School Details

Coastal Grove Charter School

1897 S Street, Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 825-8804
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 210 students 14 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

19%
45%
56%
43%
61%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arcata Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
50%
46%
100%
71%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arcata Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
70%
65%
46%
60%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arcata Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
68%
60%
89%
69%
65%
89%
71%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arcata Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
64%
60%
58%
54%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arcata Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
66%
60%
53%
52%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arcata Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

25%
73%
50%
74%
76%
57%
69%
72%
52%
58%
73%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arcata Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Coastal Grove Charter School is a charter middle school in Arcata. The principal of Coastal Grove Charter School is Bettina Eipper, who can be contacted at coastalgrove@coastalgrove.org. 210 students attend Coastal Grove Charter School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 54% of the 210 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Coastal Grove Charter School is 14:1. Sunny Brae Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 77%
Multiracial 8% %
Hispanic 7% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 4%
Unspecified 0.9% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4% 3%
Asian 0.4% 2%
Filipino 0% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 51%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Feels like the Waldorf Dogma actually hurts more than helps at this school. Instead of creating a gateway to a more natural life the "natural principle" is like a set of blinders over the teachers eyes and a small picket shrub that defines a boundary that the families would like to stay within. Also like previous reviews mentioned this school should be called "Coastal Growers" If you aren't part of the grow scene then good luck fitting in. As if you wanted to.

  • (1 year ago)

    Coastal Grove is nowhere near the quality of a true Waldorf educational experience. Bettina the school director a self professed 'fun sponge ' has a poor demeanor frightens the children and seems only concerned with the money coming into her school. The classrooms are a study in over stimulation (which is ok in the school's eyes since the stimulation doesn't come from a tv screen) chaos and inconsistency. The school tries to do too much consequently it does nothing well. The specialty teachers are all right but in the end they just add to the chaos. The resource program is there in name only. If you have a child that has any special needs at all you had better be prepared to fight tooth and nail for them. There are lots of grow families there to each their own I guess. It does add a seediness to the culture of the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Coastal Grove presents a mediocre interpretation of Waldorf methods. It is the only Waldorf choice in Humboldt County so you get what you get I guess. My kids (and I have 3 so I have a good sample pool) previously attended another Waldorf methods Charter School before moving here that was much truer to the Waldorf methods. At Coastal Grove the rooms aren't painted to reflect the Waldorf colors they don't have the high level art supplies typically used in Waldorf (seriously where's the beeswax???) and the teachers do not stay with their classes as they age up. You'll have 1 teacher for K another for 1st-3rd another for 4th & 5th and then another for 6th-8th. Fine if that's what you want but Coastal Grove is definitely a watered down expression of Waldorf methods. And don't forget all the grow families here...there's a lot! Be mindful who your kids are hanging with. On the bright side my kids like their teachers and they have many of the same songs and stories but the richness and depth of Waldorf is lost at this school. More is the pity Waldorf is an amazing all encompassing and magical educational experience when done correctly.

  • (2 years ago)

    Coastal Grove is probably one of the best schools in the nation. The school is heavily focused on the well being and nurturance of the child as well as academic rigor through Waldorf Methodology The students are learning to use their full brain potential through the gentle and academically balanced programs. The handwork music movement PE and Spanish classes are a huge bonus. Not only do the students get exposure to all these extra-curricular classes several times a week all year- their teachers get a break and are assisted by the extra staff who teach the classes. Bettina is an outstanding thorough and caring director. After having my children at a very public outdated school with a horrible principal/superintendent here in Northern Humboldt I am so relieved to know they are being well taken care of by Bettina and her outstanding staff. Ms. Katie Smith-Caggiano is absolutely amazing. She is so kind stern and academically thorough. Thank you to this incredible school. Everyone in the world would be so lucky to grow up with an education like this.

  • (4 years ago)

    We love our school! It's a public charter school integrating Waldorf methods...very special in every way!

  • (5 years ago)

    We have a wonderful program that includes specialties like handwork Spanish and violin. Our children do lots of beautiful artwork while learning the essentials. We also have a wonderful (nearly) organic snack and lunch program all cooked fresh each day on site.

  • (6 years ago)

    Terrific school for a caring artistic and whole child education!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I feel so lucky that my child is able to attend this wonderful school. The whole staff is amazing and the families are wonderful and very involved in the lives of their children.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is amazing! There teaching techniques are genius! One incredible teachers is Ms. Jen she is probably the best teacher i ahve ever met! This school is great for young children!

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 9 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

Nearby

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools