The school has been designated an ALM school. They will admittedly agree that the one class in each grade is the ALM class and that is the only class in each grade that is introduced to STEM projects. And with a child in one of those classes, it is a poor excuse for STEM. The biggest downfall of this ALM program is that they are robbing 2/3 of the students in each grade of their education. Outside of those ALM classes the teachers struggle to be able to teach. To the multiple levels of ability. So any students that fall under the ALM bar are not challenged.
We moved to this state last summer and chose our home based on the school's scores. Unfortunately, the scores do not reflect how inept this school is. I have heard from many other parents that the school use to be a great school but it has slipped with the new administration. The office staff is rude and the administration has made some really bad decisions in their choice of curriculum and policies. I am moving my kids to another school after a very disappointing first year. It seems like the PTO is asking for money is several forms of fundraisers almost once a week. Now with the requirement that the schools each have an advisory committee, Dean Allen has elected its entire PTO board to be the parents that sit on that committee. i find this to be a conflict of interest in that the PTO decides the budget for their board and now are the only representing parents to decide the budget for the school.
My daughter has been attending Dean Allen for two years now. She has loved this school since day one. We have always felt welcomed, the staff is friendly and professional. It's been an amazing two years and looking forward to another two!
The whole curriculum seems to have fallen apart, how can these teachers teach like they used to when they spend all day getting the BAD APPLES to stop interrupting. If you look at the school scores, you will see they are dropping by the second!! That is not the teachers fault! A lot of them are the same as before, just no support from the top. The grades are a direct refection of "Admin" END OF STORY
The teachers are great, the administration is terrible. The principal loves to be the center of attention. She wears silly costumes, she stands out in front of the school and waves to oncoming cars. But, he does not help the students cross the street or supervise the dangerous parking lots. She is not concerned for the safety of the students, she just cares about her own ego.