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101 North Oak Street
Palatine, IL 60067

(847) 963-7000
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July 14, 2014
Sanborn is a great school with wonderful teachers! I have been very pleased with the education my children get at Sanborn!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
I was very disappointed throughout the one year our son spent here. One child in his class had severe behavioral disorder... we spoke with the teacher and later the principal after our son came home upset several times because he was punched, tripped, pushed into lockers, etc. by this child. Other kids were getting bullied as well. If a teacher witnessed, this child would get a minor. Over and over and over and over. We were continuously told "we're working on it". Clearly this "disciplinary" system was not effective... but it continued through the entire year. Why does my child and the others in his class have to deal with getting physically hurt and bullied while they "work on it"? Our son would tell us about the foul language and inappropriate references used by his classmates on a daily basis. Did I mention this was first grade? Some of this is to be expected... but still. I will say that my son's teacher was wonderful, and I believe she did all she could. The art teacher is fantastic as well. I believe that the administration at Sanborn is TRYING to improve things. Maybe someday they'll get there. But thankfully my son will not be there to find out.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
Gray Sanborn... This school is awful on it's disciplinary policies and I think also the school is racist. There are some flaws in every public school system but something's that are done here appear to be vindictive. Teachers address issues with unnecessary aggression and condescending tones that really come off as idiotic more than informational. My daughter was the one of the kids left out of the mentoring program, where the students look after the younger students. The issue was not that there weren't any children to mentor because there were some mentors with 2 younger students, when you only allowed one. I thought that was appalling. With volunteering as well you are treated carelessly as if you are not giving your time to participate. I've went to introduce myself to the band teacher and the first thing she said to me is "make sure your daughter brings back her band instrument if you move". I hadn't confirmed that I was moving. Anyhow I have a gang of ordeals with this school and their policies. If there is an issue with minorities they should not make it so obvious. Keep it quiet. Sssssshhhhhh

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2013
Our family moved here from another state at the beginning of the school year. The staff and teachers at Sanborn really made my children feel very welcome. The school is constantly trying new things to improve the learning experience for the children. Absolutely no school is perfect anywhere but our family has been truly happy with the education that our children are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2013
This school is awful, if a student is well behave, follow rules and respectful then they are seen by their teacher as meek. Good student who are above average are not valued, students who bullies are not held accountable. Report bullying is a joke the assistance principle tells you will investigate the bullying then never follow up with the parent of the victim and refuse tell the parent what if any punishment was given to the bully. Also have witness a teacher behaving unprofessionally by screaming at students.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2013
Academic program is weak for well-behaved students. Foul language and bullying is rampant. Little to nothing done to correct the behavior. Using the F* word is seen as a non-event and not worth calling attention to. Spanish speaking population is given more attention than English speaking. Shame. A few years back, District 15 was ranked as one of the top districts in Illinois. Not the case at this school. Teachers, even the better ones, have no qualms yelling at classes " you are the worst class I have ever had" on a daily basis. Again, in this environment, with a well-behaved child on the upper end of the learning curve and a quiet nature....this is not the place for such a student. Ask teachers how to challenge your well-behaved, well-studied child and you will be told not to rock the boat by the staff and administrator. You will scare them and seen as a threat simply because you want to challenge your child to learn more. They are more interested in keeping the peace with the troublemakers than they are in educating the students. You'd think it was a disciplinary center rather than an educational institution with the way they won't challenge students to learn more. Sad. Very sad

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
My son attended k-6th grades here. His k. teacher is one of the best teachers I've ever seen. The quality of his other teachers has been a mixed bag. The not-so-great ones lost their tempers with the kids, didn't handle discipline very effectively, etc. The band and orchestra programs are excellent, but the art and PE classes leave something to be desired due to the staff. The school offers opportunities for kids who are reading and doing math at above-grade levels to take classes a year ahead of their actual year in school, which challenged my son. There were some issues with the principal not taking the bullying of my son seriously, even tho' the school claims to have a "zero-tolerance policy". Without witnesses, children can get away with punching, kicking, and hitting other kids. Overall, the school is good, but the discipline issues were a black cloud over his education.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
The diversity of Sanborn students brings a lively atmosphere. The wonderful teachers are caring and consistent in promoting high quality learning.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 08, 2008
My son is in fifth grade here, we were new to the district and during the first week he struggled with the new routine, teachers etc. However, his teacher, the school nurse and the assistant principal were all very involved with him and watching out for him, making sure that he was ok. After a week or two, he settled in very nicely, made friends and started to do very well. The school is a very diverse community and although there are kids that do not want to learn, the opportunities are there for those that do. The office staff are always warm and welcoming. I am very happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Gray M Sanborn Elementary School
101 North Oak Street, Palatine, IL  60067
(847) 963-7000
Last modified Gray M Sanborn Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gray M Sanborn Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 9 reviews. Top