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Alanton Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 643 students

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Posted June 4, 2014

Most AMAZING school in all Va Beach!!! Staff is top notch!!! Most caring and devoted staff, parents, and students!!! Love Mrs Willie and the very special Mrs Nutter!!!! All of you are amazing!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2014

Awesome teachers!!!! My kids love it! The teachers truly want the kids to thrive. The best hands down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

We landed at Alanton on a lark when we moved here, but it was the luckiest lark ever. Everyone told us we should have moved into the John B Dey Elementary zone, but I'm glad we couldn't find anything that fit our needs there. Alanton has been amazing. We've had one bad teacher experience (she no longer works there), but the administration was on top of the issue and resolved it quickly and easily after just one meeting. Since then, my children have received the absolute perfect teacher assignments. I know the staff work together to decide on student placement each year, and based on my children's assignments, they clearly take assignments seriously, and they are extremely good at their jobs. Communication is excellent, as nobody is afraid to call or email, whether there's a small question for one parent or a group announcement/reminder. Best teachers, best staff, best administration I've ever seen. And the PTA is incredible. Their contributions to the school and the opportunities they create for the kids are unparalleled. I could talk up this school all day, and I would still not do it justice. We are lucky to be an Alanton family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

We have experienced 3 elementary schools in Hampton Roads in just a matter of a couple years. Larchmont Elementary in Norfolk top rated, but we found it just ok. Thoroughgood Elementary in Virginia Beach top rated, but terrible experience. My 6 year old had 1.5 hours of homework each night, was stressed out because she was afraid her teacher would yell if she did it wrong. The staff was not helpful, lost items, and didn't even communicate to the teachers when we were moving. Just months later, we got settled into our new home, new neighborhood, and new school, Alanton Elementary, and have had an incredible experience. My middle child just completed Kindergarten and my eldest is now entering 4th grade. Each teacher has had a unique personality and style, and not all have been a favorite to my daughter, but they have all been wonderful teachers, leaders, mentors, and communicators. I am more than pleased with our experience at Alanton Elementary. The staff are courteous and helpful, and always have the safety and best interest of the students at heart. The community is active in the school and parents are highly involved. I wouldn't send my children to any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Staff doesn't seem to understand the students with special needs and has a difficult time accommodating them. There is more focus on standardized testing and making sure that they test ready.


Posted May 27, 2013

Outstanding principal, outstanding teachers, and enthusiastic community. We've had only one negative experience here at Alanton and the administration very patiently worked with us to resolve the issue. We moved here specifically for this school, and that decision has really paid off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

We moved into our neighborhood because we heard such great things about Alanton Elementary. Both my children went to the school and it was a great experience for all of us! There are such great teachers who really care about your children at the school. There are several teachers who even live in our neighborhood. The overall feeling there is that it's like being at home, walking freely throughout the school and everyone is so friendly! I was actively involved in the PTA and was there for so many years that it really was sad to me once my kids moved on. My kids are now ending middle school and the other one is in high school. Collectively, our favorite teachers of all their school years, are two teachers they both had at Alanton. Such a great school, would highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2012

Alanton's teachers are wonderful! My kids have loved every one they've had. The programs they offer through the school and through the PTA always have a great turn out and are always fun for the kids and families. Alanton Elementary has a great family atmosphere and they are very welcoming and supportive to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2012

Alanton Elementary is a wonderful school that I am thrilled my children have been able to be a part of! When we first moved to the area, we were overwhelmed by how friendly and welcoming everyone was. From the office staff, the teachers, and the PTA, they all made us feel like family. I quickly got involved, and my children and I made friends in no time! I truly appreciate all of the countless hours that the staff, teachers, and the PTA work to provide the children with the best possible chance of achieving in school. No job is too big or too small, and everybody makes a difference at Alanton!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2012

Alanton Elementary is a great school! Their is great collaboration between administration, staff, and volunteers (PTA) to provide for a top notch educational experience for all students. Both of my children have thrived at Alanton. And I would not hesitate to recommend Alanton to anyone. If you are looking for a school which is a true "Community" Alanton is the best!! I am grateful for 8 fabulous years for my children and our entire family!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2012

As a working mother of two children who have excelled during thier years at Alanton, our compliments could go on for days. Our son, who completed all six years here, experienced growth and limit pushing by some teachers, responsibility was installed by other teachers and creativity was excited by still other teachers. In every situation, every classroom, he landed in the perfect place with the perfect teacher for the phase that he was in. The confidence that we have in the faculty, staff and administration is incredible. The amount of times we have recommeded a particular program, teacher or event for a questioning parent is far too many times to count. We've been allowed to volunteer during many different opportunities, not just during school/work hours. The school is welcoming and open to suggestions and assistance in all situations. Now that our daughter is nearing the end of her fourth grade year, we are finding even more reasons to hold our heads high with the pride we have toward Alanton. She has learned leadership skills that we would expect from a much older student. She has been given expectations that exceed our own and learned to overcome her own insecurities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2012

We LOVE Alanton Elementary! This is my seventh year at Alanton and we have had a wonderful experience. The staff is very close and all work together to be sure your child is getting what is best for them. I have aways had great communication from my kids' teachers. Parent involvement is highly encouraged and the PTA is very active. The administration is also very receptive to new ideas parents bring to the table to enrich our students in body, mind and community. They are also very approachable if you have issues you would like to discuss. There is a true family feeling in the building which I love too. My two kids that have moved on to middle and now high school received a great foundation at Alanton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2012

In response the 2/2012 PTA concern. I completely understand what you are saying, however, as a member of the PTA, I can assure you that everyone has the oppertunity to help. In fact there are still3 positions available to be filled for next year. Please consider volunteering & help make a positive difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2012

Alanton provides a great learning environment and my child has shown great improvement while attending this school. The only gripe I have with the school is the PTA. The PTA has long been made up of socialites from the community and they tend to shun those who are not a part of the elite (or less fortunate). I have never participated in any school functions due to the drama associated with the PTA. I do not hold the school responsible as they have proven that the kids education is their #1 priority. I just wish someone would control their volunteers so that the average parent could participate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

The gifted program at this school is terrible. The gifted teacher is unmotivated and uninvolved with the parents or the gifted students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

We have been at this school for 2 months and I have been very pleased. Alanton is a quiet school in a neighborhood setting. The teachers and students all seem very happy to be here. My children have learned so much already! Everyone here is very kind and friendly. The teachers are warm and supportive. What more do you need in a school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2009

We have always had a dedicated, child oriented and hard working staff. but when Dr Jeanne Crocker (principal) & Joe Benson (AP) became administrators Alanton has gone from a very good school to a truly a remarkable school community Dr Crocker keeps us current on important research and teaching techniques. We are all (students, teachers, support personnel, parents, business community) members of the Alanton family. Everyone is accepted, encouraged to grow and supported in hard times. Respect for others physically,emotionally and intellectually is fostered. I cannot list here all the programs available during the school day to foster physical, mental and community health. Children learn to respect and encourage themselves and others to be proud of their gifts and pursue knowledge.
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Posted March 27, 2009

We are very impressed with Alanton Elementary. Our son was in their special-ed pre-school class last year and truly thrived, due to the attention given to him by his teacher, her assistant, the speech therapist and the occupational therapist. In fact, he is improved so drastically, he didn't need to be in special ed any longer, and is now in their Early Discoveries Pre-K program, where he is currently thriving once again. The admin staff is right on top of things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2008

My daughter is currently in 1st grade at Alanton. She attended kindergarten there as well. She has learned a lot while attending this school and has thoroughly enjoyed the teachers and staff. The school is great and has a lot of programs for the children to participate in. We will be moving soon and I am sad to be leaving such a wonderfully involved school. The PTA is extremely involved in this school and puts together many extra programs for the students. The school also participates in operation smile, with the children raising money for this organization; what a great lesson for children in selflessness and altruism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2007

My husband and I feel so very fortunate to have our children enrolled in Alanton Elementary School. The faculty and staff are exceptional! Teachers go out of their way to include every child in some type of school activity as well as recognizing students for academic and citizenship accomplishments. Our principal. Jeanne Crocker does a wonderful job of matching students with teachers that help them to achieve their academic potential and more! Alanton also offers a an excellent music program for all grades and parents and students alike can look forward to special performances throughout the year. In addition to quality staff, the school is also lucky to have a very involved PTA that contributes to the school in so many aspects. This year our PTA organized the schools first art show and auction to help support the schools cultural enrichment programs. How lucky we are!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

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

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students84%
Female students89%
Male students79%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students88%
Female students88%
Male students89%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Science

All Students92%
Female students96%
Male students89%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%
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 Students90%
Female students93%
Male students89%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial83%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students88%
Female students84%
Male students91%
Black students92%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%
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 Students82%
Female students90%
Male students72%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

English: Writing

All Students75%
Female students90%
Male students58%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Math

All Students79%
Female students86%
Male students71%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students72%
Female students79%
Male students64%
Black students36%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%
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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Special education / special needs

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

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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School Leader's name
  • Sean Walker
Fax number
  • (757) 496-6841

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

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  • Art teacher(s)
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  • Tutoring
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1441 Stephens Rd
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