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Camp Allen Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 525 students

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Posted June 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted October 9, 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


Posted October 8, 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


Posted May 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted February 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 7, 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


Posted November 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted 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 .


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 6, 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
74%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
85%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

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n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students79%
Female students89%
Male students70%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students52%
Female students53%
Male students52%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English52%

Science

All Students82%
Female students82%
Male students82%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students60%
Female students47%
Male students71%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%

Math

All Students48%
Female students42%
Male students52%
Black students19%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students65%
Female students50%
Male students79%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

English: Writing

All Students53%
Female students40%
Male students67%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English55%

Math

All Students68%
Female students64%
Male students72%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

Science

All Students68%
Female students61%
Male students76%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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  • Deena Copeland

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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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501 C St.
Norfolk, VA 23505
Phone: (757) 451-4170

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