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Casa Esperanza Montessori

Charter | PK-8 | 380 students

We foster enthusiasm for learning, independence and cultural awareness.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $155,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $970.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 12 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted April 17, 2014

Casa Esperanza Montessori is a wonderful school with an incredibly loving, warm and exceptional group of teachers and staff. When searching for an elementary school for our daughter we were not only looking for a dual language program, but also a place where we felt our daughter's spirit and abilities would be nurtured and celebrated. We have found that at CASA. Our daughter loves her teachers, the staff and the globally focused, challenging and dynamic program that CASA offers. We are very pleased with our decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

Casa Esperanza is a wonderful community with excellent staff and curriculum. Our 8 year old son has grown tremendously in the two years that he has been a student at Casa -- we believe the Montessori approach along with caring teachers has been essential to his development. We also enjoy the diversity of the student body and staff at Casa; we believe it is more reflective of the world our children will experience as adults and being a student at Casa allows our son to build relationships with people from many backgrounds and experiences. We also appreciate that the head of school conducts Casa Community sessions where children can discuss communnity concerns and learn valuable lessons about good character. We highly recommend Casa Esperanza to any family seeking excellence in education, values and character.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

My daughter has been at CASA Esperanza Montessori school for the last two years, and so far it has been a great place. As a parent, I feel comfortable leaving my daughter in such a safe and caring environment every morning.The school is smaller than other regular public schools, which allows for more personalized interaction between teachers/staff and students. The teachers are very knowledgeable and always undergoing training. Although i have to admit that i was skeptical about the Montessori methodology in the beginning, it has significantly helped my daughter throughout her first few years of schooling. I personally wouldn't change Montessori for traditional instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

I personally believe that a school is never any better than its teachers. At Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter Scholl, they have great teachers. You can be sure to find a dedicated staff of professionals that love their work. It shows in the way they interact with students. My daughter has now attended for 2 years and my son will be going into the immersion program next year for pre-k. I love the way they encourage student achievement on an individualized level, never openly comparing one student's performance with that of another's. Always meeting the needs of the student on that individual basis. When My husband and I went through the process of looking for schools, we were afraid our children would end up in an institution that herded them around like cattle, both physically through out the school day, and academically by treating them like a number or statistic. I am happy to say that has never been the case at Casa. The school is more of a second home than an institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

My daughters have been enrolled at Casa for 7 years and cannot express the gratitude I have for the education and support my girls have received. Casa really meets students where they are at and they focus on lifting up each student. My daughters have never felt pressure or the feeling of failure even as they have struggled in different areas. The independent learning has rolled over into our home life and both girls independently get themselves prepared for each day and after school independently complete homework. It is a safe and nurturing environment that have helped my children evolve and thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

Our family was blessed with the opportunity to have both our daughter and son joined this school this year. We are so pleased with everything. Excellence is the best word that describes what this school is all about. My kids are in the immersion program which will guarantee they will maintain their bilingualism (we came from PR 3 years ago) while also becoming critical thinkers who are developing great working habits that will be invaluable for their future in life and career. In Casa they manage to bring the best of both traditional and Montessori methods of education while also integrating the Spanish language and culture. I believe this model is very effective but it takes a team of committed teachers and staff to bring the best. I congratulate all of them for a job well done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

I am a parent of two students at Casa Esperanza. My oldest started in Kindergarten and will graduate from the 8th Grade, this year. I am extremely thankful for Casa and it's wonderful teachers and staff!! My oldest is more that ready for High School and is a wonderful, respectful and kind child. I believe that Casa is a big reason why.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

CASA is the best kept secret in the Triangle Area. Both daughters attend CASA and love it. I love the curriculum, teachers, administrators, and the sense of maturity the students have and learn with the Montessori environment. I recommend CASA to anyone looking for a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Casa is a remarkable place where children are treated with respect and kindness from the teachers and staff which carries through to the peer to peer relationships. It has been the best place for my son and am grateful for the opportunity that he has to attend Casa. They give students the opportunity to shine. Thank you Casa!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

My daughter has been at Casa since kindergarten and now is in the first grade and my son now attends Casa and he is in kindergarten. Casa is the best school there is. From the head of school & administrators right down to the teachers, everyone is so caring and loving. I love how Casa has a dual language program. My children come home singing and talking in spanish all the time (with english being their first language). Casa teaches the children to be independent and solid education as well as preparation for social interaction in future schools and life in general. I recommend this school to anyone who is looking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Casa Esperanza Montessori the best school, have great opportunity for the students. The every student have the opportunity for shine and learning, casa is friendly for every people. Super good school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2014

Casa teaches children grace, respect, and responsibility by role modeling and positive reinforcement. Test scores are necessary but not the focus. Faculty at Casa realizes that fostering well rounded, independent learners is so much more important!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2013

My daughter has been at Casa Esperanza Montessori since kindergarten and is the 5th grade now. It is an excellent school where the parents and teachers care . The teachers are always accessible to talk to either in person or via email. The parents of the kids that go to Casa also talk to each other frequently to update each other and help each other. The school focuses not just on reading, writing, math, sciences and history but also good behavior and how to be more responsible. I really like the fact that they have 2 teachers for each classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

We're at our 2nd year at Casa and we could not be happier with our son's experience and the overall school environment. He is excelling in areas that were lacking when he started Kindergarten there (mainly an interest in reading and drawing). We can also see him striving harder to complete his works every day- his level of independence is definitely growing. The sense of community is also strong at Casa. They have big family events, including cultural presentations, and plenty of opportunities for the kids to work with the school. This year, the Middle Graders have created their own micro-economy which consists of coming up with their own business plans, marketing materials, and executing the actual business. Very exciting to see young kids becoming entrepreneurs right before our eyes. We are in the Enrichment program, which consists of one Spanish class, 2-3x's a week. We prefer this program for our family, but have heard nothing but good things about the Immersion program. The only thing we would like to see is more parent involvement on a volunteer level. There are some really awesome volunteers, but it would be great to see more. We look forward to many more years at Casa!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2013

Casa does focus on independent learning. If the kids have questions about there work assignments they are encouraged to reach out to the other students before going to the teacher. In my opinion and with my combined 7 years with my 2 kids at the school, I would find a different school. I my opinion your son would be pushed aside if he needs more individual attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2013

My son is scheduled to start kindergarten here in a few weeks, but I have some concerns. My son attended another charter school and they recommended that he be held back(at the time he entered kindergarten he had just turned five). Now he just turned since and is going to start kindergarten at Casa, I am concerned that he may be lost if the environment id more independent learning and he is also very shy. Any thoughts, similar experiences would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2013

My daughter is in her 7th year at Casa Esperanza, and I have a son there too! We enjoy the Montessori method and the way the teachers really care for their students' success as a person. As kids get older, the writing requirements increase, and most students who are at grade level work independently. I love that my kids write in cursive! I have seen teachers come and go, but I think they didn't fit with the unique environment that emphasizes hands-on learning, and lots of teacher-student interaction. Because the Montessori method is about student-centered lessons, teachers really have to know how to work with each child on their own level. I really love the way the upper grades have unit plans and the students are constantly working on projects. Each project has writing and research with displays to present to the class. Students learn to plan ahead and pace themselves to get the work done on time. The students are taught to be polite and respectful. I don't see that in my daughter's friends from other schools. I would like to see more administrator contact with the parents, like opportunities to chat with the principal, but that doesn't seem to happen anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

Great school, teacher take time to work with students, dual language is a benefit to any child, best school in Raleigh.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2012

The idea is fantastic, a dual language public Montessori. Unfortunately, since the change in leadership, the school has underwent significant changes. There has been significant teacher turnover. Many of the teachers are not Montessori certified. Class sizes are large with ~27 kids with a teacher and a para. Anyone who knows Montessori knows that it is difficult to implement with such large class sizes. Great, small, healthy community though. This school would be great for students who are naturally to themselves and independent learners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

My son started at Casa in 2010 and his siblings will follow this year (2012). Casa is a whole different environment of learning. The environment really is focused on educating young responsible individuals who take responsibility for their own education. It is invaluable and I am so glad my son began his education here and am excited that my twins are beginning soon. The teachers truly are academically fluent in spanish. My son has learned so much conversationally and is at grade level in reading and writing in spanish. He is also above grad level in reading and writing in english. Casa focuses on their grasp of english before they dive into the spanish fluency because the kids do have to pass the state tests. Additionally, I am so glad to bring spanish to my children. I did not get that from my spanish speaking parent so I am glad they get this part of our culture. They are a step ahead now.
—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 47% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students69%
Female65%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students73%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female71%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

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

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students76%
Female83%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students83%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female70%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students68%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

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

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students66%
Female57%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students67%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female64%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students56%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%
Academically giftedn/a

Science

All Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students67%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

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

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students85%
Female91%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students86%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female68%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students67%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

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

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students29%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English31%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

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

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students55%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students60%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students90%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Academically giftedn/a

Science

All Students91%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students90%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

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

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 52%
Hispanic 24% 14%
Black 17% 26%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • School of Distinction (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Sewing/knitting club

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 2:50 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Diana Bush
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (919) 855-9813

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Dual Language
  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Global
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cycling
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Music Classes
  • Sewing/knitting club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • The “Casa Way” is a Montessori focused philosophy emphasizing grace, courtesy, and respect for self and others. Our students are encouraged to develop a world view. Montessori students are self directed, creative, independent learners who become problem solvers, relate well to others, and grow into responsible world citizens.
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2600 Sumner Blvd 13
Raleigh, NC 27616
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Phone: (919) 855-9811

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