Welcome to Raul H. Castro Middle School

Raúl H. Castro Middle School opened in January 2009 to sixth and seventh graders. In 2010, Castro promoted its first 8th grade class. Our school is named after Raúl H. Castro, who served as Arizona governor in 1975-77. He was the first and only Mexican-born American to be elected governor of Arizona and our school is proud to bear his name.

Castro Middle School is focused on increasing student achievement for every child. Additionally, we offer numerous extracurricular opportunities and a student council. Our school is comprised of highly-qualified teachers and a hard-working staff that makes Castro a great place for its students.

Please feel free to contact the office or stop on by to visit our campus!

Letter from Our Principal
Sarah Hernandez

Dear Parents and Students,

I am Sarah Hernández and have been serving as the principal of Castro since August of 2010. I have been in the Cartwright School District since August of 1998. I love the Maryvale community and am always humbled by the support our community shows for education. I share that same passion for educating the whole student.

I know that your child can be successful when pushed and guided in the right direction. We believe that behavior and academics can be learned and improved upon at Castro. Our social skills curriculum encompasses all the skills that are necessary to be successful in school, but more importantly in life. I look forward to working with you and your family on this last phase of your elementary career. Together with family I am confident that your student can leave Castro college and career ready!

A Message from the Superintendent's Office about Prop 206

The Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative, also known as Proposition 206, was approved on November 8, 2016.

Proposition 206 is designed to increase the minimum wage to $10 in 2017, $10.50 in 2018, $11.00 in 2019, and $12 in 2020. Starting in 2021, the measure will increase the minimum wage based on the cost of living index for Arizona. Effective July 1st, the initiative also guarantees 40 hours of annual paid sick time to employees of businesses with 15 or more employees and 24 hours to those of businesses with less than 15 employees. The measure entitles employees to accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. The measure permits earned paid sick time to be utilized for an employee's medical care, an employee's need to care for a family member, a public health emergency or addressing domestic violence.

For Cartwright School District, more than 700 employees will be impacted, with a recurring annual cost in excess of $650,000.

Important Information