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6384 Leyland Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95120

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(408) 535-6385
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October 23, 2014
Im currently a 7th grader and i absolutely love this school. i have had problems of my own and when the school found out, they got help for me right away! i was crying a lot at the time but it made me feel batter about myself and i have great friends who are always there for me. i am i the band program and i have excelled rapidly and i love it i went to la with the band last year and i was like one of the only sixth graders because it was hard for the younger kids to get into a advanced elective but i enjoyed it sooooo much that i have to go again! i now am in jazz and im learning a lot from our famous band teacher Mr. bowman!!! the reveiws will say that there is gangs but honestly there arent gangs but there are kids that just dont follow the rules. just stay away from them.

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2014
Personally I think this school is how you say TERRIBLE! Its filled with a bunch of jugdemental white kids who make fun of others for being different! The teachers are mean especially the gym teachers. And the school is way to strict with their dress code. They wont even let you were a V neck even with a tank top under it! The kids judge eachother on looks. Like if you don't have an IPhone or a Jansport backpack you aren't popular! Also its filled with backstabbing friends who ditch you just to hang out with the popular kids. The only way you can survive at that school is if you join a gang or become popular! Or sometimes even both! Other schools should know not to be like Castillero! The thing i like about this school is that they have PE and hallway lockers! The school could improve in so many ways like the school food should be more nutricious, the dress code should be way way way less strict and like i said the kids should be watched carefully. For example if you see a girl run off crying to the bathroom follow her and find out what happened!

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2014
This school is amazing! People often judge it by its low API scores scores and say that it is because of bad teaching, but that's not the case! The teachers are all awesome and are passionate about teaching, but it's only the kids who don't care about learning and education that make this school seem bad. The arts program is the best you could ever have at a public school, and it helps all students to find their talents and interests, so that all kids fit in. CHOOSE CASTILLERO IT'S THE BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
Castillero is a good middle school with excellent electives like Art, Music and Spanish. The teachers are passionate in the electives. Others are there out of tenure for core subjects. There math program is lacking judging by how my daughter struggled in high school. On the whole it is a good school but recommend you work with your kids on their weaknesses to shore up their strengths in preparation for high school. The principal is not that good, seems to have attitude issues. They have a large number of vice principals who mostly run the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
Horrible school if a student has no interest in the arts; if the arts are a passion, the electives are fantastic. The advanced math classes are also great and leave students well prepared for high school. On the other hand, the science classes do not prepare for high school in any way, shape, or form. The language arts classes teach to the lowest common denominator; if a student's reading level is advanced for their grade, they will be ignored in class. There are pervasive issues with gangs, fights, and bullying. School is overcrowded.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
My son was dreading going to Castillero since he had heard about the bullying and poor leadership/academics. We did look at moving but it didn't work out so we decided to give the school a chance. Yes, they bus in a lot of kids and there is an emphasis on the arts. I don't agree with every policy and am not happy that the kids have to avoid any blue or red on their body (clothes, shoes, bags, etc) since they are gang colors. The school is so overcrowded, they need to have one way hall hallways! That said, my son is felling very comfortable at the school. He got a full year science and 7th grade math class which should push him academically. He was placed in Orchestra, as did many of his friends, even thought they didn't request it, but he's really enjoying learning the violin. Castillero has good sports programs in progress and planned (soccer, flag football, basketball, etc) which he loves. My son really likes his teachers and is enjoying the experience. Only a few weeks into the school year but so far it's been positive for a family that was so concerned that we were willing to sell our house and move to another middle school. I'll update this review after a few months.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
This is our "home" school and if you're child is not into the arts you are a total outsider. I find the school to be lacking in science and math. They school is too overcrowded and buses in students from other parts of the city. I understand the need for this magent, but feel they should balance out the core studies. Its very easy for a child to slide by here, big disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
I went to Castillero and found the classes lacking,no sense of community and tolerance. It's way too crowded. I was involved in the choirs and it wasn't that great. If I could I would have went to another middle school.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2013
I just returned from my daughter's orchestra concert, and as always I come away from a Castillero event thinking, "Parents would expect to pay thousands of dollars in tuition if this were a private school!" Castillero has 6 bands, 5 orchestras, 5 choirs, a full time drama teacher, a full time dance teacher and 3 full time art teachers. Every child gets 1 1/2 electives per year (2 1/2 if your child takes 0 period). My daughters had in dance, band, orchestra, drama and art. Everything except dance was fantastic. The school has very little bullying because everyone has their arts niche where they feel comfortable, talented and happy. When my daughter graduated she wept, "I can't leave band! They are my brothers and sisters!" The school sacrifices 1 semester of science each year to get in an extra elective, but I consider it completely worthwhile. As in every school there are strong and weak teachers in every subject. Math, science, social studies and language arts could all use improvements here and there, but overall it is an amazing school and I know our family will be grateful for the rest of our lives that our daughters were able to attend.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2012
Castillero has excellent music, drama and art programs and offers high school courses like algebra 1 and geometry for students advanced In mathematics.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
This is no longer a neighborhood school in Almaden. They have 9 buses that bus in kids from out of area. The school is over populated. The administration lowers standards(academic and behavior) to accommodate bus in population. This school has really gone down the last few years. Kids get easy A's without much effort. They don't prepare kids well for HS. They sacrifice academics for performing arts. Administration doesn't do much with problem kids, rule enforcement. Kids know there are no consequences for bad behaviors. Parents concerns and feedback are not heard by the admin. The school offers lots of choices in electives but only 1 semester of Science. It is great for kids that likes performing arts. There are some great passionate teachers but they spent more time controlling classroom than teaching due to disruptive kids. Leadership is lacking at Castillero. The administration is in denial about the problems. Some of them they can't fix due to SJUSD mandates but a lot they can. Some parents are also in denial because their kids are enjoying and doing well in performing arts. There should be no reason why we can't have both, good academics and performing arts electives.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2012
We were not happy here at all. Many teachers who should be FIRED and are not. Students who need help don't get it, administrators turn their backs on them. Discrimination against students who are not into any performing arts programs runs rampant; both from administrators and other students. Huge problem with cliques and groups who think they are IT, primarily girls in dance who can be extremely cruel. Many students have a chip on their shoulders. Classrooms are also often uncontrolled, and this is the SCHOOL'S fault for not removing those students and contacting the parents, rather than leaving them in the classrooms to disturb those who want to learn..

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
This is my son's second year here at this school . Just like every other junior high this school does face some troubled kids and some "wanna be" gang problems. However, I think the pro's outweigh the con's. I am very satisfied with the admin staff here at this school. Teachers and faculties can only do so much to stop the "bad" kids. Its up to the parents at home to raise their kids better!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
Not a good school if you want support from the principal or academic counselor. I agree with other parents and students is that if you're into music program, then it is a great school. The music teacher is excellent and is passionate about teaching. Unfortunately, there are also teachers in the school who are lazy, non-supportive and have zero passion in teaching. But since they are tenure, their job is safe. It really is a shame.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2011
HAS A Gang problem that they don't want to admit to even when the parents bring the issue to them.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2011
This school was higher ranking not too long ago which was more on par with the other Almaden schools. It is bothersome that it has quickly gone from ranking 8 to now a 6. I'm all for it continuing the performing arts and such, but would appreciate a return to a stronger academic program. Rating low on all 3 - teacher, principal, and parent - as it is a problem to solve together and hopefully sooner than later.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2010
This was the best school I've ever attended (I am a senior in high school now at Leland - DO NOT GO THERE FOR HIGH SCHOOL, trust me). Castillero is a magnet for performing arts, and might as well be for visual arts as well. There are some amazing teachers there, as well as staff and students. All my very best friends I met at Castillero. Yes, there are a few cliques, but for the most part people are friendly, nice, and fun to be around. It is really a fantastic school and I'll recommend it to any student who wants a great education with rich electives. - '07 Class Member

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2010
Do not listen to the parent reviews. Listen to us kids! We actually take classes at Castillero! They're is no "Popular" and "other" group, but there are a few cliques. The teachers know how to keep down the volume. The staff are wonderful and know the answer to all of your questions if it is about Castillero itself. The acedemics are great, you get chances to learn something new!

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2010
I attend Castillero Middle School and I love it here! The teachers are so nice and treat you with respect, I find myself learning new things everyday, and the electives are wonderful! I'm in 2 advance choirs and I love it! The teachers use creative ways to teach you new lessons and its always fun. If you're going to be in this school later, you shouldn't worry about what teacher you get, because all the teachers are awesome!

- submitted by a community member
January 21, 2010
This school is a wonderful. I am an 8th grader,all my three years I have experienced perfection.I feel totally ready for high school.

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September 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 15, 2009
Students do think Castillero is a great school because its like a holiday camp but they do need more academics to prepare them for high school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 12, 2009
Castillero is the best in terms of arts and curriculum and campus a all around great school.

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2009
Castillero is the best middle school anyone can go to and their electives and normal clasess everyone needs are awsome....The parents are being stupid on their reviews...Castillero is a great school!! they have dance, chior, band, oprchestra, and much more!! they have different levels too ( beg, int, adv) all my friends and i adore castillero! i give it a 10-10...Yes we can be loud...But were a great school and they control everything. And always have positive attitudes. So if u had to choose between any school and castillero...Pick castillero...Go cobras!

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August 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
The most horrible school on earth--unorganized, bad teachers, poor curriculum, lousy class choices, students treated like barcodes and with a horrid uncaring parmilitary attitude, unreasonable policies and a complete lack of communication.... a terrible, awful school. Don't send your child here if you can possibly avoid it.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 23, 2009
My daughter is just completing three years at Castillero. I have to say that I have been underwhelmed by the academics in general (with a sprinkling of really good teachers as the exception to the rule), but in my view, the problem lies with the lack of 'tracking' at the middle school level throughout SJUSD. I don't think any other school in the district is better to a degree that would convince me to give up the things I value about this school. The emphasis on the arts and the presence of a wide range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds both contribute to a culture where all different kinds of kids are able feel accepted and appreciated for who they are. At this developmental stage, having my child in a school culture that I can 'get behind' in this way is a top priority. But better 'core' classes would've been nice...

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 22, 2009
My child has attended the Castillero Special Ed classes for 3 years now and has improved 100%. She entered 6th grade from one of the districts worst elementary schools reading at a 1-2nd grade level and is reading now at a level where high school should not be a problem. She has confessed that she could be herself at this school and that she is not looked down upon by any student in the general poplulation because she attends special ed . Her self esteem has gone through the roof. She has a 4.0 GPA and is very active in sports. We are definately not from 'this side of the tracks' but have not experienced any negativeness because of it. The uniform policy is great and have seen no gang problems. She has friends from every income level and none have excluded her for being in spec ed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 09, 2009
I love castillero it is a pretty good school and i love it. Im in seventh grade and i have orchestra. It is realy fun to learn. I love this school.

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January 25, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2008
The most horrible school on earth--unorganized, bad teachers, poor curriculum, lousy class choices, students treated like barcodes and with a horrid uncaring parmilitary attitude, unreasonable policies and a complete lack of communication.... a terrible, awful school. Don't send your child here if you can possibly avoid it.

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September 29, 2008
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July 22, 2008
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April 08, 2008
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February 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 17, 2008
This school rocks all the electives are fun and the teachers are nice. Everyone gets along well too! I love Castillero.

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January 07, 2008
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November 16, 2007
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October 23, 2007
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October 15, 2007
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May 14, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
May 05, 2007
I go to Castillero Middle School and I absolutely love it there! Not only can I do great in school with helpful and suppotive teachers and staff, but I can also excell in the arts. Not many schools have the programs given at this school which makes it even better. There are many many choices for electives to chose from such as an art class, drama, choir, computers, technical drawing, a dance group, orchestra, band, and so much more. Castillero is just all over a great school.

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2007
My son attended Castillero for three years and is currently attending a private high school. I would have to say that although their music, choral and dance programs are strong they come at an expense to the academics. My other comment is that the school is a bit snobby so its difficult for certain students to feel as though they fit in.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
June 27, 2006
Middle school children need to try different things and find where their interests lie. Castillero offers first rate music and performing arts programs that are well integrated into the culture of the school so there is no 'stigma' to participating. It's well established that the discipline of the performing arts are very supportive of academics. The use of technology is also very much on the rise, as the school is wireless networked and there are laptops available for virtually every teacher who desires to integrate technology into their lesson plans. I do wish that more resources were focused on the science program and that it was a mandatory full-year course, but the number of excellent elective offerings may preclude that. School uniforms also take some social competition out of the environment. The vast majority of teacher are caring and committed and I highly recommend Castillero to anyone looking toward middle school.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2006
My son likes it. He loved the Math Olympics.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
It's a good school. My son is happy. The students can skip grades of math if they are good in it.

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April 30, 2006
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January 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
Castillero is a very good school. No problems with gangs etc.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
The teachers are kind and caring. The school has a great music program.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2005
The arts are strong; but language arts and math are weak. Parents are very involved.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
The best thing about Castillero is their wide range of music and art programs for the children to be involved. Whether it is choir, band, dance, or 'Techies' , your child is sure to find something s/he can be involved in.

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May 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
My daughter has received a quality education while thouroughly enjoying the performing arts available at this school; dance, music, art, etc. The level of parent involvement is completely up to you. It is not required but is encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2004
My sixth grader attended school at Castillero. She moved from a very small private elementary school to attend a larger middle school. The faculty and teachers were very supportive in making her feel comfortable and accepted. Another key point about the school is the good discipline in the classroom and campus. The homework hotline was very important for the students and the parents to know what home assignments were due. However, some of the teachers did not take advantage of this key feature.

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May 16, 2004
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Castillero Middle School
6384 Leyland Park Drive, San Jose, CA  95120
(408) 535-6385
Last modified Castillero Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Castillero Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top