Students enrolled 607
School leader Laura Smith
Transportation options Yes
District Vista Unified School District
After school Yes

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260 Cedar Drive
Vista, CA 92083

(760) 724-8442
(760) 758-4697
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4 stars
Based on 35 ratings

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October 13, 2014
Love that my children are learning so much at a great rate. The teachers and staff are great and genuinely caring. I love all of the projects they have the children work on, especially when they work in the garden. Every May they have a star party where the children, their teachers and family get to go camping and stare gaze. My children's teachers are both love their job and stay on task.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
My son attends Casita and LOVES it! He is testing almost 2 grades ahead in both Math and Reading. He has formed wonderful friendships with his classmates. Great great school!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
My sons are loving school this year! The atmosphere on campus is warm and welcoming. I have a son who just started Kindergarten and at pick-up, he greets me with a smile and "I love school, mom!" My 3rd grader enjoys his new learning environment. With all the subjects being taught through hands on creative learning, and is encouraged to explore Casita's gardens, spacious play grounds, as well as. I'mm looking forward to volunteering my time, to help nurture the butterfly habitat, that well be developed for our children, so do their science classes in.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Positive aspects of Casita Center include: 1. Magnet school emphasizing science, math, & technology. 2. Diverse student population. 3. Talented & committed teachers & staff. 4. Strong leadership from a capable, dedicated, & communicative principal. 5. Active & amazing PTA.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2012
We love Casita. The students and staff are warm and friendly. My son is a high achiever and it very happy at this school. He loves going to Science Lab. The principal , Laura Smith is fantastic. She is very involved and really listens to parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
We love Casita! Casita is truly a great school. Our principal, Laura Smith is at EVERY event and is completely committed to the school and it's families. She is an excellent role model for our children. The Casita families are involved, aware, and advocates for their children's education. I love seeing my children flourishing at Casita.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2010
This school has a lot going for it. The newest program is GATE! The district has cut it, but Casita managed to get outside funding and has started an after school, once a week high-achiever program for grades 2-5. This semester, grades 2 and 3 are solving a mystery and learning about forensics. There are so many other extras at Casita: star lab, science lab, tech lab, PTA events, after school specialty classes, etc. There's a great garden with a garden club, and next I've heard that a knitting club will start! And students seem nicer overall than our last school.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
I personally like the idea that is focused on Math & Science, "Points gain" for reading evaluation is a great idea, it is one example why my daughter wants to read lots of books, therefore her pronunciation, spelling and writing increasing dramatically every day, same with Math. Also Emily loves the Science Lab that really ecourage creativity, knowledge and critical thinking. Big round of applause for the teachers, counselors, coaching and all personnel involved at the Great La Casita Center Elementary! GOOD JOB!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
I love that Casita has a focus on Math, Science and Technology. Kids are taught from an early age to use computers. It is an amazing school with caring and incredible teachers!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
We love Casita! The principal, Laura Smith, has the children's best interests at heart and it's reflected in the program. I love the focus on Technology, Science, and Math and it's very integrated into the cirriculum. The teachers we've had have all been fantastic and are all very good at communicating what they need from us to make our son's education sucessful. And the garden is WONDERFUL! Every kid deserves outside space like they have. Just wish they could make the entire school feel like the garden does. (Maybe with 20,000 they could get there!)

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
This is supposed to be a magnet school offering science, math, and computer labs. Last year the computer lab was taken away, although the science lab teachers were able to incorporate a technology lab in addition to their science labs. I understand that for the 2010/11 school year there will no longer be a math lab, and the math lab teacher reassigned as a 1st grade teacher. The district has cut magnet funding again for the coming school year; but at what point do we stop calling this a magnet school and just call it Casita Center?

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
As a magnet school, I feel like my kids are getting a private school education for free. They love the hands-on science labs, and their ability to use technology is mind boggling. My son was creating Power Point shows in FIRST grade. Everything from the garden at school to watchnig ducks hatch reinforces in a tangible way what they learn in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I love Casita!!!! This school is top notch to me and my daughter who is in the 2nd grade she loves going to school every day. I look forward to staying in the school with my other two children. The teachers and administrative are great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I have two kids at Casita. Great teachers, Great staff, Great PTA Board. The science, technology and math programs are very educational. My kids love their school and can't wait to go to Casita on Mondays. Happy parents, happy kids, what more can you ask for?

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
The administration and staff continue to support my child with amazing results. The school has an active PTA and ASB which gives parents and kids plenty of opportunity to get involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Because of the combined staff and PTA involvement this school has the potential to show positive results.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 14, 2010
I love Casita because the teachers and administrative staff really care about our kids education. Great library & Librarian. Casitas core teachers, math & science teachers are top notch! I have a 2nd grader attending now, who loves going to school. I also have two older kids (17 & 19 year olds) who went to Casita many moons ago. They remember Casita and their teachers fondly. But what impressed me most, was when I went to registered my youngest at Casita, the office staff and their teachers remembered them and were happy to see me and hear how they're doing now.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
My son loves this school, it's AM/PM program and all the teachers. They are appreciative, keep parents updated on everything and have a great library!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
We transferred our daughter to Casita in first grade because her former school wasn't very active. That's not a problem at Casita! There are all sorts of neat things going on in the labs and there's a new playground being planned by the PTA. Also, Casita students get priority enrollment in the top-rated Vista Magnet Middle school. There's a video studio on campus that 4th graders use to make a morning news show for the school, the science lab is currently hatching duck eggs, there's a huge garden with vegetable boxes for classes to tend, the all-school Valentine's dance is really fun, spring carnival, yearbooks, etc. They use the district's curriculum, but it is supplanted with weekly labs, Accelerated Reader, The Kids' College after school program, and daily switching to other teachers for non-core subjects. The principal and staff are so friendly; we love it here!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
Casita has a great staff and wonderful students. It really helped me get read for middle school. Keep up the good work

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2009
My granddaughter loves her science classes. Kudos to Casita. Great job!

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2009
Casita Center For Science, Math, and Technology is everything you would want in a private school but it's public! My son, now in 1st grade, has a passion for learning that has been developed by the staff and project based learning offered. I could not picked a better school!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Casita truly cares about the health and wellbeing of thier children. This year Casita in conjuction with a few United States Marines help conduct a run-a-thon! The kids had a blast!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
Casita has a great reputation of offering exception curriculum in math and science. I would be happy to send my Casita.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
Casita Center is an amazing school that gives students wonderful opportunities to infuse math, science and technology into all of the disciplines! Teachers are top notch and foster a learning environment that pushes children to their fullest potential - in an exciting and cutting edge way! My son is excited to go to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
they want children to learn and use critical thinking skills. What an awesome way to inspire a love for learning!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
We left a traditional school to give Casita a try. We love it! My children are no longer bored. At Casita, the magnet lab specialists integrate math, science and technology during project based learning to prepare our children for the 21st century.The kindergartners do weekly experiments and record their results on a lab sheet. First and second graders make advanced Power Points based on what they learn in lab. 3rd -5th graders are continually engaged in a projects which you can see on the school website where each child has a digital portfolio. Students have participated in web conferences, they've debated, designed rockets from an engineering perspective, created commercials and are participating in a rigorous curriculum that many students don't experience until high school. Lab teachers provide the magnet curriculum so that students through inquiry/problem solving and are learning to be critical thinkers. The principal Laura Smith, is AMAZING!!!!!

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April 27, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 15, 2009
Half way through the year, we decided to pull our Kindergartener out of the private school he was in and choose to send him to Casita Center for Math, Science, and Technology for a variety of reasons but primarily because we felt he was not getting the education we were paying for. This was the BEST decision we ever made! We are getting EXACTLY what we thought we SHOULD get at a private school at Casita Center. The teachers are fantastic, they truly care about the students and do all that they can to teach the children not only in the 'theory' based but also about caring for others and how the lessons impact in the community / world. I am absolutely AMAZED at the progress my son has made in such a short time, he now loves school and is even teaching me a thing or two(-: I highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2009
What parents are saying about Casita: I enrolled my child at Casita because... I love this school! Casita has an amazing program. This school prepares students for the 21st century. Casita is the best elementary school in the district. Casita uses applied learning that allows students to learn and retain the information better.

- submitted by a teacher
December 11, 2008
Casita Center has a lot to offer that other public schools don't provide. The focus on math, science, and technology, with extra labs and hands-on activities, gives students opportunities to learn 'outside the book'. There has been turnover in the principal's position for a few years, and the new principal is still learning what Casita is all about. I expect things will only get better in the next few years, as long as the budget cuts don't force the school to eliminate the great extras.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2008
After having multiple kids attending Casita over the past 10 years, I've watched the overall guality decline and deteriorate over the past few years. Safety & discipline has declined as parents don't support discipline policies. No accountability of kids by parents. Many teachers can't communicate with parents due to language issues. Kids are constantly dropping in and out of this school, at rates I've never seen before. Test scores are dropping. I'm Very unhappy and depressed as I've always loved this school. But unfortunately the downhill decline has begun.

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March 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
Casita Center had exceptional academic programs about three years ago. When the school changed over to modified traditional, they lost many good teachers and programs.

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June 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
Great kids, wonderful school and the staff is amazing!

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April 23, 2006
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September 15, 2005
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August 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2004
Casita is a Godsend to my children. Its professional and caring staff, along with its dynamic, hands-on approach to learning engages my children in a way that was unavailable in traditional settings. With a special needs, 'average,' and GATE student, I'm thrilled how this school and ALL the staff honor each of my children and their varied styles/abilities. Bravo!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2004
1. Principal is retiring this year, 2004. 2. Great teachers. 3. Great extracurricular activities, esp. star parties. 4. Good parent involvement, esp. from lottery winners (as Casita is a magnet). 5. Safe campus, but be careful on nearby steets. This coming year will be Casita's first as a traditional (not year-round), expect minor difficulties in transition.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2004
Though I may not be a parent, I am a former student who is currently in the ninth grade. I loved Casita. It was truly the best educational experience for me, and insipired me to strive to learn more. The teachers were passionate and made learning fun and exciting, and most importantly- understandable. My love for science and great skills in technology are all thanks to the awesome teachers and staff at Casita. Also I would like to thank Mr. Menchaca, (the previous principal) who in my opinion was the best principal. I would reccomend to any parent interested in their childrens education to consider Casita. Its the gateway to a better future.

- submitted by a former student
July 28, 2003
My wife and I have Bachelors degrees in political science and biology, respectively, from the University of California. I am currently a CEO, and have held CEO/CTO positions in numerous technology companies. My child is in her final year at Casita and has gone there since K. Great school! The teachers are for the most part, passionate, concerned, proactive, professionals. The prior principal was great. The one starting in 2003 is (IMHO) an unknown, but he will have to get up real early to be as good as the UCLA grad they had in there. In anything as complex as a public school, you will always have detractors of the current 'regime', but the quality of the teachers, seniority, and results (at least in my childs case), say more than I can about Casita. I think my daughter got the benefit of an ethnically/socio-economically diverse environment and got a great education (her Stanford test were very high). So even though the economic/language diversity has pulled down Casita's aggregate score, for an involved parent, this is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
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Casita Center For Science/Math/Technology
260 Cedar Drive, Vista, CA  92083
(760) 724-8442
Last modified Casita Center For Science/Math/Technology is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Casita Center For Science/Math/Technology Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top