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501 C St.
Norfolk, VA 23505

(757) 451-4170
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June 02, 2014
My child attended this school in the 1st and 2nd grade and after two years I had reached my limit with this school. The PTA is extremely cliquey and childish. Also, if your child has any sort of learning disability, even with the proper paperwork and taking the necessary steps, it is near impossible to get anything done at this school. As a result we decided to homeschool our child.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
My experience at Camp Allen has been wonderful. The staff has always been very friendly and nice. I have been at the school on different occasions and have never seen any staff member being mean to any students. The principal has been nothing but great to my family and other families that I have spoken with. The PTA has encouraged all parents to be involved they are there for the children. They have all been very friendly and welcoming. The teachers and staff are very friendly and helpful. I encourage new parents to Camp Allen to make their decision about the school based on their experience and not on an angry post.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
As a dedicated teacher at Camp Allen for over 10 years, it breaks my heart to see some of the reviews posted here. I know how dedicated the staff, including the administration are to student achievement. We go in early, stay late and work from home trying to find the best ways to reach every student. Student achievement, student growth, and student happiness are our top priority. All decision made are in the best interest of the children. Not everyone sees what goes on behind the curtain as we work as groups for hours trying to come up with ways to reach all students, but trust that it is happening. Our administration is working hard to improve teaching and learning to make it the best school. I would encourage you to come join us, volunteer, have lunch with your child and reach out if there is a concern. We want to be a team, both staff and parents to help our children. Please join us at school, PTA functions, and other school functions. We would love to have you! I love my job and Camp Allen. We are committed to having each child reach their full potential! Thanks you for considering joining our effort to make out children the best they can be!

- submitted by a teacher
October 08, 2013
My children attend Camp Allen Elementary & at first, it wasn't bad, but now with this new principal (Mrs. Copeland) it has gotten awful. The teachers aren't bad, but the principal, office secretary, and PTA need a makeover! I've never met so many rude staff members in the same school. This school is 99% military and might as well be 99% bullying. There is so much bullying that constantly goes on and it's never dealt with properly. It's sad. I've also witnessed teachers, principal, and the secretary being very mean to children. Gym teacher is a jerk too...He scares the heck out of kids just to make them do stuff. They will all smile in your face and act sweet, but the stories my children come home with and what I've witnessed, it's terrifying! Homework is a joke...it always has typo's and never makes any sense...have fun figuring it out yourself. We are moving just so our children don't have to attend this school anymore.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
It is a shame that the majority of the time Camp Allen receives comments is when parents are unhappy about something. Camp Allen has been an incredible journey for our family. My wife attended this school as a young child. She was happy then and WE have been nothing but happy over the past 5 years. Each teacher has been kind and professional. The majority of students do not come from military families but nonetheless, we feel a sense of community. I encourage more people who are happy with Camp Allen to post positive comments. And ... we need more parental support ... stop complaining and become involved.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2013
We had a bad experience with this school. The majority if not all of the students are from a military family. (only plus) The staff was ok, some were rude. I had the pleasure of meeting my sons IEP teacher *ahem RUDE and too young to be experienced enough to handle my child. She acted as if my son wasnt in the room. They do NOT provide transportation for our location. Since he isnt wheel chair bound he wasnt allowed to take a bus. I could go on, but I wont. We went the homeschool route, because we were told we couldnt send him to two other schools, both of which were under 2 miles away. I refuse to take him back there.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
I have had nothing but an amazing experience at this school. My daughter had a bullying issue, and the school dealt with it swiftly and it has stopped. They did an amazing job! My daughter has a speech problem and tubes in her ears and the students and the teachers have been amazing in helping us get the speech therapy that she needs. I am ALWAYS greeted with a huge hello, and everyone I have met in this school has been nice and welcoming. Its sad reading all these bad reviews, this is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
Wow, my experience has been nothing but amazing at this school. My children are happy with their teachers and I always feel welcome. The staff is knowledgeable and I really feel like we are a team in making sure my children learn.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2011
This is the worst school ever, my son has had his life threatened, bullied and NOTHING was ever done, my son got in trouble because they claim everyone should suffer not just the bullier. My children do not want to go to school everday, teachers yelling at them, picking on them due to their learning and if your child has ADHD, the school will discriminate against them. They are very disorganized, rude, and they do not care about you or your child... if you can avoid going to this school I would HIGHLY recommend it!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2010
Camp Allen is a horrible school, I've had really bad experiences here I don't think teachers should be allowed to discuss personal buisness with a bunch of first graders in terms of divorce it's also wrong to put a child down and tell the child I don't see how you made it out of kindergarten

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2010
This school has way to much bullying and no one does anything about it. They say that if the student does not report it then they do not know but when a child is scared they are not going to tell anyone it is the parents and teachers responibity to watch what students are doing the teahers do not watch anything! it is the worse school my kids have attended and will be happy when we get orders!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2009
Camp Allen is a wonderful place to learn. I can't understand why some parents feel like they are not welcomed. I am at the school everyday. I am ALWAYS greeted in a friendly manner and the quality of eductaion far surpassess other schools across the country. Not once has Dr. Archer or Mrs. Driver or any other person ever turned me away from visiting with my child. I eat lunch with my child frequently. This school KNOWS that without parent involvement the struggle becomes more difficult. Camp Allen is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
WOW!!! I have had only great experiences at Camp Allen. It is so disheartening to hear these negative reviews. Has anyone taken into account that the school has made accredidation and met the AYP requirements? Has anyone seen how long the teachers and the administrative team stay at school each day being completely dedicated to the students at Camp Allen? If schools do not have the support of the parents what do you expect. Dr. Archer and Ms. Driver have put several things in place to ensure the students are in a safe secure environment, to ensure students are are receiving a quality education and giving parents a voice such as the chat session. Instead of being negative come out and be supportive we would love to have you!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
It is very sad when teachers leave bad reviews of the school. The administrative team needs to listen to what parents and their own staff are saying about the school. This school is def not 'world class'. There is no warm welcoming feeling. You feel like you are walking into jail.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2009
I have to agree with the majority of the posts here that Camp Allen has some serious issues to deal with. I also have my doubts as to whether or not the current administrative team is up to the job. World class? I think not!

- submitted by a teacher
March 11, 2009
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February 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
My children have enjoyed their time at Camp Allen. The teachers really care about the students. We only moved because my husband got order. I wish they could have finished their elementary school years there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 15, 2008
Yes I agree that Camp Allen does need improvements and slowly I have noticed a few changes going on. One is the new secretary, Ms. Lincoln. We miss her in the library but she is wonderful in the office. I hope this means there are going to be more improvements in the school. If the negative attitudes would become positive attitudes from the staff we could all work together.The principals need to listen to the parents complaints .

- submitted by a community member
November 07, 2008
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October 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2008
Unfortunately, this site only gives me 150 words to use, however, in summary I have pulled my children out of this school due to the LACK of professionalism and dedication from not only the staff and the two that lead them - Principal and Asst. Principal, but from the parents of the children that attend Camp Allen Elementary. To answer previous reviews, my children have approached not only the adult supervisors and teachers, but also the Principal about the bullying, and still - nothing. No interview w/ alleged students, no punishments, no reinforcements on school policies for harrassment between students(if any)! This school is in dying need of restructuring of its staff, who do not seem dedicated in structuring a positive, healthy educational environment to ensure the children will focus on their required academics, as oppose to whether they will survive a school day without being hurt emotionally and physically.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2008
My daughter came home the first day of school and told me that the Principal and Assistant Principal had an assembly with all of the students to talk about bullying and the consequences the students would receive if they participated in it. I have been to the Principal Chew & Chat and the Principal has addressed it there. She has been very clear in explaining that bullying will not be tolerated at Camp Allen. If students do not report it to their teacher or the administrators, how can the issue be addresses at school? I also know that students who are disruptive in their class are sent to another class on the same grade level so they can have a chance to get themselves back on track while they still get the benefit of instruction. I appreciate it that they are trying other alternatives to suspension.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2008
Camp Allen should be called Camp Wonderful! My son's kindergarten teacher has been sent from Heaven. My daughter's 3rd Grade teacher gives more then 100% each day. We are blessed to have relocated to Norfolk. Thank you for making our transition easier.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
This school is probably one of the worst schools my children have attended. They only get 15 mins. for recess. If you have a child with any type of disability, go to another school! The child will not get the attention or the tools necessary for their disability. The Principal ignored several requests from me about necessities for my child with a disability and it actually took 1 yr, a note from the DR and a Psychatrist to get the Principal to take action. Almost everyday last year one of my children came home complaining that a child had been bullying them at school and the teacher moved the child the first time, but after, told my child just to ignore the other child. I even went into the school, but nothing was done. There are some good teachers, but overall not a great environment for children.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 11, 2008
My children attended the 07-08 school year and they were very unhappy and disappointed with the school. The school has a lot of bullying. The school does not offer any after school activities. The schools method of discipline was to send the misbehaved kids to another classroom. Camp Allen had a new Admin. and they really needed someone with experience. Parents can not be patient for the Principal to learn new methods of reconstructing the school when it involves their childrens education and safety. The office staff is very rude. The school also promotes silent lunch and does not allow for children to speak while in the waiting area before school. They also do not have a recess schedule to allow the children to socialize with friends. Elementary school needs to be a fun and healthy environment and my children did not receive it when they attended Camp Allen.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 23, 2008
I think Camp Allen is a wonderful school. I have had the pleasure of being involved with this school for 13 years. The teachers and staff are very helpful. Last year a new Principal and Assitant principal came to Camp Allen they are trying to do wonderful things with the school. Parents need to be patients and remember to have an open mind.

- submitted by a community member
June 27, 2008
This school lacks leadership. The school does not allow parent involvement. The parent involvement they want is at home not at school. They don't even like it if you try to walk your child to class or waiting area. If you are a military family do not expect any support from the school. There is too much bullying and very bad behavior in classrooms. My children say that bad behavior is handled by sending those kids to another classroom. The vice-principal is not friendly at all and never smiles or acknowledge parents with a good morning or afternoon, always a very stern upset look. The principal always with a fake smile and if you talk to her she does not listen to your point she already has an answer. This school is not a positive learning environment for children.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2008
This is the worst school my children have ever attended. The principal lacks the personal contact with parents. The admin. say they want parent involvement but it is discouraged when you try. They do have much to hide, they are rude to the kids and they do not have the best interest of our children. The principal is at this school for her own agenda. The children hardly get recess and they are always promoting silent lunch. This school has a counselor that does nothing for the kids. Too much bullying and nothing is done to stop it. And, yes the office staff is very rude.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2008
Camp Allen is th most difficult elementary school we've had to deal with. Preaching about parent involvement is different than exercising parent involvement. This principal and her staff do not cooperate with any of the parents concerns, and always lead the parent to believe the problems are you! There is too much bullying that occurs in the school among the students, and no recourse or program to help diminish this problem. The teaching staff look at all students with the same disdain attitude and resentment, due to the socioeconomic level of those students who are bused into the school - which not only deteriorates the moral fiber of other children, but in general, the school's learning atmosphere and educational enviroment. Even the children themselves are frustrated with the lack of discipline and consideration the staff has towards maintaining a safe and positive essence within the classroom and the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2008
The school was run much better last year. Teachers don't seem all that stable this year either. Kids hardly get any type of gym class or library time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 29, 2008
I agree the school lacks a professional staff. WHen I was trying to register my kids no one seemed to know when kindergarden registration was. Ms. Lee seems to be the only office staff so when you need something you have to wait forever. I have only met 2 teachers there that seem to know what thier doing. The rest I question if they should be able to teach. The staff is rude and I must say the worst I have ever seen!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2007
I am not satisfied wih this school at all. My children are unhappy with it and it's sad. The previous elementary school my children attended was full of life and laughter. As soon as you walk into this school everything seems so gloomy. You don't see too many smiles on the faces of the staff and it makes me wonder if they even enjoy their jobs. Afternoon release is quite chaotic at times as well. I would not recommend this school and I cannot wait until we move just so my children don't have to go to this school anymore. Elementary school is supposed to be fun so the children can learn while enjoying being taught, not gloomy and depressing making them not want to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2004
Camp Allen, as a school, is ok. Primarily because it is very diverse with a large military child population. I, too, agree that the office staff is terrible. The principal has to be one of the poorest examples of a principal that I have encountered since my daughter started school. If your child has an issue that needs to be dealt with, be prepared to have to visit the school countless times before the situation is ever resolved. Most of the teachers are pretty decent.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2004
The principal has been dubbed by countless as the invisble principal. She never has time to talk to you. The office staff, with the exception of Miss Lee, is not friendly and they don't seem to want you to come to the school to see your children. Makes you wonder what they are hiding. Every parent I know does not like this office staff or the way they treat you.

- submitted by a parent
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Camp Allen Elementary School
501 C St., Norfolk, VA  23505
(757) 451-4170
Last modified Camp Allen Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Camp Allen Elementary School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top