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K-5
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Mountain View, CA
Students enrolled: 574
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505 Escuela Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94040

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(650) 964-7555
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September 28, 2014
My eldest child (now in middle school) had a wonderful experience at this school in the Dual Immersion program. The parents are very active and you feel very much a part of the community. He came away with many great friends as they learned to become team players and work together on many projects. The school has undergone changes since then, so I can't really speak on things now as my youngest got pushed out of the program due to a learning disability that the principal at the time claimed that they couldn't assist because of the Dual Immersion set up. I've since learned that this was a fallacy and am heartbroken that the experience couldn't continue.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
I'm only commenting about the first grade DI program. Last year in Kindergarten, we had an awesome experience. This year there are two new first grade DI teachers. It's been a horrible experience not only for our children, but for parents as well. At the start of the year, many children were feeling overwhelmed. Parents as well. There has been a lack of communication this whole year....Also there are some students who are being told things in the classroom that are not acceptable. Our children come home confused and scared. I believe this year has been the way it is due to the two new teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
Castro School is all about building students' skills and community!

- submitted by a community member
March 04, 2010
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- submitted by a student
November 20, 2009
It is our kid''s 4th year at Castro's DI program. Dr. Judy Crates, the principal, is quirky and fabulous - focusing on all the right things. Castro's fundraising programs are ever increasing, garden program is budding, lots of parents are doing very special things for he school, many teachers are wonderful. The largest challenge of how to teach to socio-economically disparate groups of kids is there, like in other schools, where kids are learning English. My daughter speaks beautiful Spanish and is tri-lingual! Expect to see great stuff under Judy Crates' leadership in tandem with her staff and incredible parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
I love this school! Our son is in the Castro Dual Immersion Program. We feel that we have been given a priceless gift of giving our child the opportunity to become bilingual. His world is already so much bigger than ours...he can communicate in a language that neither my husband or I can. The teachers and parents are commited to each and every student. The community fostered here breaks many barriers including language and demographics.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
We are now in our 4th year at Castro and what impresses me most about the school is the level of commitment from not only the teachers and Principal but also the parents. Please know that test scores are only ONE gauge by which a school's success should be measured. As parents, wanted our children to learn to cope within a real world landscape of diversity and the spectrum of choices and lessons such a community has to offer to a growing child. We feel Castro Elementary is truly preparing our children and so many others for the choices they will undoubtedly encounter in the world ahead, while providing them with a great education.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
Castro's Dual-Immersion program has been exceptional for my child. Teachers have been very strong educators and care very much about all students. The new Principal (Dr. Crates started in Fall 2008) is very experienced and has been sharing school data with parents and teachers. The Castro parent communityis very involved. We love being at Castro for Dual-Immersion!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2007
Castro has a tremendously collaborative and involved community. the Principal is fantastic, the teachers are passionate and capable and our experience in the Spanish Immersion program has been priceless!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
I love this school for its offer and caring teachers. Unfortunately, this school does not have all the bells and whistles due to financial constraints... but I'll tell you... the parents & PTA programs really do their best to make up for it and it shows. We did an 'interdistrict' transfer from Cupertino schools. My child is speaking Spanish and loves it. Do it for your child!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2007
This school had a huge gain in test scores this year! While the 89 point increase is partially attributed to the PACT program moving to the school, all subgroups also made really good gains, and it is now one of the top elementary schools in Mountain View! Check out this school, you will not be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 21, 2007
I think this school is wonderful! I truly recomend this school!

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2007
While the previous writer mentions the lack of unity at the school, I would have to disagree. Due to a school closure, this was the first year that there is several different programs on campus, so school unity is progressing rapidly after this transitional phase.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2007
I agree that most of the teachers & the Principal are excellent at this school but the disadvantage of having 3 programs on 1 campus is that the children are not experiencing school unity. They are on different bell systems, and do not play together. The difference in ethnic backgrounds are also drastic between the programs which seems to create more separation. I would say this school needs to encourage race awareness and unity amongst the students AND the parents. PACT AND DUI are both well intended programs and both systems encourage learning in a positive classroom environment and the afterschool programs are amazing, it just wasn't the best place for my child.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2007
The PACT school was moving to the Castro campus a few blocks away so we checked it out. We liked the other parents and could see how they were connected in a way that is so rare in our society. The PACT kids were welcoming when ours ventured into the playground with them. The teachers were impressive and had low turnover that the private schools would brag about if they had such good numbers. PACT has a garden program where the kids grow and eat their own veggies, and art where they learn techniques to make their own creations, instead of 20 kids churning out 20 similar pictures. This is an amazing program and I'm so happy we joined.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
Castro is in fact a magnet school campus with 3 separate schools. Our children go to the PACT School, which is a wonderful whole child learning model. PACT is so innovative, with the best student:teacher ratio, because it has extensive parent participation as additional teaching aides in the classroom. I have taught the garden class, as well as kid writing and science-- and loved it! More importantly, the kids get a profoundly better education across all disciplines and personal development. PACT does not 'teach to the test' like so many schools, and yet its test scores are the second highest in the district! Finally, the community dynamic is powerful and wonderful-- we all literally help in educating each others' kids. Most importantly, my son and daughter are thriving.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2007
Our family has been a part of PACT School for seven years and it has been a wonderful experience for all of us! We love being part of PACT's strong, inclusive community and we really enjoy working in the classrooms with the children. PACT School fully prepared our son for middle school by giving him a well-rounded education, strong critical thinking skills and a wonderful sense of creativity. Our daughter is currently in 3rd grade at PACT and she is experiencing the same high quality instruction. Her teachers are creative and caring, and they always strive to grow the children's love of learning. The Arts Focus program is an outstanding (and award winning!) opportunity for our children to express their creativity. We can't wait for our third child to start in PACT kindergarten next year!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
My child is at the PACT school based at Castro School. PACT is a wonderful community of parents, students and teachers committed to giving our kids a life long love of learning and values in a supportive and energetic environment. We love this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
My child is in PACT Kindergarten. I love their teaching style and the level of commitment towards the children. My child has enjoyed PACT immensely this year. I would recommend PACT to all parents who have elementary school aged children.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
The PACT school, which is now located at Castro, is a wonderful and unique school where parents participate in the classroom and kids do a great deal of hands-on, small-group learning. My kids have done so well here, with teachers who have taken the time to learn their strengths and their challenges and who have inspired them to challenge themselves and explore areas of personal interest. In addition to the standard state curriculum, the kids do gardening, cooking, an intensive arts program, and about triple the number of field trips as an typical school. The parents bring an amazing array of expertise to the classroom environment. We've had parents teaching yoga, astronomy, anatomy, carpentry, etc. I wish there were a way to mark parent involvement at a 10+. By the way, the demographics for class size, test scores, and racial distribution are inaccurate; they date from Castro before PACT moved in.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
My daughter has loved the PACT school (now located at Castro). She is in 5th grade now and has developed her love of learning thanks to the amazing PACT teachers, creative hands-on projects, a parent led art program, parent involvement--offering gardening, fabulous field trips, cooking and more. The best part of PACT has been the open attitude of teachers to work with children and their families to create a rich, exciting learning environment and curriculum. More schools should follow this example.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2006
Castro is a wonderful school with a great community and strong academic program. My child is in the Dual Immersion program and absolutely thriving. I cannot believe how much he is doing at school. Science, monthly field trips, computer lab, creative art projects, not to mention learning a new language and he is only in Kindergarten!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2006
Castro is a wonderful school with dedicated teacher who are holding up well under extream pressure from standards based reforms. The dual immersion program is fabulous.

- submitted by a teacher
January 08, 2006
My son is in the Spanish Immersion program at this school and I can't say enough about it. We live in Palo Alto and of course were concerned about the reputation/low test scores - however this program has exceeded our expectations. The teachers and the parents are all so committed to this program. I sent my son to Escuela in Palo Alto for the summer Spanish Immersion program and quickly realized the benefits of Castro - including that there are more native Spanish speakers here and the kids actually speak in Spanish on the playground (or on playdates)- this is an enormous benefit for the native english speakers. Also the principal (Carla Tarazi) is wonderful at Castro.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2005
We love the Spanish/English Dual Immersion program at Castro School! Both of our sons are enrolled and doing well. My husband and I chose this school for the DI program over other schools in the district and over private schools. As parents, we are well qualified to help our children and offer them enrichment in all areas of traditional education, but we could not give them the very valuable gift of a second language. Not only are my children doing well academically, they are mastering their grade-level skill in both languages. Beyond academics, building friendships in the culturally rich and socio-economically diverse student population has offered our entire family the wonderful opportunity of experiencing first hand that all of us, no matter how different our backgrounds may be, bring our own unique gifts to the life's table. My children are living something more valuable than can ever be learned in books.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2005
Mariano Castro Elementry school has an excellent Dual Immersion program for grades K-5. For me it was extremly important that my children become fluent in both languages. I spoke spanish as a child but not as a teenager. I returned to my country, Nicaragua, and went to school there for two of my high school years. It was hard for me to relearn the language and even more so to learn to read & write in spanish. I am grateful that our neighborhood school offers this excellent program. My 1st and 2nd grader are now reading both in spanish and english and I couldn't ask for a better group of parents or staff. Castro school is definetly a big part of my life. It has become like my family.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2005
This school is a true gem. I am not a Dual Immersion parent, I have a son in 4th grade here in the SDC program. We are thrilled with the resources at this school site, the excellent support of the staff and administrators, and the many enriching academic programs available to the kids. My son loves the rich cultural environment and has made lots of friends. This school has a full time on site resource specialist, an entire wing devoted to ABA Therapy, an excellent computer lab, and a PTA and administration that is hard working and dedicated to the success of all students. This is an up and coming school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2005
The community involvement at this school is one of the strengths. The dual immersion program is agood program.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2005
Castro's dual immersion program is a wonderful opportunity for English speakers to learn a second language while they are young and while language aqcuistion is still easy. The teachers are excellent and the commity is strong and supporting. Castro's negatives are that the school's large percentage of non-native English speakers brings down the school's test scores and leaves the faculty focused on those with special needs instead of those with special gifts.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 07, 2005
Castro School is a wonderful community for your child to learn. Along with the material related to the California Standards, your child learns about other cultures, respect for other people and can participate in a close, friendly community. We have a strong technology program with many of the teachers earning awards for technology related projects done in their classes. The quality of teaching is outstanding at Castro. The teachers are the most highly trained in the district. They excel in teaching math, literacy and language acquisition. At Castro, your child can participate in our Spanish Immersion program where students are educated in both Spanish and English. Studends in this program become bi-lingual and bi-literate. These skills provide them with a lifetime of opportunities and increase math and language skills. Music is taught at every level with lower grades singing, 4th grade playing recorder and 5th grades choosing between choral, band or strings.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
Give your child the gift of a 2nd language! My wife and I are thrilled with the spanish immersion program at the Castro School. Our first grader is thriving, excelling at reading and math - and is well on his way to being bi-lingual (despite the fact both his parents speak English only). We highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
Our daughter is in kindergarten in the Dual Immersion program and we couldn t be more pleased with our experience! I did my BA & Masters at Stanford, both my husband and I highly value education, and we were very selective in our school choice. We live in Sunnyvale and commute to MountainView so we can take advantage of this unique opportunity. We loved the idea of our daughter being able to speak 2 languages. We also heard many parents at our daughter s preschool saying their child was bored in kindergarten. Having a 2nd language to challenge her has kept her fully engaged. In addition to the great academics, we value the collaborative community there. The students teach and learn from one another and the parent community is highly involved and highly collaborative. We have been so thrilled with Castro's DualImmersion and so happy with our decision.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2003
Great school. Economically diverse. Master teachers with a diversity of specialties. Unique and amazing dual immersion program. Inspired parents and students crossing cultural barriers to form friendships. Less entitlement and materialism than I have seen at other schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2003
My son is a kindergartner in the Dual Immersion program and he is thriving! He is starting to read on his own in both English and Spanish and he has only been in school for 9 weeks! As parents, we have started to learn Spanish ourselves as we get to know the Spanish-speaking parents in our son's class and spend time in the classroom. The community at Castro provides a unique opportunity to expand our outlook and life experience as well as our son's. We look forward to our personal and community's continued growth as we move ahead into the future.

- submitted by a parent
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Mariano Castro Elementary School
505 Escuela Avenue, Mountain View, CA  94040
(650) 964-7555
Last modified Mariano Castro 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.
Mariano Castro Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top