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Urbana, IL
Students enrolled: 433

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312 West Oregon Street
Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 384-3618
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October 07, 2014
This school is great in helping English Learners. It's staff is very caring of it's students. The after school program in particular is a great help with parents that cannot pick up their children right after school.

- submitted by a community member

September 23, 2013
As a current PhD in art education, with a lot of experience teaching teachers how to teach, it is my pleasure to review the school. I went here when I was young and loved it! There's an emphasis on creativity, in a student centered meaning that they try and match it to what students are capable of in terms of ideas and abilities, there is a huge emphasis on social justice, diversity and integration, which I think is amazing. I know other people who went there and they loved it. I know people who have worked there and are some of the nicest people I know. I know parents who have children there, and they would not switch them out of there for the world. I would highly highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a community member

August 19, 2013
When we asked before the start of the school year to have our child moved from the class of a teacher we had been unhappy with the year before, we were told it was too late. This was frustrating for us, because we asked for the change as soon as possible right after the information was made public. We found the process opaque, as we had not been asked to choose a teacher beforehand. We further noted that other parents had had better success in having their teacher preferences honored, even after the first day of school. Who you know is everything here.

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2011
Leal is an excellent school and my daughter has been going to this school for 3 years. Her favorite teacher is Ms.Tiffany, but all of the teachers are excellent. Mr.Landsman, their principal is extremely good, but in a way like the kids. this school is the best my daughter has gone to!

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2011
Leal is generally a wonderful school, with probably the best teacher I have ever seen in Ms. Tiffany Clark. There are always some problems in any public school, but Leal should rank very high.

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2010
Leal elementary is very overdue for some new teachers and certainly a new principal. The principal acts like the children is supposed to be leading. If you have an issue with something at the school do not expect any help or support from the principal. The way conflicts are dealt with is to turn the other cheek and brush them under the rug. Leal elementary has no policy in place to deal with bullying and instead seems to think if it is ignored it will go away. All in all, this is a very overrated school and is extremely lacking in leadership.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 14, 2010
excellent and caring adults with studnts in mind for everything they do. The afterschool program is the best.

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no rating
May 12, 2009
I have 2 children go to Leal Elem School and I must say that I appreaciate the teachers and principle for their hard work and great attitude and patience with kids. My kids love school and look forward to go to school everyday.. Thank you Staff at Leal

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2007
The schools in the Urbana/Champaign area do have some issues and can be quite different from school to school but Leal elementary was very good. I am especially impressed with the principle, Mr. Landsman. He is very hands on and visible everywhere from the playground to after school events. He knows many kids and parents by their names. Another impressive area was kindergarten. Ms Lisa and Ms LaDonna had a wonderful way of meeting each child at their level and challenging them as do many teachers at Leal. I would recommend Leal to any one moving to the area.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2006
Leal is a great school. The principal is very caring and the teachers my son has had have been superior performers. The team approach ensures all who come in contact with your child are on the same page. My son has special needs and the response to that has been outstanding. Kids are taught not only academic material but important life skills like learnings about respecting themselves, others , and property. Social skills are developed in the children. Staff at Leal care about the whole family. It is a wonderful neighborhood school. They have lots of activities the kids can participate in after school. The PTA is very active. They offer art, music, dance and drama. The fine arts are encouraged; my son has been on field trips to attend plays and shows at the University of Illinois. Leal is truly #1! Rhonda Stebbins

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
My daughter transferred from Kindergarten in the middle of the 2nd semester last year to Leal Elementary. Her reading and Math skills skyrocketed, along with her knowledge of a wide variety of previously unexplored cultures and themes. The after school program is one of the best I have ever seen. Both stimulating and nurturing to children of all ages. Thank-you Sandy Davin and Terry! For a wonderfull learning experience. Teachers(you know are overworked) are pleasant, and positive, and willing to go that extra mile. The principal Ms.McCabe, obviously has excellent leadership skills, that have influenced her staff as well as students. I give Leal 5 stars, and also have to mention the tremendous amount of parental involvement! Which is certainly a contributing factor in its success.

- submitted by a parent
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Leal Elementary School
312 West Oregon Street, Urbana, IL  61801
(217) 384-3618
Last modified Leal Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Leal Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. Top