education program. It also has a 150 strong group of families to be enrolled in castle Heights...a neighborhood that has gathered together to try and make sure that their school will improve throughout the year and years to come.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2004
Castle Heights has a lot of the right things going for it, good principal, lots of good teachers, and high parental involvement. The only negative about this school is that it is a LA unified school, which means it is subject to the curicculum dictated by the district. This seems to stifle the good teachers and not allow them to do what they do best, which is to teach. I find the Open Court program too tedious to do for hours a day, and the Scott Foresman math program to throw too much information at the kids, without building a math foundation. Castle Heights is a very safe school, but it varies on the discipline depending on the teacher. Some teachers run a tight ship, while others allow the kids too much liberty.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Castle Heights has one of the fastest growing parent involvement programs around. The faculty is fantastic and the commitment to improvement is so strong that when we looked at private schools they didn't hold a candle to this gem of a school. Some of the highlights include a new 'art alley' area where kids can participate in a unique arts program. Fall Festival is a great event that the entire community participates in, something of a rarity these days. I just can't say enough good things about what is happening at this public school. I encourage anyone interested to take a tour and to get involved in any school you attend. It really makes a difference.

- submitted by a parent
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Castle Heights Elementary School
9755 Cattaraugus Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90034
(310) 839-4528
Last modified Castle Heights Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Castle Heights Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 154 reviews. Top