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4300 Allen School Road
Bonita, CA 91902

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(619) 479-3662
(619) 267-6237
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April 02, 2014
This school and it's staff always try to improve themself, they listen to the parents and their concerns and try to give a solution the best they can. You can reach them anytime and support you as much as they can.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
My child is learning a lot in First Grade. She loves her teacher (Mrs. Davies) and is very excited to attend school. It seems like this teacher has a passion for teaching and it is very nice to see the way she interacts with her students. She truly cares for her students.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
Parents and teachers have a great working relationships. Make Allen top of my list or schools

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
We absolutely love this school. My son is in 2nd grade and it is a perfect fit for us. I was sad to see a couple of really negative reviews. This has not been our experience at all. The teachers and staff all know my son's name. Super awesome art projects. Parents are really encouraged and welcomed to be in the classrooms. We have our spot.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Allen School is a wonderful school. My oldest son is now in the 5th grade and my youngest just started kindergarten there. The teachers and help know ALL the students by name. It's a school with a community feel. Ms. Faddis is friendly and fair. I love this school for my kids and I wish they would increase to K-8 so my kids could come here longer! :) I have volunteered in the classroom and the teachers are great. They do the best they can with strapped resources. I wish I could volunteer more. Helping out a few days a month helps the teachers A LOT and my kid LOVES seeing me in the classroom! :)

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
Allen School offers great teachers in a smaller school environment of approximately 400. Hopefully with the influx of many new kindergarten students that parent involvement will increase. I would encourage Allen School parents to get involved. What makes a great school is not only the teachers, but the parent and student involvement. I also wish that Allen School had maintained their Magnet school for the Arts status and retained these programs. Or perhaps seek musical programs and other arts programs instead of continually cutting them out completely. Other CVESD schools have retained their musical programs. Also there needs to be more academic specialties offered. Perhaps seek additional help in grant research.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2013
Terrible and disturbing school experience. I am disgusted by the treatment of both my son and myself. Words like disrespectful, inappropriate, and unhelpful come to mind. My son s Kindergarten teacher and the noon duty staff are very negative and do not treat students with respect or developmental appropriateness. The teacher stigmatizes the children, labels them, denigrates and demeans them. Teachers and staff yell and scream at the children. The kids are scolded, chastised, and criticized unfairly. Kindergarten students are coming home and complaining to parents about being stressed out! Threats are used and punishment is doled out that exasperates difficult situations rather than remedies them. I caution any parents who are considering sending their child to Allen. Don t rely on the school s reputation; schools change over time. There s lack of transparency at this school so keep your eyes and ears open, spend time at the school, communicate with other parents, and above all else, speak up if you don t like what you see. Our experience is not isolated, even though this is what the principal and District would like you to believe. Principal was unhelpful and rude.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2013
Allen School is a well established school in the Bonita community. The vegetable and butterfly gardens are the outdoor highlight. The cafeteria has improved immensely with the choices offered and a lot more healthy than the past years. The school runs on a very small budget because it is a small country school so it is necessary to make yearly donations or participate in the fundraisers. My two daughters have attended Allen and both are well prepared each year to move on to the next grade level.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2012
I personally met with a primary grade teacher in rewards to one of her students. Although, her student is an emergent learner, the teacher had nothing positve to say about her own student. Everything she said was extremely negative. It is very dismaying as an educator to see a peer behave in that manner. Additionally, the meeting was cut short. She then said she had other business to tend to. I stayed for a few more minutes and checked out the ambiance of the school (which was great by the way) but a few minutes later, I see the teacher congregating wiith other staff members and laughing and giggling. Her "other important business" didn't strike me as...important! It is shameful to know that a teacher rather meet with her school friends than to entertain the burning questions of parents. Shame on on you!

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2012
Our kindergartner loves Allen School and her teacher. They have a lovely garden and the staff and teachers are kind, approachable, and helpful. It's true that they don't have any field trips planned, but they have had six guest presenters so far this year! My kid loved the animals the Humane Society brought in to share. I think it's better to bring guests in than to take a bus full of 5 year-olds out! I do with they had more open library time. The fund raisers are non-stop, but I am guessing it's just an attempt to bring in money to keep the drama teachers and the librarian. We love Allen School.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
My child just started here and she really likes it. The only things is that they have fundraisers just about every month, but the younger grades k-3 especially Kindergarteners do not get to participate in many activities, no field trips at all..they are basically confined to the classroom which is really boring. I am satisfied with how my child is learning here but I have to admit I am a little disappointed....

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
My kids have been going to this school for 3 and 4 years and I'm very happy with just about everything! The key is parent participation - if you want your child to do well, you have to be involved - whether it's volunteering in the classroom or, if work prevents you from being able to volunteer, then be involved in all aspects of their homework and extracurricular activities. The school can't do the job of the parents! The reason for all the fundraisers is to try to compensate for the budget cuts as much as possible. The principal makes it very clear that we are not expected to participate in multiple fundraisers, but rather that different fundraisers are offered to accommodate different interests and hopefully generate some much needed funds for the school. Then maybe the kids can have more field trips! My kids are doing exceptionally well (reading as much as four grade levels above their current grade) and I'm convinced that it is the combination of great teachers and our continual participation as parents in as many aspects of their school life as we have time for.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2012
My son has been at this school since K and is in his third year now. The principal is great, willing to listen, and creates an atmosphere of fairness and understanding. The teachers are "hit and miss" as it is in every school, some are fantastic and some are well, less than fantastic. The school very much creates a small town feel and with that comes the traffic congestion unfortunately. Overall, the experience has been a good one.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
allen school is okay ...staff are kind of rude and teachers are not friendly..the principal are nice and easy to talk to.my son is very disappointed. im not please to my son teacher coz his not learning anything.kids go to school to learn.and teacher should have patient teaching. im very dissatisfied to this school

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
This is a great school. The principal is AWESOME. Shes so friendly and greats all the kids infront of the school very morning. It is a fairly small school thats very old but has a flower garden and a vegetable garden that the kids get to help maintain. The two issues I have with this school is traffic and my daughters teacher. My daughter teacher needs to retire or something. shes way too stressed out and takes it out on the kids due to her lack of control of herself. And for the traffic It has to be the worst. When 11 year olds are directing traffic you can expect many delays in dropping your kids off since the school only has one area to drop off on the westside of the school. There is only one way in/out to the drop off area/parking lot of the school. The school needs to open the gates on the east side and it would probably prevent many kids from being late due to the traffic

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
I have been at Allen Elementary for 3 years. I have been impressed overall with the quaint location, dedicated staff, great leadership as well as the many programs in the performing arts they work to incorporate into the educational program. They have a program called, 'Art in the Community' and it's fun to go into a business and see the art from our school.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
My children has been at allen now for 6 years. Over the years I have seen a big decline in the arts and music program. I understand there are budget cuts but a lot of what the kids learn , can be learned at home. The drama is good, the dancing is not very good, and the music is eh. Hopefully next year will be better.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2009
The school has a great curriculum for students, the attention to detail in education is second to none, wich my daughter would agree with!!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2009
Allen is a wonderful school that enhances my children's education with programs based in the Arts. The staff is dedicated to educating each student and seeing them succeed. I wouldn't want my children to attend any other school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
My children attend Allen Arts Academy!! It is a small, rural school with lots of opportunities for success in all areas! We have an annual arts on stage show that is fun, creative and great to watch!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2009
I have been a teacher at Allen for 10 years. It is a wonderful place to work. The staff and parents are so helpful and kind. We have a wonderful visual and performing arts program and great students.

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May 11, 2008
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February 27, 2008
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February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 18, 2007
Allen is such great school!!! We are like a big family.

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October 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
Wonderful school and strong staff. Parent involvement and support is very high. Great curriculum and environment for the students.

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June 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2006
Experienced and knowledgeable teachers. Good selection of music and student activities.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
This is a performing arts school and my 3 boys love the music, art and dance. The teachers are good to great and have been very supportive and creative problem-solvers with the challenges that they boys bring.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My youngest boy has been going to Allen/Daly Elementary School for 4 yrs. He has learned so much, including singing and dancing. The teachers are so caring, they take the time to teach the children, not just tell them what to do.It's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
Allen is a wonderful small school with a caring staff, hard working teachers, and a very active principal. In addition, Allen has a fantastic arts program including dance, drama, and fine arts. My children love Allen and are receiving an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
I would like more time and affort spent on music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities

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July 12, 2005
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April 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
My son attended K and 1st grade at this school. There is a high level of parent involvement and all the faculty from the princible to the lunch lady seemed to promote a lot of school spirit and pride. They have an awsome performing arts program in which all classes participate. It includes dance, public speaking (if they get a speaking part) and singing. Months of practice culminate in a great performance at the local community college. There is also a strong emphises on the arts (drawing, painting, creating). My son was reading towards the end of Kindergarten. I feel he's recieved a good education there, though I have nothing to really compart it to.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2004
This is an amazing school! We were planning on moving this summer, but because of Allen we decided to stay. Our son is so happy there and we are just unable to find a better school, and refuse to. This is an extraordinary place, we love the staff, the grounds, it's just perfect! This year has been an incredible journey, our son is learning so much and having a great time along the way! He loves his teacher & going to school every morning, what more could a parent ask for? He will finish 1st grade this June, so we won't be moving any time soon.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2003
Love the visual & performing arts magnet program. The arts staff is incredible!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2003
We currently have two children at Allen Daly School. We are very happy with our children's progress and we really appreciate having this school available for our kids. The principal and teachers are excellent, the parental involvement is extremely high and there are lots of activities for the kids. This is a wonderful school and we look forward to our youngest two (twins) attending as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2003
This is an excellent school all around!!

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Allen (Ella B.) Elementary School
4300 Allen School Road, Bonita, CA  91902
(619) 479-3662
Last modified Allen (Ella B.) Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Allen (Ella B.) Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top