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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This school is great the teachers are very nice and the school is beautiful and clean.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
This school is making fifth grade the new junior high grade. The kids change classes for every subject in fifth grade and some of the teachers are not very approachable. The Principal and staff are not very caring. I'm glad my child is leaving this school after this year.
Not the greatest school. Poor leadership and the leadership is unapproachable. Poor communication between some of the teachers and parents.
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