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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Mrs. Braun is dedicated, professional, exceptionally competent, loving and kind to each student in her classes.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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