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  • Micha Hill

    Kathy Caraway Elementary School9

    Austin, TX | Travis County

    November 19, 2014

    Caraway has very caring teachers and has a new principal this year. I believe that Ms. Bailey will bring some structure to this school. My daughter has attended Caraway since 1st grade and she's a very fast learner so that does not concern me. What concerns me is that they are constantly trying to sell themselves to the parents. The parents who donate the $ and their children get most of the attention and special treatment while the children who have working parents remain un-noticed and un-recognized for their achievements. The school is over crowded at this point so there are way too much students per teacher. My daughter's teacher at the beginning of the year was switched at the last minute. The field trip (once a year maybe) is pretty lame - I think they went to a Westwood play? What happened to museums and parks?? Supposedly the harvest festival was a great success and all we can afford is a play within the Round Rock school district? I dunno. Seems weird to me. Also every event - performances and concerts - are very unorganized. The 3rd grade performance was pitiful. There was not even enough room on the risers for the 3rd graders! Wasn't this planned? Disappointed.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 29, 2014

    This is an excellent school where my 4th grader kid is enjoying his study,extra curricular activities etc etc. Kids,Parents,Teachers,Principal are all like a 5 out of 5 star ratings .

    Submitted by a parent

    August 5, 2014

    The best Elementary school in Austin! Caraway has a very hometown feel where everyone knows each other. The principal is outstanding. We moved to the area just for the schools and couldn't be happier. I have never experienced such parent involvement. Every child gets individualized attention and seems to enjoy being there. What a hidden treasure.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 2, 2014

    My grandson started at Caraway Elementary this last year (2013). He was recently diagnosed with mild autism and was non-verbal when he started school. In six months he has shown great verbal and behavioral improvement. His family is so pleased with his progress and he enjoys going to school and seeing his teacher and his friends. His progress at Caraway Elementary has given us all hope and encouragement for his future. We are very grateful to his teacher and the staff at Caraway Elementary.

    October 24, 2013

    Is the best elementary school in Austin Tx !!!!!, The Principal is so Wonderful plus is a joyous learning experience for the kids, everything is very organized and functions excellent!!

    Submitted by a parent

    October 22, 2013

    Great school! Great teachers, great students and great programs. My two kids in this school and their teachre are dedicated to teach in passion. And their friends are very nice to my kids, so my kids really want to go to school every time. They even count down to the school day in weekends. There are many and various programs, so my kids like to join those programs. The school makes students to be interested in the programs and most of them are educational and joyful.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 20, 2013

    I agree with the former RRISD teacher below, my daughter has had two not-so-great teachers in a row. I feel like she's not well-prepared for middle school and am having to re-teach many concepts at home. Not what I expected for such a highly-rated school.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 18, 2012

    This school has disappointed me. As a highlight, the teachers are very caring and go well beyond to help students. The major con is that the vice-principle seems more interested in not marring the Caraway name instead of directly and appropriately dealing with real issues like bullying and pack-mentality.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 13, 2012

    As a former RRISD teacher, I thought Caraway would be the place to have my child. Was I ever wrong. My now middle schooler has no idea how the writing process works or how to problem solve. I had to teach and re-teach at home constantly. The school -in my opinion- does not earn its exemplary rating. It teaches to the standardized test(s) and has admin that knows how to "sell" to parents and higher admin. Very very disappointed with the overall experience.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 17, 2012

    Caraway has an experienced, capable, and caring staff at all levels. There is a kindness there that creates an atmosphere that makes my daughter feel comfortable. The principal know all the students and is very accessible. When I was making my decision on where my daughter would go to school the principal personally called me, left a message and her private cell phone number. From classroom to lunchroom to the pickup and drop-off process the school is a well oiled machine. Everything is planned down to the smallest detail; the students know what is expected of them at all times. Parental involvement is very high and enthusiastic. You will never feel out of the loop; communication between the school and parents and between teacher and parents occurs almost on a daily basis. I could not be more pleased that my daughter is attending Caraway.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 4, 2012

    My son went to Caraway for 3 years, K to 2 grade and we both loved it! Great academics, great community sense, fantastic teachers, caring families, attention to arts and science, and a principal that is always available - she knows every student by the name and has an open door policy - she will reply to your email within hours! We had to move to a different state and no a day goes by that we don't miss Caraway Elementary.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 2, 2011

    Good education, both in academics and social skills. The principal really does know every child in the school, there is an incredible amount of parent involvement, there is cultural diversity which is embraced and appreciated, and they teach kids how to live and think well, not just how to pass a test. The TAG program has been a saving grace for my son, so they do deal well with special needs kids at both ends of the spectrum. They won't tell 50% of the kids that they are academically gifted just because they are above average; my older son was denied participation in the TAG program and eventually I had to acknowledge that they were right--he's smart but not gifted. My younger one needs the stimulation of TAG to remain academically functional. There are a couple teachers whom I don't think should be teaching, but overall, this is a solid school on all fronts.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 16, 2011

    I'm very upset with this school. I spoke to many other parents in this neighborhood and they all say the same thing. This school want to put many kids in a "learning group", but only if your child is not above average. Then they convince you that your child has problems. I then found out later that this school receives extra money for "learning disable" kids. In which all they need is so extra attention. One teacher with 20 kids. She/he cant focus on my child nor yours.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 16, 2009

    This school has gone above and beyond in education for my children. My son is going through testing for learning disabilities and they have already helped him so much- they show so much compassion and care with everything they do for him. I only wish he had that experience at the school he attended before this.Thank you Caraway for doing such a great job!

    Submitted by a parent

    August 29, 2009

    There is something about this school that I am not going to find elsewhere. We are potentially moving and one thing that might keep us here is this school. It's small, the principal knows everyone, the parents walk their kids to school every morning. At schools where wealthier kids go which are usually called 'the best', there is so much competition and cliquish behavior even in very young grades. This school has the excellent education without that. I have a handicapped child with a facial deformity and was concerned about her well being at a public school. I was sold after one teacher told me of another child with medical problems who was being made fun of on the playground by a new student. The other kids stepped in & said 'we dont do that here.' Diverse, tolerant, small. I highly recommend Caraway.

    Submitted by a parent

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