I was really upset when I learned that my grandson would be transferring to this school. Much to my surprise, I have found the curriculum and student expectations to be standard to high. If testing scores are not average to above average, I believe the responsibility falls on parent participation and not that of the school. There is a real need for parents and family members to become more aware of school-parent participation. When I wait for my grandson after school, I am amazed at the number of non-English speaking family members waiting for students. The only manner in which this school's ratings will improve is if family members become more well versed in English and become more dedicated to the education of their children.
I wasn't going to write anything but after looking at the scores in Reading, Math and Science for the last three years and seeing those statistics, I could not help but to comment. Those of you who have children attending a school in a district that not only hasn't exceeded average in scores but hasn't even met average in three core academic areas. This is truely appalling, you parents are the ones that need to stand at city hall and demand to know where your tax dollars are being spent...not in that school my friends. Three principles in 5 years, something smells bad. Check under the tab 'Test Score' at the top for yourself. WOW. Very sad that there aren't even scores to compare with.
I have two children @ OC Allen. My oldest is in first grade&my youngest is in Pre-K4. I feel so blest to have had the opporunity for my children to attend school in district 131. Both children have been part of the 'free' preschool program which is fabulous. I love that our Grade School&district participate in the Character Counts and PBIS programs. I feel OC Allen offers a positive environment to our children. The teachers are informed & available, the vice principal & principal are engaged. What makes our district special is that it promotes community school unity w/ after school activities that bring all the school in dist 131 together. My 1st grader, reads like a champ and has been adding and subtracting since late Pre-K4 & early K. My Pre-K4 is starting to read and loves to print her letters and count. Everyday I sing OC Allen's/District praises.
I have been very happy with my children's education at Allen School. I particularly believe that the leadership provided by Mrs. Mink and Mr. Rodriguez has helped set a high standard for the teachers and the students. It is too bad that Mrs. Mink is leaving Allen School. She was a wonderful principal and she will be missed. The school district should do more to keep quality leaders like her. I am also disappointed that Mr. Rodriguez is not going to be the next principal. I am hoping the new principal will keep his/her expectations high for the teachers and students so Allen can continue to be the kind of school where I am proud to send my children.
Both of my children and my husband attended and attends Olney C Allen School in Aurora Illinois. In my opinion it is not the area that makes the school successful, but the dedication from the the faculty and the students. Allen continues to make tremendous strides in the area of improvement. This year (2008) has proven to be a excellent year in the way of education for my daughter. Mrs. Callahan really has challenged her third grade class in everyway. As dauting as it is on me as a parent, I appreciate her pushing the children to make them go the extra mile. These are the children that hold our future and every child deserves the right to be the reciepent of an exceptional educator.
Before my child entered Allen School I heard the horror stories , the school is great ! my child loves Mrs. Pettit and is very excited to go to class every day
Like 'Hopeful Parent', we also live in Oakhurst Meadows and planned to move when we realize that my daughter will be going to Allen. After reading the bad reviews I was not ready to let my daughter enroll at Allen. But after months of discussion, we agreed to give it a try. My daughter is also in Mrs. Van Cura's (afternoon class). After all the worry, I am happy to say that Allen is not that bad at all. My daughter just absolutely adore Mrs. V. I like their weekly assignments because its a good guide on what to teach my daughter. They have lots of stuff going on that motivates her like being chosen as 'Letter-Sound Expert' . I am confident that with the parent's help & support to the school Allen will do great which will benefit our kids and the community. - Mrs. Confident.
We as parents need to get involved in the school, especially if we want things to change.I was very skeptical about sending my daughter to Allen, especially since when we bought our home in Oakhurst Meadows we were told we'd be in a diff. district!We also contemplated moving, but decided to challenge ourselves and after much prayer and discussions with my husband, decided to see what we can do to help out instead of keeping the trend going.My daughter is in Ms. V's kinder class & absolutely loves it! There's good communication from the school-so far.I know there are many stay at home moms in hometown, I know Allen could use volunteers!I work full-time but plan on taking vac days to volunteer. -Hopeful Parent!
Allen School has a dedicated staff towards educating all children. I agree with what some of the parents have said in this forum however, posting on a website when you have nothing positive to say is not a solution to the problems encountered. There are many administrators, teachers, and other staff members in the school that can help. Introducing yourself to others and discussing problems within the school environment is a much more proactive way to getting your child's needs met.
My daughter has been in Ms. Potenberg's class as well as Mrs. Oostman's class. I absolutely love those two teachers. They have really done alot to teach my daughter as much as they can and I have seen an hugw improvement in her academically, as well as socially. I also adore the office staff, especially Mrs. Munch. They are the best group of ladies I've ever met! The rest of the school, however, is a disaster. The communication is a mess. The principal does not have the children's best interest in mind and doesn't judge each child individually versus by her own personal experience. You're treated like an idiot parent by her. I'm so embarrassed telling people that we're in District 131. We're moving in order to get our kids a better education. I love Hometown, but cannot stand our schools. And don't even get me started on the middle/high schools!
I am highly disappointed in the education that my son has received at Allen. Thank goodness we're moving out of district 131. I know my son will finally receive a good public school education!
I bought in hometown subdivision, & I am not proud to tell others that I live in district 131 or my child attends allen school. The school is in a low income. There is very little business support for the school.
Allen School offers great programs, from which my son has benefited in speech therapy and reading help. (Thanks Ms.Denny & Mrs. Belford!) The PTO meets monthly in English & Spanish. All parents are encouraged to participate. The PTO, school, and Cub Scout Troop 313 provide several events throughout the year; Dances, plays, music, reading nights, and field trips. Lots of fun. The school has added 8 new classrooms. The new Principle, Mrs. Mink, has done a great job of implementing a new level of discipline and respect in teachers and students in her 2 years there. The school issues Panther Paws (a point system) to students exhibiting desirable behavior. Communication is excellent. They schedule 4 conferences. There is a nightly homework log in which you can write notes to the teacher. I always know what homework is required. I can always reach the teacher. Allen School has earned my respect.Thanks!
Allen Elementary School has an excellent kindergarten staff. Especially Mrs. Potenberg, she is a commited teacher devoted to helping every child to the utmost of their ability. She has excellent communication skills and is not only capable of working with the children but also communicates with the parents. I did not find this same level of concern for the individual child in the Allen Elementary administration.
I took a tour of this school & the staff was great but it does bother me that 69% of the students are from low income families & my children would be in the minority.
Allen school does not offer enough for children who have minor disibilities like ADD and ADHD. We have been trying to get my son in with a social worker there for 2 years now and no one will budge to help. He has a hard time making friends and since the majority of the children at this school are bullies we are forced to sell our house in hometown and move to give our son a better chance in a better school district. I would not recommmend anyone to subject their children to East Aurora schools. If I had known about this I would have never of bought in hometown. They do have great teachers but not enough supervision at recess and at lunch time to many trouble makers to keep up with. The parents need to start teaching their children right from wrong and then Allen School will be successful.
I am very pleased with the positive changes that are going on in Allen School. My daughter is a Second Grader there and I appreciate all the efforts set forth by the teachers and parents. the homework books and the weekly progress reports keep you up to date on your childs education and behavior. I am excited to see the new addition next year and the positive impact all of the new parents and new communities will have on the school. I wish the web site would have up to date demographics because it is definately different each year.
3 out of 4 of my children attend Allen. I love the school and have long ties to it since my husband also atteded Allen as a child. I wish more parent could be involved but people work and do the best they can. I believed that my child education depends on me not just the teacher. Allen provides my child with an education as good as the next. I don't blame the teachers I commend them, it is a job that I know I and many others can not do. Many parents should relize that. These teachers are as involved with your children as YOU are. My childrens teacher know me and know what I expect for my children and what I expect from my children. I do nothing but praise the teachers and staff at Allen for taking such excellent care of my children.
My daughter has been going to Allen School for 2 years now and is going to the 4th grade now. We have no choice but to go to Allen school since we live in hometown. I have to say if we want to see a change the parents need to be involved. The children in our community 'hometown' deserve a good education and I feel that is not happening. The teachers need to get more involved. And not just accept how things were. There should be more after-school programs for children. Where are our tax-dollars going!
My son has been attending Allen School since pre-school. He is now in kindergarten. We have been very impressed with the quality of education he is receiving. So far, we have found the classroom environment to be very conducive to learning. The children are being guided and taught in a manner I believe is highly effective. I really appreciate their Character Counts program where they emphasize throughout the year with programs and incentives personal characteristics such caring, kindness, respect, be fair etc. I would highly recommend this particular school to others. We have a new principal this year as well who is doing a great job leading the school. I also agree with the other reviewer that parental involvement is key to your child's school experience. My daughter started 3 year old preschool this year as well through the district. We are very happy with Allen so far. Check it out!
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Join GreatSchools to participate in the parent community and other discussions on our site.
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Olney C Allen Elementary School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!