The school overall is adequate. The principle is open to suggestions. The library is probably the most attractive in the district. There is no tangible technology program. My son has gone once in two months. The science program is new, but the instructor is making the best effort to make it interesting and fun. There is minimal supervision for recess, which is more a district issue. The API and overall ratings have risen, mainly due to the acquisition of another high rated school last year. I hope, the trend will continue. This school has the real potential. The programs are many, and there are some sincere and dedicated instructors. There is no Music program, and the Art program is good, but the fund seems to be overcorrected to it. More funds should be directed to programs that will improve the standing of school.
My son is a second grade student this year at Allen. We are very lucky to have a wonderful teacher. Mrs. Unze cares so much. I am involoved in this school, and I love it. This school year has started out beautifully.
I am currently on a waiting list for another school. I will leave no matter when it is in the school year. They at least got a good science program going this year, only due to the parents outside the PTA forum.
Our needs were not being met. The PTA was very divisive and wanted to do everything the old Allen way. The district was instrumental in ruining our neighborhood school. Bad move.
I have two children at Allen at Steinbeck. 2005-2006 was the first year of the schools existence. That was a learning year for everyone, but overall it turned out very well. This year, 2006-2007 is even better. There is good leadership, good parental involvement, and everyone is striving to make this school a success. Allen at Steinbeck is on the right track and is, in my opinion, a success. My children are both excelling and they are being challenged according to their abilities. They are always at the top of their class. Check out the school yourself and ask questions. The teachers we've had, and the principal, have always been very accessible and responsive. I would not go by the negative reviews of bitter parents who did not give the school a chance, or who did not endeavor to make the school a success. Good parental involvement is essential!
My child moved from Randol to Allen. The staff of both schools needed to make the transition mentally which I think they have done this year. Volunteers, instead of whining, set about bringing in needed programs. Last year, we had a little of everything. Art Vista, Music, Science Fair, science night, and much more. If the complaining parents had a positive attitude we would have cleared 800 on the API this year. As it was we made a tremendous improvement in all areas, and we hope it will be the beginning to a great future. The principal is great and was a great calming influence in all the chaos of the messy merge. If we pool our efforts positively, we can do it. My child enjoys this school.. and is an Advanced kid....reading at 3 grades above.I like this school.
I've volunteered many hours in class, was an art docent for the Art Vistas program, and helped out whenever I had time. The teachers my children have had at Allen have been wonderful and my kids have been at the top of their class. The only worry I have is the large number of kids and then adding middle school to the mix. I love the addition of the science program. Overall, I can't complain because I know what my kids are doing and I add to that at home, because that is what we should be doing as parents.
We came from another district. Outgoing parents were discouraged when it came to developing programs for GATE or school enrichment. Thanks to SJUSD for ruining our neighborhood school!
Wow! I am so proud of our students at Allen at Steinbeck. Our school had the second highest improvement in overall test scores in the SJUSD this past year. The number of parents volunteering in the classrooms has increased dramatically this year; our first dance was heavily attended; our Art Vistas program has moved into a permanent classroom inside the main building; our school has hired a resource teacher who runs a science classroom and a science lab for every student. We have, in addition to the Mac lab, laptop computers that the teachers can check out and use in each classroom. We love our school, our teachers and our principals! Go Gators!
My daughter went from being an top student at Randol Elementary to a just above basic. She went down in every catagory. At Randol, she read 24 books in the 4th grade, and at Allen, only 4, due to the lack approach to basic AR reading techniques. Let's hope the new year brings a new approach to learning, and lifeskills.
Try to get on a waiting list, any list, private, charter, or home school. This school will take at least three years to recover from, a very bad SJUSD experiment.
My daughter had a good experience, although her overall testing went down. The staff was excellent though, and made up for other challenges the year brought. Overall, she was prepared for 6th grade, but barely. There could of been an improvement in the interaction between the two PTA's merging, or in the case of Randol, being dissolved.
Allen at Steinbeck is a school that is still in the developmental phase. Since we are about to embark on another year with a school in the ever changing facilty a lot has changed. Last year was a bumpy ride when the closed Randol students became a part of the Allen population. Everyone was adapting. Some had positive experiences and some had negative. Personally we had a good one, for the fact that I remembered it was not about me and it was about my child. Those who were hostile did not accept that, and thus their animosity grew. In regard to the volunteers around the campus. Once the schools became one it was not about where they came from, but about how those helping could make a difference in a child's life. Truly in the end that is all that matters.
Well, wow, after reading the reviews I can tell most parents have a really good experience with previous schools. If you think allen elem. is substandard, you haven't been to many other san jose schools. We find it to be stellar in comparison. By combining more schools, they might have enough money for extra curricular activities. The problem is taxpayers not wanting to foot the bill for good schools. We are thrilled with allen at this time and hope it continues to improve. My grandson is doing fantastically better in every way compared to his former san jose school. And on the topic of safety, their organized approaches to supervising kids entering school is lightyears safer than the prior san jose school.
The merging of two schools into Allen at Steinbeck has not been very successful. There are too many students and not enough staff to effectively monitor student behavior.
Allen has great programs in place for the kids, but lack the teacher training to implement them successfully. Seems to be a bias against children with special needs. On 2 occasions I've had the VP and a paid yard duty comment about 'those Special Ed kids' negatively. If you have those opinions, you shouldn't offer programs to help them. I've experienced on 3 occasions staff speaking inappropriately to children with no consequence. If you question the VP of the school communication diminishes to personal attacks, or confusion, with no sense of even wanting teamwork for the benefit of the children and no resolution of issues. The teachers need the training, before they practice on the students. Lead with experience, not a do as I say, not as I do, mentality. There is hope for Allen, however, changes are necessary before success can be achieved. Respect is earned, not just given.
I subbed for this school, and found that some of the staff member were not very encouraging.
The quality of the academic programs is terrible. There is no emphasis on improving test scores or the mindset of the faculty relating to improving the programs or lack there of. There are no music programs, art is minimal and the P.E. programs has been temporarily cut back because of the lack of teaching credentials. The level of parent involvement is very minimal unless you count the parents that cam from the now closed Randol Elementary. If it wasn't for a select few Allen parents (actual PTA Board members) the only volunters would be Randol parents. The Randol volunteers are devoting countless hours teaching reading, art, some music and doing what they can to improve the schol.
It's too big. There is a lack of discipline. There are no extracurricular activities. The good teachers are quitting.
The school needs more after-school and science programs. Randol had a science teacher and a music teacher. Academic expectations and home work load should be much more challenging!
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