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Castle Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 794 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted August 14, 2014

I have never been so welcomed in a school. The entire office staff, including administration have always been friendly and seem to have the kids best interest in mind. I have attended their SAC and PTA meetings with VERY little other parents present.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2014

The teachers and students worked so hard this past year...the school is now rated as an "A" school! THe leadership of Mr. Daubs is awesome. He leads everyone to success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2013

We are on our third child through this school. Since the administration change last year this school has gone down hill. Teachers are still wonderful, but administrative staff, specifically the principal is horrible. This is obviously in his mind a stepping stone to somewhere else. School has fallen dramatically from an "A" school to a "C" school under the current principals guidance. Good teachers have begun to leave the school due to his changes. This is sad for us as we have had a long standing relationship with this school having had 2 children already move through here. Hopefully the school will replace him and earn back it's old excellent name and reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

My husband and I are both well-educated (he has two college degrees and I have a doctorate) so we hold our childrens' education to very high standards. My daughter is now in second grade at Castle Creek (been there since K) and we love it! We have found all of her teachers to be caring yet strict when need be. She is excelling in all subjects based on the Florida percentiles. Unfortunately, this school has some major barriers that hinder their overall test scores and make Castle Creek appear like a poor-performing school (like zoning for students that do not speak ANY English, for example). We feel very blessed to be Castle Creek Dragons!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

The teachers at this school seem to be highly invested in the children's progress. The administration is exceedingly business - like and they seem out of place in an elementary school setting. there is a of institutionalizeing at the school. Both the Principal and The AP are from a high school and a middle school and I don't think they realize these are elementary children they are dealing with - it is a pretty sad kind of place from what I have seen. The school also dropped from an A to a C this year. They got one of the "bumps" from the school district so they are technically a B, but they really earned a C. I wonder if it has to do with the new administration since last year was the first year for the new administration. I guess I would say the teachers are great and supportive, but the guys at the top are probably better with older kids and not the little people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Castle Creek is a great school! My son goes to Castle Creek for 2 years and he loves it. The teachers are great and we love the new principal, he is very helpful. We love the school because the staff treat the kids like kids not like soldiers. My son was at Stone Lakes before and not any single day of school he was happy but went we moved to Castle Creek everything changed, my son got excellent grades and now he is happy and he loves the school. Overall, I think this is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

I am not very impressed with Castle Creek as some of the teachers there are not fair or patient to children of ethnic decent. If your child is of ETHNIC DECENT, please be involved in your child's school life so that there is not a window of opportunity for your child to be maltreated simply because of the color of their skin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

This is a very wonderful school. The staff is very friendly and professional. We moved to Orlando last year and they made me and my children feel very welcome and at home. Mr. Daubs is relatively new and he took charge of that school and turned it into a small little family. My children are no longer going to be there because we moved to another school zone but we will miss it terribly. If we could stay there, trust me we would. Teachers are caring and make learning fun. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

This is a very clean school, with excellent teachers. My child is receiving a quality education, they encourage kids to read and the AR points are very effective in motivate them. The pick up and drop off of the students is great and safe. My child loved and I am very satisfied with the school and most of the staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2012

Sadly we had to leave Castle Creek b/c we moved 5 minuted down the road into a new school zone. Had I known what horrid schools are out there I would have never moved. We miss Castle Creek SOO MUCH and loved all the teachers we came in contact with. There was not one person that wasn't friendly and caring and the school was always kept up and clean and the hallways were cheerful with art and welcoming things that went with the season or the celebration. Now I am at a school that rates better for the FCAT testing but the school stinks and the parents that "run the school" make it horrible to even entre. Thinking about selling our house b/c of this school zone. If you are lucky enough to be at CCE DO NOT move. I miss the office staff as well. They always had a smile and a welcome when I came to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2011

I moved to the Orlando area several months ago and my children were zoned for Castle Creek. Beautiful and well kept school. My only beef was with the registrar there. She is very rude and very unprofessional. I left several messages for her but she never returned my calls. I had to leave work and wait in the office until she decided to attend to me. The person working in the office was very kind and tried to attend to my questions and needs, but I really needed to speak to the registrar. After I waited for a while she finally came to the front very rude and looked like she was angry because she had to come and do her job. Sorry but this what Orange County and our tax money pay you for. Other then that experience and hurdle my children started school and are fine and the teachers are terrific. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this school a 5 all because of this one person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2011

We have been at the Castle for 2 years now and love it! Both of my children have had excellent teachers. The "new" principal works very hard for the school and is very approachable and personable. They strongly encourage parent involvement but only a small amount are truly involved. I wish I'd see more parents getting involved because that would lead to even greater success but that is on the parents not on the school. The PTA this year is awesome and has organized many activities for the families and community to come together and to get involved! Parents and teachers alike should really join and support their school's PTA because it all goes back to the betterment of the school and therefore our children's future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

This school is great the teachers are very nice and the school is beautiful and clean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

I think Castle Creek is a great school. You are going to have personality conflicts in any school, but I do feel all the teacher's have the school's best interests at heart. The PTA does as fo a lot of $, but all that money is going back into the school so it is kind of like an investement in my child. If we want that to change, we need to take more of an active role in the PTA ourselves! Overall, I am very satisfied with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

There was a principal change early 09-10. With new leadership I was hoping for a change of culture. So far, I haven't seen it. Parents are welcome to participate in school programs as long as they bring their check books. Leadership roles in PTA are delegated to staff. Parents must be hyper-vigilant to make sure their children are taught to a higher standard. This school (and district) spends most of it's effort to meet MINIMUM requirements. The office staff is very efficient, and some teachers are fabulous. They sacrificed the Math Specialist to keep the Music and Art teacher. Be prepared to be inundated with Hispanic culture regardless of your race. The nicest thing I can say it that when I advocate for MY child, they respond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2010

My child went to school at Castle Creek for 3 days and I pulled her out. The teacher had an extremely poor attitude. Quite a few incidents happened in those 3 days and my husband and I choose to find her a better environment to learn in. Sad no one has posted in over 1 1/2 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

Castle Creek is an excellent school. My daughter is there since the school opened in August 2006. The teachers are awesome they always give the extra mile for your child. They support them, encourage them and teach them. I 'm always being so gratefully for Castle Creek teachers in special two off them that helped my daughter to be successful and an excellent student. Ms. Angela Zambrano second grade teacher THANKS!!! for all your Love, Patience, Kindness, Guidance, Help and HARD, HARD WORK with my daughter. Thanks for helping her and teaching her how to learn to speaking, reading and writing in English. When we came here to Florida in 2006 my daughter didn t know how to speak or understand English neither I. Thanks to Ms. Zambrano she passes her second grade successfully as AB Honor roll student. For me as a mother was a long year with many obstacles
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

I have two children attending this year. Our oldest is in her 3rd year and I am very pleased with the teachers she has had! They have all been great for her and have continually challenged her. I would like to see more parents become involved in PTA and help make Castle Creek an even better school. With all of the recent budget cuts, parents need to realize that the entire staff is being stretched very thin. Nevertheless, all of them continue to put the children's needs above everything else! Thanks to the entire staff for 3 great years of education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

This school has helped my child blossom to a great student. She now loves to read. She become more interested in science because of the school's effort to motivate kids to do science projects every month. My child is priveledge to come here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2008

After completing our second year in operation, I continue to think that Castle Creek is a great place for my children to be educated. The key is parent involvement - as much as you are able to be involved in your child's education, the better. It's easy to blame the teachers or Dr. Taylor for issues that may arise with your child - but we all need to take a long hard look at ourselves as parents and how much we are influencing our children's behavior and how much we are involved at the school before pointing fingers elsewhere. I have been lucky enough to be able to be involved at the school - through PTA, and SAC and in my children's classrooms - and I have no doubt that my opinions are heard and that the staff and administrators are available to me when I need them.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
69%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 47%
White 32%
Black 13%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 23%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 71%66%61%
Master's degree 29%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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1245 Avalon Park South Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32828
Phone: (407) 207-7428

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