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John Allen School

Public | K-5 | 377 students

 

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Posted September 10, 2013

My twins are now entering 1st grade. We moved back into the Ann Arbor district specifically for the kids to attend Kindergarten at this school. We have so far been delighted with our experience. Great level of communication between teachers and parents. Responsive and caring attitude to the needs of my children as individuals. Involved parents, well-adjusted kids. We love the diversity of cultures and the open and friendly atmosphere overall. Test scores here are higher than some other area schools with higher "Great school scores," despite many students coming in with English as a second language. We are very happy to be a part of this school and I recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2013

We attended Allen for 1 year. My daughter got hurt twice in gym class. The gym teacher leaves the kids alone while she goes into her office. I tried to tell the office this but I was ignored. My daughter got her lip busted open when her and another child bumped into each other, they were completely unsupervised. It happen on many occasions. The rest of the faculty was amazing but I did not like being ignored when I came to my childs safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2012

I was very nervous about sending my kids to school but Allen has been great. I'm always impressed with the whole staff. The people who work here really seem to enjoy it. There are lots of smiles and friendly words. My kids enjoy all their teachers and the lunchroom monitors. I am quite happy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2012

My son has attended Allen Elementary School for 2 years (3d and 4th grades) and this experience could not be better. Believe me, I am a demanding parent; but I agree with every single word in the April 1, 2012 post. We are moving from Ann Arbor this summer and I consider leaving the schools our biggest lost. I wish I found a school of this level and this quality in our new place; and I wish every kid in this country would attend a school like ALLEN !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2012

One of my two children attended Allen K - 5 and this experience still remains her favorite and she is now in 7th grade. Many of the wonderful teachers @ Allen are considered 2nd and 3rd "mothers" to this day. Our youngest 2nd child is in first grade and loving her experience as well. My husband and I are hesitant to ever leave the Allen community because of the wonderful success our two daughters have experienced. The diversity, discipline, strong curriculum, and sense of community Allen brings to its students and families has us committed to stay for as long as we possibly can Thank you Allen Staff!.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2011

Allen is a fantastic school in a great community. Parents are always welcome and are encouraged to be involved. The teachers and principal are amazing and most have been at the school for many years. This makes Allen a community itself and has made my son's education seamless year to year. We are so pleased with our experience there and would recommend the school to family and friends alike.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

Great school. My children are really happy here. The parents are made to feel very welcome whenever they visit and each child seems to be valued.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Allen is a wonderful school. There is a fantastic community feel and the students are very diverse. I love that Allen includes diversity in its mission statement. Ms. Fitz is a caring and invested principal and the teachers are fantastic. We have been very pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

Allens awesome! 5 stars! it is the best elementary school. Look it up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

We have 3 children at Allen are so impressed with the staff! This is a place where every child gets what they need, be it extra help or enrichment. There are many opportunities for parent involvement inside and out of the classroom. The parent council is fantastic and works hard to fund all student activities so families don't have to pay directly. The principal is involved on every level and does a great job of fostering a sense of community. This is exactly what the elementary school experience should be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

Allen is a great school. We feel so lucky to have landed it's neighborhood. Many families are very positively involved in the school volunteering. Allen truly celebrates its cultural diversity. The students here are getting much more than just an excellent academic education. I have never experienced such caring and talented teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

Allen has a great staff and curriculum. Although teachers are required to be cautious and careful about communications to parents, I felt as though the teachers withheld helpful information when prior knowledge would have enabled negative situations to resolve sooner rather than to esculate. The school parent counsel group is a bit clickish to crack for an expatriot like me. The community is fantastic otherwise and very diverse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2004

The principal is very visable and involved with the daily routines of the school. I am most impressed with the teachers my 2nd grader has had. They are so committed and willing to do whatever it takes to see my challenging child succeed. As this is my first child going through the school system I am personally overwhelmed with the level of academics and homework involved. But it just seems to be a way of life for kids now. A respectful, cooperative environment is very much nurtured at Allen. Zero tolerance on bullying. Since I have 3 more small children at home I can't really be too involved, but it would seem that there is a high level of parental involvement there. Allen is big into the Love & Logic approach to discipline. I am happy with this school overall and so is my child.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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88%

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72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
27%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 69%
African-American 21% 18%
Asian 12% 3%
Multiracial 12% 2%
Hispanic 5% 6%
American Indian 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Joan Fitzgibbon
Fax number
  • (734) 997-1231

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Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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2560 Towner Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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