School Details

Charles Armstrong School

1405 Solana Drive, Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 592-7570

(out of 10)

Private Grades 1-8 246 students 6 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Charles Armstrong School is a private middle school in San Carlos. The principal of Charles Armstrong School is Ms. Claudia Koochek, who can be contacted at 246 children attend Charles Armstrong School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at Charles Armstrong School is 6:1. Tierra Linda Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% %
Multiracial 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% %
Hispanic 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
Asian 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    We recently shadowed at CA. Though our child was in high-spirits at arrival his first experience was being physically pushed aside by a teacher as she exited the office. This was immediately followed by being handed a squeeze ball based on an assumption he was 'nervous.' This confused him and set a tone for the rest of the day. To us this seemed like a very template approach pushing aside a few minutes of courtesy to greet and get-to-know the child before drawing conclusions. As for the curriculum the focus is on reading and math with no access to the science lab for hands-on deep experiences until 5th grade. The few teachers we met lacked smiles spark and enthusiasm. The physical classroom space was cramped and busy. And the icing our child was targeted by two boys and made to feel uncomfortable. In his words at pick-up 'I don't want to go back to a school with bullies.' CA's top-down approach assumes there is something to be 'fixed' in a dyslexic child. Beyond the research and more current interventions that actually frame dyslexia as a right-brained creative gift. We're in need of a school not a repair shop. No Thanks!

  • (7 months ago)

    My husband and I visited Charles Armstrong in March of 2013 for our then 4th grader with dyslexia. After over an hour in traffic we arrived to find out that there is a 2+ year waiting list. I was also shocked to learn that tutoring after school is the norm though I was assured that there are tutors that come to campus after school on your dime - oh good! There is also homework assigned. When you take into consideration the tuition that they charge the time commuting to and from school the time with a tutor after school paying the tutor and doing home work once home we said NO THANK YOU!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is amazing. This is my son's third year at the school. He entered 2nd grade not reading at all and now he is reading above grade level. More importantly the teachers and administration are incredibly thoughtful and caring and really get to know each child. It is an amazing place for LD kids!

  • (2 years ago)

    My child loved CAS. Made such a big difference for her. Teachers are great and the new Middle School Head is doing a nice job. The best school in the bay area of students that learn differently. My child is graduating from HS with 3.7 GPA and heading to UCL in the fall all because of this school and it teachers. I stay involved!

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm giving this school 1 star is which denotes an unsatisfactory rating. Two stars signifies below average which I considered because I think some people at the school work very hard and try to make it a great place. However when you place this school next to other schools in this category which it is positions itself with it falls extremely short. Having a child with LD is really tough and I regret to inform you that if you have high aspirations for your child to succeed this school alone is not enough. I found that the families that were successful here were also getting outside support. This school is unsatisfactory because it is misleading to parents hires unqualified teachers position itself as a type of 'best in its class" institution and it is not.

  • (3 years ago)

    If your child is dyslexic run to this school! Very small class sizes of 18 children with three teachers. Wonderful personalized education. The teachers are absolutely amazing kind caring and compassionate. The Head of School is probably the best administrator in the Bay Area. It is absolutely phenomenal. Well worth the money. The public schools in CA will do nothing to help your child. It is 100% up to the parents. Also it has excellent PE Art Music Theater and Sports programs. The specialty teachers are amazing. Any dyslexic child that gets to go there is one of the luckiest children in the US...That is no exaggeration.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our children spent two years each at this school. We were quite disappointed especially after there was a change in Head of School. The school is supposed to be just for dyslexic students but there were so many different special education needs children mixed in who had more complicated conditions that the classroom was too chaotic for children to learn. Behavioral issues disrupted every class. We took out kids out and found better options.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school saved my child! It is an amazing school with great leadership and caring gifted and accountable teachers that make sure your child succeeds thrives and reaches their potential. I love CAS and will always be grateful to them. My daughter attended 6th through 8th grade and has flourished. She has been on the honor roll every quarter and really loves learning now. Although this school is expensive and we don't have alot of money it was worth every dime and then some. Best decision we ever made and you can write it off on your taxes.

  • (5 years ago)

    It doesn't get better than this if you have a dyslexic learner. Fantastic caring teachers. Head of School is completely available to parents and students. Individualized instruction to take your child where they are at with complete focus on closing the gap. Solid programs to teach children their style of learning how their brain works and most importantly that they are not stupid. This school is a gift to our family.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an excellent school for kids with dyslexia. Not only do they address the reading issues they also teach life skills and self-advocacy. Only one of 3 on the entire west coast.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school for children who are struggling with reading and writing. There is a specialized curriculum which focuses in on areas were children with mild learning difficulties have problems. There is daily P.E. weekly art music and library. Classes can have up to 18 students but language arts and math are taught in small groups of 6 or 8. For students who need a more individualized approach to learning or who have moderate language processing problems this may not be a good choice as there is little flexibility in the curriculum.

  • (9 years ago)

    Wonderful Caring School Community. Truly understand the children and prepare them for transition to regular classroom.

  • (10 years ago)

    A school which definately focuses on improving the learning challenged. Great student teacher ratio. Individualized support and nurturing envorinment.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school has excellent Drama and Physical Education programs which were extremely important to my child's development as a Dyslexic learner.

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