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Northridge, CA
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19010 Castlebay Lane
Northridge, CA 91326

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(818) 360-1908
(818) 831-5492
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September 15, 2014
Excellent school with great leadership! Mrs. Littlejohn did an outstanding job with that sprinkle situation. Sorry to see 2 star review from an " unhappy" parent with an unrealistic expectations. I was there the morning after, principle held an open meeting( after being up most of the night, saving classrooms ) answering all the questions and concerns. My child was bussed to Frost, she had a great time, felt safe and well cared for. If you are looking for a great school- this one is:)

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
I had a child that was bussed to Frost during the sprinkler malfunction. It is my understanding, Frost teachers and administration were extremely welcoming and accommodating. The Castlebay principal was beyond helpful and communication was forth coming at every step, including the all-call that went out the night before. If ANY parent was uninformed with regard to the details, they have only their self to blame as information was distributed verbally, electronically and telephonically. Castlebay's principal and teachers handled this problem with grace, as did Frost's principal and faculty.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
One thing I agree with on the 2 star comment is that teachers at Castlebay are amazing and we couldn t ask for more, but all the other information is inaccurate. The principal sent out a voice message the same night of the incident, I think around 9pm, with available information to all the parents.The message contained details about the incident.That same day, the principal spent her whole day and night helping at school and packing everything teachers and students will need at the other school.It is sad to see how someone can put so much effort and time into something, and still at the end not be appreciated and only be criticized.Could you ask for a better leadership?Next morning the principal met parents at the MPR and explained the situation with details.Flyers were sent out home the very first day with detailed explanations.My kid was also going to the other school, & from the first day, everything was amazingly smooth and perfect thanks to our principal.This is life, things happen, and our principal one more time proved to be the BEST one can ever wish for.She had it all planned and under control.Can t thank her enough for being such a great leader and an amazing person!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
Regarding the flooding at our school. Our principal Victoria Littlejohn packed each teacher's class room effected by the flooding. Her hard work in the wee hours throughout the night enabled us to start near normal classroom teaching instruction in our temporary classrooms at Frost by 9:19am that morning. She divided her time between both schools making sure everyone's needs were taken care of and that we all felt still like a "family." The transition back to our home school went smoothly- I personally spoke with LAUSD executives who praised Ms. Littlejohn's strong leadership throughout this ordeal! I am grateful to be able to truly know that we are all in capable hands should any emergency arise in the future. This is one remarkable principal!!

- submitted by a teacher
September 06, 2014
It is very unfortunate that the previous 2 star posting is inaccurate, (well, except the part about the amazing teachers agreed!). The principal actually sent out a phone message around 9pm to the entire school the very night (Wed night) of the incident and notified everyone which building was impacted and that children would be relocated the next day. The 2nd morning of relocation, an eblast email went out to the entire school at 9:46 am completely explaining the situation. Flyers were sent home with students. It is unfortunate that the prior parent didn t receive ANY of these communications the first couple days. The principal had at least 2 impromptu parent meetings in the office and then the MPR on the first and third mornings of relocation. When parents brought legitimate concerns (without exaggeration) to her on the third day of relocation, she immediately made sure they were addressed for the next day.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2014
I couldn't disagree more with the previous post. I have to give credit to all the TEACHERS at Castlebay. (5 stars for the teachers) As mentioned, there was a sprinkler malfunction at this school. However, the principal could and should have approached the situation much better. Very disappointed. Communication was not very clear with the parents until days later (in fact there was no immediate word/no voice message/no email of any sort until days later). Some of the 2nd and 3rd grade students were being bussed to Frost middle school (nightmare for some). But as usual, the principal glossed over any of the legitimate concerns parents had, put on her politician-like smiley face, and if anything, was not visible during this crucial time when things were so unclear and chaotic. I give all credit to the teachers who were soooo flexible and willing to come everyday, NO MATTER WHERE they were teaching, and CARING for our students. Thank you teachers of Castlebay!! All props go to you! I totally give 5+ stars to the teachers here. They are so dedicated to what they do.

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2014
What a wonderful school this is. The parents and staff all worked together to make sure that the instructional time is the best.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
This is a phenomenal school. It's unfortunate that parents would jump up and give the entire school one star based upon the fact that the LAUSD was going to bring in a federally mandated program - a program that won't be coming to Castlebay this year after all. But, the teachers, the staff, the kids and the parents are really dedicated and the parent group works very hard to make the school the best that it can be.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
I am a student at this school, and I love mr mena! I am so fortunate to have him. He is really a cool teacher!! All my teachers , and all the teachers are very advanced. Mrs. Littlejohn, the principal, believes in everyone's potential, too. This is the best school ever, I tell you, BEST!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2013
We love Mr. Mena couldn't of asked for a better teacher , my child actually enjoys going to school and learning ...every child should be lucky to have him !! Mrs. Dorfman is also another favorite ...and a great new addition to the school , mrs. Littlejohn , she's brought so many wonderful changes to our school. From a happy parent :-)

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
This is a great school and they have some very experienced teachers. My son had Mrs Buchanan last year and she does a lot of extra things in her class, incorporating stuff she's taught in upper level grades. My son still amazes me with stuff he's learned from her class. Ms Littlejohn, the principal is very personable and attentive to the students. She has brought improvements to the school, in small ways, like keeping the campus clean, increasing security measures (even before Sandy Hook), and recognizing outstanding students over the PA system. Parent involvement also has a lot to do with the success of the school and in this area, it can vary from class to class and year to year. Students get so much more when their parents are involved and engaged. There are many opportunities for helping out, but sometimes it seems it always the same small group that is pitching in. (unfortunately, I don't agree with the other review below - if that was years ago with other players involved, that should be discounted. As a parent, I'd want to know how the school is rated, now, not 10+ years ago).

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2012
Castlebay is a very pretty school situated in a "nice" area. It has a lot of pros and a few cons. Pros: Parent involvement is great and kids come to school ready to learn. Very dedicated teaching staff. Good principal. Good test scores. Has an intimate, small school feeling. Cons: Not enough emphasis is put on remediation within the general education program with an over reliance on special education to meet this need. Just became an affiliated charter and has not figured out how to make the most of this new status (yet). Overall- very good school with a trend towards improvement.

- submitted by a teacher
March 22, 2012
I agree with the previous parent's comment more than 100 percent about the on site after school care provided by YMCA. The service is horrible. The staff does not care about the children at all. They just sit and chat and the children can do anythining of their own. They only provide one hour to do the homework and rush the kids to finish so they can play outside and the staff can sit under a tree and enjoy chatting and relaxing. Castlebay Y is not a good afterschool program at all. I decided to take my child out and to place in a more professional after school program.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2012
The school itself is good. One of the best in the North Valley - strong involvment from parents, mostly great teachers and administrators (the new principal is great). The problem is with the onsite afterschool childcare by YMCA. The Y staff is nice but young and inexperienced. I often see kids playing way far from the building, sometimes out of sight from where the staff members are sitting and chatting under the tree. The monthly fees are not cheap for the hours they provide care and yet, parents are asked to do donations and pay for misc. things. Recently we paid for the cost of new earthquake kit which the squirrels got into and ate some food in it. We were told it is mandatory to pay because they are required to have these kits. If it's mandatory for a childcare center to have earthquake kits, shouldn't they be responsible for them? For those working parents, you might as well consider paying a bit more and send your kids to an affordable private school with better afterschool care.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2011
Castlebay is a wonderful school. It's a wonderful place to grow up during your youngest childhood years, in a community of caring parents, inspiring teachers, and experienced administration. The good family values taught at home really show in the attitudes and behaviors of the students. The academics as well as the social atmosphere is absolutely wonderful - my son has tested with an IQ of 154 (highly-gifted genius level), and he simply thrives here with the support of his teachers and his wonderful friends. Not only does he get his academic challenge, but he learns how to communicate with others in a very healthy way -- which is extremely important, especially important, for a person with such intellectual giftedness. Part of it, is because he is not alone. Lots of kids at Castlebay are tested into the "gifted" category. My son has friends with whom he can share his interests in nature and science and building with, and at the same time, he also has friends who teach him what "good friendship" is all about. The kids at Castlebay are the most amazing thing about this school - more so, than their curriculum or parent involvement or test scores. WE LOVE THIS PLACE!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
.We want to love this school but there are some obstacles. The positive: This school is surrounded by a great community with caring parents who donate time, talent, ideas and money like nowhere else. There is a culture among the parents that education is VERY important and that is why this school performs well (on paper). There is an abundance of parent participation. Also, a nice enrichment program to help round out the children's education and provide afterschool activities. For a school with a great a reputation, there is a surprising lack of pride. Sadly, we have found some of the teachers seem to be winding up their career and are simply going through the motions. There is little respect shown to the students by some faculty. The children are herded through the campus and spoken to like farm animals. Budget cuts seem to be a daily theme. If only this staff would realize respecting the students and treating them well didn't cost any money. Kids are obviously getting an adequate education. However, we've seen little inspiration and the school seems to lack "heart." Could be an amazing school with some visionary leadership.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
I love the how everyone is interested in making our kids succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2010
Great teachers and staff, smart students, and dedicated parents!

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May 03, 2010
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July 19, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
May 09, 2009
Both of my children went to this school and the teaching staff if unbeatable. First grade teachers make the class fun and challenging. No better teacher at the school then Mrs. Fernandes, (dedicated to each of her students and always available to parents) unfortunately she passed away this year. Ms. Wiley and Ms Genna are both excellent choices

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
Great choice for elementary school. The teachers were some of the best that my daughter has ever had. After being quite successful due to Mr. Moore and Dr. Field's help my daughter went off to an extinguished private middle and high school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
Castlebay School is the best among LAUSD schools by far with a superior excellent principal, but is definetly behind if compared to private schools. Our kid attended the Kindergarten and was a great learning experince. However, 1st grade was a disaster for all as the learning curve took a dive. The high rating is only achieved because the parents teach the kids extra at home and at Kumon classes otherwise the school rating is no better than Germain. Teachers grade the kids depending on parents social activity in class and not on child's own academics. To save our child we moved to a private school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 03, 2008
They are known to be extremly rude. The staff is actually nice your a participating parent. There are a few teachers that yell a lot and I've already pulled my son out of Montessori because of the same issue. I don't believe that any teacher should yell at anyone unless a child's safety is at issue and they need to to get their attention urgently.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
My child was in Mrs. Kimmel and Mrs. Goldstein's class last year. They are wonderful teachers and my child is in love with school! I want to thank them both for a tremendous involvement in mine and other parent's children. My family is so blessed to be at a school with teachers and staff who care so much about these children. My child adores Mr. Norris, he is a wonderful addition to an already wonderful staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 28, 2008
My daughter had Ms. Cipriano as her kindergarten teacher last year. Ms. Cipriano did a phenomenal job with an extremely challenging class. She creates a fun and loving environment while maintaining academically stringent standards. I only hope my youngest child will be fortunate enough to have her as his teacher, too.

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June 27, 2008
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no rating March 07, 2008
I teach at many schools and without a doubt, Castlebay School is a 10 star schools in my book. The Principal, office staff, teachers and children are all superior to any other school I have worked with. They are a 10 star in my book.

- submitted by a teacher
November 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2007
Mrs. Braun is dedicated, professional, exceptionally competent, loving and kind to each student in her classes.

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2007
Castlebay Lane is an excellent school. The staff is extremely helpful and organized. Last year my daughter was in Mrs. Ashcrafts class and we just loved her! She has so much to offer to the students and has alot of energy! My daughter learned alot and had fun while she learned. She came home every day with a huge smile and told me how much she loved Mrs. Ashcraft.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2007
I have heard numerous postive comments from other parents regarding the quality of education and excellent teachers before my child started this year at Castlebay. The size of the school is overwhelming but I am very impressed with the quality of education and are happy we made the decision to give public school a chance. Ms. Cipriano is an excellent teacher and is really making a difference in my son's development.

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October 09, 2007
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September 12, 2007
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September 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2007
Nancy braun is the best teacher at castlebay, the hard part is getting into her much demanded classes. Mrs. Braun is dedicated, smart, advance thinking and loving to her kids. She spends an great deal of her own money on classroom ehancements, and works overtime regularly. She is the prize of castlebay if not all of lausd!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
Excellent school - my son transferred here in the 3rd grade from another magnet school and thrived. Miss Jung, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Cardenas - outstanding teachers who excel in all subjects. They are creative, patient, and committed to learning. Miss Jung gets her students more than ready for middle school. Contrary to what another parent wrote, I see a real community here. Cultural differences aside, Asian non-Asian families came together to make the school the success that it is. We will miss this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
My child just finished 4th grade and she had the most intellectual growing experience in Ms. Harvey's Class. I am so blessed to be in a school that has such dedicated teachers and staff like Ms. Harvey and Mr. Norris. Castlebay will be sorely missed next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
Mr. Cascone is top notch - a truly wonderful, dedicated, compassionate hard working teacher. Both students and parents adore him. Castlebay is blessed to have him.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2007
The school academically is very challenging. Some teachers are better than others. In 2006, the school obtained a new principal. She is very nice and friendly to the kids, however she needs to be firmer with her teaching staff in order to continue the good academic standing within the community and the state.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
I highly recommend this school. I have had two kids in this school and overall, I've had very good experience with the teaching staff. Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Edelson, Mrs. Fernandez, and Dr. Fields provide excellent, high-quality, and non-judgemental teaching methods.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2007
Excellent staff and supportive parents. The instructional program is standards based and student centered. Test scores are high, but an appropriate balance exists between providing a well rounded education to students and preparing them to achieve academically. As educators, my wife and I are extremely pleased with the education our daughters are receiving at Castlebay.

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April 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
Very exciting learning environment!Teachers are great. My son went there and Dr. Field is his most favorite through entire his elementary experiences out of 5 different schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2005
This school must be one of the best. With significant parent involvement and a huge commitment of students, the school is safe and has a robust curriculum and learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2005
This school is amazing! There is so much Parent involvement thats what makes this school what it is. all extra activities such as music, art and computers are all paid for by path from funds raised by parents. It is def. an excellent school . Teachers seem great and students really seem to love them. worth the move to porter ranch!

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November 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
Our son's Kindergarten teacher is Ashley Ashcraft. She is a phenomenal educator who teaches the three R's, socialization, as well as discipline. She handles each child individually to his/her maturity level, and our only hope is that she teaches 1st grade next year so that our son can benefit from the most fundamental learning of his life. I am very impressed with how much our son has achieved in 4 months of her tutelage and mentorship.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2005
This school offers an excellent academic program. The students have accesss to music, art, sports and other extracuricular acitivities. Parent council is very active in this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
This is the best school. My daughters went to a private school before and they are learning the same programs. The teachers are wonderful and caring. We moved into the Castlebay district just so are daughters could attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Castlebay is an average school with great test scores. The scores reflect bubble test scores. The affluent community is a plus & minus. A few parents are very involved and try with best effort to make the Parent Association strong. The Art, Music & Computer classes are funded by parent donation. Apparently some feel they need not participate but their children do participate in the enrichment classes. Traffic is a problem-some are reckless drivers. Teachers are good, knowledgeable, & experienced but lack the freedom to perform at their best due to restrictions which include getting the best test scores possible. Overall barely acceptable, but has potential.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2005
Lots of parent involvement. Great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
A great school with alot of parent involvement. Maybe a little too much focus on test scores and not enough on cognitive development and the arts. Good extra-curricular options for after school. Over all, a fantastic public school.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
Great testing scores, but lacks a sense of community. Big gap between Asian population and white population that does not seem to narrow, but instead only gets bigger every year. Not enough art, music and no p.e. which makes every child complete. This school believes that test scores alone will keep this school alive. If this school is so great, why does it not have a blue ribbon as a distinguished school?

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September 10, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2004
My nephew attends first grade at Castlebay. He likes going to school and finds it challenging. He scored well on his CAT 6 scores. I wish the school had a gate program for second grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2004
My nephew attends first grade at Castlebay. He likes going to school and finds it challenging. He scored well on his CAT 6 scores. I wish the school had a gate program for second grade.

- submitted by a student
September 02, 2004
My son went to this school for first and second grade. In the first grade,the school informed me that they will test him for gifted test on my request and then they said that none of the first graders will be tested. In the second grade,the teacher was extremely impressed with his math skills(he would correct the teachers math mistakes)so she asked for the psychological test for gifted. He passed it and the teacher said he should go to a gifted class.Unfortunately,this school does not have a class for only gifted kids and per her advice,he would not be challenged in a regular class. I had to change his school for the third grade in order for him to go to a honors class. If he was tested in first grade,i could have done so for the second grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2004
Castlebay is a great school with an excellant teaching staff. My daughter left private school and entered this public school in the 5th grade. The curriculum was on a par with her private school and the family atmosphere helped her to make a seamless entry. Even though the principle left mid-year, the school didn't miss a beat.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
This school is by far in the top three in the valley! The parents and teachers help together to make this school as exceptional as it is!

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Castlebay Lane Charter School
19010 Castlebay Lane, Northridge, CA  91326
(818) 360-1908
Last modified Castlebay Lane Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Castlebay Lane Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top