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Casita Center For Science/Math/Technology

Public | K-5 | 607 students

 

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Posted April 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted August 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 14, 2010

Because of the combined staff and PTA involvement this school has the potential to show positive results.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 1, 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


Posted November 4, 2009

My granddaughter loves her science classes. Kudos to Casita. Great job!


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882

Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females82%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner60%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students82%
Females80%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disability73%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner69%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate65%
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students50%
Females55%
Males47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females79%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females80%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate59%
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females93%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learner84%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate76%
Parent education - high school graduate88%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)93%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students64%
Females59%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students75%
Females69%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate71%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students75%
Females66%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate57%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)93%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 65%
White 25%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/AN/A
English language learners 33%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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