The best elementary comes at a price. Some of the bleach blonde mom's have a dress code that requires wearing Nike active wear to school for any and all occasions for that "I just worked out at the gym, but not really" look. Regarding dyslexia, the administration would prefer if you just leave and not mess with their academic numbers. You are harassed and your child is pushed much too hard, causing undue stress on the child. However this does not come from the reading specialist. She is terrific and works miracles for dyslexic children. Her salary is paid by the PTA. So for all my bashing, a lot of good is done by the wealthy PTA. I would have liked a less "keeping up with the Jones" type school, but the reading specialist was a huge draw, I don't believe any other school in Austin has the financial support for children that Casis can provide. I met a few great parents, and there is something freeing to be said for becoming so tired of those putting on airs that you are no longer impressed. Also, after many years of having to wait behind limousine's hired by showy parents for kids parties, Casis has finally designated a signed Limo spot for after school pick up. -Yep.
To be fair no public schools properly support children with learning issues or dyslexia. There are some stand out teachers at this campus who do take on these issues extremely well. BUT it is hit or miss and not consistent grade level to grade level. Kids with learning issues are not a priority in any Texas ISD's so until that changes success at any campus will be the luck of the teacher draw. Districts need to make diverse learners a priority and schools will be more able to address this issue. When we are talking about learning issues we are including dyslexia in a big way! Many schools are reluctance 2 identify dyslexia until state tests kick in. If your child is struggling 2 read in Kinder and 1st insist on having them tested, schools will most likely try 2 make you wait telling you this is too early but that is not the case. Early identification will make a huge difference in outcomes, but may cost the school more so they deflect identification as long as possible, to your child's detriment. If your child does have dyslexia, get them a bookshare account, it is free and allows them to keep reading with audio supported text and bolsters their vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Casis is a full bodied school. Many parents volunteer to help make it more than just another public school. Faculty and staff are fantastic. My son is always happy to go. He gets great interactions and teacher's activities are well-planned. It's been a great first year for my son! It's very difficult to improve such an exemplary school. I like that there are so many role models in this community.
This school is overrated!!!!!! If your chilTd has the slightest bit of reading or writing issues you have to jump through a thousands hoops to get them to pay attention to helping re-mediate the issues with your child. There are some really good teachers but they aren't all that good and it is hyper competitive! It is also too big! There are a ton of better schools out there.
My sons attended Casis Elementary last year (K and 1st Grade). Mrs. Christian is an absolutely fabulous, warm, caring, loving and firm teacher that every child should be lucky enough to have. There are also several other great 1st grade teachers. My kindergartener had some behavioral challenges in the classroom, and the school counselor, Vicki (Lynne) Johnson was absolutely amazing at helping us work through the issues. The entire leadership and staff smoothly and professionally provided our family the support we needed to thrive in elementary school. I very much wish were were still living in ATX!! I can't say enough good things about Casis Elementary.
My son attended Casis from kindergarten to fifth grade and he is graduating Wednesday. I can't say enough good things about the wonderful caring teachers at Casis in every class my son was in. I never for a minute doubted the quality of education and the quality of treatment my son was receiving. Every member of the staff actually really cares about the job they are doing as evidenced by the tenure of the teachers and all of the staff there, as well as the comaraderie of the parents. I was a student at Casis also when they had a 6th grade (wish they still did). They are first rate all the time and I highly recommend this school to any parent that wishes a great education and positive environment for their child. The parents level of involvement is also very high which helps things immensely. We've had a wonderful experience there. It is not only a place of learning, it is a place of fun and wonderful memories. It is with a bit of sadness that we are leaving. I will miss everyone there.
The Principal, the Assistant Principal and the teachers make this school the wonderful place it is. The quality of teaching in this school is exemplary and so is the caring of the people who work here.
I have three children at Casis and we love it. The students grow in an environment that nurtures self-confidence and independence. This self-confidence translates into academics which is apparent in their test scores. It is true that most students are from affluent families, but there are also a good number of middle income families who have bought smaller homes because of the school (including our family) who are perfectly happy here. My children have a lot close friends from school (in all income brackets) and have not had any experience of being left out just because of social status or what they are wearing. I highly recommend this school.
My son attended pre-k, kindergarden and 1st grade at Casis and we absolutely loved it. The teachers were great and the parents are very involved in what goes on in the classrooms.
For general ed kids, this school is great. If you are not rich, realize that most of the kids that go here are wealthy, so there's some potential for a stigma attached to a kid who does not wear all name brand clothing, etc. The teachers here are top notch, excellent. The Principal is all about pleasing his 'elite' parent population of politicicians kids. If your child has special needs, realize you are up for a huge fight to mainstream them here unless you are related to someone who has some political power or big financial means. It's sad that it's like that because this school has more resources than any other school in the district. You'd think they'd be ready to help out a child who needs it. Gen ed= A++ Best EC!
Casis is a wonderful school. It feels very safe, the teachers are excellent.
This School has a wonderful atmosphere and the academic programs are rated top in the nation. Parents are very involved and the kids enjoy author visits, Casis Cares ( parents come in and teach about morals/values) and every teacher is top notch...they care about your child in every aspect. The principal is very good at communicating and takes pride in his job at Casis. I highly reccomend this school!
Casis has incredible parent involvement and support. The children have so many wonderful opportunities to learn in outdoor classrooms, the Casis Forest and extensive afterschool activities such as chess club, mad science, music, yoga and other groups. Our son has enjoyed the three years he has been there and learned a lot as well. We have been impressed with the author visits and international festival as well. We can't say enough good things about Casis.
We chose Casis over private schools and we are so glad we did! The principal, Dr. Aidman, is phenomenal--strong, engaged, fair, enthusiastic, handles problems extremely well--can't say enough good things about his leadership. The teachers are all strong and experienced, and passionately dedicated to the kids. There is an air of excitement at this school--everyone loves being there. Parents are actively envolved, and financially support the technology, spanish and library programs in particular. Of course, there are things I would recommend improving (isn't there always?) but they are minor or district-wide issues (such as: need more music and PE class time, parking is limited, need better after school programs, need to find ways to let working moms get involved, not just stay-at-home moms, etc.)
We love Casis! Our child is a first-grader who absolutely adores his teacher. Our child has learned so much from this group of educators. Not just in the area of academics, but in social development as well. At the end of our child's kindergarten year, he scored a 28 on the DRA reading assessment test, placing him at a third grade reading level in first. The school even had a special guest author visit during Reading Literacy Month to encourage young readers and writers. They also introduced a social skills curriculum into the classroom called Casis Cares. This introduced our child to the diverse cultures of our community. The classrooms radiate energy all the way in to the halls. There is excellent communication and parent involvement, and something new and exciting to be a part of every month. We love Casis, and would recomend it to other parents for their children!
I was a student teacher for a semester at Casis and it is ideal in every sense. The parents are very involved and helpful in enriching the classroom. Great outdoor play areas. Great school community and kids all seem happy and excited about coming to school.
Highest quality academic programming we have ever seen. Tons of parent involvement and extra curricular activities. As good or better than any of the private schools in the area. There is nothing bad to say about this school. Not much in the way of ethnic diversity, but other than that - a blue ribbon school.
Active and involved parents make Casis a great school. I agree with the previous reviewer, though, about G&T program--it's pretty hit-or-miss. Very safe, pleasant campus, lots of extracurriculars. Mr. Dunn (music) and Mr. Batiansila (5th) are jewels in the crown.
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