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About

Mission

The Van Allen School Community will ensure that all students learn at high levels as well-rounded, lifelong learners.

Background

Van Allen Elementary School was established in 1861. The current school was built in 1952. Portable classrooms have been added as the school population increased. New permanent facilities were completed in the Spring of 2007 including the multi-purpose/cafeteria building and a new classroom building. Van Allen Elementary encompasses kindergarten through fifth grade and is staffed by a Principal, seventeen teachers, seven instructional assistants, a learning specialist, a speech therapist, a school psychologist, a school nurse, four custodians, three food service personnel, and two secretaries. Van Allen is located at the corner of Van Allen Road and Highway 120, four miles west of Escalon. Situated in a rural setting of dairy farms and orchards, the school serves as a focal point for the community.

The student population comes from homes which range from low socioeconomic status to upper middle class.

The Escalon Recreation Commission provides most of the recreational programs for Van Allen. Students of Van Allen are involved in 4-H, football, soccer, baseball and softball leagues, T-ball, and swim teams.

Parents at Van Allen School take enormous pride in their school. Volunteers consistently participate in the school program by working in classrooms, organizing special events and participating in the highly active and supportive Parents Club. The Parents Club makes it possible for the students at Van Allen to participate in a variety of field trips and extra-curricular activities throughout the year.

Many Van Allen students are the third generation in their family to attend Van Allen Elementary School. Having a long and rich history has built a strong bond between the school and the Van Allen community. This positive relationship has created a sense of community and pride at the school and formed a lasting partnership between home, school, and community.

Van Allen Elementary School strives to give all students the opportunity to develop academically, physically, emotionally and creatively, in an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement for learning. As a school, we assist all students in meeting or exceeding state grade level content and performance standards through our school wide Response to Intervention model. We continuously seek to improve our academic program which builds upon a strong foundation in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Van Allen Elementary School strives to give all students the opportunity to develop academically, physically, emotionally and creatively, in an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement. As a school, we assist all students in meeting or exceeding state grade level content and performance standards through our school wide Response to Intervention model. We continuously seek to improve our academic program which builds upon a strong foundation in English Language Arts and
Mathematics. Our district has embraced the Professional Learning Community model which will maintain the instructional focus at Van Allen on the following questions:

1. What do we want our students to learn?
2. How will we know they have learned it?
3. What do we do when they don’t?
4. What do we do when they do?

Van Allen School continues to provide and promote recognition and reinforcement programs which will build pride and self-worth in our students. As of the 2017-18 school year, our school has implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) which has done a great deal to improve discipline on campus. Van Allen Vikings: Value differences, Insist on integrity, Keep safe, Inspire kindness, Never give up, Our staff models behaviors of good citizenship including: acceptance, pride, self esteem, personal safety, respect, environmental awareness, and healthy living. We develop problem-solving skills, encourage healthy living, and promote lifelong learning by using curriculum which reflects the states content and performance standards, implementing the district’s Wellness Policy, and increasing student literacy through Accelerated Reader, reading challenges, summer library hours and activities, and our annual Book Fair. Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, Van Allen has begun a new program called Flipped Lunch where students play recess first and then enter the cafeteria for lunch. This has decreased our discipline statistics significantly, decreased food waste, and improved learning after lunch. In addition, it has done a great deal to enhance our school culture and climate.  We increase student learning by seeking ongoing professional development that focuses on student needs and best practices, integrating technology to enhance instruction, and establishing relationships and effective communication with parents. We support our English learners by continuing to use designated and integrated English Language Development embedded in our ELA curriculum, and Guided Language Acquisition and Design (GLAD) strategies at all grade levels. Our staff provides a school site that is clean, safe, and creates a positive environment for students, staff, parents and the community.