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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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!)
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Because of the combined staff and PTA involvement this school has the potential to show positive results.
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.
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!!!
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!
Casita has a great staff and wonderful students. It really helped me get read for middle school. Keep up the good work
My granddaughter loves her science classes. Kudos to Casita. Great job!
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