About Castle Hills

Mission Statement

Castle Hills Elementary School will consistently develop successful learners who feel a sense of pride while achieving excellence in all areas through thinking, learning, and caring.



Castle Hills Elementary School is dedicated to establishing a pattern for successful learning in each student. In order to achieve this goal, the faculty recognizes individual differences and provides learning experiences which seek to develop the child's intellectual, emotional, physical, social, and moral potential.
Castle Hills Elementary School's educational program will establish a pattern of success and satisfaction in learning, foster inquiry, creativity, and an appreciation of the variety existing in our world, including variety in ideas, cultures, and values. The staff will work together to insure that each student is able to be successful in today's world.


Campus Improvement Committee

The Campus Improvement Council was directed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to develop individual campus performance objectives and the measurement tools needed to assess those objectives.


Members selected to serve on the Council are composed of teachers, campus staff, NEISD district staff, parents, and community and business representatives. This very committed group is responsible for assisting the principal with site-based decision making, helping identify the annual objectives for improving student performance in a variety of areas, and developing the procedures for implementing those objectives. Castle Hills has a clear set of objectives with the primary goal being a school of "Distinction."


A major role that the CIC plays is to help develop & monitor our Campus Plan which can be viewed from our school's web site. The Campus Plan provides strategies to improve instruction for all of our students as we help them "be the best they can be."



Castle Hills Elementary has the special honor of being the oldest school in the North East Independent School District and celebrated its 55th anniversary during the 2004-2005 school year.


The building was actually constructed in 1951 and given the name of Castle Hills Elementary (CHE) in 1952. That year CHE also had the smallest enrollment figure of about 280 students. The largest enrollment in CHE was during the 1954-1955 school year when enrollment topped 1,225 students.


During that year, the school was on half day sessions. Many of the classrooms were divided in half. The auditorium was divided to contain four classrooms, and the cafeteria had two. Because of the growth in the northwest areas of the district, many other elementary schools were built. From time to time, some of our students attended other schools to relieve the overcrowded conditions at Castle Hills. We are sometimes referred to as the "Mother" school. Castle Hills Elementary has the distinction of being the only school in the NEISD with a grave on its grounds. Mr. V. Anderlitch is buried at the back of the playground near the water tower. Born February 13, 1830, he was known as "Mr. Castle Hills". He was a German immigrant freighter who owned the land for many years.


Over the years, the original L-shaped building grew to contain a gym, cafeteria, auditorium, and library, (as well as many portables.) The first classrooms in the school had windows on two sides and no air conditioning. Eventually windows were removed to accommodate the new air conditioning units. The patio areas were a welcome addition and provided areas to play when weather was inclement. In 1999, the original building, along with its additions, was demolished to make room for a new two-story school building. The new building was completed during the 2001-2002 school year.


Mrs. Pope Crook was the principal of Castle Hills from 1979 to 2004. Under her strong leadership, CHE has been honored with many state and national awards.


The school calendar changed from the traditional year to the Year Round schedule in the 1992-1993 school year. It is the district's only Year Round/School of Choice, meaning that parents from six different attendance areas may choose to enroll their child at Castle Hills Elementary. This gives us a unique and rich mix of student's backgrounds and cultures from around the district. The faculty and staff of CHE, as well as North East ISD, have a strong commitment to this special program.


Castle Hills Elementary is now in a new and exciting stage of its long history. The new stage of leadership started with Principal, Lori Gerdin from 2004 to 2009. In 2009 Eric Wicker took over until 2013. Beginning with the school year 2013, Principal Betsy Asheim has taken over the leadership. She is very excited to be a part of the Castle Hills team. The tradition of excellence continues on.



  • 2014 Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Champion Gold Award Winner
  • 2013-2014 | Distinction Desigantion-Reading
  • 2012-2013 | Distinction Designation-Top 25% Student Progress
  • 2011-2012 | Recognized Status School
  • 2007-2008 | Exemplary Status School
  • 2005-2006 | Exemplary Status School
  • 2004-2005 | Recognized Status School | Gold Performance Acknowledgements in Reading, Math, Writing, and Science
  • 2003-2004 | Recognized Status School
  • 2000-2001 | National Blue Ribbon Winner | Texas Blue Ribbon Winner
  • 1998-1999 | Recognized Status School
  • 1997-1998 | Exemplary Status School
  • 1996-1997 | Exemplary Status School
  • 1995-1996 | Recognized Status School
  • 1994-1995 | Overall Excellence Category Redbook Magazine "Best of Schools Award"
  • 1993-1994 | National Distinguished Principal from Texas
  • 1992-1993 | Successful Schools Award
  • 1992-1992 | Luby's Prize for Excellence Finalist | Trinity Smart Schools Network
  • 1991-1992 | National Drug-Free School Recognition
  • 1991-1991 | NEISD's 1st Year Round/Magnet/School of Choice | Governor's Award for Excellence | U.S. Dept. of Education Site Visitation
  • 1989-1991 | National Drug-Free School Recognition State Nomination
  • 1987-1989 | Consistent Academic Performance 90th percentile
  • 1987-1988 | National Exemplary School Recognition/Winner
  • 1987-1987 | U.S. Dept. of Education Site Visitation
  • 1985-1986 | National Exemplary School Nominee