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Castle Elementary School

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4 stars

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2013:
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Posted May 29, 2014

I went to this school as a child (many moons ago) and never had a problem at all - loved it, actually. My two daughters have been to this school now for a couple of years and this was DEFINITELY our last year here. We've done all that we can to hang in there for the remainder of this school year - and, it's been painful to say the least. Castle has been through 3 principals in the past 4 years for a reason! The children are insane - behavior issues left and right. And, the teachers are ill equipped to deal with it, to say the least. Instead of focusing on creating engaging learning opportunities, they are completely focused on "correcting" the poor behavior (which is NEVER solved because they aren't dealing with it properly in the first place, not to mention that the behavior stems from home issues that schools just cannot solve). This is a VERY POOR ENVIRONMENT that is NOT CONDUCIVE to GOOD EDUCATION. We will be leaving after this year due to the terrible learning environment, poorly trained teachers (there are a few great ones, but NOT representative of the group, for sure), negative attitudes of the adults "in charge", and RIDICULOUS behavior of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

This is in response to the last post on 5/11/14 - it was posted under Castle, but really goes into a lot of ISD 622. Which much is true, parts of it are communities that don't care about education. But, Castle is rated the lowest of the district, not "the best of the bunch". There are better schools in 622 - ones with higher rating. If you look at the ratings of Elem. schools -all the "4" are in neighboring areas. North High is not the only high school in the district, there is another, Tartan, in Oakdale. As for the past reviews being phony or written by school officials- there are teachers that care in every school, there are good, kind, loving teachers in struggling schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2014

Castle is fair at best. This entire school district (622) which consists of the three burbs of Oakdale, Maplewood, and N.St. Paul is comprised of old, run down schools, poorly paid teachers, and unmotivated students who come from low income households. There are some good teachers yes, but they are fighting a tough battle. This area is becoming more run down every year. The local government here is apathetic too. With a heavily aging population, voters frequently vote "no" on tax increases for schools. So it only gets worse. Pay no attention to the stellar reviews that other so called parents wrote. Those sound phony. I am telling you the truth about this entire district 622. Come over and look at the one and only high school - North High. Drive by it. That should tell you all you need to know. Kids have to walk outside in all weather to get to added classrooms! No protection at all. This relic should have been replaced ages ago! Look at this site's test score results. The glowing parent reviews must be written by city and school officials. Castle Elem. may be the "best" of the bunch, but that's not saying much. If you live here, you'll have to use the middle and HS too. Bad News.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2014

Castle Elementary School, has lots of opportunity's for children to take more advanced classes. While making all students feel important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2013

Castle Elementary is filled with creative and caring teachers and staff. My child's class has been collecting positive compliments all school year. Those "class" compliments makes her very proud!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2013

We are so fortunate to be able to send our children to Castle Elementary in Oakdale, MN. Every time I walk in the doors, I marvel at positive buzz that fills the halls. It is abundantly clear that every single person working there cares so much about what they are doing. I'm glad that my kids get to walk through those doors every day knowing that they will be safe, well-cared for, and that the highest expectations are upon them. The teachers our kids have had have exceeded all of our expectations. The four star rating is only because there is always room for improvement; and there is no group more committed to making those improvements than the staff and PTO of Castle Elementary. As a parent, I feel like Castle does a good job of providing many opportunities for my involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

Castle is an awesome community of students, educators and parents working together to make the best school possible! We have great teachers, an involved principal and are located in a wonderful community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2008

Castle is an outstanding school--from the principal to the teachers to the support staff. They are welcoming, caring and sincerely concerned about your child's progress. Whether your child is in high-potential, Title One or somewhere in between, you can be sure that there's a teacher there doing everything they can to ensure success. Parental involvement is high, and they have many opportunities for families to gather outside of school, if desired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

I have been very pleased with Castle Elementary. My son struggled with learning to read and received Title One assistance through first and second grade. The teachers were wonderful in supporting him and now, in third grade, he is ready at above grade level. I am impressed with the weekly communication I get from the teachers and the involvement of the principal. With two children currently enrolled, and another starting soon, I can say Castle has been and continues to be a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 83% in 2010.

48 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

81 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

78 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

58 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
46%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students72%
Female88%
Male60%
Black64%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Economically non-disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students70%
Female77%
Male64%
Black72%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Economically non-disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners40%
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students67%
Female68%
Male67%
Black42%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Economically non-disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant67%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
40%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students71%
Female64%
Male77%
Black47%
Asian82%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Economically non-disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant71%

Reading

All Students47%
Female49%
Male45%
Black24%
Asian27%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Economically non-disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Non-migrant47%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students66%
Female76%
Male59%
Black39%
Asian80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant66%

Reading

All Students51%
Female62%
Male44%
Black31%
Asian60%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Economically non-disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Non-migrant51%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
Female64%
Male58%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Economically non-disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant61%

Reading

All Students57%
Female58%
Male56%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Non-migrant57%

Science

All Students44%
Female50%
Male39%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Economically non-disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English46%
Non-migrant44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 73%
Black 17% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 6%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Hispanic 5% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6675 50th St North
Oakdale, MN 55128
Phone: (651) 748-6700

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